Amazon’s Project Kuiper, which birthed two prototype satellites aimed to test potential satellite broadband service, operates similarly to Space-X’s Starlink and OneWeb. The venture is set to increase internet connectivity in remote areas using an extensive satellite constellation. Still, the delay in launching has welcomed accumulating competition. Rabid advancements by competitors including satellite direct-to-device technology pioneers and those concentrating on 5G NTN IoT services could tilt the scales. Would adopting the 5G NTN-compatible network give Project Kuiper a competitive edge? Or will the ongoing innovations by industry leaders overshadow it? However, underlying operational challenges and time constraints might hamper Amazon from contemplating a substantial shift in direction.

Amazon’s sizable investment in one AI provider shakes up AWS’ traditional neutral stance on supporting multiple AI models—a game-changer with implications for large tech players and telecommunication operators. The recent announcement to commit up to $4 billion to Anthropic, a competitive stakeholder in AI, could alter customer experiences and sway preferences towards their Claude AI model. The telecoms industry’s reaction remains crucial as operators navigate the expanding AI revolution.

Vodafone Idea recently dismissed rumors of a possible acquisition by a U.S. telecoms giant, causing industry analysts to prod for the hidden undertones. Some speculate that Vodafone’s denial opens the door for unnamed contenders, as the company strives toward recovery. This intrigue has elevated share prices, indicating a potential deal. Yet, the evidence behind these speculations remains elusive. Stay with us for more revelations.

The EU’s strategic push under the Digital Markets Act has resulted in mega-tech firms Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta and Microsoft being labelled ‘gatekeepers’. With this new classification, pivotal changes are expected in the realm of digital services for end-users and businesses. Crucial guidelines centering around data transparency, competitiveness, and platform interoperability must now be adhered to. On the other side of the coin, brands such as Samsung have evaded the ‘gatekeeper’ tag.

Amazon’s Project Kuiper and Vodafone join forces to bolster 4G and 5G availability in Europe and Africa using cost-effective low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. This partnership aims to connect distant cellular antennas to core networks, enabling telecom services without relying on intricate fibre-based systems. With a larger goal of bridging the digital divide, the collaboration also plans to offer backup services for disruptions and connect distant infrastructure.

Dish Wireless, through its Boost Mobile branch, is courting Amazon Prime users with discounted SIM kits for its postpaid Infinite Unlimited plan. The flat rate monthly service promises unlimited connectivity, but with potential speed limits for heavy data users. However, the lack of compatible devices and reliance on AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks pose noteworthy challenges, dampen the impact of the partnership, and call into question its ability to significantly boost Dish’s customer base.

Top tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft, have recently been identified by the European Commission under the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) as potential digital ‘gatekeepers’. These firms, commanding vast economic and influential prowess, now sit waiting during a 45 day review period that could officially brand them as such. Following the conclusion of the evaluation process, each company will need to navigate a six-month transition to achieve full compliance with the DMA directives. These guidelines are aimed at fostering competition and safeguarding both end-user rights and the interests of small scale businesses.

Verizon and AT&T delay 5G rollouts After initially refusing to postpone the launch of their new 5G service which had been set for January 5, 2022, AT&T and Verizon have decided to delay the rollout by two weeks. According to airline industry representatives, a last-minute draft agreement was first negotiated with AT&T and subsequently with Verizon. Aviation officials are concerned that the new technology will interfere with flight altitude-measuring equipment. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/2p8sbzc7 Amazon, Cisco and Lockheed Martin collaborate on a space mission Callisto, a tech demonstration payload, will be deployed onboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft during its unmanned Artemis I trip around the Moon, thanks to a collaboration between Cisco, Amazon and Lockheed Martin. The goal is to determine if voice and video communication technology can assist astronauts and increase their mission efficiency and situational awareness. The Callisto payload has bespoke hardware and software created by the three companies…