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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #8

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Sneak peek into Mobile World Congress 2023

Mobile World Congress, Europe’s largest telecommunications trade event, kicks off next week, and the major European carrier organizations have provided an early glimpse at what they will display. While many companies are selling and presenting various topics at the event, the primary themes appear to be the metaverse and 5G, with few practical use cases and some unique concepts such as how operators are exploiting APIs on their networks. The show might also include high-resolution ideas of driverless cars and self-driving drones.

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Ericsson to cut 1,400 jobs in Sweden

Ericsson, a telecoms equipment vendor, has revealed its intentions to decrease its staff in Sweden by around 1,400 individuals as part of massive cost-cutting initiatives. The decision followed an agreement reached with trade unions to conduct a voluntary redundancy program. Ericsson presently employs around 15,000 individuals in Sweden and 100,000 employees worldwide. The cost-cutting initiatives seek to save roughly $870 million by the end of 2023, with job layoffs covering 30% of that total.Read more at:

Broadvoice b-hive platform adds Zapier and Webhooks integrations

Broadvoice’s b-hive unified communications platform now enables no-code Zapier connections and Webhooks for data exchange and workflow automation. Customers may now use b-hive call data across numerous platforms, applications, and tools without the requirement for programming. The advantages include saving time by automating repetitive operations, enhancing data quality and consistency across platforms, and accomplishing more work with fewer people. Broadvoice Chief Product Officer George Mitsopoulos stated that the changes will help the company’s aim of helping small and mid-market clients to simplify and expand their operations.

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Nokia to save O2 Telefónica Germany energy with AI-based solution

Nokia’s AVA for Energy SaaS has been selected by O2 Telefónica Germany to increase energy efficiency throughout Nokia’s radio access network. The system analyzes network traffic patterns to throttle back connection resources such as base stations during low usage periods, allowing for power savings. Nokia’s AVA for Energy SaaS continuously analyzes network performance to guarantee that energy-saving initiatives do not impair service quality for O2 Telefónica Germany customers. When compared to non-AI systems that execute brief network resource shutdowns based on predetermined timetables, the technique can reduce energy usage by up to double.

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Google Workspace apps to receive a Material Design 3 makeover

 To align with its Material Design 3 design system, Google will update the look of its Workspace applications, including Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The updated designs were inspired by the revamped appearance of Gmail and include darker colors and a more rounded Share button. Google is also introducing support for third-party smart chips such as Asana and Figma, allowing users to incorporate third-party apps directly into their papers. Google is also releasing additional smart chips, such as a timer, emoji voting, and calendar invite chips.

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