TIM, Telefonica and Claro take over Brazil’s Oi mobile assets in $3.2 billion bid
On Monday, TIM Participacoes, Telefonica Brasil SA and America Movil SAB de CV’s Claro won an auction to acquire the mobile operations of Brazil’s Oi SA with a joint bid of $3.23 billion. According to the announcement, TIM will be taking over 40% of Oi’s customers (around 14.5 million people), more than half of the company’s spectrum allocation (49 MHz), and 49% of its mobile sites (around 7,200 locations). As a result, it paid the largest portion of the bid, around $1.44 billion. For $1.08 billion, Telefonica is gaining 10.5 million customers, 43 MHz of spectrum, and 2,700 mobile sites. Claro’s $710 million gained the company around 11.6 million customers and 4,700 mobile sites, but no spectrum. TIM, Telefonica and Claro have also offered Oi a long-term contract to rent its telecom infrastructure.
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Google services suffer major outages for two days in a row
At the beginning of this week, there were massive disruptions in Google services all around the world, as a result of which people temporarily lost access to Gmail, YouTube and other products. Google’s authentication system went down for about an hour, taking down Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Docs, and most other Google services. The Internet giant blamed the outage on “an internal storage quota issue,” which sounds like Google ran out of storage space. Google Tools did not load for users in the US, the UK, and across Europe, but started working again for most customers in about an hour. The company apologized to everyone affected and promised to conduct a thorough follow-up review to ensure that this problem does not recur in the future.
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Discord rolls out screen sharing from iOS and Android devices
Discord, an American VoIP, instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities, is gaining a mobile screen sharing feature for iOS and Android devices. This feature has been optimized for services such as game streaming and remote YouTube/TikTok viewing parties, with high frame rates and minimal latency. Mobile screen sharing streams can be broadcasted to 50 viewers at the same time, without limitations on how many users can be screen sharing in the same channel. The feature has been available on Discord for desktops since 2017, rolling out alongside their video chat.
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Proximus selects Nokia for its 5G RAN in Luxembourg
Proximus, the largest of Belgium’s three mobile telecommunications companies, has announced a seven-year 5G RAN agreement with Nokia for its Luxembourg operations. Replacing China’s Huawei, Nokia will provide its AirScale portfolio of base stations and radios, which can be used for both indoor and outdoor coverage. In a statement, Gerard Hoffmann, CEO of Proximus Luxembourg, said, “Luxembourg is a very dynamic and competitive market that represents many opportunities in the 5G era across a range of verticals.” Proximus operates in Luxembourg under two brands: its premium Telindus brand, and the low-cost Tango brand.
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Xorcom IP PBX Systems teams up with VoIP.ms
Xorcom, a provider of telephony and voice communication solutions for the IP PBX, hotel phone systems, virtual PBX systems, and multi-tenant PBXs, has completed interoperability testing and developed a technical partnership with VoIP.ms. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, VoIP.ms is a bring-your-own-device VoIP service provider offering a wide range of standard telephony features, as well as advanced communication solutions to simplify both business and residential communications. According to Xorcom, the partnership with Voip.ms will make the integration of the high-quality Voip.ms trunks into Xorcom systems seamless and simple, as a part of their constant effort to improve user experience in every stage of interaction with the company’s CompletePBX systems.
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