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Centene has partnered with AT&T, Connected Nation, Dell Technologies and Intel to help reduce the digital gap among youngsters by providing foster agencies in Florida and Missouri better access to the Internet. Centene and the other organizations donated over 1,000 computers and 2,200 hotspots under the K-12 Digital Divide Program.   The Digital Divide refers to the economic, educational and social disparities that exist between those who have access to the Internet and those who do not. The program, which is hoped will have a positive influence on the general welfare of the youth, was necessary during the pandemic since computers and internet connectivity were essential for routine activities, such as attending school or visiting the doctor.   Mylayna Albright, AVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, AT&T, commented: “This program brings together major players in the health and technology industries to ensure foster youth can access important digital resources that address physical,…

Nokia and Vodafone have completed a successful end-to-end Open RAN trial on Vodafone Italy’s live 5G standalone network. This trial utilized Nokia’s AirScale Massive MIMO radios and baseband software on Dell PowerEdge XR8000 servers and Red Hat OpenShift, a hybrid cloud platform powered by Kubernetes, connected to Nokia’s standalone 5G core. Additionally, Nokia’s MantaRay Networks Management system was used to enhance network monitoring and management. This trial showcases the maturity of Nokia’s anyRAN approach, providing mobile operators and enterprises with greater network-building flexibility. Nokia’s support for Open Fronthaul features, integrated with its high-performance RAN software, ensures performance consistency with existing RAN. Nokia has collaborated with five open radio unit suppliers, demonstrating the openness and high performance of its AirScale O-RAN DU/CU. This solution offers operators enhanced flexibility, efficiency, and scalability. By integrating with Red Hat OpenShift, service providers can scale their 5G networks and introduce new services quickly. Vodafone aims…

The sale of Vodafone Spain to Zegona Communications has been finalized following approval from Spanish regulators. This landmark deal, valued at €5 billion, includes €4.1 billion in cash and €0.9 billion in redeemable preference shares. Initially announced last October, the transaction received regulatory approval earlier this month. Zegona hailed the deal as the “largest ever reverse takeover.”

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has raised alarms regarding the possibility of a collusion among a handful of American tech giants, aiming to manipulate the AI market in their favor. The focus of their worry centers on the control exerted by these companies over the development and commercialization of foundation models (FMs), with Open AI’s GPT being a prominent example.

In a stark warning delivered at a regional investment banking conference in Tallinn, Estonia, Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm highlighted Europe’s precarious position in the global telecom arena. Emphasizing the urgent need for regulatory reform and innovation prioritization, Ekholm cautioned that Europe’s telecom industry is trailing far behind its counterparts in the US, China, and India.