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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #33

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Telefónica, Aerial launch Remote Care project pilot

The first pilot project regarding “Remote Care” for elders was initiated by Telefónica, the Canadian firm Aerial and the municipality of Luciana. This solution does not require new devices nor wearable equipment, but includes a movement detector interface for the home WiFi, which utilizes existing wireless signals combined with artificial intelligence and contextual analysis to detect presence and motion. The cloud-based AI engine is intended to share data about a senior’s behaviors with their family members. In order to facilitate remote monitoring of elders, this technology also compares the data to normal behavioral patterns.

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T-Mobile experiences data breach

In a recent cyber assault on T-Mobile, over 40 million individuals’ information was exposed, including names, birthdays and social security numbers. The business claimed that the stolen files contained data from over 7.8 million current T-Mobile accounts as well as data from more than 40 million past or future clients. Moreover, over 850,000 T-Mobile prepaid users have also been affected by the infringement, and the data revealed includes names, telephone numbers and PINs.

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Bell Canada to deliver fiber to new locations

In its efforts to reach 850 000 to 900 000 new connections by the end of 2021, Bell Canada has disclosed its intentions for supplying fiber to 2000 additional sites in the Niagara area. The expansion projects are part of a strategy unveiled in February to boost fiber and 5G capital expenditures over the next two years in order to increase Bell Canada’s broadband footprint by the end of 2021 to a total of 6.9 million locations. Bell Canada also stated earlier in August that this year it will expand fiber to a total of 3,700 rural sites in Rawdon, Sainte-Adèle and the Roxton Pond.

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AT&T to test 5G at the University of Tennessee  

AT&T has begun building a private 5G network and testing site on the campus of Knoxville, University of Tennessee, which will be used for mmWave and multi-access edge computing (MEC) research. The implementation is slated for completion by the end of the year, with digital learning capacities such as the delivery of AR experiences including sites such as nuclear power plants and seabeds. The company aims to work with university engineers to explore the possibilities of 5G and MEC for creating corporate value in areas like military, public safety, health, education, entertainment and banking.

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Avaya in a partnership with Microsoft

Avaya has established a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to develop a strong set of cloud communications products to shape the future. Making use of the two businesses’ add-on strengths, the collaborative solutions include Avaya’s OneCloud CPaaS, which is now integrated with Microsoft Azure Communication Services‘ voice, video, chat and SMS capabilities for global reach, scalability and function. The firms have developed a collaborative worldwide marketing and co-selling strategy that they plan to implement in order to maximize their awareness and the distribution of these impressive new communication solutions.

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