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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #6

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Telia takes a big step toward IoT

The Swedish operator Telia has launched a global IoT connectivity offering for enterprises, pledging that it can cut almost a third off the average cost of IoT communications. The new portfolio is called Telia Global IoT Connectivity. In a statement, the operator said that the portfolio consists of a Telia eSIM, that is powered by eUICC, a global ecosystem of pre-integrated operators, a one-of-a-kind programmable network and a cloud-based platform for system management. Björn Hansen, Head of IoT at Telia, said: “This is a true game changer for IoT connectivity.”

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Ekinops with Orange gives 5G a trial run 

Ekinops has successfully completed 5G business connectivity testing with Orange Business Services at its Orange Labs. To test the connectivity, Ekinops used its 5G-capable OneAccess router that is based on its OneOS6 software. According to Ekinops, the software enables a variety of embedded services to support network functions at the modular level, such as routing, firewalls, SD-WAN, and session border control (SBC). Ekinops and Orange Business Services are also planning to put packaged solutions for customer use later this year.

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Yamaha UC and Mersive Technologies partner up

Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that it has added Mersive Technologies to its Strategic Partner Program. This new partnership brings together Yamaha’s top-notch audio with Mersive’s Bring Your Own Meeting room system into hybrid workspaces. This alliance allows on-premises and remote workers to work together without interference during these challenging times. Yamaha’s YVC series of conference phones is fully integrated into Mersive’s Solstice Pod in order to deliver a new meeting and learning solution. This will result in higher quality participant interactions in a range of locations, from offices, to meeting and training rooms, with its contactless, one-step and clear, natural sound.

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Verizon upgrades its sub-brand Visible

Verizon has upgraded its brand Visible to include 5G access, international calling, and eSIM activation capabilities. The highlighted benefits of eSIM include the ability for users to transfer or set up a device without leaving home, and also eliminates the need for a physical module. This move complements the brand’s position as a digital-only alternative to traditional in-store prepaid competitors. The company added that their rates now include free calls to Canada, Mexico, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as well as providing access to Verizon’s 5G network, although data speeds are limited to 200 MB/s.

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Proximus acquires BICS

It has been announced that Proximus is buying out BICS (Belgacom International Carrier Services) from its minority shareholders Swisscom and MTN, who each hold 22.4%, and 20% stakes respectively. Proximus will pay Swisscom €110 million and MTN €100.3 million for their entire minority stakes. Proximus stated that from now on, it will put its focus on increasing the revenue from the BICS subsidiary TeleSign and pursue further growth in BICS and TeleSign. Nevertheless, the existing commercial agreements with MTN and Swisscom will remain in place. The transaction obviously requires and is subject to regulatory approval.

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