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EXA Infrastructure rises from ashes after GTT fiber sale

Light Reading | Sept. 17, 2021, 10 a.m.

GTT Communications completes the sale of its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital, which has now set up a new business called EXA.

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How Russia has spent a decade crumbling online freedoms - CNET

CNET | Sept. 16, 2021, 10:33 p.m.

The Kremlin has been eroding internet freedom since 2012. The last 18 months have been especially harsh.

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CK Hutchison, Ooredoo Group to merge Indonesian operations

Total Telecom | Sept. 16, 2021, 9 p.m.

Suggested headline: CK Hutchison, Ooredoo Group to merge Indonesian operations In a $6 billion deal, Ooredoo and CK Hutchison have decided to merge their operations in Indonesia to create the country's second-largest service provider, PT Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison.The merged entity will bring together the complementary businesses of the two companies…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Advanced Television: esearch: 5G to boost cloud video revenue

ABI Research | Sept. 15, 2021, 1 a.m.

Today, most media and gaming use cases, especially cloud gaming and cloud video, are consumer-centric, but 5G and edge infrastructure will ultimately cross over to enterprise use cases. “In general, the tectonic shift in the entertainment sector toward streaming of video, music, and games is exciting for CSPs to tap into,” explains Don Alusha, Senior Analyst, 5G Core & Edge Networks at ABI Research. “5G edge networks integrate cellular architecture with IT and cloud infrastructure to reduce end-to-end latency for a multitude of services and use cases.”

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Electronics 360: How 5G will bring new capabilities to gaming and entertainment

ABI Research | Sept. 15, 2021, 1 a.m.

As 5G networks continue to expand in coverage and reach more consumers, the next-generation technology will be a critical enabler for new use cases for other applications.In the case of media, gaming and entertainment, 5G and edge networks are crucial to the development of these segments moving forward, according to new data from ABI Research.5G will extend gaming into a fully immersive, multi-sensorial environment with multi-player collaboration to access and play the same game. This will drive 119 million cloud gaming users by 2024 and ABI forecasts that 5G edge networks stand to unlock cloud video revenues up to $67.5 billion by 2024, up from $5 billion in 2019. This will be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 67%.“In general, the tectonic shift in the entertainment sector toward streaming of video, music and games is exciting for communications service providers (CSPs) to tap into,” said Don Alusha, senior analyst for 5G core and edge networks at ABI Research. “5G edge networks integrate cellular architecture with IT and cloud infrastructure to reduce end-to-end latency for a multitude of services and use cases.”

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On the up – but still bottom of the pile: broadband speeds

Total Telecom | Sept. 14, 2021, 9 p.m.

New research from comparison website cable.co.uk has revealed that the UK has climbed the rankings of the worldwide broadband speed league but is still the 9th slowest in Western Europe. Based on analysis of over 1.1 billion broadband speed tests conducted across 224 countries…read more on TotalTele.com »

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5G to Prop Up Cloud Gaming Users and Drive Cloud Video Revenue to US$67.5 Billion by 2024

ABI Research | Sept. 14, 2021, 5 a.m.

