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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #33

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Pentagon will allow telecoms to use military airwaves for 5G networks

On Monday, the Pentagon and the White House announced plans to issue a permit for telecommunication service providers to use air waves that were previously reserved for military radar, to build new high speed 5G networks. This initiative is in response to wireless service providers, who say they need more airwaves to support growing demand for 5G signals. Sales of the 3450-3550 megahertz bands are scheduled to begin in December of 2021. According to Dana Deasy, chief information officer for the Department of Defense, the Pentagon will continue to use this bandwidth for military purposes.


HMD gets $230 million funding from Google, Qualcomm and Nokia

HMD Global, Nokia’s brand marketing agency, announced to have secured a $230 million investment from Google, Qualcomm, Nokia and other undisclosed investors. As stated by HMD Global, the funds will be used for the development of 5G smartphones, as well as HMD’s expansion in markets such as Brazil, Africa and India. The company also has plans to move beyond hardware into other areas, such as software and services. For this purpose, HMD Global has already launched a new SIM card, HMD Connect, and acquired the assets of Valona Labs, a mobile, enterprise, and cybersecurity software company.  


Liberty Global is purchasing Sunrise Communications

On Wednesday, the telecommunications company Liberty Global announced that it will be acquiring the Swiss operator Sunrise Communications for $7.4 billion. The deal came as a surprise, as just last year, Sunrise was preparing to buy the Swiss cable unit UPC from Liberty Global for just over $6 billion. “Fixed-mobile convergence is the future of the telecom sector in Europe, and now Switzerland will have a true national challenger to drive competition and innovation for years to come,” Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries, commented on the procurement.


Ericsson signs a deal with Telekom Slovenije

Ersicsson, the Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company, signed a contract with Telekom Slovenije for 5G network stationing. This deal marks the 100th Ericsson 5G deployment agreement. The company’s initial plan is to cover 35% of the population by the end of 2020, by primarily targeting Slovenia’s major cities. “Upgrading our existing 4G networks to 5G puts Slovenia on the map of the most digitally advanced countries,” said Matjaž Beričič, CTO of Telekom Slovenije.


Microsoft – the new challenger in the foldable phone market

The multinational technology giant, Microsoft, is gunning for Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola with the new Surface branded foldable phone. The Surface Duo will have a dual 5.6-inch display joined together by 360-degree hinges, and is set to launch on September 10th with a retail price of $1399. The phone will be powered by the Android OS and include an Office 365 software package. This device will support the ability to run apps separately on each screen, or span a single app across both displays for a better user experience.


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