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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #37

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Virgin Media O2 tests 5G emergency services drone

Virgin Media O2 has released information on a trial it conducted with the Swiss public safety drone expert Fotokite to provide a video feed from a drone to help first responders on the ground. The two businesses discussed several incarnations of the drone, including its capacity to function in difficult conditions at any time of day or night, the simplicity of setting up, launching, and flying, and how valuable the data feed is to first responders dealing with emergency situations. Utilizing 5G networks to control and manage drones for emergency services demonstrates the possibilities that 5G technology provides in terms of higher speeds and lower latency.

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BT trials quantum key distribution (QKD) over hollow core fiber

BT has tested quantum key distribution (QKD) over hollow core fiber (HFC), promoting the technology as a method to improve data security in transmission. In the experiment, the operator used a QKD system borrowed from the European Union’s OpenQKD project along a six-kilometer section of Lumenisity HCF. To improve security, QKD sent encryption keys between sites using a stream of photons. Intercepting the keys disturbs the photons and reveals a possible assault. According to BT, the test demonstrated that HFC is a perfect conductor of QKD signals, allowing for reduced latency and interference between signals carried across the fiber.

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Vonage announces HIPAA-compliant SMS capabilities

Vonage, a global supplier of cloud communications, has launched HIPAA-compliant SMS capabilities powered by the Vonage Communications Platform (VCP). Vonage offers HIPAA-compliant, SMS and video API solutions for healthcare businesses that allow patients to communicate securely across their chosen channels. The Vonage Video and SMS APIs, when used together, enable these communications to be effortlessly incorporated into the healthcare providers’ existing solutions. The Vonage SMS API provides advantages such as Automated Appointment Experience, Patient Relationship Management, Situation Readiness, Digital Surveys and Authentication.

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KDDI Corp selects SpaceX’s Starlink as backhaul network provider

KDDI Corp, a Japanese telecom provider, has chosen SpaceX’s Starlink for backhaul services in rural places across the country. As its network backhaul provider, SpaceX will employ Starlink’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation to offer broadband Internet to KDDI’s 1,200 remote mobile towers beginning in 2022. KDDI believes that this collaboration will enable them to provide individuals in rural regions with an urban mobile connectivity experience. Starlink has been granted an experimental license by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to operate the ground station constructed at KDDI’s Yamaguchi Satellite Communication Center. Both organizations have been performing technical trials to assess the quality and performance of their combined products.

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net2phone releases a new phone app

net2phone, a supplier of cloud communications solutions, has announced the introduction of a new phone application specifically built to support Microsoft Teams. The new application enables Teams users to integrate speech features within the platform without purchasing numerous licenses for many employees. This solution offers convenience not just to call center personnel, but is also an affordable upgrade, allowing smaller companies with limited resources to enhance their efficiency. The net2phone Phone App for Teams complements net2phone’s native interaction with Microsoft Teams. 

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