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BT partners with Kyndryl for cloud migration of legacy mainframe apps BT has collaborated with Kyndryl to migrate its mainframe applications that underpin its legacy copper business and broadband cloud offerings. BT Digital, the division in charge of the company’s digital transformation, estimates that by 2026, the transfer will have reduced mainframe operational costs and energy usage by 70%. This will result in estimated annual savings of $23 million. The company’s cloud move will allow it to serve a smaller number of clients who still utilize their copper network and will enable BT to extract more value from the data housed in its older applications. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/5t48r8hj Orange and Telenet wholesale deal gives hope of VOO acquisition approval Orange had planned to buy a 75% share in the Belgian operator VOO in 2021, but the company struggled to persuade authorities that the transaction would not hurt competition. A…

Deutsche Telekom named the most valuable brand in Europe The Brand Finance Global 500 has rated Deutsche Telekom (DT) the most valuable brand in Europe, bringing it up six places to 11th overall. The company ranks second amongst worldwide telecoms, trailing only Verizon and ahead of AT&T. Only Samsung, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and TikTok break the US company’s dominance of the top 10 most valuable brands in the world. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/57u59bbw e& increases stake in Vodafone to 12% In recent years, Vodafone has suffered financial setbacks and investors have pushed the corporation to make adjustments and restore its fortunes. e& (previously Etisalat), one of Vodafone’s investors, has purchased a nearly 10% share in the company for £3.3 billion and has since steadily raised its stake to 12%. The transaction will provide e& with considerable exposure to a global leader in connectivity and digital services,…

Vodafone and WWF have announced a new relationship that will advance the communications company’s net-zero goal for 2040, while enhancing the circular economy through the collecting and recycling of smartphones. The program is a component of Vodafone’s three-year alliance with WWF, with initiatives being focused on assisting customers to make more environmentally friendly decisions.   The “One million phones for the planet” campaign went live on November 22nd, 2022 in support of Vodafone’s circularity and net-zero goals. The new project contributes to Vodafone’s goal of reusing, reselling or recycling 100% of its network waste. Additionally, it will accelerate progress toward the company’s flagship net-zero goal.   Customers in Europe and Africa will be encouraged to trade in their outdated mobile devices for repair, refurbishment or recycling. Vodafone will donate £1, or the equivalent in local currency, for every phone collected as a contribution to WWF conservation projects all across the…

Vodafone to increase pricing and reduce costs In order to lessen the effects of the worsening economic climate, Vodafone has announced cost-cutting initiatives and lowered its full-year profit and cash flow projections. The business said that it will advance the digitalization of its operations while streamlining and simplifying its group-wide structure. The network will also implement “pricing action” across Europe to counteract high energy costs and growing inflation concerns. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/2p8mcfxm ZenFi Networks purchase by BAI Communications finalized BAI Communications has completed its acquisition of ZenFi Networks. ZenFi, located on the East Coast of the United States, is a supplier of digital infrastructure solutions and an innovator in small cell deployment, offload and roaming services, fiber connection, and network edge colocation. As part of this transactIon, BAI will acquire ZenFi’s portfolio of assets, including approximately 1,100 miles of fiber network throughout the New York and New Jersey metro…

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…

In an agreement with Altice Europe, Vodafone Group will roll out Fiber-to-the-Home in Germany as part of a €7 billion investment in its largest market. This collaboration complements Vodafone’s well-defined objectives for upgrading its current hybrid fiber cable network.   According to a statement released by the two corporations on Monday, FibreCo, a 50/50 fiber partnership between Vodafone and Altice, will deploy fiber optic lines to as many as 7 million residences in Germany. Approximately 70% of the cost will be covered by debt raised by the new company. The transaction is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2023.   The transaction is thought to yield Vodafone up to €1.2 billion in cash proceeds from Altice, which is projected to exceed Vodafone’s portion of stock commitments. The profits include €120 million upon closure, up to €487 million in deferred payments as additional homes are connected, and another…

Vodafone and CK Hutchison are in negotiations to merge their companies in the United Kingdom in order to establish a market-leading mobile network that may advance the roll-out of 5G services and boost Internet accessibility.   Combining Vodafone UK with Hutchison’s Three, Britain’s third and fourth largest networks, would result in a company with around 27 million mobile subscribers. Vodafone stated that CK Hutchison would hold 49% of the business and Vodafone would own 51%, an arrangement that would be accomplished by altering debt ownership rather than by trading cash. Reports of a possible partnership between the two companies surfaced earlier this year.   The global corporation CK Hutchison stated that no legally binding agreement for such a merger has been entered into, but the proposed acquisition is expected to require that both businesses would integrate their UK companies. CK Hutchison further said that there is no guarantee that any…

‘Vodafone Business UC with RingCentral’ has been introduced to the German market by Vodafone Germany and RingCentral, a supplier of worldwide business cloud communications. The newly released Unified Communications (UC) platform combines RingCentral’s flagship offering, RingCentral Message Video Phone™ (MVP™), with Vodafone’s mobility and 5G technology.   Businesses now have another compelling option to migrate from their current infrastructure to the cloud thanks to this new unified communications solution. Vodafone Business UC with RingCentral enables staff to work from anywhere by providing a single app for team messaging, video meetings and a cloud phone system, and it provides a flexible yet dependable solution to handle the complexities of everyday work.   In order to make communication and collaboration easier, this highly secure system offers call recording, HD video meetings, and many other new features. End users will also benefit from the numerous distinctive features, such as the AI-based Advanced Meeting…

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…

Vodafone signs a multi-year agreement with Oracle Vodafone and Oracle have announced an agreement to modernize their European IT infrastructure and accelerate its transition to the cloud. The companies will migrate a broad range of systems to dedicated, fully managed regions of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) that will be deployed in Vodafone’s main data centers that are managing its European IT and network operations. According to Scott Petty, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Vodafone, the flexibility offered by OCI enables the company to build a robust cloud platform in their data centers. This advancement will also provide the operational agility and scalability required to support the growth and diversification of the Vodafone business. Read more at https://tinyurl.com/ye27dmsv Telinta taps DIDWW to deliver a white label hosted PBX solution Telinta, a global leader in white label cloud-based switching and billing solutions for VoIP service providers, has announced a collaboration with DIDWW,…