ITU platform to protect networks during Covid-19
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has introduced the Global Network Resiliency Platform to help global networks remain “safer, stronger and more connected” in the face of increasing strain and growing demand during the coronavirus crisis. ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said, “The new platform will assist governments and the private sector in ensuring that networks are kept resilient and telecommunication services are available to all.” Also, this platform will collect relevant information and expertise on actions that telecommunication policymakers and others in the regulatory community can use to ensure that their telecom networks serve the needs of their country.
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Remote working triggers demand for chips, laptops, and network goods
As more and more employees switch to remote work during the outbreak of coronavirus disease, the demand for laptops, networking goods and supply chain components has increased substantially. Therefore, electronics retailers and chip makers are expected to benefit from this change in work culture. A South Korean trade ministry official told Reuters that cloud computing has boosted sales of server chips, “while an increase in telecommuting in the United States and China has also been the main driver of huge server demand.” According to analysts, China is leading chip demand as cloud service providers such as Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu quickly responded to the government’s effort to contain the virus.
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Huawei announces the P40 and tries to stay relevant without Google
Huawei has announced the launch of its flagship P40 smartphone series, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), introduced the new handsets via a live stream on YouTube and revealed that the phones will use Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) along with its EMUI 10.1 OS, following last year’s Google ban.
The flagship device is powered by Huawei’s own system on a chip, the Kirin 990, and works on 5G networks. The P40 will cost EUR 799 (8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage), the P40 Pro will sell for EUR 999 (8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage), and both will be available in Europe on April 7th. The P40 Pro+ will cost EUR 1,399 (8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage) and will be available in June.
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Bouygues Telecom strikes deal with Phoenix Tower International for 4,000 French towers
French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom and Blackstone-backed Phoenix Tower International have signed an agreement to develop around 4,000 newly constructed mobile towers outside very densely populated areas of France over a 12-year period. Phoenix and Bouygues Telecom have entered into a long-term partnership in the form of a Phoenix-controlled joint venture, which will own and operate the sites. Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International, said, “We believe the French market is well positioned for significant wireless growth throughout the country as further 4G and 5G deployments are made over the coming years and we are proud of our participation in these deployments.”
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Cosmote selects Ericsson for 5G network in Greece
Greece’s largest mobile communications service provider Cosmote has chosen Ericsson as its sole 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) vendor under a major network modernization deal. Cosmote plans to launch 5G services in 2021, following the expected auction of 5G spectrum by Greece’s National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) in the fourth quarter of 2020. Under the agreement, 5G RAN products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio will be deployed in the Cosmote network as part of a fast and cost-effective transformation to 5G.
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