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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #28

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Startup Nothing debuts with its first smartphone Phone 1

Nothing’s first phone, the Nothing Phone 1, was finally launched this week. The Nothing Phone 1 is one of the most intriguing newcomers to the smartphone market in recent years. Carl Pei, a former OnePlus co-founder, established the startup less than two years ago. The company has showcased several of the Phone 1’s most important features in the weeks building up to the launch event, including the inclusion of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus CPU and the Android-based Nothing OS software.

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Nokia will lead German 6G project

Nokia has announced that it will lead 6G-ANNA, a German government-funded 6G lighthouse project, that began on July 1, 2022. Nokia will lead and drive 6G research and standardization in collaboration with the 29 partners, including industry members, subject matter experts, start-ups, research organizations, and universities in Germany. The project has a total budget of €38.4 million and a three-year timeframe.

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French MVNO suffers from a ransomware attack

Last week, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) La Post Mobile (LPA) was hit by a ransomware assault. One week later, the company’s website remains offline, replaced instead with an explanation of the cyber-attack. It is unknown how much data was compromised in the attack, or the amount of any ransom demanded. The ransomware organization LockBit appears to have carried out the attack.

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Windstream Enterprise integrates MS Teams with its UC and Voice solutions

Windstream Enterprise has enhanced its strategic Unified Communications (UC) and telephony solutions by adding new integration capabilities with Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular collaboration solutions, with roughly 270 million daily active users in 2022, up from 145 million in 2021. Customers may now effortlessly access and utilize the popular application, making it easier for users to interact on their terms.

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SK Telecom to expand its metaverse platform

The Ifland platform from SK Telecom saw 8.7 million downloads in its first year of use. In order to increase user engagement, the operator wants to add a number of features this quarter. Ifland 2.0 will include an open 3D content platform that will allow users to sell products they create and design while also awarding participants with loyalty points. The South Korean operator is eager to collaborate with companies in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Ifland was first introduced in Germany at the beginning of May 2022 by SKT and Deutsche Telekom.

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