Telecom News | Week #20: Verizon new AI tool, European Commission antitrust charges, Telstra new regional hub, Telco struggles in B2B. News Roundup

Verizon launches AI-driven apps to improve customer service by streamlining interactions. The European Commission designates Booking.com as a ‘gatekeeper’ and plans antitrust charges against Microsoft for bundling Teams with Office. Telstra establishes a regional network hub in Guam at GNC iX data center. GlobalData underscores US telcos’ struggle to stand out in the B2B channel.

AT&T forwards its plans to offer satellite services following the finalization of commercial terms with LEO operator AST SpaceMobile. Broadband

AT&T takes a significant leap forward in its plans to offer satellite direct-to-phone services following the finalization of commercial terms with low Earth orbit (LEO) operator AST SpaceMobile. The agreement sets the stage for AT&T to provide non-terrestrial network (NTN) coverage through SpaceMobile’s constellation until 2030. Although a firm launch date for SpaceMobile’s network is yet to be confirmed, AT&T anticipates the delivery of the first commercial satellites to Cape Canaveral this summer.

Deutsche Telekom emerged as the latest European telecommunications giant to report robust financial results for the first quarter of 2024. Market Watch

Deutsche Telekom has emerged as the latest European telecommunications giant to report robust financial results for the first quarter of 2024. The German incumbent witnessed notable increases in revenue, earnings, and net profit, propelled by a surge in its European operations. The company’s performance underscores a positive growth trajectory amidst a competitive telecom landscape.

Boldyn completed the acquisition of Apogee Telecom, a leading provider of on-campus connectivity in the US Higher Education sector. M&A

Boldyn Networks has successfully completed the acquisition of Apogee Telecom, a leading provider of on-campus connectivity in the US Higher Education sector. This strategic move enhances Boldyn’s offerings in the education market by integrating Apogee’s extensive experience and strong reputation with Boldyn’s global expertise and comprehensive wireless and fiber solutions portfolio. The acquisition aligns with Boldyn’s ongoing commitment to improving connectivity across the United States, where the company has already invested billions of dollars.

VMO2 and CCS have inked a new MoU aimed at enhancing technological and telecommunications solutions to bolster digitalisation efforts. Telco Buzz

Virgin Media O2 and Crown Commercial Service have inked a new Memorandum of Understanding aimed at enhancing technological and telecommunications solutions to bolster digitalisation efforts within the UK Government and the wider public sector. CCS, a government body responsible for aiding public sector procurement, has been pivotal in organizing the purchase of common goods and services across various organizations.

Deutsche Telekom, the German telecoms giant, is ramping up its international wholesale services with a focus on the emerging API ecosystem. Telco Buzz

Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications giant, is ramping up its international wholesale services with a focus on the emerging API (Application Programming Interface) ecosystem. The company’s Global Carrier division has introduced a suite of services known as Global Carrier Digital Services, providing wholesale customers with access to a range of APIs to enhance their own offerings.

To bolster its presence in Europe, AWS announced an investment of €7.8 billion into the AWS European Sovereign Cloud project. Market Watch

In a significant move to bolster its presence in Europe, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a substantial investment of €7.8 billion into the AWS European Sovereign Cloud project, extending through 2040. This initiative, unveiled last October, aims to establish an autonomous cloud infrastructure within the European Union (EU), operated independently to ensure data sovereignty for European customers.