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Bill Gates Launches Reinvented Toilet Expo Showcasing New ...

Gates Foundation and Global Partners Announce Commitments to Advance Commercialization of Disruptive, Off-Grid Toilet Technologies

BEIJING, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), today joined global innovators, development banks, private-sector players, and governments at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing. Together, they committed to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of disruptive sanitation technologies world-wide over the next decade. Rapid expansion of new, off-grid sanitation products and systems could dramatically reduce the global human and economic toll of unsafe sanitation, including the deaths of half a million children under the age of 5 each year and the more than $200 billion that is lost due to health care costs and decreased income and productivity.

A range of companies from around the world came together at the Expo to display a new class of sanitation solutions that eliminate harmful pathogens and convert waste into by-products like clean water and fertilizer—all without connections to sewers or water lines. Companies from China (Clear, CRRC, EcoSan), the United States (Sedron Technologies), India (Eram Scientific, Ankur Scientific, Tide Technocrats), and Thailand (SCG Chemicals) announced the availability of the world’s first pathogen-killing reinvented toilets and small-scale waste treatment plants (called omni-processors), which are now ready for sale to municipal and private entities. LIXIL, headquartered in Japan, announced plans to bring to pilot a household-level reinvented toilet based on a leading prototype.

“This Expo showcases, for the first time, radically new, decentralized sanitation technologies and products that are business-ready,” said Bill Gates during the opening plenary of the Reinvented Toilet Expo. “It’s no longer a question of if we can reinvent the toilet and other sanitation systems. It’s a question of how quickly this new category of off-grid solutions will scale.”

Development finance institutions at the Expo—including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank—announced commitments with the potential to unlock $2.5 billion in financing for City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation projects that provide people in all parts of a city—including the poorest neighborhoods—with safely managed sanitation services. The banks’ pledges represent the biggest-ever coordinated set of commitments exclusively for urban sanitation. Significantly, these efforts will accelerate the adoption of novel non-sewered sanitation solutions in low- and middle-income countries. UNICEF announced an ambitious, new sanitation market-shaping strategy to help scale and deploy product and service innovations and increase private-sector engagement. The French Development Agency committed to double its funding for sanitation work globally by 2022, up to 600 million euros (US $683 million) per year.

“Rapidly scalable systems that can deliver safe, sustainable sanitation to communities is fundamental to quality of life and the development of human capital,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who participated in the Expo plenary. “Sanitation is a growing priority for the World Bank Group and many global leaders. I’m pleased to announce our new partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will help catalyze a new generation of solutions that can bring safe sanitation to everyone, everywhere on earth.”

According to a recent Boston Consulting Group analysis, there are considerable untapped opportunities for companies that come early to the new non-sewered sanitation category. The reinvented toilet market alone is conservatively estimated to become a $6 billion global annual revenue opportunity by 2030. It could help open the door to a new, potentially larger sanitation sector and value chain supported by private and public investments in products, jobs, and services. A World Health Organization study showed an even bigger return on investment for broadly advancing safe sanitation globally: Every dollar invested in sanitation provides, on average, an economic return of $5.50.1

LIXIL’s announcement of its entry into the reinvented toilet market at the Expo signalled an important milestone for sanitation industry leaders. “Now is the time,” said Kinya Seto, president of LIXIL. “Innovative companies have a golden opportunity to do well by doing good. We can help jumpstart a new era of safe sanitation for the 21st century by developing solutions that can leapfrog today’s existing infrastructure, functioning anywhere and everywhere.”

More than half of the world’s population, 4.5 billion people, continue to live without access to safely managed sanitation. In many cities in the global south, more than 50 percent of human waste escapes into the environment untreated.

Emerging trends, from climate change to demographic shifts, signal an intensification of the sanitation crisis and a need for faster progress. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, close to 70 percent of the world’s population will live in dense urban areas, putting a strain on already-inadequate city-level sanitation systems and infrastructure. Much of the growth will occur in low-income countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where water scarcity is likely to hit hardest.

Off-grid innovations such as mobile phones have dramatically improved economic opportunity, safety, and quality of life for billions of the world’s poorest in recent decades. But while global leaders hasten investments in smart sustainable cities, the global sanitation sector—from utilities to products and services—risks lagging far behind unless concerted action is taken.

