News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #4

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Verizon Business announces a new bundle

Verizon Business has announced a new bundle offer for small businesses covering security, broadband and LTE services. As more small businesses are moving to virtual settings, Verizon Business now offers the Complete Business Bundle. With this new offering, small businesses receive a 15% discount on monthly service fees with a 50 Mbps tier. LTE Business Internet, which includes a router as part of the package, is giving businesses the ability to connect to 4G LTE using a plug-and-play installation. The Complete Business Bundle also includes One Talk desk phones with more than 50 business-class features and dedicated 24/7 technical support.

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DT and Samsung succeed in standalone 5G 

Deutsche Telekom and Samsung have successfully completed the SA 5G test in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Together the companies have tested the efficiency of Samsung’s MU-MIMO technology on Deutsche Telekom’s network and recorded excellent results, and the spectrum efficiency tripled compared to the real conditions of LTE. Alex Choi, SVP strategy & technology innovation at Deutsche Telekom, commented: “Together with strong partners we are consistently introducing advanced technical capabilities into our network, and we are very excited about the potential of 5G SA networks to further accelerate the 5G evolution.”

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Telestax in a strategic agreement with NEC

Telestax, a CPaaS service provider to global communications companies, has announced a strategic agreement with NEC Corporation of America (NEC), an international provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications and networking solutions. NEC and Telestax are joining to integrate CPaaS functionality into their broad customer base and channel partner network. The deal certifies that NEC will add programmable SMS and voice messages, as well as release new CPaaS applications to turnkey customers in 2021. This partnership agreement with Telestax represents the rapid expansion of NEC into programmable cloud communication and collaboration services.

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AudioCodes and Twilio delivers direct routing to Microsoft Teams 

AudioCodes, an advanced communications software, products and productivity solutions vendor, has announced a partnership with Twilio, a cloud communications platform supplier, to provide an upgradable direct routing PSTN connectivity to Microsoft Teams customers through Twilio’s Elastic SIP Trunking service. The new solution will use AudioCodes Mediant Session Border Controllers (SBC), which have been tested by Microsoft for interoperability with Twilio. With this, Teams customers will be able to easily connect to Twilio’s Elastic SIP Trunking service and take advantage of its flexibility, universal coverage and lower costs. The solution, developed by AudioCodes and Twilio, is Microsoft certified for Teams Direct Routing and features high voice quality and low bandwidth consumption.

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Google shuts down Loon due to high costs

Loon LLC was Alphabet’s, Google parent company’s, project to provide Internet access in rural and remote areas. It has been announced that the project will be closed. The company used balloons at an altitude of 18-25 km to create a wireless air network with the Internet speed of up to 1 Mbit/s. The firm said it liquidated the nine-year project and the two-and-a-half-year spin-off of Loon because it failed to find a sustainable business model and partners for one of the most well-known lunar shooting projects. However, some of Loon’s technology is reported to be used in the Taara project, which provides Internet services in sub-Saharan Africa.

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