News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #35

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EdgeCore and Zayo Partner to Enhance Silicon Valley Data Center Connectivity

EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure, a wholesale data center developer, has joined forces with Zayo, a global communications infrastructure provider, to link EdgeCore’s Santa Clara, CA data center campus to Zayo’s worldwide network. This collaboration offers customers resilient and diverse network routes for immediate use and future expansion. Zayo’s extensive Tier-1 fiber network, with over 200 IP points across the US, will provide EdgeCore’s Silicon Valley campus customers with fast and reliable connectivity, supporting their evolving needs for bandwidth, cloud connectivity, and more. Both companies anticipate further cooperation in future EdgeCore markets.

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US-Led Operation Dismantles Qakbot Malware Network

A multinational operation, spearheaded by the US government, successfully dismantled a vast network of compromised computers hosting the infamous Qakbot malware. Qakbot, which had infiltrated over 700,000 computers worldwide, is commonly spread via spam emails with malicious attachments or links. Upon infection, the victim’s computer becomes part of a hacker-controlled botnet, enabling further malware deployment, including ransomware. The operation, dubbed “Duck Hunt,” involved cooperation with Europol and multiple European countries. By routing Qakbot through FBI-controlled servers, infected US and global computers were cleansed of the malware, preventing future infections. The operation also led to the seizure of $8.6 million in extorted cryptocurrency funds.

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Global Roaming Fraud on 5G Networks Projected to Cost $8 Billion by 2028

A recent study by Juniper Research indicates that the financial losses resulting from global roaming fraud are expected to surpass $8 billion by 2028. This alarming increase is driven by the growing number of bilateral roaming agreements, particularly for data-intensive applications on 5G networks. By 2024, fraudulent data traffic is predicted to constitute a staggering 80% of operator roaming-related losses. As operators transition from 2G and 3G to 5G and VoLTE roaming services, the highly virtualized nature of 5G networks presents new opportunities for fraudsters. To combat this, operators will need to adopt advanced fraud detection and prevention tools, such as 5G-specific signaling detection and firewalls, to safeguard their revenues.

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KDDI and SpaceX to Launch Satellite-to-Cellular Service in Japan

KDDI, a Japanese mobile network operator, and SpaceX have revealed their collaboration to introduce satellite-to-cellular services in Japan by 2024. This partnership will harness SpaceX’s Starlink low earth orbit (LEO) satellites and KDDI’s national wireless spectrum to bring connectivity to remote areas, including islands and mountains. Initially, SMS messaging will be supported, offering cellular access beyond what traditional 5G and 4G networks can cover. Future plans include launching voice and data services, though no timeline has been disclosed. This initiative aims to bridge connectivity gaps in Japan without the need for dedicated antennas.

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