Senegal’s minister for water and sanitation, Mansour Faye, who has supported early piloting and development of the Gates Foundation-funded omni-processor, commented on the progress demonstrated at the Expo: “Visionary governments that welcome these new, non-sewered sanitation solutions into communities and cities will help people live healthier and more prosperous lives. There has never been this much opportunity for countries to use innovation to improve sanitation, and to partner with the private sector to deliver it effectively to people who need it most.”

“Thanks to the joint effort of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the China Chamber of International Commerce and the Gates Foundation, the Expo aims to showcase and promote a new generation of toilet technologies, concepts, materials, equipment and management systems that are both revolutionary and innovative. Together, we aim to accelerate the application of these new concepts, materials and technologies, and promote the wide adoption and commercialization of new toilet technologies,” said Chen Zhou, vice chairman of the CCPIT.

The Gates Foundation has invested more than $200 million since 2011 in early-stage reinvented toilet and omni-processor R&D aimed at lowering barriers and risk for the private sector and governments to adopt new sanitation solutions. At the Expo, the foundation shared its plans to invest an additional $200 million to support continued R&D that can help bring down the costs of new sanitation products for the poor and bolster market development in regions where new, non-sewered sanitation products can have the greatest impact.

Twenty reinvented toilet and omni-processor technologies and products rooted in the foundation’s portfolio of investments are now available for commercial licencing and production. Many are expected to meet newly published international standards, known as International Organization for Standardization 30500, created to define the operational requirements for the reinvented toilet, as well as other existing and future stand-alone, non-sewered sanitation technologies. The standards set targets for safety, processing capability, operational performance, and waste by-products to ensure product safety for users.

Information about available reinvented toilet and omni-processor technologies and products can be found at: www.stepsforsanitation.org/rte .

For more information about the Reinvented Toilet Expo, please contact: media@gatesfoundation.org.

A digital press box with press materials, b-roll, and images for publication is available at RTE Beijing 2018.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. www.gatesfoundation.org / @gatesfoundation

1 5 WHO, “Global Costs and Benefits of Drinking-water Supply and Sanitation Interventions to Reach the MDG Target and Universal Coverage,” 2012, http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/2012/globalcosts.pdf

Spark ATM Systems Provides Massmart Customers Additional Access to ...

ATMs to be placed in over 300 Walmart-subsidiary stores trading as Game, Cambridge, Makro, Rhino, Jumbo, Builders and others

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shoppers at Massmart Group companies including Game, Cambridge, Makro, Rhino, Jumbo and Builders stores will now have additional and consistent access to convenient cash with in-store ATMs through an agreement concluded between Massmart, South Africa’s second largest retailer group, and Spark ATM Systems, the premier independent ATM deployer in South Africa and a subsidiary of Cardtronics.

Spark will become the primary provider of bank-branded turnkey ATM installations including terminal driving, processing, monitoring, cash replenishment and maintenance of ATMs at more than 300 Massmart group stores.

“We know we can count on Spark’s nationwide scale and extensive experience in working with diverse retailers to streamline our customers’ shopping experience,” said Gerhard Hayes, Group Financial Services Executive at Massmart which is owned by global retail giant Walmart. “From store to store, our customers will enjoy the same easy access to their cash using the best ATM technology and highest customer service levels in the South African ATM market.”

“Consumers appreciate the convenience of being able to accomplish multiple tasks in one place, such as withdrawing cash while they shop,” said Spark ATM’s Managing Director Marc Sternberg. “We are excited to aid Massmart in providing their customers with additional convenience as well as secure access to cash across the Massmart group stores.”

ATM deployments will commence in November 2018 and will be installed into the majority of Massmart stores within twelve months.

About Massmart
Massmart, Africa’s second largest retail group, with annualised sales of R90.6 billion, comprises four divisions operating in 425 stores across thirteen sub-Saharan countries. Through their widely recognized and differentiated retail and wholesale formats, they have leading shares in the General Merchandise, Liquor, Home Improvement and Wholesale Food markets. Their key foundations of high volume, low cost and operational excellence enable their price leadership.

About Spark ATM Systems
Spark ATM Systems is the premier independent ATM deployer in South Africa, installing and operating industry-leading ATM equipment to service the South African banking and retail ATM market. It has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardtronics plc (Nasdaq:CATM) since January 2017. Based in Cape Town, Spark operates a growing network of approximately 3,850 ATMs located across South Africa, processing millions of transactions each month. The company has a proven track record of providing innovative solutions for large and small retailers, financial institutions and independent merchants whose customers want quick, convenient and affordable access to their cash. For more information about Spark, visit www.sparkatm.co.za.

