News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #27

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Ericsson to Invest €155 Million in Advanced Smart Manufacturing Hub in Europe

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson plans to invest €155 million to establish a cutting-edge technology and smart manufacturing hub in Europe. The hub, located in Tallinn’s Ülemiste City business park, will integrate four existing establishments in Estonia into a single advanced facility, fostering a strong connection between research and development and production. Despite not yet officially owning the site, Ericsson aims to conclude the real estate purchase by late 2024 and commence operations in early 2026. The initiative aligns with Ericsson’s strategy for a more sustainable supply chain and a 70% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the previous Estonian facilities.

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BT Plans Workforce Reduction of 1,100 at Adastral Park in Ipswich

BT has reportedly informed its employees at Adastral Park in Ipswich about an upcoming workforce reduction of approximately 1,100 people over the next two years. The site, which currently employs around 2,900 staff, is offering affected employees the opportunity to relocate to other BT locations across the UK to minimize job losses. The downsizing at Adastral Park is part of BT’s Better Workplace Programme aimed at consolidating staff into fewer buildings. BT remains committed to the site and will continue investing in its modernization, although no plans to sell any of the owned buildings have been announced.

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Cellnex Strengthens Grip on Polish Tower Market with Acquisition of OnTower Stake

Cellnex, a major player in the tower infrastructure sector, has acquired an additional 30% stake in OnTower Poland from French telecom group Iliad for €510 million. This transaction grants Cellnex full control over the Polish tower company, which currently operates around 8,500 mobile sites in Poland. Cellnex plans to expand the portfolio by adding 3,400 more sites by 2030. This acquisition aligns with Cellnex’s growth strategy and solidifies its presence in the Polish market, which now accounts for a significant portion of its overall tower portfolio of approximately 135,000 sites across Europe.

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Unicon Launches Enhanced Partner Program to Empower Resellers in End-User Computing

Leading software provider Unicon has unveiled its upgraded Unicon Partner Program (UPP), offering resellers a unique opportunity to capitalize on the company’s expertise and innovative solutions in the end-user computing space. Through the program, resellers gain access to industry-leading solutions like eLux and Scout, enabling their customers to embrace hybrid work environments. The program features three partner levels – Silver, Gold, and Platinum – with each level providing additional benefits, including deal registration, discounts, and comprehensive training resources. Unicon aims to support resellers’ growth and success in today’s dynamic market through its partner program.

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NEC Launches Generative AI Service to Create Customizable Solutions for Business Transformation

NEC Corporation has introduced its generative artificial intelligence (AI) service, offering customizable solutions to help businesses adapt to changing technologies. The “NEC Generative AI Service” provides licenses for large language models (LLM), hardware, software, and consulting services. NEC aims to achieve sales of $346 million from generative AI-related businesses in the next three years. Additionally, NEC is collaborating with companies and universities through the “NEC Generative AI Advanced Customer Program” to support customers in model creation and software development. The program features workshops, trials, and knowledge exchange to drive productivity and digital transformation.

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