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T-Mobile has announced its latest sustainability initiative, a commitment to reach net-zero emissions across its entire carbon footprint by 2040. The operator has also joined The Climate Pledge, a community of organizations working together to combat global carbon emissions.    T-Mobile is the first wireless company in the United States to set a net-zero objective that has been certified by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) using its Net-Zero Standard. The target includes direct and indirect emissions from T-Mobile’s operations and facilities, purchased electricity, and all remaining indirect scope 3 emissions, such as those produced by suppliers, customer device usage, materials, employee travel and other factors, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the company’s total carbon footprint.   The Climate Pledge, launched in 2019 by Amazon and Global Optimism, is a pledge to reach net-zero emissions 10 years before the date targeted by the Paris Agreement. T-Mobile joins almost 400 companies…

T-Mobile’s data breach affected 37 million customers A major data breach impacting 37 million T-Mobile users has been revealed. The hack, which was discovered on January 5th, is thought to have started on November 25th, 2022. An application programming interface (API) was taken advantage of by a hacker to attain unauthorized access to client data. The breach allowed access to names, billing addresses, emails, phone numbers, dates of birth and T-Mobile account numbers, but did not reveal payment card information, social security, tax, driver’s license, or other government-issued ID numbers. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/mtsr7tkm Microsoft makes a multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI Microsoft has made an undisclosed multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI, the developer of the popular artificial intelligence service ChatGPT. This expenditure is Microsoft’s largest bet on AI technology to date. The AI platform will be used with a variety of consumer and commercial products, including Office software and the Bing…

France invests €750 million in 6G R&D  For research and development projects in advanced network generations such as 5G and 6G, France has announced a €750m grant program. In order to produce sovereign solutions, especially with the pandemic and global trade disputes, the country is focusing on virtualization, open interfaces for access networks, edge computing, security, and AI and machine learning integration. The scheme is part of Macron’s France 2030 strategy. It is a €30 billion plan aimed at modernizing the economy and positioning France as a world leader in future network technologies. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/4jr922dn T-Mobile in talks to acquire MVNO Mint Mobile T-Mobile is apparently in discussions to buy Mint Mobile, a pre-paid mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) backed by Ryan Reynolds. Mint Mobile has grown in popularity since its launch as Mint SIM in 2015. It has been touted as a cheaper alternative to major mobile…

T-Mobile has engaged in a marketing campaign called “Make Xfinity Your Ex” that aims to convince Comcast Xfinity customers to switch to T-Mobile’s fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G Home and Business Internet service.   As part of the campaign, a T-Mobile billboard truck has been driving circles around Comcast’s headquarters in Philadelphia for 25 hours, playing a video that highlights Comcast’s price hikes over the years.    In addition to the billboard truck, T-Mobile is offering its FWA 5G service for $25 per month, not including taxes and fees, with a qualifying voice line for a limited time, and is giving Comcast Xfinity customers up to $750 to break their contracts.   The campaign is a direct attack on Comcast, which is set to raise prices on its TV and internet services, with an average rate increase of 3.8% for customers nationwide starting December 20. This follows a rate hike…

Deutsche Telekom leads the new 6G project The research initiative is a part of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s “6G Industry Projects for Research into Integrated Systems and Sub-Technologies for 6th Generation Mobile Communications” program. Nine partners from business and academia came together to launch the “6G NeXt” (Native Extensions for XR Technologies) initiative last week in Berlin. The 6G NeXt project will provide a scalable, modular, and adaptable end-to-end infrastructure that will be used as a test bed platform for research on sophisticated XR applications at various locations. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/4jr6x784 Oracle releases Oracle Public Safety Services Oracle has unveiled Public Safety Services, a new digital platform designed for law enforcement and first responders. The platform offers a single hardware and software package meant to eliminate data silos. The suite is CJIS1 compatible and built on the performance and scalability of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).…

Europe may see mobile network interruptions this winter Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February earlier this year, there has been almost daily talk about potential energy shortages and soaring costs. According to telecom sector insiders, any power outages or energy restrictions may have a negative impact on communication networks. According to this assertion, many European nations do not have enough backup measures to mitigate power outages. This increases the likelihood of tower batteries running out and mobile networks failing. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/mr2kdvm6 Deutsche Telekom unveils the 5G T Phone Deutsche Telekom has introduced their T Phone and T Phone Pro, two in-house handsets with prices starting below €250 and now available in 10 European regions. Subscribers in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia will be able to purchase the gadgets. Both devices run on Android 12.0 and have three rear cameras,…

T-Mobile gives an AI wildfire detection system access to 5G T-Mobile US, the disaster-focused tech startup Pano AI, and Portland General Electric have collaborated to install a network of 5G-connected cameras near Portland, Oregon. The cameras are linked to an AI detection system that watches for the earliest indications of wildfires so that the emergency services can respond to these possible emergencies more quickly than they would otherwise. Given the horrific wildfires that have ravaged the United States in recent years, systems such as these have the potential to be extremely valuable. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/yr7xr3ac European telecoms testing holographic calls Together with Matsuko, Telefónica, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone are creating a platform that will connect the physical and digital worlds via a mobile connection. The experimental platform takes advantage of 5G connectivity, which has a fast speed, high bandwidth and low latency. The system produces a 2D video…

T-Mobile sells its wireline business for $1 On Wednesday, T-Mobile US reached an agreement to sell Cogent Communications Holdings, its wireline operations, for $1, taking a $1 billion write-down charge in the process. The wireline industry, which generated $739 million in revenue last year, houses communications systems, data processing machinery and fiber optic cable. In accordance with the deal, Cogent will also acquire some business-related liabilities in addition to the fiber network, related assets and customers. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/yckz82n2 SES and LiveU launch an integrated video solution In order to provide a complete solution for live video contribution and distribution along with premium content aggregation, SES has partnered with LiveU. Customers will now have access to the most reliable and affordable live video creation and distribution systems for broadcasting live sports, news and other events from stadiums, sporting venues and distant locations. SES broadcasts more than 700 hours of…

T-Mobile is collaborating with SpaceX to expand its network coverage. Last week, the two businesses announced that they will collaborate to provide extensive cellular access, including full coverage in most parts of the United States.   The collaboration seeks to beam down connectivity using SpaceX’s fleet of low Earth orbit satellites for the benefit of T-Mobile customers. With this initiative, T-Mobile consumers should be able to connect to the SpaceX satellites through a new network, transmitted from Starlink’s satellites utilizing T-Mobile’s midband spectrum across the country. SpaceX currently provides home internet access globally through its Starlink program.   Even though T-Mobile hasn’t yet provided details on the network’s deployment, the company claims that this collaboration should provide nearly complete coverage almost anywhere in the US. The two companies intend to provide this service in order to replace the use of satellite phones in off-the-grid locations such as national parks or…

Ericsson to be the sole RAN vendor for T-Mobile Netherlands T-Mobile Netherlands has appointed Ericsson as a sole supplier for the renewal of its 5G network. Soren Abildgaard, CEO of T-Mobile Netherlands, stated, “I am confident that with the support of Ericsson we will continue to offer our customers the best mobile telecom experience. We have been leading in 4G for many years and we are and will continue to be so with 5G. In recent years, we have built a globally acclaimed 4G network.” According to the Dutch mobile operator, the choice was preceded by an intensive selection process that assessed, among other things, quality, equipment performance, innovation, sustainability and costs. Read more at https://tinyurl.com/4szfd6m4 Nokia and LG U+ collaborate for 5G Advanced and 6G The South Korean mobile operator LG U+ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia to cooperate on the next generation of wireless…