News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #22

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Huawei launches HarmonyOS 

Huawei has officially released its HarmonyOS operating system for all devices. It looks like HarmonyOS will be available on almost all Huawei devices in the coming years, and the company will describe it as an upgrade. As a next-gen smart device operating system, HarmonyOS provides a common language for connecting and collaborating across different devices, giving users a more user-friendly and secure experience. The OS uses distributed technology to meet the diverse needs of all the different devices in a single system, allowing for flexible deployment.

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Vodafone and CityFibre expand their partnership

Vodafone and CityFibre have expanded their partnership to offer Vodafone Ethernet services for business customers. In this new partnership, Vodafone will use CityFibre’s Ethernet infrastructure to provide local access to its customers. Therefore, businesses in 12 UK cities and towns will have an alternative and cost-effective High Bandwidth Ethernet service. Under the contract, the operator will offer customers an inexpensive service that provides higher data speeds by choosing bandwidth packages including 1Gbps and 100Mbps capabilities. Vodafone’s Ethernet services are available in Cambridge, Coventry and Peterborough. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Portsmouth and Southend-on-Sea to follow in the next few months.

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Global Telco Consult to provide managed services for SMS platform BTS

Global Telco Consult (GTC) has announced that it will provide BTS, a provider of voice, A2P SMS and Integrated Numbering Intelligence services, with managed services for its SMS platform. GTC’s managed service offering includes a wide variety of services related to the operation of messaging platforms and eliminates complexity for its customers. Its services consist of network-level operation of the SMS platform, migration services for legacy environments, and management of processes such as partner onboarding, billing, and reporting.

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Microsoft acquired software company ReFirm Labs

Microsoft has announced that it has agreed to acquire software company ReFirm Labs for an undisclosed amount, with the aim to increase the security of IoT devices. This new addition gives Microsoft access to ReFirm Labs open-source software that analyzes IoT device firmware for security vulnerabilities. ReFirm Labs will be part of Microsoft’s Azure Defender for IoT, which the company has developed with its CyberX team. This purchase is driven by the growing number of cloud-connected devices. As their numbers increase, so does the potential firmware threat posed by the growing amount of specialized sub-processors in these products.

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RingCentral partners with Deutsche Telekom

RingCentral, a provider of Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center-as-a-service (CCaaS), has announced a partnership with Deutsche Telekom. The partnership will deliver user-friendly cloud communications solutions with better mobility, flexibility and security to more customers. First, the partnership will offer Deutsche Telekom customers a co-branded version of the RingCentral Video (RCV) as a core stand-alone video solution that provides reliable, secure, open video meetings and team messaging based on RingCentral’s Message Video Phone (MVP) platform. Deutsche Telekom will present the solution to its customers in the second half of 2021. 

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