About Cardtronics (Nasdaq: CATM)
Cardtronics is the trusted leader in financial self-service, enabling cash transactions at approximately 230,000 ATMs across 10 countries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. Leveraging our unmatched scale, expertise and innovation, top-tier merchants and businesses of all sizes use our ATM solutions to drive growth, in-store traffic, and retail transactions. Financial services providers rely on Cardtronics to deliver superior service at their own ATMs, on Cardtronics ATMs where they place their brand, and through Cardtronics’ Allpoint Network, the world’s largest surcharge-free ATM network, with over 55,000 locations. As champions of cash, Cardtronics converts digital currency into physical cash, driving payments choice for businesses and consumers alike.

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Le projet PEACE Cable entre dans la phase de fabrication de câbles ...

SUZHOU, Chine, 29 octobre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — En collaboration avec Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd, PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd, une filiale de HENGTONG, a le plaisir d’annoncer aujourd’hui que le projet PEACE Cable est entré dans la phase de fabrication de câbles et de matériaux. S’étendant sur 12 000 km, le système PEACE Cable reliera l’Asie, l’Afrique et l’Europe et devrait être opérationnel d’ici le premier trimestre de 2020.

Route Overview of PEACE Cable

Une fois achevé, le système PEACE Cable à haut débit de 16 Tbits/s par paire de fibre, doté de la technologie 200G, offrira les itinéraires les plus courts sortant de la Chine et allant vers l’Europe et l’Afrique, réduisant considérablement le temps de latence et fournissant une nouvelle autoroute numérique pour connecter les régions entre elles. Les centres de données en accès libre et neutres vis-à-vis des opérateurs de ce système auront une grande incidence sur les pays connectés au réseau câblé.

Les câbles utilisés dans le cadre de ce projet sont fournis par Hengtong Marine Cable Systems, dont les câbles sous-marins sont également utilisés à l’échelle mondiale dans des projets récents comme le projet FOA au Chili, le projet PNG en Papouasie–Nouvelle-Guinée, le projet Avassa aux Comores, le projet NaSCOM aux Maldives, le projet Megacable au Mexique et le projet IGW au Pérou.

« PEACE Cable a établi un nouveau modèle d’entreprise dans le secteur des câbles sous-marins qui joue le rôle de pont dans les communications de ces régions et offre un potentiel de connectivité aux acteurs tout au long de l’itinéraire en investissant dans les relais pour gagner de la bande passante à la source, et ce de manière efficace », a déclaré le directeur d’exploitation de PEACE Cable, Sun Xiaohua.

À propos du projet PEACE Cable

Le projet PEACE Cable est un système de câbles privé d’une longueur de 12 000 km qui fournit à ses clients des services accessibles, flexibles et neutres vis-à-vis des opérateurs.

La conception du système intégrera les dernières technologies 200G et WSS, qui permettent de transmettre plus de 16 Tbits/s par paire de fibre, répondant ainsi aux besoins croissants des régions en matière de capacité réseau.

Ce réseau offrira un itinéraire rentable et diversifié pour répondre à la demande croissante de capacité réseau en Asie, en Afrique et en Europe, et sa topologie réduira considérablement la latence du réseau en adoptant la connexion directe la plus courte possible et en améliorant la diversité des itinéraires entre elles.

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PEACE Cable Project Enters into Cable and Material Manufacturing Stage

SUZHOU, China, Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of HENGTONG, is pleased to announce today, in conjunction with Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd, that the PEACE Cable project has entered into the cable and material manufacturing stage. The PEACE Cable system spanning 12,000 km will connect Asia, Africa and Europe and is targeted to be ready for service in the first quarter of 2020.

Route Overview of PEACE Cable

Once completed, the high-speed, 200G, 16Tbps per fiber pair PEACE Cable system will offer the shortest routes from China to Europe and Africa, dramatically reducing latency and providing a new information expressway for interconnection between the regions. The system’s open access and carrier neutral data centers will have a big impact in the countries connected to the cable system.

This project’s cable being used are from Hengtong Marine Cable Systems, whose submarine cables have been applied globally in recent projects such as the FOA project in Chile, the PNG project in Papua New Guinea, Avassa project in Comoros, the NaSCOM project in the Maldives, the Megacable project in Mexico, and the IGW project in Peru.

