News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #3

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Vantage Towers partners with Mowea

Vantage Towers, a subsidiary of Vodafone, has formed a strategic alliance with the Berlin-based start-up Mowea to power towers with renewable energy. Vantage Towers plans to build 752 micro wind turbines on 52 towers in Germany, with a capacity of up to 650 MWh per year. Under typical wind conditions, the turbines can cut grid power usage and electricity operating expenses at each site by up to two-thirds or more. Installation of the Mowea’s micro wind turbines is planned for the second part of the year, assuming that all relevant licenses are obtained by then.

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Nokia to defend IP Telecom against quantum cyber attacks

Nokia has established a partnership with IP Telecom to expand the latter’s data center cloud connection infrastructure to Portuguese urban regions. Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia will create an encrypted optical data center interconnect (DCI) solution, including upgrades to multiple 100Gbps and 200Gbps wavelengths, with each wavelength being encrypted prior to its transfer across the fiber network. Nokia’s modular optical networking technology will enable IP Telecom to easily enhance each customer’s cloud DCI as needed, while assuaging any data security concerns.

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Telia Carrier rebrands – now named Arelion

Telia Carrier has launched Arelion, a new brand that reinforces the company’s mission of providing premium global connectivity services to the world’s leading operators, content providers and organizations. Over the last 30 years, Telia Carrier has constructed the leading Internet backbone, which now powers roughly 65 percent of all Internet routes across Europe, North America and Asia, with more than 70,000 km of optical fiber and 1,700 MPLS endpoints linking clients in 125 countries. Arelion has also completely updated their corporate identity as part of the rebranding.

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8×8 completes Fuze acquisition

8×8, a major integrated cloud communications platform provider, has announced the completion of its $250 million stock and cash purchase of Fuze, a pioneer in cloud-based business communications. According to the company, the transaction will allow 8×8 to accelerate its XCaaS (eXperience Communications as a Service) innovation as well as extend its business client base and worldwide footprint. All customers currently using the Fuze platform will benefit from continued support by 8×8, and the company will also offer an upgrade to 8×8’s XCaaS platform at no cost.

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Ericsson and Apple patent war continues

Ericsson has launched a new batch of patent infringement cases against Apple, alleging that the phone maker is still using its intellectual property (IP) without permission. Apple and Ericsson have been working together since 2015, when Apple inked a seven-year patent licensing arrangement with Ericsson. However, the two firms’ relationship has deteriorated, with the corporations clashing during license negotiations last year. For the third time, Ericsson has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the phone maker is still utilizing its patents despite having failed to renew the license.

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