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Lleida.net, a technology services firm, has secured a new deal with the Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica Global Solutions (TGS) to deliver a broad range of SaaS services to TGS customers around the world.   Registered SMS, Registered email, and Lleida.net platforms such as Click & Sign and Openum are all part of SaaS services. Under the terms of the agreement, Lleida.net will deliver SaaS services to TGS clients in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Chile. Since 2016, Lleida.net has collaborated with Telefonica’s wholesale, roaming and international divisions.   Telefónica Global Solutions is the Telefónica business division responsible for providing innovative solutions in digitalization processes. It has over 1,500 clients in 170 countries and 110 points of presence that transport an average of more than 15 billion phone minutes per year while transferring 130 petabytes of roaming data. The Telefónica…

SK Telecom, South Korea’s leading mobile carrier, has partnered with Joby Aviation, a California-based aerospace company developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL). The two parties will collaborate on urban air mobility, which is an ecosystem that includes personal air vehicles and infrastructure such as a new navigation system, take-off and landing fields, and charging technologies.   Joby’s experience showcasing eVTOL will be included into SKT’s information and communication technology infrastructure under a strategic partnership agreement. The two businesses will collaborate in all areas, including aircraft and mobility as a service, to provide emissions-free aerial ridesharing to cities and communities around South Korea. SKT and Joby plan to enable multi-modal travel using SKT’s T Map mobility platform and UT’s ride-hailing service.   SKT aspires to become a connected intelligence leader that logically links physical elements such as UAM airplanes, vertiports and ground transportation by utilizing its capabilities in…

The telecom industry is responsible for keeping the globe linked through communications services. There are many aspects of these services that we take for granted, from private calls to business interactions. However, it is only because of the telecom sector that we are able to swiftly connect to individuals all over the world, whether by phone, internet, airwaves or cables.   For years, cybercriminals have targeted telecom operators because they maintain and manage vital communications infrastructure that is used to transport and store vast quantities of private and sensitive data. Cyber-attacks on the telecom industry in particular, have risen dramatically in recent years as technology has advanced and our world has evolved to become more connected.   In this article, we hope to shed light on the threats that the telecommunications sector is facing and explain how providers can defend their digital environments and key infrastructure from possible cyber-attacks. For…

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…

Telinta, a global leader in white label cloud-based switching and billing solutions for VoIP service providers, today announced that it has enhanced its brandable Mobile Softphone solution to support MMS (multimedia messaging service) from select providers. Telinta customers wishing to offer MMS can use MMS-enabled DIDs from both Endstream and VI Communication Services (formerly VoIP Innovations) with TeliGlobe.  Any DID provider may be used for voice calling with TeliGlobe, or any of Telinta’s white label solutions for service providers. MMS, SMS, and free on-net messaging are available via both Telinta’s brandable and non-brandable Mobile Softphone options. TeliGlobe is a brandable Mobile Softphone app for both Android and Apple iOS mobile devices.  The app is a key part of Telinta’s cloud-based solution for Mobile VoIP, and is available for free download by end users in both iTunes and Google Play.  TeliGlobe offers an extremely affordable way for ITSPs and…

Sunrise UPC GmbH, Switzerland’s largest, private telecommunications company supplying individual and corporate clients with mobile, Internet, TV and fixed network services, has teamed up with DIDWW, a global telecommunications operator providing first-rate VoIP communication and SIP trunking services, to launch its new business oriented product – Business Voice International.   DIDWW and Sunrise UPC established the partnership to launch Business Voice International to provide local and national phone numbers for small and medium-sized companies situated in Switzerland and operating globally. This new service will allow businesses to improve communications with their international subsidiaries at a time when employee connectivity around the world is more important than ever. This collaboration will allow Sunrise UPC to provide reliable, premium quality, geo-redundant and fully compliant voice services with broad coverage.   By leveraging DIDWW’s extensive phone number inventory, the Swiss operator will offer local and national numbers in more than 60 countries with…

Sky, the European broadcaster and telecommunications company, has established a two-year cooperation with Sir Lewis Hamilton’s philanthropic organization, Mission 44, to address the disproportionately high number of school exclusions among Black pupils in the UK.   The agreement is part of Sky’s £30 million commitment to combating systematic racism, and Mission 44 will receive over £1 million over a two-year period. Sky has previously established a fund to help Black company owners in the UK as part of its £30 million pledge to make a difference in areas affected by racism and to utilize the power of its voice and platform to address racial injustice. Sky has also committed to a three-year relationship with Kick It Out, which aims to promote inclusiveness in football and make it easier for fans to report prejudice.   Sky’s collaboration with Mission 44’s  social projects such as grant funding for Multi-Academy Trusts to invest…

TIA releases supply chain security standard The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has compiled the SCS 9001 specification, which it claims is the world’s first supply chain security standard designed particularly for the ICT industry. The SCS 9001 standard applies to all ICT sector goods, including software, hardware and services that are linked to the association’s global networks. SCS 9001’s goal is to validate end-to-end cyber and physical security throughout ICT network infrastructure. The new standard is based on a Quality Management System (QMS) that operationalizes industry best practices and recommendations such as ISO 27001, the Prague Proposals, applicable NIST standards, and the CSIS Criteria for Security and Trust. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/2p8hzdru Metro by T-Mobile US now part of the Affordable Connectivity Program Metro by T-Mobile has joined the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). All eligible Metro by T-Mobile customers, new and old, will be able to obtain free…

By 2026, the global market for A2P SMS is expected to be worth $74.7 billion. The rising usage of customer and employee engagement by large and medium-sized businesses around the world is expected to fuel this growth in the global market.   A2P messaging, also known as application-to-person messaging, describes any type of traffic in which a person receives messages from an application. This type of communication is often referred to as professional or enterprise messaging, and  generally consists of one-way messages that do not require a response. Given that over 98% of text messages are opened, A2P messages are very likely to be read, providing businesses with a cost-effective option for improving customer interaction.    A2P SMS is used by a wide range of companies and industries to send messages to customers, including banking notifications, marketing notifications, two-factor authentication SMS authorizations, automated booking confirmations, as well as to deliver…

Vodafone and Iliad are in negotiations to merge their respective businesses in Italy. Such a merger would provide advantages for both corporations in one of Europe’s most competitive markets and should be positive for the industry in general.   Discussions between the two corporations are ongoing, and both sides are actively looking for ways to connect their separate businesses together in Italy. If the merger is approved, it will create a telecommunications giant with over 36% mobile market penetration and combined sales of nearly $6.80 billion. Vodafone and The Iliad both declined to comment on the negotiations.   The talks take place as the local incumbent, Telecom Italia, continues to evaluate a $12.25 billion acquisition offer from US investor KKR aimed at taking Italy’s largest phone business private.   Industry leaders have frequently recommended the pursuit of four-to-three telecom mergers, which may generate cost synergies and boost margins by reducing…