Nokia unveiled specialized, private AI models for the telecom sector to improve network operations and customer service. A coalition of 10 governments agreed on principles for secure 6G networks. IBM and the GSMA have launched a global AI training initiative to bridge the AI knowledge gap among telecom operators. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X80 modem chip introduces 5G-Advanced support with up to 10 Gbps speeds and six-carrier aggregation.

UK AltNets Freedom Fibre and VX Fibre Announce Strategic Merger Freedom Fibre and VX Fibre, both prominent UK alternative network providers, have announced their merger, solidifying their position in the market. The combined entity, operating under the name Freedom Fibre with CEO Neil McArthur at the helm, will boast a network spanning 285,000 premises. Freedom Fibre, established in 2020, specializes in wholesale-only services and maintains a strategic partnership with major UK broadband provider TalkTalk. With market consolidation gaining traction, this move is seen as a strategic merger to enhance business strength, diversity, and growth ambitions. Read full article. IBM Acquires StreamSets and webMethods for €2.13 Billion IBM has revealed its €2.13 billion cash acquisition of StreamSets and webMethods platforms from Software AG, majority owned by Silver Lake. These acquisitions, integral to IBM’s focus on AI and hybrid cloud, enhance application modernization and AI deployment capabilities. StreamSets contributes data ingestion capabilities…

IBM has introduced Watsonx Code Assistant, an AI-powered tool for enterprise software development. Riga Technical University partners with IS-Wireless to advance 5G Open RAN technology. Snom’s phones are certified for NetSapiens, streamlining deployment for telecom resellers. Google Maps enhances user experience with AI-powered features, offering Immersive View, improved navigation, and EV charging information, striving to outperform competitors.

IBM and AWS are joining forces to enhance generative AI solutions. IBM Consulting will train 10,000 consultants in AWS generative AI by 2024, offering services like Contact Center Modernization with Amazon Connect. Sinch is partnering with Webex by Cisco to launch Sinch Calling with Webex, an integrated product combining messaging, meetings, and voice capabilities. Ooma is expanding its services to the Asia Pacific region to support IWG’s work solutions, providing phone and unified communications services. Connectbase is expanding data capabilities in The Connected World platform, offering detailed tenancy data for network operators expanding in the UK and Ireland.

IBM’s latest partnership with the UK government to create a national biometrics platform has sparked heated debate within the tech community. While the tech giant affirms its commitment against mass surveillance, fear persists about the system’s potential for misuse. Transparency and clear parameters for this new technology’s use are now of paramount importance.

IBM and Salesforce have unveiled a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at accelerating the worldwide adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Their partnership seeks to empower businesses across various industries to transform customer, partner, and employee experiences while ensuring the security of their data.

Vonage to repay $100 million to customers Vonage has been fined by the US Federal Trade Commission for making it too difficult for customers to quit their VoIP services. A proposed court judgment forces Vonage to repay clients affected by its actions in the amount of $100 million. The penalty payment will be sent to the FTC, which has committed to distributing the relevant funds to all customers who are identified as being eligible for compensation. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/4zxxaevh Arelion adds a new route for flexible trans-Atlantic traffic Arelion has announced the addition of a new flexible, high-capacity transmission route to its network. With the inclusion of this new route, Arelion’s clients will benefit from enhanced customizable routing diversity solutions for trans-Atlantic traffic that meet their specific requirements through a single, scalable end-to-end solution. This route will provide EU terrestrial extensions to client endpoints, as well as a US…

T‑Mobile now runs fully on renewable energy T-Mobile was the first and only US carrier to declare an ambitious plan in 2018 to source 100% of its entire power usage from renewable energy by the end of 2021, and the company has now revealed that it has met this objective. T-Mobile created a renewable energy plan that includes eight virtual power agreements, 19 retail partnerships, one Green Direct program, and unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates that assist projects around the country to help attain the 100% target. In order to meet this goal, the corporation has  invested in sufficient wind and solar power to account for every unit of electricity utilized on an annual basis. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/2p9dkvcy Cosmote receives a fine for mishandling cyberattack Cosmote, Greece’s largest mobile provider, was the target of a cyberattack by an unknown entity in September 2020. Over the course of five visits, the…