News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #10

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Mobile World Congress 2021 to require a negative Covid test for entry

GSMA, the organization hosting the Mobile World Congress 2021, has announced a health and safety plan for its event. Of course, requirements include doing all the usual things such as wearing masks, washing hands, keeping distance, and following the proper sneezing and coughing esthetics, but there are more specific safety outlines. One of the most important stipulations in place will be the  requirement of proof of a negative Covid test, which will be fully managed by the MWC app.

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Intel to tackle data privacy with DARPA

Intel has become a part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a research partner to help run its Data Projection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program. This program is seeking ways to improve fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), that allows the processing of encrypted data without the need to decrypt it beforehand, thereby reducing cyberthreats. If FHE can be implemented to a specified degree, it would allow organizations to use technologies such as machine learning to extract value from large datasets, and simultaneously protect data confidentiality. This is especially important for industries such as healthcare and finance.

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Aware Super and Macquarie to acquire Vocus

Vocus Group has confirmed that it will be acquired by Aware Super and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). The deal is expected to be valued at approximately $4.5 billion and the Vocus Board unanimously recommended that the shareholders approve the offer. Aware Super joined the MIRA deal on February 23rd, 2021. The value of the offer for Vocus is $5.50 per share, which is a 31.8% premium on the 1-month VWAP prior to the offer. There is also a $35 million break fee payable by Vocus.

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Microsoft addresses bandwidth problem when using Teams

Microsoft Teams group is determined to solve bandwidth issues for people who use a collaborative platform to work from home. The company is taking inspiration from Zoom’s strategy of prioritizing audio over video so that users can be heard over a poor broadband connection. Moreover, Google is addressing poor network connectivity for people who work from home by automatically adjusting resource usage based on network conditions, at home and on the corporate network. Users will be able to take advantage of Microsoft’s low data feature this month.

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Nokia and Cibicom to deploy LTE across Denmark

Nokia has signed an agreement with the Danish operator and Internet service provider Cibicom to install a new 450 MHz LTE network. Together, they will replace the existing Cibicom radio networks and move them to a new system that will allow full 4G data coverage throughout Denmark, as well as IoT connectivity. The project will be based on the acquisition of Cibicom’s 450 MHz license in June, which will allow Nokia to improve its offering to utility companies and to adapt it to changing customer needs by providing 5G at 3.5 GHz. Cibicom currently covers 98% of Denmark. This project will maintain the current level of coverage and ensure better connectivity for private households in Greenland.

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