News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #23

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SoftBank aims at providing connectivity from space

SoftBank has announced that it will begin promoting the roll out of Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) solutions that provide connectivity from space and the stratosphere. SoftBank NTN solutions will include the Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting (GEO) satellite NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) services provided by Skylo Technologies. The two companies recently agreed to cooperate in offering satellite services in Japan. SoftBank’s NTN portfolio of solutions will also include Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications provided by OneWeb, and High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) stratospheric telecommunications platforms provided by SoftBank’s subsidiary HAPSMobile.

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Black Lotus Labs uncovers hacktivist campaign

Black Lotus Labs, the Lumen Technologies security threat intelligence division, has presented evidence that hacktivists have recently attacked switches and routers in a minimum of 100 organizations. The hacktivists managed to access those Internet-connected devices because of an incorrect Cisco Systems Smart Install configuration. The Black Lotus Labs team reported that the attack took place around May 13 and the improper configuration gave attackers the access to features on devices that are not normally revealed to the Internet. The attackers made the switches and routers unusable and changed the corrupted files with about six pages of an anti-government manifesto.

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TIM announces an Open RAN dedicated lab

TIM has announced the opening of Italy’s first Open RAN laboratory in its innovation laboratories in Turin. TIM has long been examining the potential of Open RAN technology, joining the O-RAN Alliance for the first time in 2018. But it was not until the beginning of this year, when the company signed an MoU, that development seemed to have actually taken off. In their Open Testing and Integration Center (OTIC) lab new solutions will be explored, including testing and verifying the effectiveness of RAN technology, such as antennas and radio base stations from various vendors. Also, this laboratory is said to be a collaborative, open, impartial and qualified work environment. 

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DIDWW launches customer address and identity management via API

DIDWW, a leading provider of cloud telecommunications services, has announced that customer address and identity management is now fully accessible through their REST API. This most recent update to the DIDWW API allows customers to fully automate the submission and processing of end-user information needed for the compliance of DID number registration. The company has developed the Identities and Addresses feature to make the entire process easier, consequentially reducing the time customers typically spend completing number registration. It is worth mentioning that the DIDWW API is designed for telecommunications operators, providing them with the ability to fully integrate DIDWW products and expand their service portfolios.

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Telefonica to boost private IoT with Monogoto

Telefónica participated in an investment round in Monogoto, an Israeli company specializing in the management of secure private LTE/5G networks. Through its Tech Ventures unit, the company has invested an undisclosed amount in Monogoto, securing a seat on the Israeli company’s advisory board and preferential access to its technology and VPN test environment. Telefonica noted that this investment will give it numerous opportunities for new use cases based on the Israeli company’s offerings, mainly bridging Industry 4.0, healthcare and utilities in the short-to-medium term.

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