News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #43

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IBM Launches Watsonx Code Assistant to Boost Enterprise Software Development

IBM has introduced Watsonx Code Assistant, an AI-powered tool designed to accelerate enterprise software development. It offers two specific use cases: IT Automation with Watsonx Code Assistant for Red Hat Ansible Lightspeed, which provides automation recommendations based on natural language prompts, and Mainframe Application Modernization with Watsonx Code Assistant for Z, which translates COBOL to Java on IBM Z. The product leverages generative AI based on IBM’s Granite foundation models and aims to improve code quality while adhering to trust, security, and compliance principles. It has received positive feedback during the technical preview, showing productivity improvements and potential for bridging skills gaps. IBM Consulting offers expertise for clients in IT automation and modernization.

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Riga Technical University Partners with IS-Wireless for 5G Open RAN Technology Deal

Riga Technical University (RTU), the oldest technical university in the Baltic region, has entered into a technology collaboration with IS-Wireless, a leading 5G Open RAN provider. RTU, with a focus on advanced education, research, and innovation, is enhancing its infrastructure with a cutting-edge campus on Ķīpsala Island. IS-Wireless, a member of the O-RAN Alliance, is involved in Open RAN deployments globally. This partnership aligns with the growing interest in private 5G and Open RAN networks in Central Eastern Europe. Together, they aim to advance research and development in Open RAN architecture, machine learning applications, and private 5G networking testbeds.

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Snom’s Phones Certified for NetSapiens Platform

Snom Americas has gained certification to collaborate with internet telephony service providers (ITSPs) using the Crexendo NetSapiens Softswitch. This certification empowers telecom resellers in the NetSapiens Platform Partner Community to offer Snom’s DECT and SIP phones to their customers, including Crexendo and other ITSPs across the Americas using the NetSapiens Platform. This achievement, announced during a Crexendo user group meeting, enables zero-touch provisioning for Snom’s D-series and M-series products, streamlining deployment for resellers and customers. The certification reflects the quality and reliability of Snom products, fostering collaboration in the telecom industry and promising more innovations in telecom reseller opportunities.

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Google Maps Enhances User Experience with AI-Powered Features

Google is integrating advanced AI-driven capabilities into Maps, aiming to provide users with an experience akin to Google Search. These features include Immersive View expansion, improved navigation, and streamlined search results. Google’s objective is to make Maps more immersive, visual, and sustainable, enabling users to discover new places and experiences. The company also uses AI to analyze user-uploaded photos for real-time search results. Furthermore, Google Maps helps electric vehicle owners by revealing charger availability and compatibility, while it offers more EV charging information for in-car navigation systems. Google aims to elevate Maps above competitors like Apple Maps through these enhancements.

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