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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #1

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Ooredoo Drives Qatar’s Digital Shift with Fiber, Automation, and Innovation

Ooredoo, Qatar’s leading telecoms company, plays a pivotal role in the nation’s ambitious Qatar National Vision 2030 by spearheading a comprehensive fiber rollout project. The initiative, launched in 2009 and now covering over 99.9% of Qatari households, is crucial for establishing robust connectivity. Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 surge in network traffic, Ooredoo maintains high service levels through strategic partnerships, notably with Huawei, and a resilient network architecture. The company’s commitment to automation is showcased by its 100% automated provisioning process, supporting over 400 complex business services. Ooredoo also introduces future-oriented innovations, including Fiber-to-the-Room (FTTR) and 50Gb/s speeds, aligning with Qatar’s digital aspirations.

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Vodafone Proposes 5G SA for UK’s Net Zero Boost

Vodafone UK emphasizes the transformative potential of 5G Standalone (SA) technology in revolutionizing industrial operations and curbing carbon emissions. The telecom giant’s research highlights the impact of 5G SA on the renewable energy sector, revealing that remote maintenance drones and IoT solutions could significantly boost wind farm energy output, potentially heating millions of homes and reducing CO2 emissions. Additionally, widespread adoption of 5G SA in agriculture could cut food waste and correspond to a 6% reduction in the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Vodafone urges a faster 5G SA rollout for nationwide benefits and proposes a merger with Three UK to achieve this goal.

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CableLabs Achieves Major Milestones for 10G Network Launch in 2023

CableLabs, a key player in broadband innovation, has made significant progress towards the widespread deployment of the 10G network in 2023. Accomplishments include advancing DOCSIS 4.0 technology, issuing CPON architecture specifications for faster downloads, and accelerating fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) adoption. The 10G platform promises faster speeds, lower latency, enhanced reliability, and improved security. Major cable providers like Charter, Comcast, Cox, GCI, Midco, and Mediacom are actively contributing to the 10G initiative, with some already beginning physical deployments. VodafoneZiggo, a Liberty Global subsidiary, has conducted the world’s first DOCSIS 4.0 test on a live network.

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Microsoft Unveils “Copilot Key” to Make 2024 the ‘Year of the AI PC’

Microsoft has announced the introduction of the Copilot key, positioning 2024 as the ‘year of the AI PC.’ This innovative addition to Windows PCs, placed alongside the Windows key, marks the first significant change to the keyboard in nearly three decades. The Copilot key integrates seamlessly with Windows, invoking an AI-powered experience. Microsoft’s move, coupled with its ties to OpenAI, positions it as a heavyweight in the AI space. However, legal challenges loom, as The New York Times sues over alleged copyright infringement in training large-language models. The industry anticipates increased AI integration in PCs and potential regulatory scrutiny.

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