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Google and Intel team up on 5G and edge network solutions Google Cloud has announced that it is working with Intel to establish reference architectures and integrated solutions for communications providers to help them deploy 5G and edge network solutions. To achieve the cloud native 5G goals, the partnership encompasses a full suite of telecommunications, along with application providers, carriers and communications service providers, hardware vendors and global telecommunications networks, with the goal of  the cost and time to market required by the telecommunications industry. Intel is already the most powerful participant in the data center hardware market, but is keen to repeat that success with edge infrastructure. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/34fv5aps  Deutsche Telekom tests solar panels to power mobile sites  Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced that in the second half of 2020, the company was testing the use of solar panels to power its mobile infrastructure. In a new…

The French international IT services and consulting company Atos has announced the first release of Unify Office (UO) in the UK. This initiative is a combined effort with RingCentral, a global provider of cloud communications, collaboration, video conferencing and contact center solutions. This announcement follows a similar US rollout earlier in January.   Unify Office is a cloud team collaboration and communications service provided by Atos Unify together with RingCentral. Unify Office delivers all features required by present-day team members, in one place, on any device, and from anywhere.   Unify Office enables businesses to easily communicate and collaborate with best-of-class voice, video and team messaging functionalities. This can be done from anywhere and using any device by means of a single enterprise solution.   By using Unified Office, customers can move from traditional on-premises telephony systems to Unify Office under RingCentral at their own pace, while continuing to use…

The voice over IP vendor 8×8 Inc., has announced that the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League (NHL) team and the Honda Center, one of the nation’s top entertainment and sports venues, have chosen 8×8 as their official cloud communications provider. They will use 8×8’s integrated cloud voice, team chat, meeting and contact center solution to help enhance the experience for their employees, partners and customers.   The Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center decided to give a boost to their digital transformation efforts across the organization and recognized the need to abandon the old, on-premises communication and contact center systems. It is not surprising that they made the decision to move away from the legacy connections given the elevated profile and visibility of cloud technology during the pandemic.   Steve Seger, Chief Revenue Officer at 8×8, Inc., commented: “Organizations of all sizes, including professional sports teams like the Anaheim Ducks, have…

The French telecommunications provider Iliad, that provides fixed and mobile telephony services, prepaid phone cards, Internet access and hosting services, has signed a new $356 million loan deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to help the Iliad Group finance its mobile network deployment in France, in particular to consolidate its 4G network and deploy its 5G network. Since 2009, the EIB has financed Iliad, and with this new loan the total financing exceeds $1.3 billion. Having helped finance the development of the Iliad fixed network for more than a decade, the EIB is once again working with the group to provide financial support for the company’s latest generation of mobile networks. There was little information on what exactly the latest loan would be used for, but Iliad said it is devoted to providing digital coverage to the whole of France, including most rural areas. Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President…

DIDWW, an Irish-based telecom operator providing global telecommunication services, has announced the news of its upcoming new and improved API functionality. These updates will assist customers to fully automate their telephony  processes  and allow for the complete integration of their operational components into the DIDWW customer service portfolio. The company is continually striving to increase the functionality of its services, and in order to achieve that, they are upgrading their platform by accelerating processes with automation. Because of its established priorities, DIDWW plans to make all of its user panel features available through the API, in order to optimize the speed of operations and improve process automation. The current API is designed for telecom operators, making it possible for them to perform a wide range of actions, while helping to automate and further bolster their services. Some of the features include worldwide ordering and setting up of phone…

Telefónica, a multinational telecommunications company and one of the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the world, has introduced a new unit that integrates their global wholesale, roaming and international customer divisions into a new single identity: Telefónica Global Solutions. Telefónica Global Solutions was established as part of the company’s transformation plan, which was announced last year. As stated by the group, this move will improve connections between people and businesses. In the current environment of extensive change and new challenges, the Telefónica Group continues to move forward to improve its service to global customers. The three businesses are now banding together to increase their capacity and continue to support their partners and customers. With a single goal, they have their sights set on providing consistent and comprehensive services, and specifically to offer leading-edge global solutions to Telefónica’s customers around the world. At present, Telefónica…

Dialpad, the US-based business VoIP, video and contact-center service provider has announced $100 million in E Series financing. The funding phase was led by OMERS Growth Equity, Andreessen Horowitz, GV, ICONIQ Capital, Felicis Ventures, Section 32 and Work-Bench. As claimed by the company, its value now exceeds $1.2 billion, based on  the $245 million that it has raised up till now. The new funding will focus on Dialpad innovations and support expanded market strategies. The $1.2 billion evaluation comes as no surprise, as the demand in the market is growing. The company says its annual revenue figure now exceeds $100 million. In addition, Dialpad has recently focused on its artificial intelligence solutions. In 2018, the company launched its VoiceAI service and now provides many AI solutions as part of its voice intelligence service. The services include automated note taking, real-time transcription and voice analytics. Moreover, the news…

IPFone, a provider of cloud-based business unified communications and telephony services, together with Ribbon Communications Inc., a global provider of real time communications software and network solutions to service providers, enterprises and critical infrastructure sectors, announced that they are making use of Ribbon‘s Intelligent Edge portfolio to ensure that their customers are able to seamlessly work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ribbon‘s EdgeMarc 2900, deployed at several IPFone sites in various states, helps support IPFone’s business customers as the company experiences an increase in its network usage. EdgeMarc devices are located at the edges of the customer network to ensure the successful deployment of IP-based communications services that improve voice quality, security and visibility on the customer network. Also, the EdgeMarc 2900 allows IPFone to easily adapt  to the smallest or largest customer installations, while providing secure service delivery capabilities. This architecture enables the company to proactively keep…

Qualcomm invests $97 million in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms Qualcomm has become the latest high ranking sponsor of the four-year-old Indian company, Reliance Jio Platforms. On Sunday evening, Qualcomm Ventures revealed their plans to invest $97 million in Reliance Jio Platforms and to assist that company launch advanced 5G infrastructure and services for their local customers. Furthermore, Reliance Jio Platforms has introduced cut-rate voice and data plans into the Indian telecommunications market, attracting almost 400 million subscribers. This rapid growth has resulted in the company becoming the most successful operator in the world’s second largest market in less than four years since its establishment. Read more at https://tinyurl.com/y9hponyd Deutsche Telekom explores quantum tech with OPENQKD The German operator Deutsche Telekom, in partnership with the OPENQKD (Open European Quantum Key Distribution) consortium, are preparing to research quantum key distribution (QKD) technologies in order to develop quantum-safe data transmission. In spite of the…

DIDWW, an Irish-based telecom operator providing global telecommunication services, has enabled free outbound calling to COVID-19 hotlines to help collaboration amid widespread coronavirus lockdowns. The company said that all customers using DIDWW outbound trunks and virtual DID numbers as caller IDs can now access local COVID-19 hotlines at no additional charge in 17 countries. Lina Zaboras, CEO of DIDWW, said, “DIDWW leverages and opens up its global access to local telecommunications infrastructure to facilitate another essential service. While enabling local dialing to emergency and short numbers is quite challenging in the VoIP industry, we are successfully expanding these services with the latest addition of local dialing to COVID-19 hotlines over our global VoIP infrastructure. We encourage our wholesale customers to enable the access and route these calls for their end-users with the mission-critical DIDWW global network, free of charge.” In a statement, DIDWW noted that so far, they…