News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #20

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VCC Live partners with DIDWW

VCC Live, a provider of innovative cloud-based contact center software for inbound, outbound and cross-channel contact centers, has announced a strategic partnership with global telecommunications operator DIDWW, which provides high quality VoIP and SIP trunking services to businesses and telecommunications operators around the world. As part of the partnership, VCC Live will take advantage of DIDWW’s extensive virtual telephone number coverage, which will allow VCC Lives’s contact center business to grow effectively in all geographic areas. DIDWW’s vast inventory of virtual phone numbers allows VCC Live to continue the rapid growth of their global business.

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Microsoft collaborates with O2 UK 

Microsoft and O2 are developing a proof-of-concept investigation to determine the benefits of on-premises Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) inside a private 5G network, focusing on security and low latency. The possible benefits of this proposed architecture are noteworthy,  combining secure, high-bandwidth private network capabilities with low-latency on-site data storage, resulting in more secure and better organized data management. O2 will provide secure private 5G networking capabilities and a variety of Industry 4.0 applications. The computing service will be provided through Microsoft Azure Private Edge Zones.

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AT&T announces cybersecurity solution for US government

AT&T has introduced a cost-effective unified cybersecurity solution to meet the security needs of US federal, state and local government agencies. The new AT&T Threat Detection and Response for Government proposal is based on the AT&T Unified Security Management (USM) platform, which comprises threat detection, incident response and compliance management with the ability for government customers to protect assets that are kept in the cloud. This solution is concentrated in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud and it is built on federal cyber security standards, but it can also be used in government cloud environments offered by Microsoft and Google.

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NTT to explore satellite data centers

NTT has announced its intention to explore the concept of satellite data centers in collaboration with Japan’s first private satellite communications company, SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings. During the project, NTT will provide computing power to each satellite to process the data, and the various satellites will work together simultaneously to function in the manner of an orbital data center. NTT states that satellite data centers can greatly contribute to data retention, as this process will not be affected by major natural disasters, such as the earthquakes that Japan suffers from regularly.

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UK clears Telefonica and Liberty Global merger

Telefonica and Liberty Global have received an approval from the country’s competition regulator to complete their major proposed UK merger. Virgin’s owner Liberty Global and Spain’s Telefonica agreed to build a broadband and mobile giant a year ago. According to the companies, the deal worth £12.7 billion for O2 and £18.7 billion for Virgin Media, would give the new group a total value of £31.4 billion ($44.4 billion), including debt. In accordance with the contract, Liberty Global’s Virgin Media UK fixed and broadcast facility will be merged with Telefonica’s O2 UK with a 50:50 share between the parent companies. The merger is expected to be completed by June 1.

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