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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #40

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Microsoft surprises with new foldable Surface Duo phone running Android

Microsoft has unveiled a new dual-screen Android smartphone, the Surface Duo. The folding phone features two 5.6-inch displays that can rotate 360 degrees, which allows it to be fully unfolded as a miniature 8.3-inch tablet. The Surface Duo can run two different apps at the same time, and one of the displays can be used as a game controller or keyboard. Microsoft has incorporated elements of Windows 10X, a new operating system meant for hybrid devices. The company said that the Surface Duo will launch in late 2020, in time for the holiday season.

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Telefonica Deutschland deploys Infinera DRX for 5G network modernisation

Telefonica Deutschland has chosen the Infinera DRX Series to upgrade its national mobile transport network. The Infinera DRX Series is a portfolio of disaggregated routers that combines a carrier-class white box portfolio with Infinera CNOS software that will allow Telefonica Deutschland to prepare its national mobile transport network for 5G mobile services. According to Cayetano Carbajo Martin, CTO at Telefonica Deutschland, they rely on solutions that are scalable and automated, and the Infinera DRX Series will be a great addition to the company’s future 5G network environment.

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Google boosts privacy and security with incognito mode in Maps, auto-delete for YouTube, and other tools

Google is launching a set of new privacy and security features designed to make it easier for customers to control what data they share with the company when using its apps and sites. Available across platforms and sync on Chrome and Android, the new features include incognito mode in Google Maps, auto-delete features in YouTube and Google Assistant, and Password Checkup. As data leakage is becoming more common, tech companies such as Google will have to demonstrate that they take the protection of their users seriously.

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Samsung ends mobile phone production in China

Samsung has stopped producing mobile phones in China due to fierce competition with domestic rivals in the world’s biggest smartphone market. In a statement, Samsung said that its production equipment will be re-allocated to other global manufacturing sites, depending on their global production strategy based on market needs. The last Samsung’s phone factory in China came to a halt after the company cut production at its plant in the southern city of Huizhou in June and another factory late last year.

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Spark, Vodafone NZ introduce 5G service

Spark and Vodafone, two largest operators in New Zealand, have launched limited 5G services. Spark New Zealand has introduced its first 5G connections in Alexandra, Central Otago, and is planning to expand the next-generation network to an additional five cities this year and other places at the beginning of 2020. Spark’s rival Vodafone New Zealand has introduced 5G testing at Addington Racecourse in Christchurch, where Nokia had upgraded its mobile cell site with 5G-enabled antennas. Vodafone plans to switch on its commercial network in December and aims to have 100 sites around New Zealand upgraded to 5G.

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