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Huawei exec says security concerns easing with US gov’t

Android Headlines • January 8, 2016

The United States government and Huawei have not seen eye-to-eye for many years, but at CES, a top Huawei executive said he believes the company’s prospects of forging a working relationship with the US could be in the works thanks to several factors. Back in 2012, a US government report specifically included Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE as security threats. The reports cited that equipment from either of these companies could be used as a backdoor for Chinese espionage. Huawei vehemently denied the accusations, but they have, for the most part, been locked out of contracts with US telecom operators.

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The US allegations have not stopped other countries around the world from using Huawei for their infrastructure equipment needs. Major wireless companies in Europe, Latin America and even Canada are customers of Huawei equipment. Huawei and Ericsson remain the leading world suppliers of telecommunications networking gear despite the US government’s report. Huawei’s William Plummer, VP of the company’s external affairs for the US market says that changing views on network security and market consolidation are “eclipsing geographical, border-based solutions…[and] there’s [now] a much clearer understanding of how networks work.” Hacking by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, continued hacks by others and network security issues have taken the focus away from China and Huawei equipment suppliers and refocused it on how to make networks more secure from hackers – not the equipment that runs the network.

Plummer pointed out that recent sales of network infrastructures in Oregon and Washington state shows some progress in the US. This past fall, PocketiNet Communications chose Huawei for their Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) in Walla Walla in Washington State. In May, Eastern Oregon Telecom hooked up with Huawei to bring gigabit broadband to rural customers in Hermiston, Oregon. Plummer said, “We’re focused on those areas that are underserved or unconnected.” He also gives credit to the merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson and Cisco helping to create more opportunities for Huawei. The competition that is going on between the US carriers, especially Verizon and AT&T, are forcing them to look for more competitive pricing and the best products on the market and this could very well point them toward Huawei. The Huawei name also got a huge boost in 2015 when Google chose them to build the popular Nexus 6P smartphone – as consumers get more comfortable with the Huawei name, companies may also turn to them for more equipment needs.

Magnet opens new west of Ireland hub in Galway

Irish Tech News • January 7, 2016

Irish telecoms provider, Magnet, today announced the opening of a new office in Galway to serve businesses across Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

Designated as the Magnet’s West of Ireland hub, the office will provide a sales function as well as local account management to companies in the region for Magnet’s full suite of telecoms solutions. These include broadband speeds of up to 350Mb, as well as a range of unique cloud telecom solutions.

Strong Remote Working Culture

The inaugural Magnet Regional Business Barometer*, a study of 600 SMEs in Ireland conducted by Amárach Research last year, revealed the West to have the highest concentration of remote workers. 24% stated they regularly worked from home and 25% on the road. However, take-up of services beneficial to remote working was the lowest when compared to other regions, with only 1% of businesses availing of VoIP, or internet phone, solutions.

Heading up the operation is former head of SME sales for Magnet in Dublin, Phil Clapperton. Speaking at the launch in his new role as Regional Sales Director he said: “The new Galway office is being set up at an ideal time with lots of ambitious local developments underway, from the establishment of the Galway City Innovation District to the redevelopment of the docks area.”

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Magnet’s Regional Sales Director Philip Clapperton leads
the opening of New West of Ireland hub in Galway

Clapperton continues: “As a telecoms company with a strong business focus, we want to be in a position to better serve businesses in Galway and surrounding counties with local account management that can efficiently respond to their needs. Furthermore, with such an active remote and mobile working culture, we feel there’s an excellent opportunity to educate businesses about the benefits of cloud services and what Magnet can deliver in that respect.”

Some of Magnet’s existing customers in the region include Macnas, The G Hotel, SmartBay, Merrill Brink and PNO.

Information Evening: VoIP and Hosted PBX

Magnet will host a free information evening in the Galway Technology Centre on January 14th, which will look at how companies can transition to and benefit from VoIP and hosted PBX solutions. The event kicks off at 5.30pm and companies who sign up to Magnet Voice can avail of an offer of 6 months free broadband. Full details and registration can be found here.

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Editor’s Notes
Full details of the 2015 Amárach study can be found here.

About Magnet
Established in 2004, Magnet provides broadband, telephony, VoIP, Wi-Fi, hosting and other cloud solutions to both businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Clonshaugh in Dublin, with a new regional office in Galway, Magnet became the first internet service provider to offer a 1Gb internet service through Fibre To The Home (FTTH).

Magnet was also the first telecoms provider in Ireland to launch a cloud telephony solution that allows users to take and make landline calls on regular handsets, PCs, an online portal and a mobile app.

Through its parent company, CVC, it has invested significantly in fibre connectivity to and in Ireland with transatlantic submarine fibre cables and FTTH rollout. Magnet’s London subsidiary, Velocity1, provides broadband to Wembley and Greater West London enabling a smart city initiative. With Aertv, Magnet has also pioneered online TV in Ireland.

For more, visit magnet.ie.