Vodafone targets net zero carbon emissions by 2040

Written on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:05
Vodafone has announced its commitment to reduce the company's global carbon emissions to 'net zero' by 2040, ten years earlier than originally planned. The company also said that its 2030 carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as in line with efforts required to keep global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement. By 2030, Vodafone promises to eliminate all carbon emissions from its own activities and from energy…

UK telcos face fines for using Huawei after 5G ban

Written on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 05:36
Britain’s telecom companies could be fined up to 10% of turnover or $133,140 a day if they violate a ban on using equipment made by China’s Huawei under a fresh law put forward this week. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill will tighten the security standards of the UK’s telecoms networks, the government said. Britain in July decided to ban the use of Huawei in 5G networks from the end of 2027 because of growing security concerns and future co-operation with the…

Huawei contributes €16.4 billion to EU economy

Written on Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:19
In the latest part its ongoing campaign to fight back against having to remove its communications solutions from European countries’ infrastructure, Huawei has released the findings of a report from business analysts Oxford Economics. According to the report, Huawei contributed €16.4 billion to Europe’s GDP and supported 224,300 jobs in 2019. The Chinese telecoms giant holds the largest global market share (~35.3%) of any vendor. The second-largest, Nokia, holds less than half of Huawei’s market share at around 16.1 percent.…
Russian digital services operator Tricolor has turned to Orange Business Services to modernize its customer service activities, leveraging technology from Genesys, a global leader in cloud customer experience and contact center solutions. Tricolor provides digital services, including satellite television and video streaming, for 12.2 million households throughout Russia. By deploying Genesys Engage, the omnichannel and multi-cloud customer engagement solution to be used by hundreds of operators, Tricolor can now interact with its customers all across the country via voice, chat,…

Huawei, Cambridge Wireless to build private 5G testbed

Written on Thursday, 12 November 2020 10:37
Huawei and Cambridge Wireless have partnered to deploy and build a private 5G testbed at the Cambridge Science Park. This marks the start of a 3-year partnership which will include digital training, joint events and business support. This will be the UK city's first 5G mobile private network, and will support companies with R&D and application of new digital technologies in areas such as remote surgery, autonomous vehicles and clean energy. The 5G testbed will go live in January 2021.…

Nokia to build 5G-ready IP network for German telco

Written on Thursday, 12 November 2020 10:33
Nokia and Deutsche Telekom Group have announced the expansion of their strategic partnership by setting plans to build a 5G-ready IP network. Deutsche Telekom has selected Nokia's 7750 Service Router (SR) platform to significantly expand capacity across its edge/core routing network as it prepares for next-generation broadband and 5G services. Deployment has already started in Greece, where Nokia is replacing and modernizing the operator’s existing IP network. Rollout in Hungary is expected in Q4 2020. With networks experiencing unprecedented traffic…

Sweden suspends decision to ban Huawei 5G equipment

Written on Tuesday, 10 November 2020 12:14
A Swedish court has postponed the decision to ban Huawei’s 5G equipment from the country’s network as it reconsiders the merits of the case against the tech giant. This decision, which was taken by Stockholm’s administrative court, has forced the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) to also postpone the 5G auction which was due to take place on Tuesday. When news of the alleged ban broke, Huawei previously stated that the ban would have lacked “legal basis” and violated…
Nokia has announced a services deal with A1 Austria, building on the leadership of both companies in the Austrian enterprise market. In this three-year contract, started earlier in 2020, Nokia is providing its industrial-grade private wireless technology and services for all existing and new A1 Austria LTE and 5G enterprise campus network deployments. As part of the deal, Nokia will provide operational support and care for all existing campus networks, ensuring adherence to even the most challenging service level agreements…

Orange acquires 54% stake in Telekom Romania

Written on Monday, 09 November 2020 13:55
Orange Romania announced that it signed a deal to acquire a controlling 54% stake in Telekom Romania, in a transaction that will significantly accelerate Orange’s strategy to become the number one choice of customers in the Romanian market. Orange said it agreed to pay EUR 268 million for the majority stake in the fixed business, on a debt- and cash-free basis. The entire company is valued at EUR 497 million. Orange is already the largest mobile operator in Romania, with…

Huawei disputes Swedish 5G ban

Written on Sunday, 08 November 2020 08:44
Huawei has appealed against Sweden’s decision to exclude the Chinese vendor from 5G networks, the Swedish telecoms regulator PTS said. The ban, announced by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) on October 20, "lacks legal basis, violates fundamental human rights, violates fundamental EU legal principles ... and is incorrect in substance," Huawei wrote in its appeal to PTS and the Stockholm administrative court. If carried out, it would cause "exceptionally comprehensive and irreparable damage" to its business, Huawei added.…

Apple in hot water over Google’s antitrust case

Written on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 10:58
The US Justice Department has filed (yet another) antitrust lawsuit against Internet behemoth Google and it could have major repercussions for Apple. It is estimated that Google pays Apple between $8 billion to $12 billion a year to be the default search engine on Apple’s devices and soon it may all come to a head. The scrutiny of the deal, which was first agreed 15 years ago and has rarely been discussed by either company, has highlighted the special relationship…

Nokia signs seven-year partnership with POST Luxembourg

Written on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:45
Nokia has announced a new, seven-year agreement to support POST Luxembourg in supplying ultra-high-speed fiber access to consumers and businesses across the country. The deal confirms Nokia as the main supplier for fixed access to the operator, building on the long-standing relationship of the two companies. POST will deploy Nokia’s Multi-PON line cards, supporting GPON and XGS-PON simultaneously, and thereby reducing migration costs and effort. POST Luxembourg is the leading provider of fixed fiber access in the country, with an…
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