On 8th March 2019; Omantel, a market leader in ultra-low latency networking (ULTN), has launched an international wholesale company, Omantel International (OTI). OTI is managing Omantel’s international voice business and supports partners and customers in accessing new and existing solutions. Capitalizing on Oman’s unique geographic position, Omantel will offer ULTN services to various communication hubs in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe catalyzing the Digital Transformation globally.
Daimler announced that it had partnered with Microsoft to successfully move its on-premises big data platform to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The new platform “eXtollo” will be Daimler’s first major service to run on the cloud.
Banco Santander S.A. has signed a five-year global technology agreement with IBM for the faster and deeper digital transformation of its business processes.
In February 2019, Airbus and Dassault Systèmes (Paris) signed a five-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to work together on 3D design, engineering, manufacturing, simulation, and intelligence applications. This will enable Airbus to take a major step towards digital transformation and create a base for a new European industrial ecosystem in aviation.
AI giant, Microsoft (Washington, US) recently acquired the California-based, AI startup, Lobe Artificial Intelligence, Inc. With the increasing integration of AI technologies within various application across major industry verticals, there is rising demand for effective ways that will help users to integrate AI capabilities easily and effectively. This acquisition would enable Microsoft to strengthen its imperatives of putting simple and effective AI development into the hands of non-engineers and non-experts.Lobe, a startup focusing on providing an easy-to-use visual tool that allows developers to build custom deep learning models, which would help in providing quick training to the models/algorithm and export it to app without writing any code. Lobe’s simple visual user interface enables users to effortlessly create intelligent apps that can understand hand gestures, hear music, read handwriting, and more.
IBM has entered into an agreement with Juniper Networks (Juniper), a global leader in network technology, to strengthen its cloud portfolio. In January 2019, the global IT behemoth has announced a USD 325-million deal with Juniper to assist in managing application, infrastructure, and IT services. As part of the 7-year deal, IBM will use its IBM Services Platform with Watson to help manage Juniper’s support systems including data centers, help desks, and data and voice networks.
Cybersecurity pioneer, Check Point Software (California, US) recently acquired the Israel-based, web application security startup, ForceNock Security Ltd. There is growing usage of platforms built on cloud, network, mobile, endpoint, and IoT and they require compatible and easily accessible solutions that can run on any platform. This acquisition would enable Check Point to provide high-end security to its customers and strengthen its machine learning protection capabilities.
Cybersecurity pioneer, McAfee recently collaborated with Verizon to secure connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices throughout a home network with Verizon’s Home Network Protection (HNP). HNP is a service on Verizon’s Fios Quantum Gateway Router that automatically protects all connected devices in a home network, such as smart thermostats and smart refrigerators. This McAfee-powered solution would provide Verizon Fios customers seamless control, security from malicious websites, advanced parental controls, and user authorization and authentication.
On December 21, 2018, German companies SAP and Software AG announced a collaboration for the development of an open smart city platform. The platform will include the capabilities of Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and will help the cities, communities, and administrative districts to design and develop their own network and intelligent services. The platform has been developed in accordance with the standards of the European Union’s Open Urban Platform initiative. The collaborative use of the open platform will ensure better data control and efficiency.