News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #38

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T-Mobile gives an AI wildfire detection system access to 5G

T-Mobile US, the disaster-focused tech startup Pano AI, and Portland General Electric have collaborated to install a network of 5G-connected cameras near Portland, Oregon. The cameras are linked to an AI detection system that watches for the earliest indications of wildfires so that the emergency services can respond to these possible emergencies more quickly than they would otherwise. Given the horrific wildfires that have ravaged the United States in recent years, systems such as these have the potential to be extremely valuable.

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European telecoms testing holographic calls

Together with Matsuko, Telefónica, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone are creating a platform that will connect the physical and digital worlds via a mobile connection. The experimental platform takes advantage of 5G connectivity, which has a fast speed, high bandwidth and low latency. The system produces a 2D video using a smartphone camera, which is then converted into 3D holograms in the cloud. The ultimate goal, according to the four European operators, is to make holographic call setup as simple as that required for a standard call.

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Verizon releases a no-contract wireless service

Total by Verizon is a new Verizon prepaid cellular brand that operates on the company’s award-winning LTE and 5G networks. Total by Verizon will be available at over 50,000 retail locations throughout the USA, including stores operated by Walmart, Target and Dollar General. Subscription plans include unlimited calls, texts and data, as well as a specialized Disney+ streaming service for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic films and television programs.

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Major hack targets Optus

Optus reported that it had experienced a hack that allowed unauthorized access to the information of both current and past clients. Email addresses, birth dates and personal ID documents may have been compromised. Payment information and account passwords, according to the company, were not leaked. To reduce any threats to customers, Optus is collaborating with the Australian Cyber Security Center and has alerted law enforcement authorities as well as the relevant regulators.

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Sinch expands its integration with Zapier

Sinch, a supplier of cloud communications services, has announced its most recent integration with Zapier, an automation tool. Users of Zapier can now create easy, automated logic flows between their existing marketing apps and Sinch’s Conversation API with only a few clicks. The expanded integration gives companies of all sizes the ability to send messages via WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook Messenger.

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