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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #43

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VMware announces RAN intelligent controller

This week, VMware released several of their initiatives aimed at bolstering and solidifying the company’s  telco cloud plans. The debut of the RAN intelligent controller is one of the recent announcements (RIC). The VMware RIC will be accessible in two deployment models: centralized and distributed, and will be capable of abstracting the underlying RAN architecture and providing RAN programmability via xApps and rApps. Wireless operators, according to VMware, are ready to transition from relatively inflexible conventional RAN infrastructures to more heterogeneous, multi-vendor virtualized RANs.

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Verizon teams up with Project Kuiper

Verizon and Amazon’s Project Kuiper, a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network, have established a collaborative partnership to provide broadband solutions for unserved and underserved populations. Project Kuiper and Verizon have begun to establish technical specifications and define early business strategies for a variety of connection offerings for US consumers and worldwide enterprise clients operating in rural and remote locations around the globe. Amazon’s powerful LEO satellite system and Verizon’s world-class wireless technology and infrastructure will be combined to enhance coverage and create innovative, customer-focused connectivity options.

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NTT Group combines three of its units

NTT Group has increased its corporate focus by forming a group that combines its mobile, ICT and international businesses. NTT Docomo, NTT Communications and systems integrator NTT Comware make up the newly-merged Docomo Group. According to the parent company, the merger will deliver cost reductions in fixed-line and mobile access networks. NTT justified the integration as a revision of its medium-term management plan, with the goal of improving its local and worldwide operations. If implemented correctly, this decision has the possibility of turning the new business into an IoT giant in the country, as well as a significant driver in tapping 5G B2B prospects.

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US revokes China Telecom’s license in America

The US communications authority has decided to withdraw China Telecom’s operating license in the United States due to national security concerns, marking Washington’s latest retaliation against what it sees as Chinese corporations infiltrating crucial networks. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order requires China Telecom Americas to stop US services within 60 days of the decree. For over 20 years, China Telecom, the largest Chinese telecommunications operator, has been authorized to provide telecommunications services in the United States. The FCC’s move may be seen as the culmination of a protracted legal battle with China Telecom.

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Lithuania prepares for launch of commercial 5G services

The Lithuanian telecommunications regulator, the Communications Regulatory Authority, has released its plans for the country’s first 5G spectrum auction, bringing the country closer to ultimately offering commercial 5G services. The auction will make two 10 MHz and two 5 MHz blocks of spectrum accessible in the 713-733 MHz and 768-788 MHz bands. Each operator will be limited to competing for a single block of frequencies, with the winners required to deliver a minimum 15 Mbps connection to at least 80% of Lithuanian homes, international transportation corridors, highways, railroads, airports and seaports. Lithuania will be one of the last European countries to hold their first 5G auction.

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