Daily Archives: November 12, 2019

ZephyrTel annonce l’acquisition d’Accuris Networks

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 12 novembre 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ZephyrTel, une entreprise de logiciels dédiée au service des opérateurs de téléphonie mondiaux, est heureuse d’annoncer l’acquisition avec effet immédiat des activités d’Accuris Networks.

L’acquisition d’Accuris Networks s’inscrit dans le plan de ZephyrTel, dont le but est de fournir une suite logicielle de télécommunications de bout en bout aux entreprises de télécommunications du monde entier, grâce à des stratégies qui prennent en charge à la fois les opérations et les systèmes de soutien aux entreprises (OSS/BSS) et elle affirme l’orientation et la stratégie de l’entreprise en matière de leadership dans le cloud, sur le marché des entreprises de télécommunications.

La plateforme « Connect » d’Accuris Networks, leader de l’interconnectivité mondiale, est utilisée par les opérateurs mobiles et fixes mondiaux et les fournisseurs de services verticaux pour étendre leurs réseaux et leurs marchés afin d’optimiser les accès, la couverture et la capacité nécessaires aux applications mobiles, IoT et 5G, à un coût avantageux. Accuris Networks propose une solution opérationnelle et commerciale intégrale qui simplifie fortement la connectivité entre les réseaux.

D’après Cisco VNI, en février 2019, 59 % de l’ensemble du trafic de données mobiles sera déchargé d’ici 2022 et les opérateurs ont besoin d’une intégration plus étroite entre les réseaux pour tirer le meilleur parti des dernières normes telles que Wi-Fi 6 et Passpoint. Avec la croissance et l’utilisation exponentielles des smartphones, transporteurs et abonnés tirent profit d’une connectivité sans friction, afin de passer en toute transparence et en toute sécurité entre les réseaux LTE, GSM, Wi-Fi, IPX et les réseaux fixes, tout en garantissant une qualité d’expérience supérieure.

Mike Shinya, PDG de ZephyrTel, a déclaré : « Le fait d’adjoindre Accuris Networks à notre portefeuille grandissant de produits dans le cloud est un immense privilège, une preuve supplémentaire et concrète de notre objectif de créer de la valeur pour les entreprises de télécommunications dans le monde entier. Nous souhaitons devenir un partenaire de premier plan pour les sociétés de télécommunications, dans leur transformation numérique et dans leurs programmes de migration dans le cloud, tout en continuant à acquérir et développer de nouvelles solutions qui apportent des gains d’efficacité et de productivité à nos clients. »

La plateforme sera mise sur le marché tout comme les autres produits logiciels acquis dans le portefeuille de ZephyrTel le sont actuellement, parmi lesquels Mobilogy Now, PeerApp, VoltDelta, Vasona, NewNet Messaging, Invigorate, ResponseTek for Telco et Service Gateway.

À propos de ZephyrTel
Créé au début de 2018, ZephyrTel a connu une évolution rapide pour générer dans des délais très courts un chiffre d’affaires de 70 millions USD et compte parmi ses clients plus de 330 des principaux opérateurs télécoms mondiaux. ZephyrTel est au service de l’industrie des télécommunications dans le monde entier avec des solutions dans le cloud pour la téléphonie mobile, les infrastructures, le commerce de détail et l’expérience client, en élargissant continuellement sa gamme de produits de télécommunications. Vous trouverez plus d’informations sur le site : www.zephyrtel.com.

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez contacter :
Martyn Lambert, directeur général du marketing martyn.lambert@zephyrtel.com
Buddie Ceronie, vice-président principal – Réussite des clients buddie.ceronie@zephyrtel.com

ZephyrTel Announces Acquisition of Accuris Networks

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ZephyrTel, a software company dedicated to serving global telecommunications operators, is pleased to announce it has acquired Accuris Networks’ business with immediate effect.

The acquisition of Accuris Networks is part of ZephyrTel’s plan to deliver an end to end Telco application suite to telecom businesses worldwide through strategies that surround both Operations and Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) and is a statement of the company’s focus and strategy on cloud leadership in the Telco market.

