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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #15

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BEREC says COVID-19 won’t break the internet

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has announced that the increase in Internet usage across the continent is more or less stabilizing and that networks have been able to withstand the pressure. BEREC said that national regulatory authorities (NRAs) have reported “a stabilization in the overall traffic, but some NRAs still observe an increase of the overall traffic.” Some operators have expanded their network’s capacity to cope with the steady growth of traffic. According to the organization, “operators, which did not take any such measure, are still closely monitoring their network’s capacity to check if an upgrade is necessary.”

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Vodafone slashes costs of core network functions across Europe using VMware’s telco cloud

The UK-based telecoms operator Vodafone has completed the deployment of a single digital network architecture across all of its 21 European business markets, using VMware’s telco cloud offering. According to Vodafone’s internal analysis, the telco cloud infrastructure enables the company to design, build, test and deploy next-generation functions more securely and about 40 percent faster. Vodafone CTO Johan Wibergh said, “Vodafone wants to be the industry’s leading digital telco, and we are pleased with the progress made to introduce modern cloud-based technology and automation.” VMware’s telco cloud infrastructure was deployed by Vodafone at more than 57 sites in Europe and 25 sites in its African, Asian and Oceanian markets.

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The US is formalizing Team Telecom rules to restrict foreign ownership of internet and telecom assets

The US government has established the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (the Committee). The Committee will be charged with assisting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “in its public interest review of national security and law enforcement concerns that may be raised by foreign participation in the United States telecommunications services sector.” Same as its predecessor Team Telecom, the Committee will consist of the heads of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security, with the attorney general as the leader. Applications to the Committee will be referred to the US government’s highest-ranking intelligence officer for analysis.

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Oppo claims world’s first phones with 5G VoNR video and voice calling

Oppo, a global provider of electronics and technology services, has successfully conducted voice and video calls exclusively on the basis of the next-generation 5G network, bringing high-quality 5G experience closer to reality. The company has made the Voice over New Radio (VoNR) calls on its modified commercial smartphone that features MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 series SoC and uses an end-to-end 5G Standalone (SA) network powered by Ericsson Radio System products and solutions. Oppo said that VoNR calls will improve the sound quality of voice calls, the image quality of video calls, and will provide significantly lower latency, reducing the gap between sending and receiving responses.

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Looking for a cheap 5G phone in 2020? TCL says look no further

The China-based electronics manufacturer TCL Communication has introduced its first own-branded smartphone range: the TCL 10 Pro, 10L, and 10 5G smartphone. The new 10-Series devices come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 700/600 series processors, Android 10 and quad-camera rear setups. The TCL 10 5G handset features the Snapdragon 765G, a 6.53-inch LCD display, a 64-megapixel main camera and 16-megapixel selfie camera, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage, a 4,500 mAh battery and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The new TCL handsets will be available in Europe, North America, Australia and the UK in the second quarter and will cost under USD 500.

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