Sun Xiaohua, Chief Operating Officer of PEACE Cable said, “PEACE Cable has created a new business model in the submarine cable industry that builds a bridge for these regions’ communications and provides connectivity opportunities to players all along the route by investing in the branches and gaining bandwidth on the trunk efficiently.”

About PEACE Cable Project

PEACE Cable Project is a privately owned cable system of 12,000 km and provides open, flexible and carrier-neutral services for its customers.

The system design will adopt the latest 200G technology and WSS technology, which provides the capability to transmit over 16Tbit/s per fiber pair, servicing growing regional capacity needs.

This network will provide a cost-effective, diverse route for the escalating demand for capacity among Asia, Africa and Europe, and the topology will substantially reduce network latency by adopting shortest direct route connectivity and enhancing route diversity between them.

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CONTACT: Qian Cuihong, +86-13013795273

Huawei CloudFabric Supports Container Network Deployment Automation, ...

SHANGHAI, Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei announced that its CloudFabric Cloud Data Center Solution supports container network deployment automation and will be available for the industry-leading enterprise Kubernetes platform via a new plug-in. This solution will be designed to enable customers to obtain a unified network architecture for containers, virtual machines (VMs), and bare metal servers (BMSs), improving service agility. Huawei is collaborating with Red Hat[1] to enable interconnection between Huawei CloudFabric and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with a goal of building a next-generation container network collaboration solution.

Container and VM technologies for computing virtualization coexist in data centers. With the maturity of VMs, container clusters are becoming mainstream service platforms due to their low resource usage, fast startup, and easy migration. After an enterprise begins to deploy containers in production systems, traditional manual configuration and deployment methods can become inefficient at handling basic requirements such as fast container provisioning, unified management, and security isolation. Enterprises need more-agile methods.

Via the plug-in that Red Hat and Huawei are designing, Huawei CloudFabric will be available for industry-leading container solutions such as Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an enterprise Kubernetes platform that is a more secure, consistent foundation to deliver applications, with full-stack automated operations and streamlined developer workflows to get to market faster. The Huawei solution can automatically identify containerized micro-service requirements that are defined in the container platform, convert the requirements into network policies, and deliver policies automatically. Huawei CloudFabric can support login and logout of 10k containers per minute, implementing elastic and on-demand resource scaling. Users can check resource availability in advance and perform closed-loop verification after configuration to enable smooth service operations. In addition, Huawei CloudFabric’s standard open architecture will be optimized for mainstream container platforms such as Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to provide a ready solution for commercial use.

Huawei has been devoted to the container open source community for many years, where Red Hat is also a leader. Both Red Hat (#3) and Huawei (#4) are among the top contributors to the open source Kubernetes project[2]; Huawei is the top provider of Kubernetes container technology among Chinese vendors and the sole Chinese representative of the Kubernetes Technical Oversight Committee.

Mr. Mark Wohlfarth, Global Head of Network Ecosystem for Red Hat said, “Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is one of the most widely used and most comprehensive enterprise-class Kubernetes platforms in the industry. I believe that the cooperation with Huawei CloudFabric Cloud Data Center Solution helps meet customers’ requirements for container-based applications.”

Mr. Yu Tao, Director of Huawei Data Center Network Solution, said, “The data center is the core of the enterprise digital platform. In the data center network field, Huawei adheres to open innovation. Huawei CloudFabric supports container network deployment automation, helping customers easily manage all workloads through a single control interface and achieve service agility and innovation. Through cooperation with Red Hat, we hope that more enterprises can obtain complete and mature commercial solutions.”

The Huawei CloudFabric Cloud Data Center Network Solution has been commercialized in more than 6,400 enterprises worldwide. The solution has helped customers in finance, Internet, carrier, and other sectors implement innovative business services based on “digital twin” technology, enabling data centers to become business value creation centers.

[1] Red Hat, the Shadowman logo and OpenShift are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc.

or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries.

[2] Data from Stackalytics as of Oct. 18, 2018

For more information, visit Huawei CloudFabric.

Must Read Whitepaper, ‘Making Money With Network Slicing’, Hits ...

Network Slicing Leader Cloudstreet Showcases the Vast Opportunities of this Promising New Mobile Business Model

Espoo, Finland & Berlin, Germany, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cloudstreet, ‘The Network Slicing Company’, is pleased to announce the publication of its most recent industry whitepaper, “Making Money with Network Slicing”. A business-forward take on the practice, the paper puts slicing at the very center of the mobile industry’s transition now underway. With a focus on practical, market-ready models, the authors unravel the misconceptions about Network Slicing, exploring its potential to disrupt the cultural and business logjams that have hampered growth.

