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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #31

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Deutsche Telekom hits 50% 5G population coverage

Deutsche Telekom, the largest German telecommunications company, has expanded its 5G connectivity to 3,000 towns across all German states. A total of 18,000 antennas, out of the 30,000 already installed, have been upgraded to support 5G services in the last 5 weeks, and as a result, 50% of Germany‘s population now has 5G coverage. Walter Goldenits, Head of Technology, commented: “The 50 percent is no reason for us to rest on our laurels. The 5G rollout continues with the same intensity. Two thirds of the population are our next target. And we want to achieve this too this year.”


Google Cloud and Orange announce their collaboration

Google Cloud and Orange announced that they are partnering up for data, AI and edge computing development. The two companies plan on transforming Orange’s IT infrastructure, developing future cloud services, improving operational efficiency and bettering the customer experience. Under the agreement, this partnership will also create a next-generation data analytics and machine-learning platform, using Google’s AI capabilities to enhance Orange’s cybersecurity. Orange and Google Cloud also agreed on creating an Innovation Lab and a Center of Excellence to foster innovation and growth.


Vecima acquires Nokia’s cable assets

Vecima Networks, a Canadian hardware and software development company, is buying Nokia’s next-generation technology and products, including their DAA (Distributed Access Architecture) and 10G-EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network). With this transaction, Nokia will exit the cable access market, and Nokia employees associated with these key technologies will be relocated to Vecima Networks. Vecima Networks will integrate the technology and products into its existing Entra Distributed Access product suite. The two companies plan to maintain a business relationship for future projects.


Huawei overpasses Samsung‘s smartphone sales in Q2

Huawei has overtaken the South Korean multinational conglomerate company Samsung in  delivering the largest number of smartphone devices in the second quarter of 2020. Samsung shipped 53.7 million devices, whereas Huawei dispatched 55.8 million devices. According to a report by Canalys, Huawei’s sales were made despite restrictions imposed by the United States, which stifled business outside mainland China. Senior analyst Ben Stanton commented: “If it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business.“


Telefonica and Axiata partner to expand services

Telefonica and Axiata have joined forces to provide new and enhanced services to the business clients of both companies. The Telefonica and Axiata Enterprise partnership aims to develop new digital cybersecurity and cloud services, IoT and big data products, as well as explore other mutually beneficial opportunities in the international telecommunications market. Jacobo Garcia-Palencia, Strategic Alliances Group director at Telefonica stated that the agreement with Axiata “will bring important benefits to both our groups”. The new products will be oriented towards agriculture, food, mining, energy and the transportation industries.