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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #42

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Here’s everything Google announced at the Pixel 4 event

At its new smartphone launch event in New York, Google introduced Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL that offer a new and improved version of Google Assistant, a new Motion Sense feature for gesture control, an upgraded camera, and a new Recorder app that also transcribes speech. The fourth-generation Pixel is priced from USD 799 for a 5.7-inch display and USD 899 for a 6.3-inch display. According to Google, the Pixel phones will be available with all US operators and major MVNOs. The new phones will ship on October 24th, globally.

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Apple pushes for own 5G modem by 2022

Apple has set a rather ambitious goal to have its own 5G modem in iPhones by 2022. The tech giant is currently using Qualcomm modems as part of a long-term supply agreement, but with the takeover of Intel’s smartphone modem business earlier this year, the company is set to accelerate future product development. According to the report, the development of Apple’s next-generation modem is likely to be led by Esin Terzioglu, who worked as Qualcomm’s Vice President of Engineering until he was hired by the iPhone maker in 2017.

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Indonesia’s Indosat in $450 million deal for sale of telco towers

Indosat Ooredoo, one of Indonesia’s major telecommunications companies, is selling as many as 3,100 telecom towers to two Indonesian companies for about USD 456 million, according to the Jakarta Post. PT Daya partner Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) will buy 2100 units of towers and PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) will acquire the remaining 1000. The deal is expected to be completed later this year, after which Indosat will lease back the towers for 20 years from the two buyers.

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Ericsson: Digitalisation is worth $700 billion to the global economy to 2030

Ericsson’s latest 5G business potential report states that telecommunications companies and service providers have to speed up their digitalisation programmes over the next 5-7 years in order to capitalise on this opportunity. According to the Swedish tech giant, the process of industrial digitalisation is a USD 700 billion opportunity for global commercial markets. More than 200 use cases, 10 different industries and a set of 5G-enabled business-to-business (B2B) use cases clusters, 18% of the total ICT addressable industry digitalization value and 47% of the 5G enabled B2B value can be addressed by service providers.

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NJFX, Telxius, and Windstream Wholesale create first dual CLS terrestrial connection

The first-ever dual cable landing station (CLS) terrestrial interconnection has been announced by Telefonica’s infrastructure subsidiary Telxius, data centre operator New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) and Windstream Wholesale, a provider of advanced network communications. This CLS to CLS terrestrial route connects NJFX CLS in Wall, NJ to Telxius facilities at the CLS in Virginia Beach, VA. The latter provides direct access to the top two capacity subsea cables in the world, MAREA and BRUSA.

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