News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #35

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Verizon launches Verizon 5G Edge with Microsoft

Verizon has partnered with Microsoft to introduce the aptly named Verizon 5G Edge with Microsoft Azure Stack Edge cloud computing platform, fulfilling their stated commitment when they announced their cooperation last October. The platform can provide corporate clients with an on-premises, private edge compute solution that supports the ultra-low latency necessary for real-time enterprise applications. The collaboration with Microsoft provides 5G Edge to companies, lowering latency at the edge and allowing important, performance-sensitive applications to respond more rapidly and effectively.

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FCC warns about fake broadband subsidy website

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) alerted the public about the discovery of a website that fraudulently promised to enroll customers in the agency’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and encouraged individuals who visited the site to take precautions against fraud. A website named WiFi Freedom USA mimicked the government’s sign-up page, offering r free gadgets and broadband access under the EBB initiative. The FCC stated that it has already taken steps to deactivate the website and remove a linked social media page. The agency is currently collaborating with law enforcement officials on future actions.

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Sparkle announces its first green data center

Sparkle, a global connectivity provider, has announced the opening of Metamorfosis II, Greece’s first “green” data center and one of the largest and most sophisticated of its kind in Europe. In Greece, Sparkle currently operates four open data centers,  one in Chania and three in Athens. Athens is the home of a private metropolitan fiber optic network, which runs through the city business area and directly connects corporate clients and institutional institutions. Sparkle’s data centers are created to provide clients with long-term, secure and best-in-class infrastructure for mission-critical IT systems, as well as high speed and dependable connectivity.

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CallTower announces new Cisco cloud calling solutions

CallTower, a cloud-based enterprise-class unified communications, contact center and collaboration solutions provider, has announced the availability of Cisco Webex Calling and UCM solutions. Customers of CallTower may now take advantage of Cisco’s strong new multi-tenant cloud solution through the company’s sophisticated implementation, adoption and support systems. The Cisco Webex Calling solution from CallTower is intended to improve the user experience (UX) of clients with fewer than 1000 seats. This system is handled in Cisco’s control hub and works with Cisco MPP phones model 6800, 7800 and 8800.

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2600Hz to work with TeamMate Technology

2600Hz, a supplier of business communications solutions and platforms, has announced a partnership with TeamMate Technology, a Microsoft Teams integration firm, to offer clients a Microsoft Teams direct routing integration. Customers will soon be able to leverage a SIP trunk interface that links to 2600Hz’s KAZOO platform, allowing participants to originate and receive calls directly from Microsoft Teams. Any KAZOO service provider may utilize an automated process to add the Microsoft Teams dial-pad as another phone option, complete with multi-level support, branding and a Teams Application using the TeamMate Connector.

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