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How drones can provide cell phone service following extreme weather and disasters
Woodbine, New Jersey -Hurricanes.  Tornadoes.  Blizzards. Earthquakes.  Mother Nature can strike at any moment, leaving behind a path of destruction. If severe weather strikes, power and communication services can be disrupted for days. In early March, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI), took the next step in advancing cutting-edge wireless communications from a drone for disaster response with their fourth test of capabilities. more

Verizon and Colt demonstrate industry-first, two-way inter carrier SDN network orchestration
London - Colt and Verizon have today successfully showcased two-way inter carrier Software Defined Network (SDN) network orchestration for the first time. At an event in London, both companies were able to make near-real-time bandwidth changes in each other's production networks. This is the first time two-way network orchestration between carrier production networks has been demonstrated anywhere in the world, and marks an important step in enabling real-time cross-carrier automation. more

The versatile Fitbit Versa is arriving for preorder March 14 at Verizon
Picture the most versatile friend you know (and if it's you that's ok too). Ok now put them on your wrist and bring them everywhere you go. Oh and they should track your health and wellbeing stats, carry your music, remind you to move, and look good while doing all that. more

Toyota, JapanTaxi, KDDI and Accenture to Start Piloting Artificial Intelligence-based Taxi Dispatch Support System
Toyota City, Japan, March 9, 2018―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and JapanTaxi Co., Ltd. (JapanTaxi), jointly with KDDI Corporation (KDDI) and Accenture, have developed a taxi dispatch support system that predicts demand for taxi services, combining data from taxi service logs with predictions of demographics made by location-based big data [1] from smartphones as well as event information. The companies have started to deploy the system in Metropolitan Tokyo on a trial basis. more

KDDI supports Sierra Wireless AirPrime (R) HL78 Low-Power Wide-Area module for LTE-M IoT applications in Japan
Next-generation LP gas smart meters will be the first products deployed in Japan on KDDI's LTE-M (Cat-M1/eMTC) network using Sierra Wireless Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) modules more

Improving Wi-Fi User Experience: KDDI conducts World's First Successful Enhanced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage Trials
KDDI CORPORATION (Headquarters: Chiyoda, Tokyo, President: Takashi Tanaka) and collaborating partners have performed the world's first successful field trials to improve the performance and user experience of public Wi-Fi network, based on the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage (TM), [1] certification program of the Wi-Fi Alliance. more

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S9 on Verizon - the best streaming network meets a revolutionary Infinity Display
Preorder your Samsung Galaxy S9 on Verizon starting March 2 and experience mobile entertainment like never before on the best streaming network. What's more? You can save up to $500 when you switch to Verizon and trade in your old phone for a new Galaxy S9*. Available in two sizes to fit your lifestyle, the 5.8" Galaxy S9 and 6.2" Galaxy S9+ feature Samsung's stunning edge-to-edge Infinity Display**, powerful stereo speakers, a new dual-aperture lens that powers an innovative low-light camera***, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and personalized AR Emoji. more

KDDI named one of "World's Most Admired Companies"
KDDI has been named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies," placing fifth in its industry category "Telecommunications" - an improvement of two positions from the previous year. more

5G takes center court
Last month, Verizon demonstrated how 5G technology - connecting a pair of first person goggles and helmet-mounted cameras - could give two NFL players the ability to run plays and catch footballs in a virtual reality environment. This month, we took the technology from the football field to the basketball court and put it in the hands of two of the NBA's best players. more

Verizon introduces new plan options and adds more value to prepaid offerings
NEW YORK- Verizon customers choose Prepaid to enjoy hassle-free streaming on the best network without an annual contract or credit check. We've made it even better by making it easier to manage your account right from your phone and implementing new family pricing with great discounts on multiple lines. more

2018's best resolution: Netflix on 100% Fiber-optic Verizon Fios
BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Fios Internet/TV customers with Multi-Room DVR Enhanced or Premium service can now stream Netflix originals like Stranger Things 2 along with hundreds of popular movies and acclaimed TV shows directly from their Fios Interactive Media Guide as subscription access to Netflix is now available on Fios TV channel 838*. more

