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Is GalaxySpace China’s answer to Starlink?

Total Telecom | Jan. 20, 2022, 7 p.m.

Chinese state media is reporting that burgeoning satellite firm GalaxySpace is planning to launch 1,000 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, ultimately aiming to compete with SpaceX’s high-profile Starlink constellation. According to the media, the first batch of six satellites have already been produced, tested, and delivered to their launch site.Naturally, this new constellation will have some catching up to do, with Starlink having already launched around 2,000 devices, with plans to increase the constellation size to 42,000. However…read more on TotalTele.com »

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M1 Group finds a Burmese partner to greenlight Telenor Myanmar deal

Total Telecom | Jan. 20, 2022, 7 p.m.

As a result of the military coup in February 2021, providing services as a telecoms operator in Myanmar has become harder and harder. For Telenor, one of the country’s largest operators, the situation soon became untenable, with the company writing off their investment in May last year. By July, the Norwegian operator had agreed to sell the struggling unit to Lebanon’…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Telenor looks to go “beyond connectivity” with new AWS partnership

Total Telecom | Jan. 19, 2022, 7 p.m.

Telenor has today announced that it has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), aiming to extend its cloud footprint and develop additional 5G and edge services for industry customers.The agreement builds on Telenor’s existing work with AWS, which includes various explorations of private 5G in both Europe and Asia. Perhaps the most notable development of the companies’ collaboration so far is the development of Telenor’s “network on wheels (NOW)”…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Digitally transforming the German public sector: The path to a smarter society

Total Telecom | Jan. 19, 2022, 7 p.m.

2021 was an exciting year for the Germany telecoms sector, a year which saw the rollouts of the latest mobile and fixed broadband technologies accelerate rapidly. Indeed, when it comes to fibre, for example, Germany achieved record network expansions in 2021, according to German fibre optic association BREKO. But building out infrastructure is just a small part of ensuring the digitalisation of society at large, where both individuals and organisations are often slow to take advantage of new technologies.   This is where the public sector has a critical role to play. From increasing digital education throughout the community to providing improved access to services, the public sector must first undertake their own digital transformation before they can begin delivering benefits to society.  …read more on TotalTele.com »

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Safaricom’s first data centre reaches Ethiopia ahead of service launch

Total Telecom | Jan. 19, 2022, 7 p.m.

In May last year, the Ethiopian regulator announced that a Safricom-led consortium, then named the Global Partnership for Ethiopia, had won one of two available licences to offer commercial telecoms services in the country. The special purpose acquisition company, now known as Safaricom Ethiopia, is majority owned by Safaricom (55.7%), who is joined by Sumimoto (27.2%), CDC Group (10.9%), and Vodacom (6.2%).The successful $850 million bid marked the end of one of the world’…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Microsoft and Activision’s shared virtual universe

FT | Jan. 19, 2022, midnight

AT&T and Verizon limit 5G service near US airports after airlines’ outcry

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Ericsson and Apple renew 5G patent clash

Total Telecom | Jan. 18, 2022, 7 p.m.

Back in 2015, Apple signed a seven-year patent-licencing agreement with Ericsson, authorising the iPhone maker to use various technology patents covering 2G, 3G, and 4G.Now, with that agreement likely expired, the time has come for Apple to renew the patents, as well as signing new ones for Ericsson’s latest 5G technologies. However, the relationship between the two companies has grown shaky…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Reliance Jio overtakes BSNL to become Indian fixed broadband leader

Total Telecom | Jan. 18, 2022, 7 p.m.

To say that Reliance Jio, the telecoms arm of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries conglomerate, has disrupted the Indian market would be a gross understatement. When the company launched commercial mobile services in 2016, the low cost of its mobile plans initiated a brutal price war, ultimately leading to broad market consolidation, including the creation of Vodafone Idea (now Vi)…read more on TotalTele.com »

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“Little tangible progress”: DCMS slammed over unclear gigabit broadband progress

Total Telecom | Jan. 18, 2022, 7 p.m.

Back in 2019, DCMS announced that it would seek to achieve nationwide gigabit-capable broadband coverage by 2025. This announcement was met with broad scepticism by the UK telecoms community, who suggested that this target would be difficult to achieve, even with a high level of government support and industry collaboration. As a result, in 2020 DCMS revised their target, lowering it from 100% coverage to a more reasonable 85% of UK premises.To help deliver on these targets, in 2019, the government pledged £5 billion in public funding to help connect the most difficult-to-reach 20% of households with gigabit…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Macquarie buys copper assets from Telefonica for €200m

Total Telecom | Jan. 17, 2022, 7 p.m.

