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Fossil fuels aren’t fashionable these days, but for any oil company looking at diversification, the UK retail broadband market would not typically be the first sector that springs to mind. Nevertheless, a Sky News report on Thursday claims that oil giant Shell has emerged as one of the bidders for the Post Office’s telecoms business.
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TIM has awarded the first tender for last-mile fibre-optic cabling for its new FiberCorp unit to a quintet of domestic suppliers. The Italian incumbent named Ecotel, Metallurgica Bresciana, Prysmian, Technikabel and Tratos as its first five suppliers, noting that each has committed to carrying out all parts of its contract at production and certification facilities
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Mobile streaming video startup Quibi, which was backed by Hollywood, has been forced to shut down after its core narrative failed to persuade. On the face of it, creating a new SVoD (subscription video on demand) service at a time when Apple and Disney were joining the fray was at the very least optimistic. But
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Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Susan James, senior director of Telecommunications Strategy at Red Hat, explains why she things edge computing will enable CSPs to maximise their 5G capabilities, strike up partnerships with hyperscalers and flourish as cloud-native players. The edge conversation
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During a trial of OpenRAN technology in the Netherlands, Vodafone and NEC managed to make a voice call, using the disruptive new radio technology. NEC is a major player in OpenRAN, which seeks to disaggregate the various components in a cellular base station, such that operators can pick-and-choose their vendor for each bit. Its most
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The inevitable Chinese retaliation against US sanctions is taking form. Meanwhile a European telecoms lobby group has objected to politically motivated bans. The Chinese Communist Party indicated it was preparing reciprocal action, to counter America’s mounting sanctions against Huawei, when it announced the creation of its own ‘unreliable entity list’ a month ago. Now, reports
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October 14, 2020, the UN Broadband Commission and Huawei held the sixth Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2020) online in Beijing. With the theme of “Intelligent Connectivity, New Value Together”, this year’s UBBF discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the connectivity industry in the intelligent era. At the event, David Wang, Huawei Executive Director and Chairman of
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Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Akil Chomoko, Chief Marketing Officer at MDS Global, explores what we mean by ‘digital BSS’ and why we should care. The need to switch to digital methods and systems has been an accepted business and technology
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Spainish telco group Telefónica wants to squeeze as much value as possible out of its international operations. To that end, the company has integrated its wholesale, roaming and multinational business customer divisions into single new unit, called Telefónica Global Solutions (TGS). It is part of Telefónica’s five-point plan, unveiled in November 2019. Julio Beamonte, who
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Finnish kit vendor Nokia has done one of those grand studies that extrapolate a technology to see what its total economic impact might be. As ever the actual research was done by a specialist firm, in this case Sapio, which surveyed 1,628 technology purchasing decision-makers in eight markets and across six industry sectors. The apparent aim was
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By digitising their business support systems (BSS), operators can address declining revenue growth in the enterprise segment and increase their EBIT, potentially by as much as 34%. This report, commissioned by MDS Global and written by STL Partners, outlines the quantifiable benefits that operators could achieve by digitising their BSS systems, focusing on the following
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UK ISP TalkTalk has agreed to discuss a takeover bid from its second-biggest shareholder. Hedge fund Toscafund Asset Management (TAM) currently owns around 28.5 percent of TalkTalk, according to the telco’s most recent annual report. Charles Dunstone remains its single-biggest shareholder, with a stake of 29.8 percent. On Thursday, TalkTalk confirmed that it received a
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The two largest Belgian CSPs have announced a wholesale swap-out of Huawei gear in their RAN, in favour of Nokia. Both Proximus and Orange Belgium are currently heavily invested in Huawei for their radio access network, which they share. After a supposedly ‘thorough competitive process, based on technological, operational and financial criteria,’ (both operators used
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UK telco group BT is preparing its network for the expected explosion in 8K video and AR/VR usage. Which is another way of saying that BT is the flagship customer for a new edge CDN (content delivery network) offering based on the Streaming Video Alliance’s Open Caching technology. The solution itself has been jointly developed
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