Less about technology than a new way of doing business, Network Slicing has quickly risen from a mere buzzword to a budget line item, as mobile operators retool for the opportunities to come

“Inherently disruptive, it will create new business ecosystems to support unique and evolving demands that touch quite literally every industry sector and market segment. Like any evolution, it will start small and then scale exponentially as demand grows and the practice becomes more refined. The financial returns will quickly follow and soon become a core top line revenue generator.”

Showcasing several high-value, low-barrier examples including Fixed Wireless, Private LTE, Mobile Gaming and Live User Generated Content, to name a few, the study charts a carrier-friendly course for Network Slicing in today’s 4G networks, and a cogent strategy for staying competitive in what promises to be a highly competitive market in 5G.

“No doubt but that carriers need to lead the way and begin the process of transforming their businesses today” said Mika Skarp, Founder and CEO of Cloudstreet “The next generation of telecom isn’t just about improvements in speed and latency. These are not selling points in and of themselves, but reliability is,” he adds. “There are huge expectations of mobile networks that go well beyond what new antennas and spectrum alone can address. The moment that carriers move on from Best Effort to differentiated Quality-of-Experience and SLA-based business models, the next-generation of mobile will truly begin”

On the occasion of the paper’s publication, Mika Skarp wil be delivering a companion presentation at the Broadband World Forum, Network Slicing Summit, in Berlin Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.

Analyst firm Arthur D. Little suggests that in meeting these demands, carriers can expect a 34% boost in revenues to 2026. That’s a big jump from today’s annual growth average of about 1%. But as the whitepaper points out, addressing the unique needs of multiple segments, particularly in industry 4.0, means being mission-critical ready, leveraging the power of Network Slicing to deliver virtualized dedicated resources to customers of all stripes. And it’s that special recipe, argue the authors, that will have a positive knock-on disruptive effect.

“Traditional go-to-market cycles will accelerate, mobile operator relationships with enterprise, government and small business will become more strategic, networks will become more efficient, resource allocation more logical and both current and future investments in capacity will show dramatically greater return.”

Drawing on years of experience as the first to deploy a market-ready Network Slicing capability at scale, as well as some of the most advanced PoCs, including a demonstration of End-to-End Network Slicing at the recent Telecom Infra Project’s TIP Summit 18 in London, Cloudstreet provides key insights from across functional groups, to paint a clear picture of this promising, soon-to-be defining feature of mobile networks.

Readers interested in the whitepaper can visit the Cloudstreet web site for their online or printable version. Any Mobile Operators interested in a consulting session with Cloudstreet on how Network Slicing can help them achieve their business objectives are invited to email us at sales@cloudstreet.co


About Cloudstreet

Finland-based Cloudstreet is a US and EU patented Network Slicing innovator dedicated to revolutionizing the mobile experience, empowering user choice and driving new MNO revenues. Leveraging the power of Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization (SDN/NFV), Cloudstreet provides the world’s first in-market, carrier-grade Network Slicing Platform. Tailoring Quality of Experience to user demand and context, Cloudstreet delivers application-aware slices for any use case with SLA-assured performance for capacity, latency and throughput. Awarded the EC’s Horizon 2020 grant and Best Connectivity Solution (WCA16), Cloudstreet’s cost-reducing, revenue-generating platform is deployable in today’s 4G networks for any 5G-envisioned network slicing use cases. Visit us at www.cloudstreet.co.

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Brendan Tully Walsh
Cloudstreet
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brendan.walsh@cloudstreet.co

International Trademark Association’s Middle East and Africa ...

New York, Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The International Trademark Association (INTA) will host its 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from December 10 to 11, with a focus on the need to protect intellectual property (IP) to support innovation and economic growth in these developing regions.

As brand owners increasingly look to expand into the Middle East and Africa, the conference will explore the opportunities and challenges of attracting investment into the regions, how innovation is reshaping the economy, and the importance of a thorough IP strategy for effective protection and enforcement in these regions.

“It is an exciting time for brand owners seeking to establish a presence or gain traction in this part of the world. With that, it is critical to understand how to move forward strategically from an IP perspective,” said INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo. “Attendees will have a valuable opportunity at this conference to gain practical knowledge as well as to engage in robust discussions with their colleagues.”