5G edge networks bring new capabilities allowing communications service providers (CSPs) to develop innovative applications, services, and revenue streams in the media and entertainment domain. Edge computing will be a critical enabler for these use cases by providing the perfect compromise between decentralizing network traffic, while centralizing processing capabilities. According to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, 5G and edge networks will extend gaming into a fully immersive, multi-sensorial environment with multi-player collaboration to access and play the same game. This will drive 119 million cloud gaming users by 2024. Furthermore, 5G edge networks stand to unlock cloud video revenues from US$5 billion in 2019 to US$67.5 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 67%.  Today, most media and gaming use cases, especially cloud gaming and cloud video, are consumer-centric, but 5G and edge infrastructure will ultimately cross over to enterprise use cases. “In general, the tectonic shift in the entertainment sector toward streaming of video, music, and games is exciting for CSPs to tap into,” explains Don Alusha, Senior Analyst, 5G Core & Edge Networks at ABI Research. “5G edge networks integrate cellular architecture with IT and cloud infrastructure to reduce end-to-end latency for a multitude of services and use cases.” 5G low latency and edge computing capabilities are crucial for many aspects of media and entertainment services. For example, with 5G, location is immaterial because content can be produced and shared from anywhere without restrictions attached to stationary equipment. Using 5G’s capabilities, the content can subsequently be processed by multiple users in different locations in a simultaneous fashion. Further, the content can be reused for different requirements like second screens, interactive games etc. The ability to create content in a rapid fashion and in multiple locations can reduce media production costs and timescales. The likes of Vodafone, Orange, SK Telecom, and LG UPLUS are taking advantage of this. Ongoing adoption of 5G edge networks will be a driver for several use cases with higher data rates and low latency. “For example, there are 1.5 billion AR enabled devices today (across smartphones, tablets, and smart glasses), and that is before the consumer AR smart glasses wave has even begun. Further, with the advent of 5G and edge capabilities, 2021 and beyond will be a time in which partnerships and collaborations between hyperscalers (e.g., Amazon, Google, Microsoft) and telcos will flourish for both the enterprise and consumer markets,” says Alusha. For telecoms, there will be more collaboration with AI, and VR/AR and software developers to benefit from 5G speeds to deliver more immersive and accurate experiences.“The first step for the industry is to understand the value at stake from gaming, media, and entertainment use cases and be ready to move in at the right moment. The question for CSPs, hyperscalers, and network equipment vendors (NEVs) is whether they can find a reasonable commercial basis for taking action that will be predictable and positively affect top line revenues. Knowing how to answer that is not just one aspect of the game – it is the game,” Alusha concludes. These findings are from ABI Research’s 5G and Edge Networks for Media and Gaming application analysis report. This report is part of the company’s 5G Core & Edge Networks research service, which includes research, data, and analyst insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present in-depth analysis on key market trends and factors for a specific technology. 

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Connected Britain returns live! A Day 1 teaser

Total Telecom | Sept. 13, 2021, 9 p.m.

It has been a gruelling 18 months of pandemic uncertainty for all of us, a time that has seen many of our favourite events take to the airwaves as virtual conferences, including Connected Britain 2020. But while online events have their advantages, there are many things they simply cannot replicate. The hushed anticipation of a busy conference theatre before a panel discussion. The smell of black coffee on a buzzing exhibition floor. Perhaps, most important of all, the chance to catch up with friends and build new relationship with peers and colleagues from all over the world. Now, Connected Britain 2021 is returning to the real world, taking place at the Business Design Centre in London on 21–22 September. The event’s extensive two-day agenda has been carefully curated to cover all of the leading hot topics and major challenges facing the UK’…read more on TotalTele.com »

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BT Wholesale launches powerful digital voice and broadband solutions for channel partners’ small business customers

Total Telecom | Sept. 13, 2021, 9 p.m.

BT Wholesale today announced a new suite of digital solutions for channel partners to support their small business customers as they transition to a digital future. WHC Express and Broadband One delivers a powerful combination for small businesses, with access to a digital phone line, powered by ultrafast full-fibre broadband speeds to stay connected anytime, anywhere. With an additional two million people working from home and remotely in the past 18 months, businesses need access to more flexible technology as they connect with their customers and colleagues when on the move…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Why telecoms companies can and should gain better network resilience

Total Telecom | Sept. 12, 2021, 9 p.m.

Telecoms operators now face a more diverse, fast changing array of threats than ever. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report found natural disasters, extreme weather, climate change and cyber attacks are among the top threats facing the world today. With full fibre and 5G set to drive a burgeoning economy based on Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, the resilience of the telecoms sector, ensuring maximum uptime for business and consumers, is increasingly critical to the resilience of the wider economy. Not only is the array of threats increasing, but full fibre and 5G networks are more decentralised and therefore difficult to protect…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Uzbekistan’s tentative steps towards a digital future

FT | Sept. 10, 2021, 12:30 a.m.

