News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #5

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Vodafone and Nokia test 100G PON tech

Nokia’s new technology has been tested for the first time by Vodafone in Germany. The prototype used a single 25G laser and DSP technology developed at Nokia Bell Labs to create the single wavelength 100G PON transmission. Gavin Young, Head of Vodafone’s Fixed Access Center of Excellence, said the 100G PON is 40 times the capacity of today’s GPON networks and 10 times the capacity of the XGS-GPON. The 100G PON enables flexible tariffs and operates by grouping modems using a methodology similar to that already used in cable networks, suggesting that this cable network experience can help to better evaluate and take advantage of the new PON technology.

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Spectrum Enterprise leverages Cisco Meraki’s cloud platform

Spectrum Enterprise is leveraging a new managed network solution based on Cisco‘s Meraki cloud platform. Spectrum Enterprise’s Managed Network Edge (MNE) was designed to provide mid-market and large enterprise networking capabilities, as well as modular add-ons and a cross-country user portal. The aim of the MNE is to make the implementation and management of one and more local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) easier. Cisco Meraki’s MNE offer includes managed routing, security and software-defined SD-WAN, proactive monitoring, service level agreements (SLAs) and professional deployment, Wi-Fi, network switches and smart cameras.

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Orange launches educational campaign on of 5G

A new Orange 5G education campaign was launched this week in Luxembourg and France. With this new campaign, Orange aims to propagate a more positive view of 5G technology, highlighting its benefits and potential uses. The campaign, broadcast by Orange and developed by the Publicis Conseil, demonstrates the power of 5G networks to support education, culture, entertainment, healthcare, transportation and other innovations. Orange’s Executive Director of Communication, Brand and Engagement, Béatrice Mandine said, “For Orange, 5G represents positive progress, as it will be useful to our society. Since its launch, most of the focus has been on its technical and functional aspects.”

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Region Authority Corporation launches a telecoms e-learning platform

US-based telecommunications professionals, the Region Authority Corporation (RAC), has announced the kickoff of its e-learning platform, which provides training courses for telecommunications experts to help businesses gain a competitive advantage globally. By organizing 15 essential courses in telecom technology, tools, health and safety RAC helps companies adapt to these evolving technologies, qualify their workforce, and provide great customer service to gain a competitive edge. Virtual courses created by expert instructors will allow companies to understand new technologies, use tools for effective project management, and guarantee employee safety. 

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Cellnex to buy Altice Europe’s tower unit Hivory

Infrastructure company Cellnex has signed an agreement to buy Altice Europe’s Hivory tower unit for €5.2 billion.Cellnex plans to finance the purchase with an additional round of shareholders’ fundraising. The agreement follows Cellnex’s Europe-wide shopping spree. With completion of this deal, Cellnex initially will increase the number of tower sites in France by 10,500, and the company has pledged an additional €900 million to build 2,500 new sites. The acquisition of Hivory from their current shareholders Altice and Starlight Holdco has yet to be approved by the regulator.

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