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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #5

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Ribbon launches Next Generation Intelligent Edge portfolio to accelerate enterprise migration to cloud services

The US technology company Ribbon Communications has introduced its Next Generation Intelligent Edge portfolio that includes the new EdgeMarc 6000, the latest iteration of Ribbon’s modular platform for voice and data functions. The cloud solutions provider said that its products portfolio securely connects and enhances enterprise voice and data applications, including Microsoft Teams, while delivering service assurance, advanced analytics, security, policy and routing capabilities for cloud communications applications. Ribbon’s Next Generation Intelligent Edge portfolio delivers a comprehensive enterprise edge offering to service providers and enterprises.


Early 5G smartphone market all about Samsung and Huawei

According to the latest Strategy Analytics (SA) report, the demand for 5G smartphones turned out to be much higher than expected and reached 19 million units sold in 2019. Almost three-quarters of such deliveries were made by Huawei and Samsung: Huawei ranks first with 37 percent of the global 5G smartphone market share, followed by Samsung in second place with 36 percent. Ken Hyers of SA said, “Fierce vendor competition in China and heavy carrier subsidies across South Korea have been the main drivers of 5G demand. Other regions, like the US and Europe, are lagging behind Asia, but we expect them to close the gap later this year.”


Motorola reminds you the Razr screen is fragile, shows its cool features in new videos

Motorola has posted a series of videos on its YouTube channel explaining its all-new Razr, the first foldable clamshell smartphone on the market that has attracted a lot of attention in recent months. The videos detail the features of the phone and at the same time remind you that foldable-screen phones require more caution. “Caring for Razr” video alerts users to keep the screen dry, avoid screen protectors and sharp objects, as well as to close the phone before putting it in your pocket. The Motorola Razr is already available for pre-order through Verizon, with the official launch coming on February 6th.


Microsoft to establish Belfast cyber security centre

The US tech giant Microsoft will create up to 85 new jobs in Belfast after choosing Northern Ireland as the location for a new Cyber Security Centre. Darren Dillon of Microsoft said, “We’re delighted to be able to establish this new cyber security centre here in Northern Ireland which will provide support to Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” Invest Northern Ireland has offered GBP 150,000 of support towards the creation of 25 of the 85 planned roles. The cyber security sector has been growing in Northern Ireland and its expansion forms part of the New Decade, New Approach deal.


BT exec to run government AI and tech regulator

Cathryn Ross, BT’s group director of regulatory affairs, has been appointed to chair the government’s Regulatory Horizons Council (RHC). It is expected that the new government body, which is still in the process of being set up, will create a wider public dialogue around cutting-edge tech regulation and will advise the government on the regulatory reform needed to support the introduction of tech innovation. Moreover, RHC also aims to improve the UK’s influence “by establishing a partnership with the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to develop regulatory approaches for new technologies.”


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