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Vodafone and Meta have teamed up to tackle network congestion and enhance mobile user experience across Europe. Launched in June, this VoIP-optimized partnership spans eleven markets, focusing on video optimization to reduce network traffic. Initial tests in the UK show significant traffic reductions for Meta apps, freeing up resources for high-traffic areas.

Meta is ambitiously positioning itself to become the world’s top AI company, co-aligned with an increase in AI spending. The tech giant’s latest earnings reveal a climbing revenue and expenses, inciting mixed responses from investors. The landscape of optimistic forecasts and increased capital expenditures seems less rosy weighed against lower than expected Q2 revenue forecasts and significant investments into AI infrastructure. CEO Mark Zuckerberg points to an aggressive AI research expansion being instrumental in the fierce race against competitors OpenAI and Microsoft.

A new study launched by Forrit, the next-generation, global content management system (CMS) provider, reveals that 89% of senior marketers and tech leaders are optimistic that Web 3.0 and the metaverse have the potential to revolutionise the way we interact with the web. However, the report, titled Web O.No: your business’ bleak online future and how to avoid it uncovered that 87% believe the current state of the internet will stunt these innovations – and none of the respondents have websites that are currently equipped for this transformative new internet era.

In response to the rapid growth of the metaverse and generative AI sectors, the European Commission (EC) is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the competitive landscape. Margrethe Vestager, the Executive Vice President of competition policy, has issued Requests for Information (RFI) for both markets, urging stakeholders to share insights on competition levels and propose ideas on how antitrust regulations can sustain competitiveness.

Nokia, TPG and Mediatek are collaborating to showcase the power of carrier aggregation technology in live-streaming 360-degree broadcasts, a key element for future metaverse applications. The demonstration at Nokia’s 5G Futures Lab used multiple sub-6 GHz frequency bands to maximize 5G uplink speeds, enabling real-time transmission of high-quality video. The technology could revolutionize the viewing experience for TV, movies, sports and industrial metaverse scenarios such as remote-controlled robots performing hazardous tasks.