According to reports coming from Spanish newspaper Cinco Dias, Telefonica has sold part of its copper infrastructure in Spain to Australian infrastructure fund Macquarie for around €200 million.Exactly how much copper and where it is situated within Spain has not been revealed, though it is mostly extant in areas in which Telefonica has yet to deploy fibre…read more on TotalTele.com »

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$22.5bn 5G auction sees AT&T win big

Total Telecom | Jan. 16, 2022, 7 p.m.

Back in November, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed its latest mid-band 5G spectrum auction, raising $22.5 billion. Now, the winners of the auction have been announced, with AT&T and Dish the top spenders.The auction, which began in October last year, offered a further 100MHz of midband spectrum in the 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz bands to the operators. Following this auction, US operators will have a total of 530MHz of mid…read more on TotalTele.com »

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IP Telecom strikes deal with Nokia to defend against quantum cyber attacks

Total Telecom | Jan. 16, 2022, 7 p.m.

Today, Nokia has announced it has struck a deal with IP Telecom to expand the latter’s data centre cloud connectivity infrastructure to metro areas in Portugal. The deal will see Nokia build an encrypted optical data centre interconnect (DCI) solution, including upgrades to multiple 100Gbps and 200Gbps wavelengths. In future, the solution will be able to deliver 400GE services.IP Telecom currently operates three major data centres in Portugal –…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Orange and Engie team up to shift African data centre to solar power

Total Telecom | Jan. 16, 2022, 7 p.m.

Built back in 2016 and situated in Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, the GOS (Groupement Orange Services) data centre is a major component in Orange’s broader data centre network throughout Africa. The site covers 16,600 square metres and hosts IT and telecoms equipment to support all 18 of Orange’s Middle East and Africa subsidiaries…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Tech Giants Weave an Undersea Web of Power

Wall Street Journal | Jan. 15, 2022, midnight

Google, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft increasingly dominate the internet’s critical fiber-optic infrastructure.

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Cox asks Delaware Supreme Court to release it from using T-Mobile for MVNO

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Openreach chairman leading Ofcom race

Broadband TV News | Jan. 14, 2022, 8 a.m.

The chairman of Openreach, Mike McTighe, has emerged as the leading contender to head Ofcom. It followed the failed attempt to install Boris Johnson’s preferred candidate Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, as chairman of the media and telecoms regulator. At the time an independent panel led by a senior civil servant […]

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Eurobites: Lebanon's telcos in 'crisis management mode'

Light Reading | Jan. 14, 2022, 7:40 a.m.

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM rides the rails; BT chairman in line for regulator role; Ukraine suffers massive cyberattack.

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Facebook faces £2.3bn lawsuit in UK over user exploitation

Total Telecom | Jan. 13, 2022, 7 p.m.

Facebook, now rebranded as Meta, is set to face its first class action lawsuit in the UK, with the claimants seeking at least £2.3 billion in damages.The lawsuit, being brought by competition law expert Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, suggests that the social media platform used its dominant market position to force 44 million users to agree to terms and conditions that allowed their data to be exploited…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Eir offloads stake in Tetra Ireland to Digital 9

Total Telecom | Jan. 13, 2022, 7 p.m.

Eir has announced its intention to sell its stake in Tetra Ireland to Digital 9 Infrastructure for €76 million.Tetra Ireland owns and operates the National Digital Radio Service (NDRS), which is used by Ireland’s emergency services and public safety organisations. The company was first commissioned to develop the purpose…read more on TotalTele.com »

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In bad news for US cloud services, Austrian website’s use of Google Analytics found to breach GDPR

TechCrunch | Jan. 13, 2022, 1 a.m.

A decision by Austria’s data protection watchdog upholding a complaint against a website related to its use of Google Analytics does not bode well for use of US cloud services in Europe. The decision raises a big red flag over routine use of tools that require transferring Europeans’ personal data to the US for processing […]

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CTIA forms new 5G Security Test Bed

Total Telecom | Jan. 12, 2022, 7 p.m.

Since 5G was first conceived many years ago, one of the technology’s major selling points was its increased security compared to 4G and older generations of mobile technology. Now, some years after widespread deployment, this premise has largely been proven true for commercial networks, partly through the ability of 5G to encrypt more data, but also via the nature of its architecture itself, being more software and cloud-based and thus allowing for better monitoring of security threats…read more on TotalTele.com »

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