Cisco Enhances Webex Teams as Unified App
Cisco is introducing a series of updates to its collaboration solution Webex Teams. At the Cisco Partner Summit in Las Vegas, the company announced new products and features that include new desktop and room video conferencing systems, as well as more options to integrate calling and third-party PBXes into the Webex platform. These updates are designed to reinforce Cisco’s single platform approach to delivering consistent experience across all types of enterprise communications workloads running on any type of device.
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Microsoft and Nokia accelerate Industry 4.0
Microsoft and Nokia have joined hands to accelerate transformation and innovation across industries with cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). “Bringing together Microsoft’s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia’s strength in building business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,” said Jason Zander, Executive Vice President at Microsoft Azure. Microsoft said that the cloud and IoT have ushered in the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, where enterprises use data to automate and optimise processes in all aspects of their businesses.
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Vodafone announces CEO for its new European Towers company
Vodafone Group has announced the appointment of Vivek Badrinath as the new CEO for its European towers business. According to the announcement, the newly created TowerCo will become operational by May 2020. Vodafone has about 61,700 towers in 10 distinct European countries, with 75 percent of these sites located in the major parts of Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Vivek Badrinath currently serves as the Chief Executive of Vodafone’s Rest of the World unit and is expected to bring relevant telecoms experience to his new position from previously held key roles at Orange.
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AT&T users whose “unlimited data” was throttled get $60 million in refunds
AT&T will pay USD 60 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle allegations that the telecommunications company mislead millions of its customers by charging them for supposedly “unlimited” data plans. In the announcement, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith said that AT&T promised unlimited data, without qualification, and failed to deliver on that promise. “While it seems obvious, it bears repeating that Internet providers must tell people about any restrictions on the speed or amount of data promised,” said Mr. Smith.
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HP confirms it has received a proposal from Xerox about being acquired
Xerox Holdings Corp., an American global corporation that sells print and digital document products and services, aims to take over a personal computer and printer maker HP Inc. The Wall Street Journal published a report this week that said Xerox was interested in the printer company and that the offer could be more than USD 27 billion. Furthermore, HP on Wednesday confirmed there are ongoing discussions with Xerox about a possible deal. In addition, Xerox has a market cap of USD 8.05 billion and that is less than a third of HP’s USD 27.27 billion market value.
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