BT partners with Kyndryl for cloud migration of legacy mainframe apps
BT has collaborated with Kyndryl to migrate its mainframe applications that underpin its legacy copper business and broadband cloud offerings. BT Digital, the division in charge of the company’s digital transformation, estimates that by 2026, the transfer will have reduced mainframe operational costs and energy usage by 70%. This will result in estimated annual savings of $23 million. The company’s cloud move will allow it to serve a smaller number of clients who still utilize their copper network and will enable BT to extract more value from the data housed in its older applications.
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Orange and Telenet wholesale deal gives hope of VOO acquisition approval
Orange had planned to buy a 75% share in the Belgian operator VOO in 2021, but the company struggled to persuade authorities that the transaction would not hurt competition. A prospective wholesale cooperation with rival Telenet, on the other hand, increased the likelihood of a deal being approved and authorities decided to pause the probe. Orange and Telenet have finally agreed to a 15-year wholesale agreement that would allow Orange to use Telenet’s HFC and FTTH networks and vice versa. The European Commission will continue its acquisition investigation, taking the wholesale agreement and other concessions made by the operators into account, with a decision expected on April 11.
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Samsung unveils Galaxy S23 series phones
Samsung has announced the release of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, S23+ and S23 smartphones, which have been designed to provide the ultimate premium phone experience. The Samsung Galaxy S23 series has been certified by UL ECOLOGO® for its low environmental impact. The brand-new S series is the first to include Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® 2, which provides long-term durability and contains an average of 22 percent pre-consumer recycled content. Furthermore, each Galaxy S23 smartphone comes in a revised packing box composed of 100 percent recycled paper. The Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 will be widely accessible through carriers and retail outlets, as well as on Samsung.com, beginning February 17, 2023.
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MCM Telecom joins Five9 CINP network
MCM Telecom, a renowned telecommunications operator, has become a Certified Integrated Network Partner (CINP) of Five9 through XTT Mexico, a cloud services reseller. MCM Telecom will be able to completely integrate Five9 products in Mexico, while XTT will be able to deploy MCM’s UCaaS solution, Symphony, on the Five9 platform. The CINP program at Five9 contains a set of specified criteria for partners, such as regulatory standards, infrastructure needs, go-to-market alignment and operational interlock, with the goal of assuring optimal integration and operation with Five9 products.
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Vodafone Q3 results show revenues down in key markets
Vodafone Group reported third-quarter revenue declines in Germany, Italy, and Spain, but a 5.3% gain in service revenue in the United Kingdom owing to inflation-linked pricing increases. In Germany, the company’s fiber division is losing users to competitors, while mobile pricing wars in Spain and Italy have reduced revenues. The results are the first under interim CEO Margherita Della Valle, who also indicated that discussions to consolidate the UK business with CK Hutchison’s Three UK are still underway. Vodafone plans to save €1 billion by 2026, which will include the elimination of several hundred employees.
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