Bill Gates-backed Pivotal Commware secures $50 million funding for 5G mmWave infrastructure

Pivotal Commware, a Washington-based provider of 5G mmWave infrastructure products, has secured $50 million (£35.8m) in a series C funding round to expand product, distribution, and R&D.

The company - defined as Pivotal but not to be confused with the cloud platform provider of the same name acquired by VMware in 2019 - has offerings aimed at mobile network operators to cost-effectively deploy 5G mmWave networks for mobile and fixed wireless access.

Its product...

Pulsant announces £8 million investment in UK-wide edge computing network

IT infrastructure services provider Pulsant is putting £8 million aside to invest in a new UK national network enabling edge computing.

The project is going ahead through an agreement with communications infrastructure provider Zayo. The investment will see 10 of Pulsant's UK data centres connected via Zayo's fibre network to 'build a unique digital ecosystem', as the two companies trumpeted.

"The investment will create and maintain a high-capacity, low latency and...

How Edge Impulse is looking to empower developers with embedded machine learning

Zach Shelby has spent most of the last decade and a half on the front line of the Internet of Things (IoT). His company Sensinode, which was acquired by Arm in 2013, provided enterprise wireless sensor networks to system integrators and product providers. Shelby did lots of interesting work on embedded systems, and incorporating standards such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). But he wanted to go a step further.

Enter Edge Impulse. The company, with Shelby as co-founder and CEO -...

Rob High, VP, CTO edge, IBM: On the burgeoning market, Covid-19’s impact, and the Mayflower project

Editor's note: Rob High is speaking at the Edge Computing Expo event which launches today (February 9) on Covid-19's impact on the edge computing market. Find out more about his session here, while you can register to attend here.

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Rob High, VP and CTO of IBM's edge computing division, naturally believes the edge market is going to be significant. But how significant? "This market has the potential to be so big, it in some sense is at risk of...

Enterprise execs prefer latency to speed – bolstering the edge use case

A new report from IDC argues enterprises are prioritising latency over speed for data transfer - and turning to solutions which move technology resources closer to where data is produced and consumed.

The report, 'Edge Computing Solutions Powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution' (email required), was commissioned by Lumen Technologies - the company formerly known as CenturyLink - and Intel.

90% of business leaders polled - 800 IT and operational technology decision...

5G service providers need to capitalise on wireless enterprise with MEC, says Dell’Oro Group

5G service providers are now in an important position. They can increase revenues from the enterprise market by offering premium services and performance with guaranteed SLAs - and as a new Dell'Oro Group whitepaper notes, one of the key features enabling this is multi-access edge computing (MEC).

The paper, 'How 5G Service Providers Can Capitalise on the Wireless Enterprise Market Opportunity', defines MEC in two ways: public and private. Public MEC 'is a service available to all...

Telefonica opens up 5G and edge offerings for startups to develop new services

Telefonica has launched a call for proposals for startups to build solutions focused around 5G and edge computing.

The initiative is part of the Wayra Activation Programme - part of Telefonica's global open innovation hub - which allows entrepreneurs free access to its technologies to test their solutions.

Startups selected will be part of the Wayra 5G/Edge Lab, a laboratory in Spain which is set to be launched 'in the coming weeks.' The laboratory will enable them to...

Jeff Ready, CEO, Scale Computing: On the evolution, use cases, and tailwinds of edge

There is a long-standing joke around edge computing and driverless cars. Back in 2019 Mike Fay, then of Dell but now at Amazon Web Services (AWS), told an audience at the IoT Tech Expo event: "If an autonomous car is driving and a deer runs out, you can't send those calculations to the cloud. If you do, you're having venison for dinner."

The need for lower latency to enable the types of computation required for edge use cases has never been more apparent. Jeff Ready,...

Verizon and AWS add Seattle and Denver to MEC rollout – and showcases another connected car customer

Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are launching their mobile edge computing (MEC) platform in Seattle and Denver, bringing the total number of cities deployed to 10.

The move, which snuck in under the radar at the very end of 2020, means Denver and Seattle join Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

The announcement cited companies with no specific link to the two newly announced cities as customers. These were...

EdgeX Foundry’s Hanoi release focuses on edge use cases for manufacturing and retail

EdgeX Foundry has released its latest semi-annual iteration, called Hanoi, with a plethora of new features and industries targeted.

The release from the LF Edge-based project within the Linux Foundation, which is a minor offering, includes simplified deployment protocols, as well as improved performance and scalability testing.

The key launch from the product side is command line interface (CLI), enabling develoeprs and users to issue various EdgeX API calls to its...