News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #22

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Zain launches voice over 5G

Zain has become the first operator to commercially offer voice over 5G (Vo5G) services on its standalone 5G network. The new Vo5G service is accessible across Kuwait with statewide coverage, and on the all-new Samsung Galaxy S22 family of handsets. Phone-over-5G enables clients to experience crystal-clear voice communications over the 5G network alongside data services, all without interruption. Customers may also utilize the Internet, streaming services and data-heavy apps while having phone conversations, thanks to 5G’s stable and ultra-fast speeds.

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Staffbase buys a majority stake in dirico

Staffbase has purchased a controlling position in 247GRAD Labs GmbH, the software business behind the dirico content collaboration platform. The dirico platform enables businesses to plan, develop, publishand evaluate content for marketing as well as internal and external communication. As a consequence, Staffbase today employs over 700 people and serves over 2,000 customers globally through its employee communication management services. Together, the two companies hope to become the world’s premier content collaboration platform and operating system for marketing, external and internal communications teams.

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Videotron and EMnify announce a partnership

Videotron, a Canadian integrated telecommunications operator, has announced a partnership with EMnify, a provider of a cloud building-block for cellular communications in the IoT stack. EMnify’s end-to-end IoT connectivity solution will be at the heart of Videotron’s new full-service IoT offering for business clients as a result of this new cooperation. Customers will be able to use 2G–5G, LTE-M and NB-IoT in more than 180 countries and 25 cloud regions, as well as benefit from powerful IoT network security and 360-degree device visibility. 

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Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications merger on hold

The proposed merger between Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications has been put on hold as the two companies try to reach an agreement with Canada’a antitrust commission. The merger has been halted by the country’s competition bureau, which has petitioned the tribunal to reject the proposed transaction on the grounds that it will reduce competition in the telecom industry. Rogers said that it is open to a settlement, but that it does not agree with the bureau’s conclusions and will appeal the decision. Rogers Communications asserted that the acquisition of Shaw Communications is in the best interests of customers.

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Google Duo and Meet to become one

Google has announced that its Google Meet and Duo applications will be merged. Several new features will be available, including virtual backdrop customization, planned meetings, in-meeting chat capability, and more. Existing Duo users will not need to download a new app and will only be required to keep their existing app up to date. The pre-existing Duo app will be called Google Meet in the future, and will remain a free-to-use service.

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