News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #29

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Google and Oracle experience data center outages due to UK heatwave

Following a record-breaking heat wave that blasted Britain on Tuesday, data centers used by Google and Oracle Corp. have both failed. Both businesses attributed the disruptions to “cooling systems” issues. Both Google and Oracle have shut down equipment, causing interruptions to their cloud services, in order to prevent irreparable damage to physical components and thereby creating a lengthy outage. On Tuesday, when the outages started to spread through London, temperatures in the UK reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

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FBI and Verizon Network enter $400 million contract

Verizon and the FBI have signed a new $400 million deal, with the telecoms giant assisting to increase the data bandwidth for the law enforcement organization. New features include a worldwide Virtual Private Network and faster data transmission rates using 4G and 5G wireless connectivity within the United States. By incorporating these features, field agents and FBI agency sites will be able to deploy more quickly. Verizon has historically supported the Defense Department and other government organizations in their IT transformation initiatives.

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Pax8 signs a global agreement with Nord Security

Pax8 and Nord Security have announced a global partnership, with Pax8 taking advantage of Nord Security’s vast experience in developing innovative cybersecurity solutions. Pax8 will provide its partners with two major solutions from the Nord Security portfolio: NordLayer and NordPass. NordLayer is an ISO-certified adaptive network-access security solution that assists enterprises in making the move to SASE (Secure Access Service Edge). NordPass is an innovative password manager with cutting-edge encryption, MFA and zero-knowledge architecture.

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net2phone announces a strategic partnership with UPSTACK

UPSTACK and net2phone have launched a strategic partnership. Through its industry-transforming platform, trusted client connections, and innovative technology, the agreement enables UPSTACK’s broad network of experienced advisers to provide net2phone’s cloud communication solutions to customers. net2phone’s cloud communications solutions provide comprehensive feature sets as well as robust connections with major apps such as Microsoft Teams, Salesforce, Slack and Zoho.

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FCC aims for additional funding to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment 

According to the FCC, the cost of removing Huawei and ZTE equipment has substantially surpassed the $1.9 billion already budgeted for this program. The FCC reports that it had received 181 applications for reimbursement by the start of 2022, with the telecoms companies demanding a total of $5.6 billion. The FCC is currently only able to refund around 40% of the overall expenses for removing Huawei and ZTE equipment, and it is uncertain if the almost $3 billion in additional money can be raised to satisfy the initiative’s objectives. Meanwhile, the FCC will begin making initial financial allocations in the coming days, with applicants receiving priority based on government instructions.

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