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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #28

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European telcos: We’re ready to “lift the continent out of this recession”

The European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) has released a joint statement calling on EU institutions and national governments to support 5G and fiber rollout, stimulate the uptake of technology, fight misinformation, and focus on digital skills and education. According to ETNO, a new approach is needed to ensure that spectrum auctions are timely and conditions for spectrum assignment support network deployment. Sharing agreements for Radio Access Network (RAN) should be supported and incentivized, as well as all fiber investment models should be adequately encouraged. Moreover, future EU initiatives should dramatically reduce roll-out costs for both mobile and fixed networks.


Microsoft’s new Teams features fight video conferencing fatigue

Microsoft Team’s brand seeks to fight “Zoom fatigue” and exhaustion of physical isolation with its new updates and features. The news includes a shared background to make participants feel more connected, Dynamic View to optimize shared content, photo and video filters, as well as emojis to increase participation and nonverbal communication of attendees in meetings or classes. The updates are scheduled to be released next month with the hope of making virtual communication easier, more comfortable and inclusive for the callers.


Qualcomm makes its flagship phone chip a bit better

The US-based chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 865 5G Plus Mobile Platform, an updated version of its flagship Snapdragon 865 processor. There are three major improvements: Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU Prime core clock speed at up to 3.1 GHz (10% increase), Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU offers 10% faster graphics rendering, and Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 compatibility – supporting WiFi speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps. Alex Katouzian, GM, Mobile at Qualcomm, said, “As we work to scale 5G, we continue to invest in our premium tier, 8-series mobile platforms, to push the envelope in terms of performance and power efficiency and deliver the next generation of camera, AI and gaming experiences.”


Nokia and Orange team up on 5th generation optical trial over a live pan-European network

The tech giants Orange and Nokia have successfully completed a significant three-week trial for testing 5th generation Photonic Service Engine (PSE-V) chipsets over a live transmission on the Orange network. According to a statement to the press, this trial opens the possibilities to support the new ultra-high bitrate services on long distance networks and the broadcasting of large-scale live sports events. Orange said that the tests were conducted from Paris’ network node to 15 Points of Presence (PoPs) to create 400 Gbps services across 3,400 kilometers, enabling non-stop transmission from Paris to anywhere in Europe and beyond.


Costa Rica ranks among the first nations in telecommunications growth worldwide

In Costa Rica, the demand for innovation and modernization in the Information and Communication Technology sector has increased. In order to boost growth and approachability in favor of social, economic and equitable development, the country has implemented the National Telecommunication Development Plan 2015-2021, Costa Rica a Connected Society. The expansion of authorized service providers and the increase of Voice over IP (VoIP) services exhibit the growth of the sector, increasing more than 130% of the average Latin American level. The country has also been aiming to reach carbon neutrality by increasing the usage of digital technologies and telecommunications.