News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #17

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Telefonica reveals a new rebrand

Telefonica has announced its new rebrand at the company’s annual general meeting. The company also reelected its Chairman and CEO Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete to its board for a further four-year term with increased backing from shareholders. The newly refurbished design will be used in the company’s brands under the Telefonica name, but will not replace the Telefonica-owned consumer-facing identities O2 and Movistar. According to the company, the new logo reflects extensive restructuring efforts started in 2019 and is reminiscent of the 1984 logo that also resembled the letter T made-up of small circles.

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AT&T gifts boost in fiber speed to its customers

AT&T has announced that it is giving its customers a free increase in fiber speeds. The company is increasing its access speeds from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps, and 300 Mbps to 500 Mbps respectively. The company will continue to offer its 1 gig plan with HBO Max included. In addition to this news, AT&T said its fiber customers will receive a compatible gateway, either the BGW320 or BGW210. The company’s fiber network is available in more than 14.5 million customer locations with the fiber penetration being at more than 35%.

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8×8 announces contact center and voice communications enhancements

8×8, a leading integrated cloud communications platform provider, has announced contact center, voice communications, chat and meetings product enhancements, including the new 8×8 Work for Web as well as the industry’s only platform-wide SLA. These upgrades enable . hybrid work capabilities for organizations, including access to voice communications, team chat, video meetings, and other capabilities directly from a web browser, the ability to start or join video meetings from a mobile browser, customizable video backgrounds, inline messaging, silent call notifications during video meetings and a Call Quality Indicator and other metrics. In addition,  the 8×8 Otto bot helps administrators perform system changes and get real-time support for frequent operations.

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NTT and Fujitsu form a strategic business alliance

NTT and Fujitsu have announced the establishment of a strategic business alliance to conduct research in the areas of mobile communications and optical transport. In doing so, they aim to expand into the global market and create sustainable infrastructure. According to the companies, the research and development will focus on the provision of a variety of energy-saving technologies, including disaggregated high-performance computing, open-architecture optical transport and mobile communications. This collaboration aims to develop tools to improve performance, which remains a challenge in expanding virtualized RAN adoption and developing management technologies to optimize RAN.

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Zoom unveils a new feature on their platform

Zoom recently introduced a new feature on the enterprise’s platform that allows group participants to gather in a virtual space through a single window. Zoom has developed this feature to give video conferencing and webinar users a more familiar meeting environment, as opposed to the standard video panels most users are used to. Zoom’s Immersive View can allow up to 25 video participants to come together in a creative setting. This feature is available for Windows and Mac operating systems and is free for all users of Zoom 5.6.3 or later.

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