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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #24

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Ireland’s GoMo goes for more as it hits 200,000 customers

Virtual network operator GoMo, the budget mobile brand of Irish telco Eir, has reached 200,000 customers, since launching only eight months ago. The company exists entirely as a digital brand, requiring customers to sign up online to be mailed a SIM card. This “digital-first” approach even extends to customer service, which is available only through online chat, without accessible call centers. GoMo uses Eir’s network and offers 99 percent population coverage and over 97 percent 4G coverage. Since its launch, GoMo has gradually increased its customer base, with figures from the Irish regulator suggesting that the majority are migrating from rivals Three and Vodafone.


JSonar raises $50 million for AI-powered database security products

Database security startup jSonar has secured USD 50 million, which it plans to put toward R&D and go-to-market efforts. The company said that its AI-powered solutions help users develop custom analytical algorithms based on large-scale databases and automate reporting and management processes. The JSonar suite supports virtually any database system on any cloud and also includes out-of-the-box support for Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, Snowflake, MongoDB, Cassandra, Hadoop, Teradata, and more than 60 others.


Google makes more progress in telco cloud with Telefonica tie-up

Google Cloud has teamed up with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica to advance digital transformation and accelerate 5G mobile edge computing in Spain. Announcing the partnership, Google Cloud said that this collaboration will “boost the digitalization of companies, support Spain’s public administration and aid the economic recovery of the country post-COVID-19”. In addition, Google Cloud is working with Telecom Italia in Italy, where it plans to open another cloud region, and is also collaborating with T-Systems in Germany. Moreover, the company is developing edge compute services with AT&T in the United States.


FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate report

The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has published a detailed report stating that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other US agencies have failed to properly oversee Chinese telecom companies that operate in the United States. The executive summary of the report indicates that “the US federal government, particularly the FCC, DOJ and DHS, historically exercised minimal oversight to safeguard US telecommunications networks against risks posed by Chinese state-owned carriers.” The report calls for the FCC to quickly decide whether to revoke the licenses of Chinese carriers.


Nokia expects new orders in the fixed-line network business

Finnish telecom equipment manufacturer Nokia is facing increased orders as its broadband clients seek to upgrade their networks to meet higher user demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Sandy Motley, Nokia’s President of Fixed Networks, customers will need to accelerate the growth that they had planned in the future, and added that orders for fixed networks were up 22 percent in the first quarter. The European Commission has proposed that by 2025 all European households, rural or urban, should have access to networks offering download speeds of at least 100 Mbps.


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