Another step toward mobile 5G service: Verizon, Nokia and Qualcomm complete first call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio technology
NEW YORK - Verizon is the first network provider to conduct an over-the-air call on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system using licensed spectrum. This successful test on Verizon's millimeter wave spectrum - using Nokia 5G network technology on a 5G NR prototype device provided by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated - was an important milestone on the road to preparing Verizon's network for widespread implementation of commercial 5G mobile services for consumers and enterprises. The test was conducted this month at Nokia's facility in Murray Hill, NJ and follows prior interoperability testing between Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies. The 5G NR standard was approved by the 3GPP in December 2017. more

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will create global blockchain platform services
NEW YORK - In the ever-evolving security landscape, large enterprises and government agencies are constantly seeking new ways to maintain the integrity of critical infrastructure, protect physical and digital supply chains, and safeguard customers' essential information systems. Understanding this, Verizon Enterprise Solutions later this year will launch a portfolio of blockchain platform services based on Guardtime's KSI Blockchain® capabilities. Consumed as a service, Verizon's enterprise and government customers will be able to integrate proven blockchain solutions into their existing business processes. more

MobiCom received the Grand Prix at the "Entrepreneur Awards" in 2017
MobiCom Corporation LLC, a consolidated subsidiary of KDDI (Headquarters: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Chairman and CEO: Tatsuya Hamada; hereafter "MobiCom") received the Grand Prix at annual "Entrepreneur Awards" in 2017 which is hosted by Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in recognition of MobiCom's greatest contribution to the economic development of the country throughout the year. Also, MobiCom took first place in the "Top 10 Entrepreneurs Awards" in 2016, which is second highest award after the Grand Prix. more

Verizon to demonstrate the power of digital convergence at the National Retail Federation's 2018 'Big Show'
Retailers and solution providers from around the globe are converging on New York City this weekend for the National Retail Federation's annual 'Big Show' which kicks off this Sunday, January 14 at the Jacob Javits Center. Visitors to the Verizon booth will experience a prescriptive journey through the critical elements of digital convergence which is determining success in today's hypercompetitive marketplace. more

KDDI Invests in Next-Generation Space Company "ispace" to Pursue the Commercialization of Lunar Resource Development
KDDI CORPORATION (Headquarters: Chiyoda, Tokyo, President: Takashi Tanaka) and ispace (Headquarters: Minato, Tokyo, CEO and Founder: Takeshi Hakamada), a next-generation space company pursuing the commercialization of lunar resource development, announce that they have signed a capital and business alliance agreement in which KDDI will provide communications technology support for ispace's lunar resource development project for the purpose of further improving applicable communications technologies in the space field. more

Emergency preparation contacts and safety tips from Verizon
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Grab your coats, gloves, hats, batteries, and battery chargers…snow is on the way! Verizon engineers and technicians are busily preparing the network to ensure you can connect when you need to most. more

MPT forms strategic partnership with Myanmar National League in football
KDDI is currently collaborating with Sumitomo Corporation (hereinafter "Sumitomo"; Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Kuniharu Nakamura) and Myanma Posts & Telecommunications (hereinafter "MPT") to provide telecommunications services in Myanmar. MPT and the Myanmar National League (hereinafter "MNL") have entered into a strategic partnership agreement in an effort to further promote football in Myanmar and to support the development of football players. more

An Extreme Network for extreme weather
When we say we're right here with you and we've got your back, we mean it!  In the day-to-day routine and in the most chaotic of circumstances, Verizon is ready to keep you and your loved ones connected.  Verizon's architects and engineers have designed and built a network that stands up to the most extreme circumstances - we call it our Extreme Network.  Our switch locations, the brains of our network, are critical to the network's operation and so are built with standard redundant systems nationwide.  We also have portable assets nationwide that can be deployed in case additional capacity is needed.  That's just table stakes for the most reliable network in the nation.  But what we do to keep people connected in extreme weather when it matters most - now that's where our customers really win. more

Verizon Public Safety Day: "We're investing in Michigan for public safety"
On a cold and snowy day, Eric Spadafora, executive director, business sales for Verizon Wireless, kicked off the Detroit-area public safety day with a clear message to the assembled public safety and law enforcement officials. more

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