News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #21

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Vodafone Germany to build new base stations and 5G

Vodafone Germany has announced that it will undertake more than 7,000 mobile infrastructure construction projects including 3,000 5G projects, which it estimates will support 9,000 5G antennas. The projects will take place in the current financial year, which began in April. The company says it has exceeded its 5G coverage targets by expanding the network to 25 million subscribers, and estimates that it will soon  cover 30 million consumers with 5G. In addition, Vodafone has also announced that it is swapping the L3G spectrum for LTE by switching 18,000 3G sites to 4G ones this summer.

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Virgin Media shares its sustainability results

Virgin Media released its latest sustainability report this week, which examines the ways that the company has supported its employees and customers during the pandemic and how it continues to deal with the climate crisis. In terms of environmental impact, Virgin Media reported that from 2014 onwards, the company has reduced its carbon footprint by 46 percent. In the year 2020 itself, the company has reduced the Scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint by 7 percent and Scope 3 by 14 percent. Virgin Media also said that it has achieved zero waste to landfills, and in 2020, 1.3 million items, such as routers, were restored and reused.

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RingCentral and NICE expands its partnership

RingCentral, a provider of cloud-based communications and collaboration solutions for businesses, is expanding the company’s business partnership with the software developer NICE. Both companies will continue their long-term growth strategies to bring the RingCentral contact center platform to new markets around the world and further deliver rapid innovation to their mutual customers. The partners intend to take a large share of the global market by providing a suite of advanced communication solutions that will increase efficiency and customer satisfaction, during the times when businesses are seeking to revitalize outdated contact center solutions.

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Versa Networks integrates with Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center

SASE leader Versa Networks has announced its integration with the Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center (NCC), enabling secure and reliable access to cloud workloads and local resources using an automated, dynamic approach that lessens the cost of ownership. The amalgamation of Versa SASE and Google Cloud means the further development of security, SD-WAN, bandwidth management, high availability differentiation and innovation. This partnership allows customers with business applications anywhere in the world to get access to an optimized connection offering comprehensive, independent access, multi-access capability and application awareness.

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Nokia launches AI use case library

In partnership with Microsoft, Nokia has announced the world’s first deployment of multiple AI use cases delivered through a public cloud. Integrating Nokia’s security system with Microsoft Azure’s digital architecture makes deployment of AI nine times faster than using a private cloud, while all data sovereignty and security concerns are abolished and global rules are followed. The Nokia security system used by Azure provides data segregation and isolation to ensure the same level of security as in a private cloud. The use of artificial intelligence is crucial for telecoms to manage the business complexity caused by 5G and cloud networks. AI will also help in advancing and achieving the digital transformation.

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