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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #33

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Angola Cables and rest of Angolan telecoms industry to be privatised

Angola’s official journal, the Diario da Republica has announced that under the Privatisation Programme, the Angolan government is to sell stakes in 195 companies. The telecommunication companies that will be included in the Privatisation Programme are Unitel (in which MSTelecom has a 20% stake), MS Telecom itself, Net One, Multitel, Angola Telecom, TV Cabo Angola, Angola Cables, Angolan postal company ENCTA, Angola Comunicacoes e Sistemas (ACS) and telephone directory company ELTA.


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Google Accounts now let Android web users authenticate themselves with their fingerprint

Google now allows Android phone users to sign into some of its services without a password. The users will verify their identity with a fingerprint only, which makes authentication more secure and easier. This feature is built by using open authentication standards FIDO2, FIDO CTAP and WebAuthn.


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Verizon sells Tumblr website to owner

Automattic, the owner of online-publishing tool WordPress, is set to acquire Tumblr. Verizon’s blogging website has been put on sale due to the company’s aim to focus more on its media group that is struggling hard. Verizon’s media group has TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffing Post, and other agencies under its banner. 


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Tele2 makes first 5G video call in super-connected Latvia

Mobile operator Tele2 Latvia has made a video call on its 5G network in the Mukusala business centre in Riga. The first 5G transmission exceeded 1 Gbps, while the average download speed was over 750 Mbps. The operator expects to launch several more 5G base stations in Latvia by the end of this year.


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AT&T and T-Mobile team up to fight scam robocalls

To protect their customers from scam robocalls, AT&T and T-Mobile roll out new cross-network call authentication technology based on the STIR/SHAKEN standards. The news from the two major US carriers explain that calls will have their Caller ID signed as legitimate by the originating carrier, then validated by other carriers before they reach the consumer.


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