News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #18

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Windstream Enterprise migrates VoIP platform to Microsoft Azure for Operators

Windstream Enterprise has switched its VoIP technology to Microsoft’s Azure for Operators clustered Call Feature Server. This enables increased dependability, access to additional communications, and integrated data and voice capabilities for Dynamic IP and Unified Communications clients. Windstream Enterprise is making investments to improve its cloud-based communications services, including this update. The cooperation with Microsoft broadens the company’s Dynamic IP solution, a VoIP platform that supports numerous call pathways and enables clients to exploit their current network infrastructure with flexible bandwidth. To help reduce unforeseen downtime, the system provides numerous layers of redundancy.

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22 US telecoms face fines over failure to deliver rural broadband, says FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States proposed fining 22 telecom companies for failing to deliver on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), a project targeted at increasing rural broadband deployment in the United States. The fines total $8.78 million and vary from $15,000 to $1.6 million per company. The FCC awarded $9.2 billion to 180 businesses under the RDOF in 2020. However, after analyzing their long-form bids, it changed its mind about LTD Broadband and SpaceX. Altice USA and several minor companies are among the latest defaulters.

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Google to unveil the Pixel Fold at Google I/O 2023

The Pixel Fold, Google’s first foldable phone, will be unveiled during Google I/O 2023 event. A teaser video shows a phone with a full-size outside display that folds out similarly to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold smartphones, but with a camera bar on the back that isn’t as noticeable. According to CNBC, the Pixel Fold will be a 5.8-inch phone that folds out into a 7.6-inch tablet and will cost over $1,700. Google has yet to confirm the device’s specifications or pricing before its May 10th unveiling.

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Virgin Media O2 and Good Things Foundation launch an apprenticeship program

Virgin Media O2, in collaboration with the Good Things Foundation, has launched an apprenticeship program to enhance digital inclusivity in the UK. The “Good Things Foundation Future Skills Academy” will be delivered by EdTech provider Multiverse, with apprenticeship programs spanning from Level 3 to Level 6. Apprentices will engage with National Digital Inclusion Network organizations to gain crucial skills such as data analysis and project management. Virgin Media O2’s £200,000 investment will cover their fully paid apprenticeship credentials, with the goal of providing more help to those in local communities who are digitally excluded.

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Cisco introduces a Business Acceleration Program

Cisco has developed the Cisco Capital Business Acceleration Program to help its clients address financial issues in today’s market. Customers that purchase Cisco equipment or solutions through Cisco Capital can delay all payments until 2024, depending on the total amount funded and contract terms. The program is open until July 29, 2023, and it includes all Cisco products (hardware, software, and services), as well as certain partner services and third-party gear. Cisco Refresh, the company’s range of remanufactured Cisco devices, is also qualified.

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