Accuris Networks world-leading Global “Connect” interconnectivity platform is utilised by global mobile and fixed operators and vertical service providers to expand their networks and markets to best leverage low-cost access, coverage and capacity required for Mobile, IoT and 5G applications. Accuris Networks offers a complete operational and commercial solution to significantly simplify connectivity between networks.

With 59% of all Mobile data traffic offloaded by 2022 according to Cisco VNI Feb 2019, Carriers require tighter integration between networks to best leverage the latest standards such as Wi-Fi 6 and Passpoint. With ever-increasing smartphone growth and usage, Carriers and subscribers benefit with frictionless connectivity to move seamlessly and securely between LTE, GSM, Wi-Fi, IPX and fixed networks while ensuring a superior quality of experience.

ZephyrTel CEO, Mike Shinya, commented: “It is a great privilege to add Accuris Networks to our growing cloud product portfolio, a further proof point towards our goal of providing value to telecoms businesses worldwide. We aspire to be a leading partner to Telco companies in their digital transformation and cloud migration programmes, as we continue to acquire and develop new solutions that bring efficiencies and productivity gains to our customers.”

The platform will be taken to market in the same way that other acquired software products in ZephyrTel’s portfolio are currently, including Mobilogy Now, PeerApp, VoltDelta, Vasona, NewNet Messaging, Invigorate, ResponseTek for Telco and Service Gateway.

About ZephyrTel
Launched in early 2018, ZephyrTel has rapidly scaled up to reach revenues of $70M, and its customers include more than 330 of the leading Telecom Operators globally. ZephyrTel is serving the telecommunications industry worldwide with cloud solutions for mobile, infrastructure, retail and customer experience, continuously extending its Telco product range. More information: www.zephyrtel.com.

For further information please email:
Martyn Lambert, Chief Marketing Officer martyn.lambert@zephyrtel.com
Buddie Ceronie, SVP Customer Success buddie.ceronie@zephyrtel.com

Groundbreaking Publication from African People & Wildlife and National Geographic Advances Community Engagement in Conservation

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Nov. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The support and active engagement of local communities is a critical component of securing a healthy future for our planet—including all beings, human and wild. Community, Conservation, and Collaboration: A Framework for Success—created by African People & Wildlife in partnership with the National Geographic Society—provides lessons, strategies, and best practices to anyone working to engage and empower communities in the process of enhanced conservation and natural resource management. Developed from the experience of over 50 organizations across eastern and southern Africa, the framework and its associated toolkit go beyond theory to address the very important question of “how.”

“Today, in the face of unprecedented threats to our planet’s wildlife and ecosystems, collaborating with and empowering local communities is fundamental to the success of biodiversity conservation,” said Jonathan Baillie, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist at National Geographic Society. “Together, I believe we can accelerate meaningful solutions to protect the great diversity of life and build a brighter future for all.”

The framework was designed as a living and evolving document, providing NGOs, conservation practitioners, and protected area managers in Africa and beyond with a strong and elastic process for community engagement from which all organizations can learn and adapt. Training opportunities and an accompanying curriculum will be announced in the coming months.

About African People & Wildlife
African People & Wildlife (APW) works to ensure a future where humans and wild animals thrive living side by side. Operating on the ground in Tanzania, APW partners with communities to create effective, sustainable solutions that improve the lives of rural Africans while protecting the natural world. To learn more, visit africanpeoplewildlife.org.

About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of the world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature experiences, stories and content. To learn more, visit www.nationalgeographic.org or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

How Do You Save Endangered Gorillas? With Lots of Human Help

KINIGI, RWANDA – Deep in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside.

Biologist Jean Paul Hirwa notes her meal on his tablet computer as he peers out from behind a nearby stand of stinging nettles.

The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Hirwa makes a low hum � “ahh-mmm” � imitating the gorillas’ usual sound of reassurance.

“I’m here,” Hirwa is trying to say. “It’s OK. No reason to worry.”

Hirwa and the two great apes are all part of the world’s longest-running gorilla study � a project begun in 1967 by famed American primatologist Dian Fossey.

