Huawei RuralLink Wins GSMA GLOMO's 'Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets' Award

On the 28th of February, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2023, Huawei for RuralLink — Green, Simplified, and Evolvable Solution for Rural Connectivity took home GLOMO's 'Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets' award from GSMA, proving that Huawei's continuous innovation in scenario-based coverage solutions for remote areas has been well recognized by the industry.

Aaron Jiang, President of Huawei's Wireless SingleRAN Product Line, said: "We're honored to receive this award from GSMA. RuralLink's innovations in transmission and antennas allow green, simplified, and evolvable rural sites, and extend experience-guaranteed coverage to remote areas, enabling experience upgrade for more people, villages, and small and medium-sized enterprises.”

Avaya Takes a Chance at Financial Restructuring this Year

On the 14th of February,  Avaya announced that it has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (the “Financial Restructuring”) with overwhelming support of more than 90% of the Company’s secured lenders (the “Investor Group”). Implementing the Financial Restructuring will accelerate Avaya’s ongoing business transformation, significantly enhance its ability to invest in its innovative cloud-based communications portfolio and position the Company for long-term success. Completing the Financial Restructuring will reduce the Company’s total debt by more than 75%, from approximately $3.4 billion today to approximately $800 million.

Alan Masarek, Avaya’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “I joined Avaya to help unlock the power of its iconic brand, global customer footprint, massive partner ecosystem, large-scale communications deployments and outstanding team. Building on this tremendous foundation, we have made significant progress pioneering an ambitious business model transformation, establishing a competitive product strategy for our subscription and cloud-delivered services and implementing operational efficiencies to better serve the Avaya ecosystem. Strengthening Avaya’s capital structure is a critical step to fully realize our transformation, and we are excited to move ahead as a well-capitalized company with one of the strongest balance sheets in our industry that includes substantial cash to invest in our own success.”

Synology introduces two-bay DiskStation DS223 for simple and effective file management

On the 8th of February, Synology announced the availability of the 2-bay DiskStation DS223, the latest addition to its lineup of essential storage servers dedicated to home and SOHO use. Powered by the versatile Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, the DS223 comes with a complete host of intuitive data management solutions that home users can leverage to get their growing data under control.

"As the amount of data we each generate daily continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, the need for effective file management has never been greater," said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology. "The DS223 is the perfect solution for home users looking to manage their data in a smart way with a centralized, comprehensive platform that goes beyond basic storage capabilities.”

Lenovo Expands Portfolio of Smart Collaboration Solutions with New Standalone ThinkSmart View Plus

On the 31st of January, Lenovo announced the all new ThinkSmart View Plus running Microsoft Teams display,  a standalone collaboration display with premium audio, video, and whiteboarding features. The smart collaboration solution is purpose built for hot desking, phone booths, executive desks and home office use cases. Also joining the portfolio of smart collaboration solutions are the newly announced Lenovo IP Controller for collaboration spaces and the newly available ThinkSmart One.

“In these times of hybrid work, customers need a solution designed to bring Microsoft Teams to hotdesks and phonebooths,” said Albert Kooiman, Senior Director of Microsoft Teams Devices Partner Engineering and Certification at Microsoft, “Lenovo’s new ThinkSmart View Plus running Microsoft Teams display is purpose-built just for those spaces, and complements Lenovo’s Microsoft Teams Rooms solutions build for larger meeting spaces.”

F5 Announces General Availability of NGINXaaS for Azure

On the 30th of January, F5 announced availability of an integrated solution co-developed by F5 and Microsoft that empowers enterprises to deliver secure, high-performance applications in the cloud. NGINXaaS for Azure empowers application developers to deliver consistent, secure, and high-performing apps conveniently purchased through the Azure Marketplace and deployed with just a few clicks in the Azure Portal. With NGINXaaS for Azure, customers can seamlessly bring their existing NGINX configurations into the Azure cloud, enabling multi-cloud and hybrid solutions with their NGINX load balancer.

“We have learned so much from our customers in public preview thus far and are thrilled to have integrated more powerful NGINX features into the Azure ecosystem,” said Rob Whiteley, Vice President and General Manager of NGINX at F5. “Together, Microsoft and F5 NGINX are simplifying the deployment and management of applications in complex hybrid environments by enabling developers and cloud teams to optimize performance and deliver consistent security for distributed applications on a global scale.”