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…

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…

TELUS recognized as the fastest network in the world

Written on Sunday, 27 September 2020 06:48
As TELUS continues to expand its next-generation 5G network across the country, UK-based Opensignal has announced that TELUS is the fastest network in the world. TELUS has been recognized as the “global winner” for average download speeds, according to OpenSignal’s new Global Mobile Network Experience report. “Excellent download speeds appear to be a Canadian specialty, with TELUS being the only global winner with a score of 75.8 Mbps and its closest rival being its Canadian counterpart, Bell,” the report read.…

US telcos need $1.8 billion to replace Huawei, ZTE equipment

Written on Monday, 07 September 2020 05:50
US telecommunications networks, which have relied on network equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE, have told the government that it would cost $1.837 billion to replace those switches and routers, the Federal Communications Commission said. In June, the FCC formally designated Huawei and ZTE as threats to US national security, a declaration that bars US firms from accessing an $8.3 billion government fund to purchase equipment from the companies. FCC commissioners said the report shows the need for Congress to…
German operator and domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), Telekom Deutschland (TD), has revealed its plans to upgrade fixed broadband speeds to cater to an additional 280,000 households. TD has stated that around 32.9 million homes will now be able to access maximum data rates of up to 100Mbps and the number of 250Mbps-enabled lines has reached 24.1 million across the entire country. In addition to this, the firm has also disclosed that the total number of households connected…
Rakuten Mobile turned on commercial 4G service after a six-month delay, to become the fourth mobile operator in Japan, a move it claimed made it the first operator with a live service based on fully virtualized infrastructure.

T-Mobile, Sprint merger ready to close

Written on Tuesday, 24 March 2020 13:37
Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile US has announced that it is financially prepared to close its planned merger with Sprint, based on its previously secured commitments for bridge financing and senior credit facility financing. The company has been in communication with all banks and is confident that they are ready to fund their commitments to support the closing of the merger transaction. The two telcos continue to drive forward toward closing the merger as soon as possible. John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile,…
Nokia, along with leading operators Telenor and Telia, announced that it has deployed the world’s most advanced shared wireless network supporting a Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) feature, enabled for wireless technologies spanning 2G to 5G. The 5G MOCN feature was deployed on a trial network in Denmark and verified with successful end-to-end test calls. MOCN, the most advanced network architecture model allowing for network sharing, enables distinct mobile operators with their own core network to share a common radio access…

Verizon unveils first 5G lab in the UK

Written on Thursday, 13 February 2020 12:53
Verizon has opened a new 5G Lab and production studio in London – the company’s first 5G-enabled facility outside the United States – to support its international business and media customers. The Lab, which is now open for business, is based at Verizon’s Mid City Place office in central London, and offers a live Verizon 5G-enabled environment where organizations can develop and test 5G applications and experiences. US operator Verizon sought to extend its 5G reach beyond its home market,…

T-mobile and Sprint merger gets green light

Written on Thursday, 13 February 2020 12:52
T-Mobile and Sprint have said they were taking the final steps to complete a tie-up that reshapes the US wireless industry after a federal court overturned an antitrust challenge. The decision by US District Judge Victor Marrero rejecting a challenge from New York, California and other states is expected to allow the third- and fourth-largest mobile carriers to complete their merger around April 1, the companies said. The two firms said in a statement they were "now taking final steps…
In a multi-year partnership, Etisalat has announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft to drive public cloud first strategy through a digital transformation program that enables Etisalat to build a digital platform infused with automation and AI providing a simplified network architecture and operations empowering Etisalat subscribers and improving customer experience. “Today, Etisalat and Microsoft embark together on a bold new digital transformation journey that will allow us to leverage our industry expertise to deliver the next generation of…
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