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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #8

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EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The European Commission has proposed its new European digital strategy “Europe Fit for the Digital Age” that puts a target on all the biggest US tech players. It states that a large part of the world’s data is currently owned by a small number of Big Tech firms, which “could reduce the incentives for data-driven businesses to emerge, grow and innovate in the EU today, but numerous opportunities lie ahead.” The new proposals indicate the need to provide “an attractive policy environment”, which means that data can flow throughout the EU while applying data protection values established under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Dell targets telco edge deployments with new server, micro data centre

Dell Technologies has introduced new products for telecom operators that are building out edge network deployments. A compact high-performance server, a modular micro data centre and new streaming data analytics for its servers are specifically designed to meet the needs of operators that strive to shift data processing closer to users to enable new 5G applications. The Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 server and the Modular Data Center Micro 415 will comply with the particular space and durability requirements of operator edge deployments, highlighting compact designs and increased resistance to extreme temperature fluctuations in both products.


Orange and Telxius to collaborate on Google cable project

French telco Orange and Telxius, the communications infrastructure company of the Telefonica Group, are joining forces on Google’s Dunant project to connect the US to the French Atlantic coast via a 6,600 km submarine cable. Orange said that it will enable terrestrial connection from its Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (France) Cable Landing Station, to Telxius up to Paris, and Telxius will connect Orange to Ashburn from Virginia Beach. This agreement represents a strong transatlantic bridge as both companies can effectively provide multi-terabit capacity on this Europe-US route. Up to now, Orange has invested in more than 40 submarine cables worldwide.


AT&T, Singtel and Telefonica team up on threat detection intelligence

Three global telecom operators AT&T, Singtel and Telefonica are the first members of the Telco Security Alliance to participate in the cybercrime intelligence sharing initiative that aims to further enhance the ability to detect and eliminate threats from customer environments. According to the statement, Telco Security Alliance threat intelligence is derived from a variety of sources, including anonymous data from alliance members’ security operations centers (SOCs) and security team investigations. The security alliance members can share insights and best practices for customers around the world by tapping into the expertise of more than 6,000 security experts and a global network of more than 28 SOCs.


Qualcomm promises 5G ‘with fewer hurdles’ on its latest modem

Qualcomm, the world’s leading wireless technology innovator, has announced its third-generation 5G modem-to-antenna system for smartphones, the Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System. The company said that the Snapdragon X60 is the world’s first 5-nanometer 5G baseband, as well as the first to offer millimeter wave-sub-6 aggregation. The new solution will help networks uplift 5G peak speeds based on the available spectrum, and also will enable operators to increase capacity and coverage. Qualcomm plans to start customer sampling for Snapdragon X60 in the first quarter of 2020 and launch 5G smartphones featuring Snapdragon X60 in early 2021.


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