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  • MediaTek hits 5G Carrier Aggregation and VoNR milestone
    on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Through this joint initiative, 5G CA between frequency division duplex (FDD) low band and time division duplex (TDD) mid band was achieved in both Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) network architectures. FDD was deployed simultaneously with LTE using the same spectrum resources and utilizing the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technique. […]

  • Vodafone, Three, and O2 set to build and share 222 rural masts
    on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Today, UK operators Vodafone, O2, and Three have announced that they have agreed to build and share 222 mobile towers to support 4G coverage in rural areas across the UK. Scotland will be receiving the lion’s share, with around 124 new sites, while Wales will receive 33, Northern Ireland 11, and England 54.  The move comes as the first stage […]

  • Censorship and working from home major drivers for VPN adoption in 2020
    on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

    New research from Atlas VPN shows that VPN usage is soared in 2020, due to a myriad of factors, from working from home during the pandemic to evading government internet censorship. In total, VPN’s were downloaded 277 million times in 2020, across a survey of 85 selected countries. A VPN works by routing your device’s internet connection […]

  • BT Group to recruit more than 400 apprentices and graduates this year
    on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

    BT has announced today that they will recruit talent into the company across areas as diverse as engineering, customer service, applied research, and cyber-security to support the UK’s fast-growing digital sectors. The new recruits will also support the company’s plans to build and extend the latest 5G networks around the UK.   Over the […]

  • Vodafone’s African consolidation could see sale of Ghana unit to Vodacom
    on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Anonymous sources have told Bloomberg that Vodafone is considering selling its 70% stake in Vodafone Ghana to Vodacom Group, in which it also holds a majority share. The move would come as part of a wider strategy of consolidation of Vodafone’s various businesses in Africa under the Vodacom banner…read more on »

  • Telefónica, IBM and Red Hat team up to plant seeds for Cloud Garden 2.0
    on January 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Cloud Garden 2.0 is built on IBM Cloud Pak and Red Hat OpenShift. Now, Telefónica clients can run their applications on premises or in the cloud environment of their choosing, as well as simplify and speed how they bring new solutions to market.   For example, the insurance consortium TIREA (Information Technologies and Networks for Insurance […]

  • TIM bets big on cloud with Noovle unit launch
    on January 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On Monday, Italy’s TIM announced the formation of Noovle, a new company wholly owned by TIM, which will focus on developing state-of-the-art cloud and edge computing services.  The unit takes its name from Noovle Srl, a IT firm and one of Google Cloud’s main partners in Italy, that TIM acquired in May last year…read more on »

  • UK’s biggest housebuilder insists on gigabit-capable broadband
    on January 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The UK’s biggest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, has today announced that from now on all of its newly built properties will have gigabit-capable, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband available. To achieve this, the development firm has today announced partnerships with Openreach, Virgin Media…read more on »

  • 5G and Wi-Fi 6 convergence crucial for smart cities and Industry 4.0
    on January 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Convergence between Wi-Fi and 5G access technologies is critical for enabling new breed of services, applications and experiences such as Industry 4.0, AR/VR, Connected Cities and Edge Computing. That is according to the latest report from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), developed with input from mobile carriers, Wi-Fi providers, telecom […]

  • Is Huawei looking to offload P and Mate smartphone brands?
    on January 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Sources are suggesting that Huawei is looking to sell off its P and Mate smartphone brands. In fact, it may have been looking to do so for some time.   According to anonymous tipsters speaking to Reuters, Huawei began to explore the possibility of selling their high…read more on »

  • Lothian Broadband sets ‘Scotland’s fibre gap’ in its sights
    on January 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Lothian Broadband is an established broadband infrastructure provider to rural and semi-rural communities across Scotland. The company operates extensive fixed wireless networks and, following the recent deployment of its first fibre village, is now planning to accelerate growth through large-scale investment in fibre infrastructure. Ensuring […]

  • Ofcom delays spectrum auction due to Covid
    on January 25, 2021 at 12:00 am

    In a brief statement today, UK regulator Ofcom noted that it would be postponing the planned spectrum auction, moving the event to an unspecified date in March. The spectrum available is in the 700 MHz and 3.6–3.8 GHz bands, with the auction increasing the total spectrum available for UK operators by almost a fifth (18%)…read more on […]

  • Tele2 targets sustainability with new strategy
    on January 25, 2021 at 12:00 am

    With each passing year, telcos are becoming more and more aware of their responsibility towards creating a sustainable business that is beneficial not only for their financial bottom line, but also for the planet, for society and, ultimately, the future.    For Sweden’s Tele2, sustainability has been a major goal for many years. In April […]

  • Covid crisis spurs acceleration of 5G plans in Pakistan
    on January 25, 2021 at 12:00 am

    One of the themes we have seen time and time again with the coronavirus is the importance and acceleration of digitalisation. With so many movement restrictions in place, the digital economy has grown substantially in markets all over the world, heightening the need for high quality connectivity.   Pakistan is an excellent example in this […]

  • Ireland's National Broadband Plan successfully connects first premises
    on January 25, 2021 at 12:00 am

    NBI’s team has scaled operations to work across all 26 counties and currently has construction, the final phase of delivering the network, underway for 19,237 premises in townlands across Cork, Cavan, Galway and Limerick. The initial premises across these counties will be able to start placing orders through their chosen Retail Service Provider […]

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