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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #14

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Spain approves entry for MWC participants 

The organizers of the Mobile World Congress 2021, which will take place in Barcelona this summer, have received much-needed good news from the Spanish government. Spain currently bans “non-essential” travel to and from non-EU/Schengen countries. But the GCMA, which manages the MWC, has announced that people who have registered for the event will be classified as “highly skilled workers” and therefore will be excused from this restriction. The GSMA intends to provide the Spanish authorities with details of all registrants and registrants will also be provided with a confirmation of participation. 

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Lumen signs a deal with T-Mobile US

Lumen Technologies has taken a major step in expanding its latest edge computing service with a new deal with T-Mobile US. This agreement will allow Lumen to receive access to the operator’s 5G network to reach more of the company’s customers. The companies seek to help each other take advantage of potential business opportunities. David Shacochis, VP of Lumen’s Enterprise Technology and Field CTO said that the partnership aims to take advantage of what both companies have to offer by combining their business-class fiber and edge computing capabilities with T-Mobile’s vast geographic and spectrum reach. 

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Deutsche Telekom to become carbon neutral in 4 years

Over the past few years, Deutsche Telekom has continuously transformed its global operations into a climate awareness model. The company claims that it has progressed so much that it can speed up its carbon reduction target over 25 years and is now on track to become in-house carbon neutral by 2025. The company said that by 2025, it will reduce overall emissions by up to 95%. Deutsche Telekom has also committed itself to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its value chain by 2040, a decade ahead of its original goal. This value chain, consisting of customers and vendors, is responsible for most of the emissions that will be targeted and remedied by Deutsche Telekom. 

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Avaya expands its OneCloudTM CCaaS contact center coverage

Avaya has broadened the availability of its Avaya OneCloudTM CCaaS Contact Center solution to forty countries, providing organizations with global digital capabilities that better connect customers and employees with any touchpoint, modal, device and channel. Avaya OneCloud CCaaS is the main part of the artificial intelligence-driven Avaya OneCloud experience platform, which includes workflow collaboration, unified communications and communications platform-as-a-service solution with OneCloud UCaaS and OneCloud CPaaS. Avaya OneCloud CCaaS helps organizations make every interaction effortless, seamless, and context-aware by creating a memorable experience for customers and their employees.

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LG closes mobile phone business

The South Korean company LG Electronics has confirmed that it will close its mobile phone business after years of declining market share and intense competition from Apple and Samsung. In a statement, the company mentioned that this decision will allow it to focus its resources on other technology fields, such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence, B2B solutions, platforms and services. LG’s mobile phone division is planned to close by 31 July, but despite this, customers will continue to be supported with service and software updates.

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