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Apple now owns Intel’s mobile modem business

Intel, a leader in the semiconductor industry, has completed the sale of the majority of its smartphone modem business to Apple. The company said this transaction enables it to focus on developing 5G network technology while maintaining the ability to create modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and autonomous vehicles. Apple now uses Qualcomm for 4G LTE and 5G modems for iPhones. With this acquisition, Apple is planning to develop its own modems for smartphones in 2021.

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Orange unveils new five-year grand plan

Orange, a French multinational telecommunications corporation, has introduced “Engage 2025”, its new strategy that follows on from the Essentials 2020 plan launched in 2015. The corporation has revealed its goals for the coming years, emphasizing that its business model will be guided by social and environmental responsibility. Considering the operator’s business model, the next five years will be focused on the development of fibre and 5G at the core of Orange. “If I had to summarise Engage 2025, Orange’s new strategic plan, I would use two words: growth and sustainability,” said CEO Stephane Richard.

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CenturyLink Builds on Edge Investment with CenturyLink Network Storage

CenturyLink, a global technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions, has unveiled CenturyLink Network Storage, a managed solution that allows businesses to store and manage data anywhere the CenturyLink network can reach. The company said that CenturyLink Network Storage provides file, block or object storage services all the way to the edge and enables enterprises to integrate environments, aggregate data and get the right latency and storage for application needs directly in a secure network.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 is 25% faster, comes with mandatory 5G

Qualcomm Technologies has presented the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform to bring 5G services to a wider market in 2020. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865 chipset combines the world’s most advanced 5G Modem-RF System with the world’s most advanced mobile platform that will provide the unsurpassed connectivity and performance needed for the next generation of flagship devices. The company said the CPU and GPU are 25 percent faster compared to this year’s Snapdragon 855.

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Amazon partners with Verizon to extend AWS cloud to 5G networks

The tech giant Amazon.com Inc. has announced its partnership with Verizon Communications Inc. to extend Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to 5G networks. Verizon will use AWS Wavelength, Amazon’s new cloud platform designed for edge computing, to enable developers to deploy latency-sensitive programs on mobile and connected devices. The company has also introduced its new infrastructure, called Local Zones, debuting in Los Angeles, that will help nearby users run speed-intensive applications like gaming.

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