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Deutsche Telekom has selected Google Cloud for its first cloud-native trials in network and data analytics. The operator expanded its partnership with Google Cloud to develop a collaborative roadmap for the telecoms sector by bringing the power of the cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the network’s edge.   The initial phase of this extended Deutsche Telekom and Google Cloud relationship will focus on core network services, network analytics and customer experience analytics.   Deutsche Telekom and Google Cloud will jointly test a range of network services in Austria, including 5G standalone and remote packet gateway operations, using Google Cloud and Google Distributed Cloud Edge. In order to leverage data-driven operations and automated workflows with open, Kubernetes-based solutions provided by Google Cloud, Deutsche Telekom will explore a number of use cases including anomaly detection, performance counters and trace data.   The operator will be able to better manage…

Chinese government-backed hackers have attacked major telecoms businesses throughout the world in a cyber-espionage effort that has lasted at least two years and has successfully compromised at least 13 telecommunications groups.   In a recent advisory, the FBI, NSA and CISA stated that hackers linked to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had targeted and hacked major telecommunications businesses by exploiting simple and well-known network and system vulnerabilities.   According to the report, Chinese espionage is often initiated with hackers surveying target networks and exploring the manufacturers, models, versions, and known vulnerabilities of routers and networking equipment using open-source scanning tools such as RouterSploit and RouterScan. The Chinese government consistently disputes charges of hacking.   The statement from the American security agencies did not name the victims of the hacking, nor did it specify the extent of the damage. However, US authorities did list specific networking equipment, such as routers…

The GSMA, a worldwide organization dedicated to uniting the mobile ecosystem, has cautioned that market imbalances between network operators and online service providers might impede growth in a number of areas of the Internet-based economy, and has urged policymakers to solve the problem immediately.    According to the GSMA’s 2022 Internet Value Chain analysis, asymmetric regulation and limits, sector-specific taxes and spectrum charges are straining infrastructure providers’ business models while allowing big tech to prosper.   The reliance of Internet services and other growing sectors that are dependent on underlying infrastructure investment must be considered by those in charge of enacting rules and regulations. Infrastructure investment incentives may be restrained by unfavorable taxes, costly regulatory requirements, and other cost-degrading factors, according to the paper. The document urges politicians to analyze the entire tax and regulatory environment, ensuring that enterprises investing in infrastructure are rewarded for building and upgrading the networks…

Infovista, the global leader in network lifecycle automation, announced that Colt Technology Services has selected Infovista KLERITY to deliver VoIP (Voice over IP) service assurance across the Colt IQ Network. The KLERITY solution will deliver end-to-end visibility to Colt’s international network across 7 major locations in Asia and Europe.   Colt Technology Services is a leading provider of agile, high bandwidth connectivity solutions serving data-intensive organizations spanning 210 cities in more than 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). The deployment of KLERITY within a network enabled with the latest SIP encryption technologies will enable Colt to optimize the quality of experience (QoE) of its VoIP services in a marketplace where quality is a key differentiator, with KLERITY providing detailed, real-time visibility into the perceived QoE and reliability of those services. This includes the ability to view how…

Oracle Communications has been chosen by Vodafone UK to lead the network policy for its standalone 5G network. Vodafone will be able to make more intelligent policy decisions and swiftly test and deploy new services using Oracle’s cloud native network policy management technology as part of its 5G core.   Customers will be able to get their hands on exciting new 5G options sooner, thanks to this new agreement, which includes holographic calls, lag-free 5G game streaming and film downloads up to 4X faster than 4G networks.   The solution, which is comprised of Oracle’s 5G Core Policy Control Function (PCF) and Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), enables the implementation of sophisticated network policies across wireless, fixed and cable networks, as well as IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) networks.   In the case of Vodafone, the solution will provide data from which Vodafone customers may select the optimal network offer…

RETN, an independent Eurasian supplier of IP transit and corporate communications services, has expanded its network and footprint in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The company offers communication services over its Eurasian network with short lead times, excellent uptimes and numerous levels of redundancy. RETN continues to expand throughout Europe and Asia and aims to provide the finest customer service and the highest SLA for fast, secure and reliable connectivity.   RETN has now established a new office in Finland, demonstrating the company’s long-term network presence and dedication to the area. Finland’s RETN backbone network presently combines six international DWDM lines and serves as a network transport center, linking the Baltic and Nordic areas to Russia and Asia. The RETN Group already has branches in Latvia, Estonia and Sweden.   RETN is also expanding its network by launching the Rezekne – Daugavpils – Vilnius DWDM line, which is one of…

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,…

Telefónica and NEC Corporation announced an agreement to undertake pre-commercial Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) tests in Telefonica’s four key worldwide markets: Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and Brazil. This is a step toward Telefonica’s goal of achieving a 50% expansion of their current radio network based on Open RAN by 2025.   According to a joint press release, Telefonica will perform open RAN trials in Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and Brazil, with the objective of offering commercial alternatives to at least 800 locations across the four countries beginning in 2022. Under the terms of the agreement, NEC will serve as the primary system integrator for the implementation and testing of multi-vendor Open RAN solutions with the Telefonica group’s operational businesses.   Telefónica and NEC will also cooperate with the newly formed Telefónica Technology and Automation Lab in Madrid to validate and implement cutting-edge Open RAN technologies and…

With 5G networks still being deployed around the globe and 4G and even 3G networks still in use in many parts of the world, the term 6G is already a huge topic in the industry.   6G is the name for what will be the sixth generation in cellular technology, with a particular focus on increasing the capabilities and reducing the latency of wireless and edge networks. These are early days in the life of 6G and thus far this technology is only a theoretical discussion.   The networks of the future will be a key component in virtually all areas of our lives, society and industry, meeting the communications needs of people and intelligent machines. So, let us dive into the world of 6G and explore what possibilities it holds. 6G will be the sixth generation of mobile communications. It is still obscure what the final form of 6G…

Telecom Italia (TIM) has inked a deal with the Italian branch of Xavier Niel’s Iliad to co-invest in TIM’s last-mile grid firm FiberCop in order to accelerate the deployment of fiber broadband lines in Italy.   Under the terms of the agreement with TIM, Iliad will co-invest in FiberCop to assist in the development of the network that connects street cabinets to people’s houses. Iliad will receive access to Telecom Italia’s core fiber network, allowing it to provide ultrafast fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to clients.   According to TIM, the agreement validated FiberCop’s investment strategy, which aims to link 75 percent of Italy’s so-called grey and black zones, including cities and industrial districts, with FTTH connections at speeds of more than 1 gigabyte per second by 2025. The agreement’s financial terms were not disclosed.   According to analysts, the FiberCop agreement might help TIM counter some of the heightened competitive pressure…