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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #44

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Ofcom announces another 5G spectrum auction for the UK in spring 2020

Britain’s telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed that it plans to hold an auction for low and mid band 5G spectrum in the spring of 2020. In a statement, Ofcom said that the auction will include companies bidding for spectrum in two different frequency bands: 80 MHz in the 700 MHz band and 120 MHz in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. However, the UK telecoms watchdog has not yet confirmed when it will auction the high band, mmWave spectrum that will allow mobile operators to offer the truly transformative speeds of 1Gbps and above.

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Microsoft furthers $5 billion IoT plan with new Azure features

Microsoft launches new functionalities to simplify the customer journey and deliver highly secured IoT products over its Azure platforms. The company said that the expansion of IoT devices is enabling enterprises to bring cloud intelligence to the edge and create solutions that are adaptive to their environments. “At Microsoft, we are committed to building a trusted, easy-to-use platform that allows our customers and partners to build seamless, smart, secure solutions regardless of where they are in the IoT journey,” said Sam George, CVP of Azure IoT at Microsoft.

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Vonage Announces Brand Revitalization

Global business cloud communications provider Vonage has announced its brand revitalisation, uniting all group companies under a single identity. Over the past six years, the company has grown organically through nine strategic acquisitions, including the Nexmo API Platform and NewVoiceMedia, to build the world’s most flexible cloud communications platform. Tom Furr, Head of Brand for Vonage, said, “Our new brand is modern, exciting, and leverages the strength of the Vonage brand legacy while marking the next phase of its evolution.”

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Teradata and Deutsche Telekom Strike Strategic Partnership to Make German SMBs More Successful Through Data, Analytics

Deutsche Telekom has formed a strategic partnership with Teradata, a cloud analytics company specialising in data intelligence, to provide small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with access to the enormous potential of data analytics, thereby supporting their digital transformation goals. Deutsche Telekom will integrate the analytics platform, Teradata Vantage, into its IT services portfolio. Vantage allows users to analyse a huge amount of data in the cloud in real time from a variety of sources, including sensors, machines, smartphones or social media.

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EllaLink and Telxius to bring next-gen connectivity to Latam and Europe

The EllaLink Group and Telefonica’s infrastructure subsidiary Telxius have announced a collaboration agreement for international subsea capacity and terrestrial connectivity in Latin America, including cable landing facilities in Fortaleza (Brazil). According to the announcement, the complementary infrastructure owned by EllaLink and Telxius will enable European traffic to reach Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other key cities in Brazil and across Latin America. The 4-fibre pair submarine cable system EllaLink is already under construction.

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