Yet Fossey herself, who died in 1985, would likely be surprised any mountain gorillas are still left to study. Alarmed by rising rates of poaching and deforestation in central Africa, she predicted the species could go extinct by 2000.

Instead, a concerted and sustained conservation campaign has averted the worst and given a second chance to these great apes, which share about 98% of human DNA. Last fall, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature changed the status of mountain gorillas from “critically endangered” to “endangered,” an improved if still-fragile designation.

It wouldn’t have happened without an intervention some biologists call “extreme conservation,” which has entailed monitoring every single gorilla in the rainforest, periodically giving them veterinary care and funding forest protection by sending money into communities that might otherwise resent not being able to convert the woods into cropland.

Instead of disappearing, the number of mountain gorillas � a subspecies of eastern gorillas � has risen from 680 a decade ago to just over 1,000 today. Their population is split between two regions, including mist-covered defunct volcanoes within Congo, Uganda and Rwanda � one of Africa’s smallest and most densely populated countries.

“The population of mountain gorillas is still vulnerable,” says George Schaller, a renowned biologist and gorilla expert. “But their numbers are now growing, and that’s remarkable.”

Once depicted in legends and films like “King Kong” as fearsome beasts, gorillas are actually languid primates that eat only plants and insects, and live in fairly stable, extended family groups. Their strength and chest-thumping displays are generally reserved for contests between male rivals.

Every week, scientists like Hirwa, who works for the nonprofit conservation group the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, gather data as part of long-term behavioral research.

If they see any health problems in the gorillas, they inform the staff at Gorillas Doctors, a nongovernmental group whose veterinarians work in the forest. The vets monitor wounds and signs of respiratory infections, but intervene only sparingly.

When they do, they almost never remove the animals from the mountain.

“Our hospital is the forest,” says Jean Bosco Noheli, a veterinarian at Gorilla Doctors. When his team goes into the field to address a gorilla emergency, they must carry everything they might need in equipment bags weighing up to 100 pounds � including portable X-ray machines.

Schaller conducted the first detailed studies of mountain gorillas in the 1950s and early ’60s. He also was the first to discover that wild gorillas could, over time, become comfortable with periodic human presence, a boon to researchers and, later, tourists.

Today, highly regulated tour groups hike in the Rwandan rainforest to watch gorillas.

Ticket revenue pays for operating costs and outstrips what might have been made from converting the rainforest to potato farms and cattle pastures. About 40% of the forest already was cleared for agriculture in the early 1970s.

“With tourism, the tension is always not to overexploit,” says Dirck Byler, great ape conservation director at the nonprofit Global Wildlife Conservation, which is not involved in the Rwanda gorilla project. “But in Rwanda, so far they’re careful, and it’s working.”

The idea of using tourism to help fund conservation was contentious when conservationists Bill Weber and Amy Vedder first proposed it while living in Rwanda during the 1970s and ’80s. Fossey herself was skeptical, but the pair persisted.

“The wonder of the gorillas’ lives, their curiosity, their social interactions � we felt that’s something that could be accessible to others, through careful tourism,” Vedder says.

Figuring out the balance of how many people could visit the forest, and for how long, was a delicate process of trial and error, Weber says.

In 2005, the Rwandan government adopted a model to steer 5% of tourism revenue from Volcanoes National Park to build infrastructure in surrounding villages, including schools and health clinics. Two years ago, the share was raised to 10%.

To date, about $2 million has gone into funding village projects, chief park warden Prosper Uwingeli says.

“We don’t want to protect the park with guns. We want to protect and conserve this park with people who understand why, and who take responsibility,” he says.

The money from tourism helps, but the region is still poor.

Jean Claude Masengesho lives with his parents and helps them farm potatoes. About once a week, the 21-year-old earns a little extra money helping tourists carry their bags up the mountain, totaling about $45 a month. He would someday like to become a tour guide, which could earn him about $320 monthly.

The obstacle is that most tour guides have attended college, and Masengesho isn’t sure how his family can afford tuition.

“It’s my dream, but it’s very hard,” he says. “In this village, every young person’s dream is to work in the park.”

Source: Voice of America