The Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Bernadette Lewis to lead the organization as its first female Secretary-General in its 120 year history. Ms. Lewis, a national of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, was recruited for the position following a competitive selection process. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lewis led the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and was also its first female Secretary-General. She is credited with revitalizing and re-establishing…

Ofcom moves to ban sale of carrier-locked phones in the UK

Written on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 05:45
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has banned phone carriers from selling locked phones starting December 2021 in an effort to give people greater autonomy when it comes to switching between providers. While operators such as Sky, Virgin, Three and O2 already sell unlocked phones, some of the UK’s other operators like Vodafone, Tesco and EE, still sell phones that need to be unlocked manually before users can switch to a different carrier. According to Ofcom, the banning of this practice comes…

IBM experiences dip in revenues for third consecutive quarter

Written on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 07:06
IBM has reported a 2.5% decrease in revenues for the third consecutive quarter this year. For the third quarter of 2020, the US tech company reported $17.6 billion compared to $18 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. However, their net income experienced a slight increase, amounting to $1.7 billion due to the company’s cost-cutting strategies, according to the earnings report. Shares were reportedly down by 2.6% in after-market trades however, it experienced some growth in its cloud computing business.…

MWC 2021 postponed to late June

Written on Thursday, 24 September 2020 05:06
Mobile World Congress (MWC), the telecom industry’s largest global conference, has been postponed to late June 2021. The conference usually takes place in late February or early March in Barcelona, Spain but it was canceled in 2020 as it coincided with the very beginning of the widespread COVID-19 outbreak. It has now been announced that it will actually be held in 2021 but later than usual. MWC Barcelona will be held between June 28th and July 1st and MWC Shanghai…

Sparkle’s CEO recognized at Tech Women Awards 2020

Written on Sunday, 06 September 2020 05:30
Elisabetta Romano, CEO of Sparkle, received the “Corporate Innovation Award” at the European Tech Woman Awards 2020 ceremony hosted by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and held at the opening of London Tech Week. At their first virtual edition, the European Tech Women Awards recognize the excellence of 24 women in delivering revolutionary projects in the UK and Europe, supporting women’s rights and enhancing young talent to become the next generation of Tech Women. Elisabetta Romano stands out…

New CEO selected to lead CSG

Written on Wednesday, 02 September 2020 06:45
CSG announced that Bret Griess, president and chief executive officer of the company has shared his plans to step down at the end of the year, following nearly 25 years of service with the company. Brian Shepherd, executive vice president and group president has been selected to succeed Griess as president and chief executive officer of the company, effective January 1, 2021. In addition, Shepherd will be appointed to the Board on the same date. “On behalf of the Board,…

5G could deliver great economic and social value by 2035

Written on Friday, 28 August 2020 12:50
Omdia and Nokia’s “Why 5G in Latin America” report finds 5G will come to Latin America, sooner rather than later. The region lags its peers in productivity and economic growth, both of which will be enhanced by digital transformation. This, in turn, requires significantly enhanced broadband communications, and that leads to 5G which could add $3.3 trillion of value by 2035 and a $9 trillion improvement in productivity.

WEF summit rescheduled over COVID-19 fears

Written on Thursday, 27 August 2020 06:35
The 2021 World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting of business leaders and politicians has been called off for January due to the coronavirus pandemic, with organizers planning to reschedule the event sometime early next summer. “The advice from experts is that we cannot (host the event) safely in January,” WEF said in a statement. Traditionally, the WEF holds its annual summit in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos in January. The high-profile event is attended by thousands of global leaders…

TikTok’s CEO quits amid growing political tensions

Written on Thursday, 27 August 2020 06:18
TikTok’s CEO said he has quit the company as tensions soar between Washington and Beijing over the Chinese-owned video platform. Kevin Mayer said that he was resigning after the company came under sustained pressure from the Trump administration over its alleged ties to China. Mayer's resignation comes days after TikTok filed a lawsuit challenging a crackdown by the US government over claims the wildly popular social media app can be used to spy on Americans. TikTok has been at the…
PCCW Global has signed a collaboration agreement with Spanish technology company Nayar Systems that will provide the European technology specialist with access to a global telecommunications network and fabric, with coverage of over 120 countries using PCCW Global’s Console Connect IoT SIM connectivity. Nayar Systems is a major industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology developer serving the global elevator industry, and the collaboration will enable it to significantly reduce the time and cost associated with deploying the telecommunications services most…

DZS appoints Charlie Vogt as President and CEO

Written on Tuesday, 04 August 2020 07:05
DASAN Zhone Solutions, a leading enabler of the emerging hyper-connected, hyper-broadband world, has announced the appointment of Charlie Vogt as president, CEO and director. Vogt, a distinguished information technology and communications executive, joins DZS from ATX Networks, where he remains a member of the board. He succeeds Yung Kim, who has retired after a successful 40-year international telecommunications career and nearly four years at the helm of DZS. “It has been an honor to lead DZS as we’ve grown into…

Microsoft announces permanent closure of retail stores

Written on Sunday, 28 June 2020 06:44
After temporarily closing its Microsoft Stores in March because of the pandemic, the company has decided to make it permanent. The company said that the move will “result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $450 million” which “includes primarily asset write-offs and impairments.” Microsoft will move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centers." "Microsoft will continue to invest in its digital storefronts on Microsoft.com, and stores in Xbox and Windows," the statement said.…
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