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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #9

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Telefonica announces creation of a new Brazilian fibre company

Telefonica has announced the establishment of a new Brazilian fiber company called FiBrasil. The company will be a joint venture between the operator and the Canadian Pension Fund CDPQ (Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec). Telefonica‘s 50% stake will be divided equally between Telefonica Brasil (Vevo) and the Group’s infrastructure division Telefónica Infra. FiBrasil will initially install and operate fiber optic networks in several medium-sized cities throughout Brazil outside São Paulo. Telefonica itself will be the key manager of the company.

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Samsung beats 5G speed record again

 Korean technology giant Samsung claims to have set a new 5G speed record. During the test, 5.23 Gbps was achieved on a single device, with the testing being performed under laboratory conditions using commercial equipment. These details are crucial when it comes to the 5G speed record, as Samsung said last April that they had recorded a speed of 8.5 Gbps, but that was in two devices. Samsung has provided a number of details on how it has come to its latest achievement, but it should be noted that the record was broken under laboratory conditions. The new technology is called E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC),  allowing the augmentation of the 800 MHz mmWave to 40 MHz on an unspecified 4G frequency.

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Nokia to reduce its operation and product emissions by 50%

Nokia has announced that by 2030 it will reduce its emissions by 50% both in its operations and in the products in use. Nokia is adopting more ambitious targets with a baseline from 2019 onwards, with the warming limit considered at 1.5 °C. They have expanded the scope of this initiative to cover a wider range, almost 100 percent of the company’s current product portfolio. Also, the company now covers emissions from both the logistics and assembly plants in the supply chain, as well as emissions from Nokia’s own operations. For the first time, Nokia committed to SBTs (Science Based Targets) in 2017, initially with the goal of limiting global warming to 2 °C.

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Cisco completes Acacia Communications acquisition

Cisco has announced the completion of its acquisition of Acacia Communications, Inc. with the approval of the majority of Acacia shareholders. This acquisition strengthens Cisco’s commitment to optics as a key element that will build up Cisco’s Internet for the Future strategy with world-class, consistent optical solutions for customers, allowing them to address the unparalleled scale of modern IT. Cisco has acquired Acacia for $115 per share in cash, or around $4.5 billion on a fully diluted basis, net of cash and marketable securities.

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TBI adds Infobip to its portfolio

TBI, a leading technology brokerage firm in North America, has announced the inclusion of Infobip in its supplier portfolio. Infobip offers a global omnichannel CPaaS platform for communication over email, SMS, RCS, mobile app messaging, WebRTC, live chat, voice, video and OTT chat apps. TBI partners can now enlarge their offerings with Infobip’s full suite of CPaaS solutions for both SMBs and large enterprises. By supporting a combination of the two deployment models, Infobip solutions can successfully meet the needs of different channel partner types and customer scenarios.

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