News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #5

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TMobile now runs fully on renewable energy

T-Mobile was the first and only US carrier to declare an ambitious plan in 2018 to source 100% of its entire power usage from renewable energy by the end of 2021, and the company has now revealed that it has met this objective. T-Mobile created a renewable energy plan that includes eight virtual power agreements, 19 retail partnerships, one Green Direct program, and unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates that assist projects around the country to help attain the 100% target. In order to meet this goal, the corporation has  invested in sufficient wind and solar power to account for every unit of electricity utilized on an annual basis.

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Cosmote receives a fine for mishandling cyberattack

Cosmote, Greece’s largest mobile provider, was the target of a cyberattack by an unknown entity in September 2020. Over the course of five visits, the malicious actor used an employee’s account to steal about 48GB of client data. Cosmote failed to fulfill the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules after the data breach according to the Greek data protection regulator, including not telling consumers about the scope of the problem. Cosmote is now being punished by the data protection authority for how it handled the incident. As a result, the authorities fined Cosmote €5.85 million, with their parent company OTE incurring a €3.25 million punishment as well.

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Juniper Networks announces Firewall-as-a-Service

Juniper Networks has launched Juniper Secure Edge, a new component to its Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture that is better able than physical firewall appliances to meet the security needs of increasingly distributed and remote workforces. This innovative solution provides Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS) as a single-stack software architecture controlled by Security Director Cloud, allowing businesses to safeguard their workforces no matter where they are. Juniper Secure Edge ensures a seamless end-user experience by providing users with quick, dependable and secure access to the apps and services they require.

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Deltapath releases Deltapath UC Service Provider Edition

The Deltapath UC Service Provider Edition has been released by Deltapath, a Unified Communications company that specializes in transforming how organizations and people interact. The Deltapath UC SPE provides a feature-rich Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution to telecoms and other sectors, and is applicable to businesses of all sizes. Telecommunications service providers may retain a competitive advantage by responding faster to their customers’ requirements and providing features and capabilities that are in demand using Deltapath’s solution. Telecommunications service providers, for example, can meet two of today’s most pressing needs: the ability to work from anywhere and on any device.

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IBM acquires telco consultancy company Sentaca 

Sentaca, a telecom consulting services and solutions provider, has been purchased by IBM. The purchase will help IBM’s hybrid cloud consulting business grow by providing crucial expertise that will aid communications service providers (CSPs) and media powerhouses to modernize, innovate and transform their companies on various cloud platforms. Sentaca’s domain expertise, assets and client relationships will assist IBM in meeting industry demands and bolster its position as a leading systems integrator in the networking and 5G markets. 

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