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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #43

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8×8 partners up with Pax8

8×8, the provider of a leading integrated cloud communications platform, announced that Pax8, a cloud solutions platform, has become a strategic partner and has joined the 8×8 Open Channel Program. In accordance with the agreement, Pax8 is now offering their US partners an 8×8 Open Communications Platform that combines voice, team chat, meetings and a contact center in one solution, allowing organizations to move to the cloud. According to Pax8, the two companies will work together to support their partners as they help customers accelerate their digital transformation efforts, ensure business resilience, and improve employee experience and engagement.

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Telefónica aims at partnership with Allianz

According to Spanish media reports, the telecommunications giant Telefonica is seeking to partner with a private equity subsidiary of the German insurance company Allianz, to launch a fiber-optic joint venture worth about $5.8 billion. The joint venture, semi-owned by each participant, will seek to invest in fiber network infrastructure in remote areas and regions of Germany. This is the second time that the agreement between Telefonica Germany and Allianz has surfaced in recent weeks. Both companies have so far declined to comment on the venture.

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Deutsche Telekom demos aircraft for broadband delivery

Deutsche Telekom announced that it has successfully tested an aerial station in the earth’s stratosphere, with the intent of delivering mobile coverage to remote areas that are not accessible to terrestrial networks. The German telco group and its partner, the British startup Stratospheric Platforms, reported that the remotely piloted aircraft, which had flown 14 kilometers high, had connected to the terrestrial 4G network from an onboard antenna. The aircraft, which covers an area of up to 140 square km, handled voice and video calls, data downloads and browsing from smartphone users during the test flights.

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Three UK invests to transform mobile network

Three UK announced they will invest over $2 billion into a mobile network transformation project. Their plan is to increase 4G speeds by up to 150%, and to introduce the fastest 5G network in the UK. With this upgrade, they aim to ensure better connectivity and improve the customer experience. The company’s network technology uses the UK’s leading 5G spectrum portfolio with 100 MHz of contiguous 3.4-3.8 GHz spectrum, and has the world’s first fully virtualized cloud core network with Nokia. In addition, Three UK plans to introduce Enhanced Voice Speech (EVS) later this year to improve the speech quality of VoLTE calls.

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Vivo is coming to Europe

Vivo, the sixth largest smartphone retailer by units shipped, is finally entering Europe with a full range of devices. Up until now, their devices have been almost entirely targeted at Chinese consumers. Vivo is the last of the really big Chinese sellers to step into the international market. “We are truly excited to come to Europe, to take this opportunity to officially introduce ourselves and our first product line-up for the European markets,” said Denny Deng, President of Europe at Vivo.

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