Technology could hold the key to future prosperity for the landlocked country, and entrepreneurs are hungry for change

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Spain preps mmWave 5G auction

Total Telecom | Sept. 9, 2021, 9 p.m.

Compared to some of their European neighbours, Spain’s journey with allocating 5G spectrum has been relatively straightforward, but it has not been without hurdles. In 2018, the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation awarded spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, a move which allowed Vodafone to launch the nation’s first 5G services in June 2019…read more on TotalTele.com »

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KT Corp buys Epsilon as foundation for global data market play

Total Telecom | Sept. 9, 2021, 9 p.m.

Today, South Korea’s KT Corp has announced that it will purchase Epsilon Global Communications for $145 million.Epsilon is a global connectivity provider, with 260 points of presence in 41 cities across 20 countries, notably including in mainland China. In addition, the company also operates data centres in London, New York, and Singapore. The company provides a suite of solutions including cloud…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Trouble for Telenor in selling up Myanmar business

Light Reading | Sept. 9, 2021, 7:30 a.m.

Norway's Telenor finds exiting Myanmar trickier than expected, with the ruling junta disposed to reject the $105 million sale to Lebanon's Mikati brothers.

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AT&T partners OneWeb to help reach remote customers

Total Telecom | Sept. 8, 2021, 9 p.m.

Yesterday, AT&T announced they had struck a new partnership with LEO satellite operator OneWeb, seeking to use the growing constellation to serve their hard-to-reach business customers. Currently, AT&T claims that over 9 million of its business customers are within 1,000 feet of its fibre network, but this nonetheless leaves many remote customers unable to access high-quality connectivity, be that via fibre or mobile. In fact, for some of these areas, their access to gigabit-capable fibre or a 5G mobile connection is unlikely to improve any time soon –…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Deutsche Telekom CEO keeps BT options open

Light Reading | Sept. 8, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Tim Hottges reckons 'something is going to happen' to BT ownership within 12 months but says it's too early to talk about what role Deutsche Telekom might play.

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Intel plans up to €80bn investment in European chip fabs

Total Telecom | Sept. 7, 2021, 9 p.m.

Speaking at Munich’s IAA auto show this week, Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger said the company will invest up to €80 billion in European chip fabs over the next decade. Intel is currently planning to create two new European chip factories, the locations of which are set to be revealed by the end of the year. Where exactly these plants will be situated is a matter of fierce debate, with France and Germany considered the most likely locations. Belgium, Poland, and the Netherlands are also being considered. “A total project of €80bn euros over the next decade would be a catalyst for the semiconductor industry…read more on TotalTele.com »

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NEC expands AWS partnership as it targets global 5G offer

Total Telecom | Sept. 7, 2021, 9 p.m.

Back in November 2020, NEC Corporation announced that it had become the first Japanese company to sign a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), aiming to collaboratively develop a framework for various cloud services. Since then, the two companies have been gradually becoming more closely entwined. Most recently…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Myanmar junta “very unlikely” to approve Telenor Myanmar sale

Total Telecom | Sept. 7, 2021, 9 p.m.

At the start of 2021, a coup d’état took place in Myanmar, replacing the civilian government with a military junta. Hundreds of civilians were killed during the resulting protests, with civil unrest continuing to this day. For the nation’s telecoms sector, the impact of the coup was immediate and severe. Initially, various social media channels were ordered to be shut down, but this soon escalated to the military leadership ordering entire telecoms blackouts for extended periods of time.Soon, the extent of the unrest on Telenor’s Burmese unit was becoming apparent…read more on TotalTele.com »

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DAMM Appoints Will Vice President of Sales

RR Media Group | Sept. 7, 2021, 4 a.m.

DAMM Cellular Systems A/S (DAMM) appointed Stuart Will as vice president (VP) of sales. read more

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