Trademark experts and government officials speaking at the 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference will cover topics that include the impact innovation is having in reshaping the economies in the Middle East and Africa, the balance between the benefits of free trade zones (FTZs) to promote economic growth and the potential exploitation by counterfeiters in FTZs, data protection and privacy, balancing IP rights and regulatory restrictions, and strategies to tackle online counterfeiting.

Exemplifying what technology and innovation can do in our daily lives, the conference’s keynote speaker will be Michael Haddad, a professional athlete, world record holder, environmental advocate, and social entrepreneur. He will relay his inspirational story of how he turned “disability into a distinctive ability” after a spinal cord injury at a young age left him paralyzed from the chest down.

The conference is designed for brand owners, in-house counsel of all levels, law firm practitioners, government officials, trademark professionals, brand protection managers, business development experts, and investors.

For more information about the 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference, visit www.inta.org/2018Dubai.

About the International Trademark Association (INTA)

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation. Members include more than 7,200 trademark owners, professionals, and academics from 191 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education and training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. For more information, please visit www.inta.org.

Charles Kim
International Trademark Association
1-212-642-1771
ckim@inta.org

InMobi Acquires U.S. Based Advertising and Data Company, Pinsight ...

Partnership with former Pinsight parent company, Sprint, will create a U.S. advertising powerhouse

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — InMobi, a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers, today announced the acquisition of Pinsight Media, the mobile data and advertising company formerly wholly owned by Sprint. This all-stock deal is part of a broader strategic partnership between InMobi and Sprint across devices, data, media and marketing.

InMobi is a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As a leading technology company, InMobi has been recognized as a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 company and as Fast Company's 2018 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit inmobi.com

Pinsight Media is a mobile data and brand intelligence company that works with leading U.S. telcos and advertisers across verticals including consumer goods, retail, entertainment and finance. It offers a comprehensive suite of advertising products and services that help businesses uncover new audiences, discover new market opportunities and define more effective customer engagement strategies.

Consumers have very high expectations of how brands engage with them from discovery to purchase and consumption. The acquisition of Pinsight builds on InMobi’s enterprise platforms and enables CMOs to deliver on consumer expectations through improved customer understanding for superior targeting, engagement and retention. By combining network-level mobile data with data from mobile applications and mobile web browsers, InMobi, through the acquisition of PinSight Media, will provide CMOs an integrated end-to-end view of consumers, surpassing other platforms in the industry.

“Sprint’s partnership with InMobi goes beyond this acquisition. We have been looking for a strategic partner that can deliver the latest digital marketing and mobile advertising technologies, besides having a deep appreciation of regulatory, privacy, and data concerns,” said Rob Roy, Chief Digital Officer at Sprint. “This partnership provides Sprint with an innovative partner for driving our marketing success.”

The Pinsight Media acquisition also brings deep insights and a cutting-edge data management platform to the InMobi Marketing Cloud, providing enterprise marketers with a bridge between user behavior and an AI-powered marketing strategy.

“With this acquisition we are creating the most powerful advertising and marketing platform for the U.S. market by unifying online and offline behavior, and providing CMOs with a way to reach and engage consumers, while remaining compliant with privacy and data protection requirements,” said Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO at InMobi. “This industry-first acquisition allows InMobi and Sprint to work on our respective strengths together, and provides a global template for partnerships between advertising platforms and telcos.”

“InMobi is deeply committed to telco partners and building a unique data ecosystem to support our enterprise platform for marketers,” said Anurakt Jain, VP and GM, Strategic Data Partnerships at InMobi. “The acquisition of Pinsight Media significantly enhances our ability to deliver intelligent consumer insights, audiences and customer engagement for CMOs.”

As a result of this acquisition, InMobi will expand its operations in North America to Kansas City, alongside San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. This move follows InMobi’s acquisition of AerServ for $90 million earlier this year in January, and its recent partnership with Microsoft in June.

About InMobi

InMobi is a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As a leading technology company, InMobi has been recognized as a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 company and as one of Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit inmobi.com.

About Pinsight Media

Pinsight Media is a mobile data and brand intelligence company. Leveraging verified, first-party mobile data from more than 32 million mobile users straight off the network, Pinsight Media works together with businesses and marketers to provide actionable insights that support smarter business and marketing decisions. This includes analyzing key demographic, behavioral and location-based information that can help businesses uncover new audiences, discover new market opportunities or define more effective customer engagement strategies.

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