News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #18

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DIDWW, a global cloud communications service provider, has announced that it has become an associate member of the GSMA, an industry organization that represents the interests of mobile operators around the world. The GSMA supports the latest technological innovations and the development of the mobile ecosystem to promote digital transformation and industrial growth. GSMA membership allows DIDWW to actively take part in technical working groups, establish new business relationships, and develop strategies that will greatly contribute to the wider adoption of hosted VoIP services.

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Mediacom to expansion broadband to 500K locations

The US operator Mediacom has revealed its plan to provide high-speed broadband to another 500,000 under-serviced homes and businesses over the next three years. This scaling-up will include a combination of new facilities supported by state and federal broadband grants, line extensions and the development of fixed wireless access (FWA) using recently acquired 3.5 GHz (CBRS) licenses. In December 2020, Mediacom won a $2.25 million funding grant from the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, in order to build 9,752 locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

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AT&T launches two new plans for 5G data

AT&T has launched two new plans that offer 5G data for non-smartphone devices such as tablets, public Internet access points and cellular laptops. AT&T said it has introduced the new plans with the goal of making remote work and study easier. AT&T calls its new data plans DataConnect 25GB and DataConnect 40GB. The 25 GB plan will cost $50 per month and the 40 GB plan will cost $75 per month, before taxes and fees. To take advantage of these prices, customers must sign up for automatic paperless billing. Currently AT&T’s 5G network covers 230 million Americans in 14,000 cities and towns.

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Nokia adopts blockchain

Nokia has announced the launch of its Data Marketplace, a blockchain-based service that provides real-time access to massive trusted datasets. This service makes the exchange of data and artificial intelligence models between businesses and communication service providers easier and more efficient. Nokia Data Marketplace boosts artificial intelligence initiatives through federated learning. This method, along with orchestration capabilities, assists collaborative efforts in developing highly accurate machine learning models for use in analysis. It also meets the growing demand for a platform that can effectively apply AI and machine learning algorithms to on-site data.

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Vonage launches a redesigned Channel Partner Program and Partner Experience Portal

Vonage has launched a redesigned Channel Partner Program and a new Partner Experience Portal as part of Vonage Accelerate. These new launches boost the rapid growth of Vonage Channel, which is a key component of the company’s overall growth strategy. With these new capabilities and the Vonage Communications Platform (VCP), a leading cloud communications platform that manages global customer and partner engagement solutions through API, Unified Communications, and Contact Center innovations, Vonage partners can ensure that their clients will enjoy a  high quality customer experience and stay connected from anywhere in the world.

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