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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #37

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iPhone 11: Apple launches new Pro smartphones with better cameras

Apple has unveiled a new line of iPhones – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max – featuring faster processors, improved screens, and new camera systems. All three devices look similar to their predecessors, but the company has upgraded their respective camera systems to enable wide-angle photos and made improvements that result in a longer battery life and faster performance than before. There is also a variety of new colours available, with a new matte finish on the back of the iPhone 11 Pro.

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Huawei wants to sell its 5G tech to rivals – report

The Chinese tech giant is prepared to help create a competitor on the market by selling a perpetual licence to its 5G technology. Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has made a remarkable claim that for a one-time fee, a transaction would give the buyer perpetual access to Huawei’s existing 5G patents, licences, code, technical blueprints and production know-how. Furthermore, the acquirer would be allowed to modify the source code, thus eliminating the risk of any hidden spyware.

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Samsung teams up with Amdocs to use ONAP for VNFs in 5G

Amdocs, a provider of software and services to communications and media companies, and Samsung Networks will cooperate to integrate Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) to accelerate service providers’ deployment. It has been announced that by teaming with Samsung, Amdocs will combine its expertise in enterprise-grade Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and software-defined systems with Samsung’s advanced 5G network solutions portfolio to better enable CSPs to launch innovative new services at speed.

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Brazil Senate passes telecoms modernization bill

The Brazilian Senate has voted in favour of a new national telecommunications law – Chamber Bill (PLC) No. 79/2016. The purpose of the law is to promote investment in broadband in remote areas of Brazil, allowing companies to own and sell direct telecom assets, such as cellphone towers and valuable real estate. The new law will not only remove restrictions on asset sales, but also allow fixed-voice concession-holders to swap obligations that they have under the current concessions for investments in broadband designated by the telecoms regulator Anatel.

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Drivetime nabs $11M from Makers Fund, Amazon and Google to build voice-based games for drivers

Drivetime, a hands-free game developer, has raised $11 million to further develop interactive audio games with Jeopardy being the latest. The funding was led by Makers Fund and included new investors Amazon’s Alexa Fund and Google Assistant Investment Program. Drivetime specialises in the development of interactive adventures using smartphones and while deploying current-generation speech-recognition technology has come up with several trivia games that you only ever need to play with audio.

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