News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #2

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Tele2 and Nokia to provide SA 5G core network

Tele2 has partnered with Nokia to provide its domestic market with a standalone (SA) 5G core network prior to the country’s spectrum auction, which prohibits operators from using ZTE or Huawei infrastructure. Nokia’s triumph over Ericsson’s comes as the company undergoes a comprehensive restructuring in order to focus on key business areas and get back in the global 5G retail market. The operators stated that the contract also covers the installation of the SA 5G core and the facilities for the transmission of voice-over-5G in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The deployment of the infrastructure is expected to start later in 2021.

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Telefónica has agreed to sell its tower portfolio

The Spanish telecommunication giant Telefónica has come to the decision to sell its tower portfolio in Europe and Latin America to passive infrastructure specialist American Tower for €7.7 billion. According to the company, it will sell Telxius Towers and nearly 31,000 sites in two separate deals, one that covers Europe and the other Latin America. This deal will allow Telefonica to pay off debts and concentrate its focus on other priorities. The telecom provider will receive a significant profit from the sale of Telxius Towers, due to their initial favourable purchase price. The capital gain from the transaction is expected to be around  €3.5 billion. 

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DT and Nextcloud partner for GDPR compliance platform

Deutsche Telekom and Nextcloud have announced the launch of a Europe-based content collaboration platform. The platform is based on the Nextcloud hub, which, according to the company, meets the collaboration needs of modern organizations. This solution offers secure data and document sharing with online editing capabilities, chat and video conferencing. Users will be able to access the data using a browser, desktop or mobile application interfaces. The data will be stored in Deutsche Telekom’s data centers in the EU. Both of the companies support the GAIA-X initiative to build a data infrastructure based on European standards.

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TELUS and RingCentral expand their partnership

TELUS, a communications and information technology company, and RingCentral, a cloud communications provider, announced the expansion of their partnership to serve a larger number of companies. They are partnering in order to make it easier for small businesses in Canada to move their legacy phone systems to the cloud through TELUS Business Connect, an all-in-one messaging, video and telephony solution. For small businesses looking to use the Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution in the near future, TELUS Business Connect Business Voice and Business Voice Plus provide a first step in deploying a full cloud communications infrastructure with messaging, video and telephony capabilities.

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VoIP provider Zadarma attracts attention worldwide

Zadarma, a company based in Bulgaria, has recently become the focus of the VoIP industry, due to its flexible pricing and customization. Zadarma offers a free cloud PBX system for regular users with various features such as call transfer and recording, automatic fax receiving and welcome greetings, call waiting with music options, interactive voice response and the ability to connect to multi-channel virtual numbers anywhere, as well as the support for SIP calls. In addition to VoIP connectivity, the company also offers other tools such as speech recognition and voice-to-text transcription, which increase the  usefulness and value of the services.

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