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NEC Corporation has successfully demonstrated multi-vendor integration and interoperability of a Near-Real-Time RAN Intelligent Controller ( Near-RT RIC ) at the new windowO-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFest Fall 2022 in Japan .
NEC , VIAVI Solutions and HCL Technologies ( HCLTech ) teamed up for this project to demonstrate the multi-vendor Near-Real- Time RIC performance benchmarking . NEC ’ s Near-RT RIC platform enabled third party xApp integrations while connecting with multi-vendor E2 nodes .
RIC reduces RAN operating costs by automatically configuring base stations and optimizing radio parameters leveraging AI . Near-RT RIC enables advanced control for Quality of Service ( QoS ) in near real-time on a per-user basis , and in conjunction with Service Management and Orchestration / Non-Real-Time RIC , achieves an optimal balance between RAN operating costs and QoS / Quality of Experience . The entire vRAN system will be optimized for various services and requirements in the future by co-ordinating the control of radio resources and computing resources through RIC .
Neo4j has announced Singapore tertiary education institution Temasek Polytechnic ( TP ) as the flagship partner for its new Graphs4SG program to meet the growing global demand for professionals with graph technology skills and expertise . The program begins immediately this month with a commitment to training 200 plus students by the end of 2025 .
Graphs4SG builds on Neo4j ’ s Graphs4APAC initiative , launched in 2021 to give back to Asia Pacific community stakeholders by making the latest mission-critical graph technology , tools , materials and training free and accessible and integrative as part of students ’ core engineering and business training . Graphs4APAC also provides ongoing support to help community members address their business requirements . Neo4j ’ s collaboration with Temasek Polytechnic is the first of several planned partnerships with tertiary institutions in Singapore to equip students with the market-leading graph technology to support the national digital economy .


Bharti Airtel , one of India ’ s leading telecommunications services providers , has announced the launch of its cutting edge 5G services in Coimbatore , Madurai , Hosur and Trichy . Airtel ’ s 5G services are already live in Chennai . Airtel 5G Plus services will be available to customers in a phased manner as the company continues to construct its network and complete the roll out . Customers with 5G enabled devices will access high speed Airtel 5G Plus network at no extra cost until the roll out is more widespread . The company plans to make services available across many locations in these cities . Amit Tripathi , CEO – Tamil Nadu and Kerala , Bharti Airtel , said : “ Airtel customers in these five cities can now experience ultrafast network and enjoy speeds up to 20-30 times faster than the current 4G speeds , which will allow customers to enjoy superfast access to High-definition video streaming , gaming , multiple chatting , instant uploading of photos and more .”


Fujitsu is showcasing a supercomputer system for Taiwan ’ s Central Weather Bureau ( CWB ) for use in numerical weather predictions . The new system started operation in June 2022 under an initiative that was initially implemented in 2021 to be completed by December 2023 and expected to achieve theoretical peak performance of 10 PFLOPS – making it the fastest supercomputer in Taiwan . The new system will help mitigate the threats posed to Taiwan by natural disasters , enabling the CWB to promote advanced weather observation , improve observation and forecast accuracy of weather disasters and strengthen its efforts to observe and analyze the long-term impacts of climate change in addition to daily weather forecasting services . It will further support the CWB in diversifying weather services as a key element in its infrastructure to promote smart and advanced weather services , one of the targets of the CWB ’ s mid-term plan .
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