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Image - Get Your Trusted ICT Training at the BICSI Learning AcademyGet Your Trusted ICT Training at the BICSI Learning Academy


The BICSI Learning Academy is the ICT industry's premier source for global learning and development, providing in-depth training for voice, data and video distribution design and installation, and project management -- at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Acquire relevant and timely knowledge and skills, plus earn CECs to maintain your certifications.


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Image - Verizon About to Flip the Switch on 5GVerizon About to Flip the Switch on 5G


Verizon says it'll flip the switch this month on a much-hyped, next-generation "5G" phone network. Service will start in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. Verizon expects to have 5G in 30 cities this year.


For now, few people will sign on. The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which currently start at $75 for one person or $160 for a family of four without 5G. On family plans, each 5G line would cost $10 extra. And network access will initially work with just one phone, Motorola's Moto Z3, with a special 5G attachment.


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Image - New New "Phablet" Combines the Best of Phones and Tablets


Handheld has introduced the brand new Nautiz X6 rugged phablet (yes, short for phone + tablet).


The Nautiz X6 ultra-rugged Android phablet is a state-of-the-art device that combines the high-visibility functionality of a tablet and the go-anywhere performance of a rugged handheld. Featuring an expansive 6-inch touchscreen display and protected by super-hardened Gorilla Glass, this device is still lightweight and super slim, making it a perfect rugged phablet to easily take anywhere in the workplace.


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Image - Design, Installation and Project Management Training Coming SoonDesign, Installation and Project Management Training Coming Soon


You'll have the chance to attend a BICSI class this May or June. BICSI's Bonding & Grounding, Data Center, Distribution Design, Installer/Technician, Outside Plant and Project Management classes are coming to Tampa, FL; Baltimore, MD; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Grand Rapids, MI; and Mesa, AZ.


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Image - Data Center Design Expertise Begins at BICSIData Center Design Expertise Begins at BICSI


Give yourself a competitive edge and start the path to the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) credential. Learn the fundamentals with DC101: Introduction to Data Center Design. This self-paced, online course outlines the data center design process and criteria, systems, components, sustainability, commissioning and maintenance.


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Image - World's Thinnest and First-Ever Flexible Wireless Charging PadWorld's Thinnest and First-Ever Flexible Wireless Charging Pad


PlusUs has introduced Xpad, the world's thinnest and first-ever flexible wireless charging pad.


Featuring a charging pad made entirely from genuine Italian leather, real timber veneer or cork, Xpad is a beautiful, modern design handcrafted from eco-friendly materials. Xpad is proportioned to accommodate all smartphone sizes and is perfect for any home or work setting.


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Image - txtsmarter Captures Mobile Communications Data for Compliance & Governancetxtsmarter Captures Mobile Communications Data for Compliance & Governance


txtsmarter has launched its enterprise mobile communications compliance & governance platform to help organizations seamlessly capture all nonverbal communications on devices across both work and social media platforms. This helps to ensure that organizations are fully compliant with industry compliance and governance regulations.


Messages can be quickly and efficiently archived and retrieved with txtsmarter's enterprise-class search and synch solution for compliance analysts. txtsmarter can also seamlessly populate CRM systems, like Salesforce, with information gathered from SMS interactions, leading to more enriched data sets for sales organizations.


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Image - Achieving Excellence is Closer Than You ThinkAchieving Excellence is Closer Than You Think


BICSI's telecommunications project management program provides the tools needed to lead your team to project completion, no matter the complexity. From initial project planning to completion, you get a full-picture look at how to lead a dependable team.


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Image - World's First Software Platform to Offer Safe, Private, Fast Business ConnectivityWorld's First Software Platform to Offer Safe, Private, Fast Business Connectivity


PCCW Global, international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, and data center and cloud specialist TierPoint are collaborating to offer US-based enterprises the world's first global software-defined interconnection platform.


As enterprises migrate critical applications and content to the cloud, they are discovering that the public Internet was not designed or built with business connectivity in mind, especially when it comes to reliable performance, predictability and security. PCCW Global's Console Connect answers these business challenges by delivering an affordable platform that makes connections to cloud-based applications, partners and client IT infrastructure simple, easily managed, predictable and secure, with seamless access to the world's major cloud hosting services.


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Image - Single-Tap Texting App Simplifies Doing Business on Your iPhoneSingle-Tap Texting App Simplifies Doing Business on Your iPhone


TapText LLC, a Brooklyn-based tech startup, has launched its iOS app TapText.


The app is targeted for busy sales professionals who rely on texting to communicate with clients. This all-mobile experience offers users a simple way to store their frequently-sent text messages and send them to anyone with a single tap right from Apple's Messages app.


Hailed as "the game changer for sales professionals," the app allows users to store an unlimited number of text messages that can be sent with a single tap from the familiar interface of Apple's native messaging app. Some common ways TapText can be used include sending company info, business contact/signature, a quick missed call acknowledgement, business application requirements, event summaries, web links, and driving directions.


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Image - Free Virtual Router Service Could Save Up to 70% of Cost for Rural ProvidersFree Virtual Router Service Could Save Up to 70% of Cost for Rural Providers


netElastic's Virtual Access Services Router changes the economics of rural networks through innovative software-defined networking.


To help rural carriers to get up and running, netElastic has introduced a Free Virtual Access Services Router program, including free software, licensing, and support. netElastic's new program is designed to help rural providers transform and future-proof their networks without spending lots of money.

"Large network operators have been moving to software-defined networking for greater cost savings and flexibility," said David Williams, netElastic's Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. "Our free Virtual Access Services Router program allows rural providers to experience these same benefits without any initial investment or financial risk."


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