News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #24

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New security features for Google Workspace and Google Drive

Google has unveiled new security tools that include client-side encryption for Workspace and several enhanced data protection features in the platform’s Drive service. The tech giant said there will be new trust rules and labels for Drive to classify files and apply controls based on their sensitivity levels. These added security features are the result of several factors, including Google’s “security first” philosophy, the rapid increase in remote work environments due to the pandemic, and the company’s experience with its BeyondCorp zero trust security model. In addition, Google is also increasing phishing and malware protection in Workspace.

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Facebook partners with Internet service providers D-VoiS and Netplus

Facebook has announced new partnerships in India with Internet service providers (ISPs) D-VoiS and Netplus. These ISPs will use Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi platform to provide public Wi-Fi hotspots in various locations around the country. “The Express Wi-Fi platform is helping expand internet connectivity in the country, enabling economic opportunities, innovation, and expression for people, businesses, and communities alike,” said Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India. D-VoiS operates under the ION brand and has a presence in 60 cities. Netplus, another leading ISP in the country, is the Internet arm of Fastway Group.

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Samsung Electronics demonstrates 6G THz wireless communication prototype

Samsung Electronics has demonstrated a 6G Terahertz (THz) wireless communication prototype in collaboration with researchers from the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). At the recent workshop on Terahertz communications at the IEEE International Conference on Communications, the team of researchers from Samsung Research, Samsung Research America and UCSB presented the potential positive impacts that THz can have on next-generation 6G technology. They demonstrated a 140 GHz wireless link using a fully digital beamforming platform. It’s still early days for 6G, but researchers believe in a peak data rate 50 times faster than 5G, as well as further reduced latency.

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Telefonica Spain selects Nokia and Ericsson for its 5G SA network

Telefonica has decided to award contracts to Nokia and Ericsson to launch its 5G standalone (SA) radio networks across Spain, omitting its longtime partner Huawei. These agreements will allow Telefonica to transition from 5G NSA to 5G SA using its 22,000 base stations in Spain and 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, as well as the frequencies it intends to acquire in next month’s 700 MHz band auction. The Spanish operator first launched 5G in September 2020, using Nokia and Ericsson for the RAN portion of the network and Huawei equipment to support the 4G core.

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Deutsche Telekom opens two new data centres

Deutsche Telekom has announced it is opening ‘twin data centers’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with a combined 21,000 square meters of space to serve its Open Telekom Cloud offering. According to the company, this initiative meets all the latest regulations regarding GDPR and data protection. Deutsche Telekom hopes to attract business customers that want to tap the benefits that come with cloud services, but they need to adhere to stringent compliance and security requirements. The two new facilities offer added redundancy to the company’s existing facilities in Biere and Magdeburg in Germany. Open Telekom Cloud is Deutsche Telekom’s secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product.

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