News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #31

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Google to use its own chips for the new Pixel phones

Google has announced that its next Pixel smartphones will be available in the fall, powered for the first time by an in-house developed chip. Tensor, Google’s first mobile system on a chip, will be used in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Tensor is a single chip that integrates a set of processing units and enhances computational capacity in an energy-efficient manner. Google has not revealed who will manufacture the chips for the new Pixel phones.

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Lumen to sell its ILEC assets

Lumen Technologies announced that it has entered an agreement to sell its Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) business in 20 states, including its consumers, small business, wholesale, and mostly copper-served enterprise customers and assets, to funds managed by Apollo Global Management affiliates for $7.5 billion. Lumen will maintain its ILEC assets in 16 states, as well as its national fiber lines and competitive local exchange carrier networks, as it provides the fastest and most secure platform for next-generation corporate applications and data. The purchase will provide Apollo Funds with a solid, scalable local network, as well as operational and back-office support to satisfy the increasing demand for high-bandwidth connections and fiber technologies.

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Telstra makes its payphones free to use

Telstra has announced that Australians may now use its payphones to dial any number, either locally or nationwide, for free. The decision is intended to assist those in crisis circumstances and to provide connectivity for those without access to a mobile device during the pandemic. As a result of the change, anyone can now use any of the network’s 15,000 payphones. The operator aims to make this infrastructure even more accessible to people in need, such as the homeless, those who are isolated, or those who are victims of domestic abuse.

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Verizon to bring device assistance in 13 US states

In the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic, Verizon has begun collaborating with government agencies and nonprofits in 13 US states to make mobile hotspots, smartphones and computers available to low-income kids with the goal of assisting schools in implementing hybrid learning methods. Verizon will make devices available in these states to National School Lunch Program participants, Pell Grant recipients, and students whose family income falls below 135% of federally established poverty criteria. The operator’s program is modeled around digital learning initiatives that were developed in response to the pandemic.

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AT&T and Apple in a deal with Delta Airlines

AT&T Business, in collaboration with Apple, is providing new gadgets and 5G connectivity for all Delta pilot electronic flight bags (EFB). Custom-built EFB apps for iPads assist pilots in utilizing pre-flight information supplied directly to the EFBs, such as aircraft loads and flight statistics. Delta will also leverage the AT&T IoT Global SIM and AT&T Control Center to give pilots a unified device experience, assisting them in managing and troubleshooting devices in more than 200 countries. AT&T’s fast, dependable and secure 5G network eliminates the need for airline personnel to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots in between flights, thereby eliminating many  security and privacy concerns.

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