News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #29

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Dish and AT&T strike a $5 billion network deal 

Dish has signed a mobile network services agreement with AT&T worth more than $5 billion over the next ten years. In accordance with the MVNO and the national roaming agreement, Dish’s mobile phone brands will use the AT&T network. When the operator’s 5G service commences, the mobile brands will use AT&T’s infrastructure for roaming in areas where it does not currently have coverage. With this deal, Dish replaces T-Mobile US as a partner in the wholesale network, and it is likely that the network operator will not suffer significant financial losses due to one of its competitors.

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Cox Business launches Net Assurance to help small businesses

Cox Business has released Net Assurance, a new service aimed at small businesses to protect them from losing their Internet connection during outages. If the Internet loses its wired and private Wi-Fi connection, Net Assurance will automatically switch to a wireless LTE network. Furthermore, if a business suffers a power outage, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) backup with surge protection supplies about four hours of power to keep the systems running. Cox works with various wireless service providers, therefore the service automatically selects the best connection with no customer intervention being required.

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Vodafone expands NB-IoT coverage

Vodafone has released the news that it has doubled the number of sites on its Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network. NB-IoT is a low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) technology that is used for seamless communication between devices that need long battery life and have low data requirements. As interconnection around the globe increases, the demand for the NB-IoT ecosystem has grown. In response to this growth, Vodafone has twice increased the number of sites on its NB-IoT network so as to expand UK coverage. Using a -128dBm signal when their network is sufficient, the network now covers 98% of the country, and for devices that require -118dBm signal, the geographical coverage is 87%.

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Dialpad collaborates with Miro

The cloud-based business communication platform Dialpad has announced a new integration with the online whiteboard platform Miro. This partnership combines Dialpad’s video conferencing solution, Dialpad Meetings, with Miro’s collaboration whiteboard platform for seamless remote meetings. When integrated into the Dialpad technology portfolio, Miro provides a whiteboard solution that allows remote and distributed teams to work seamlessly on everything from brainstorming and hands-on activities, to planning and developing new products and services in real time.

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SK Telecom to share its 3G network

SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest wireless operator, is considering sharing its 3G network with a competing operator as 3G users numbers are declining. The competitor identified by the company is likely to be KT Corp., as it is the only other local 3G provider. The number of SK Telecom 3G users is 1.3 million, compared to 7.4 million 5G and 20.8 million 4G users. The complete shutdown of SK Telecom’s 3G service is likely to take place in several years, as the company terminated their 2G service only last year.

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