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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #50

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Telefonica Deutschland picks Nokia and Huawei for 5G network

Mobile network provider Telefonica Deutschland has chosen Nokia and Huawei to build its 5G network in Germany. The company, also known under the O2 brand, plans to start building its 5G network in early 2020 and will use equipment from both vendors to power its next generation mobile networks. In a press release, Telefonica Deutschland said it expects to have 5G up and running in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt by the end of 2021. A year later, 30 cities with a population of 16 million would be covered.

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Xiaomi Redmi K30 launched in China to become the cheapest 5G smartphone

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its first 5G handset under its budget brand Redmi. The Redmi K30 5G is powered by the latest Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 756G processor and provides integrated SA/NSA dual-mode 5G with the latest 7nm EUV and an integrated low-power consumption solution. Xiaomi said that both Redmi K30 series’ 4G and 5G variants will have 64 MP camera with Sony’s IMX686 sensor and an incredible 120 Hz screen refresh rate, meaning the screen refreshes at 120 frames per second, which is twice as fast as the traditional 60 Hz screen.

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Fortinet snags security automation vendor CyberSponse

SD-WAN and next-generation firewall vendor Fortinet has acquired Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) vendor CyberSponse. SOAR is a stack of software solutions that are designed to help companies collect valuable data. Ken Xie, founder and CEO of Fortinet, said, “With the integration of CyberSponse’s powerful SOAR platform into the Fortinet Security Fabric, we will offer customers accelerated incident response and the ability to standardize and scale processes that will enhance security posture and reduce business risk and associated costs.”

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Colt connects to Alibaba Cloud

Colt Technology Services has announced that its Dedicated Cloud Access (DCA) service that delivers private network connectivity to cloud service providers (CSPs), now supports connectivity towards Alibaba Cloud, the intelligence backbone division of the Alibaba Group in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. With Colt’s DCA, users get private network connectivity between enterprise data centres or office locations and CSPs. Furthermore, customers can reduce their network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and have a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections.

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SK Telecom and Samsung give 5G remote-controlled ships a go

SK Telecom and Samsung Heavy Industries have completed the development of a 5G-based autonomous navigation test platform that will allow ships to navigate to their set destinations independently. The new platform includes a 3.3-meter-long test ship made by Samsung, which is equipped with 5G-based LiDAR sensor, a cloud-based IoT platform and T Live Caster, SK Telecom’s real-time video monitoring service. The ship’s first voyage took place in a shipyard covered by SK Telecom’s 5G network, enabling it to be remotely controlled from a distance of 250 km and to remotely monitor its autonomous decisions.

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