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Progress in Portugal’s controversial 5G spectrum auction has been so slow that the regulator has been forced to change the rules to enable more bidding rounds per day. Wednesday marked the 100th day of bidding in the auction, in which the country’s established mobile operators are battling it out, albeit in a highly leisurely fashion,
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EE, the UK’s biggest mobile operator, has deployed Nokia’s Self-Organizing Networks software to enhance network management and service quality. Nokia also claims that the new deal confirms its position as the biggest supplier to BT, EE’s parent company. Also included in the deal with EE is a Software Development Kit (SDK), with which EE can
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Consumers, enterprises and governments will benefit greatly as 5G networks and Multi-Access Edge Computing (or MEC, formerly known as Mobile Edge Computing) capabilities are deployed over the next decade. In this position paper, we consider the vital role location intelligence plays in a 5G MEC world – from building out the infrastructure to enabling a
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It’s a good day for China’s Xiaomi, which has confirmed reports that it is no longer blacklisted in the US and shared first-quarter numbers that show pretty stellar growth. “Xiaomi is pleased to announce that on May 25, 2021 at 4:09 pm (Eastern Standard Time), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued
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Social media giant Facebook has announced it will be shadow-banning accounts that repeatedly share stuff it doesn’t approve of. A post by Facebook titled Taking Action Against People Who Repeatedly Share Misinformation stated, “Starting today, we will reduce the distribution of all posts in News Feed from an individual’s Facebook account if they repeatedly share
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Orange Ventures has set up a new investment vehicle to back what could probably best be described as ‘worthy cause’ start-ups, giving it €30 million of funding to dole out. The new vehicle, known as Orange Ventures Impact, will back French and other European start-ups in their seed stage or with proven development potential, the
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Tech giant Amazon is so concerned about its warehouse workers’ mental health that it’s providing capsules in which they can sit and sort their heads out. They’re called AmaZen, presumably because they’re so calming and reassuring. ‘During shifts employees can visit AmaZen stations and watch short videos featuring easy-to-follow wellbeing activities, including guided meditations, positive
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Chinese smartphone vendor Oppo has launched a new phone that contains the first eSIM compatible with standalone 5G. We don’t know what special sauce has to go into an eSIM for it to work with SA (proper) 5G, as opposed to NSA (preliminary) 5G but, with help from French tech company Thales, Oppo reckons it’s
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Vodafone Germany is expanding what it terms its “network offensive,” building out new base stations and 5G masts at a time of increasing network traffic. The mobile operator this week declared that it will undertake more than 7,000 mobile infrastructure build projects in the current financial year, which began in April, including 3,000 5G projects
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As rumoured a week ago, etail and cloud giant Amazon is buying movie studio MGM to augment its Amazon Prime SVoD offering. The word on the street was that MGM would cost around $9 billion when we covered the rumour, but in the end Amazon managed to shave over half a bil off that. For
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Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, Telia, and Vodafone jointly start Eco Rating labelling scheme to score how sustainable mobile phones are, aiming to encourage device makers and device buyers to be more environmentally minded. Starting from June, the labelling scheme will stamp a score on phones to show how environmentally friendly the devices are throughout their
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There are signs that bulk censorship and state surveillance may have reached their high-water mark, at least in the West. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a Senate Bill designed to allow Florida residents to sue social media platforms if they feel they have been unfairly censored. It specifies greater transparency regarding content moderation practices
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Communications group Liberty Global has joined forces with digital infrastructure investment firm Digital Colony to launch Atlas Edge Data Centres. The joint venture will build a bunch of data centres across Europe, designed to cater for edge computing. ‘The company aims to serve the growing demand from cloud providers, streaming services and enterprises for high-performance,
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The merger of UK mobile operator O2 with cableco Virgin Media is set to close in a matter of days, having cleared its final regulatory hurdle: the approval of the competition watchdog. It was really a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) would green light the proposed tie-up.
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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 Amir Khan, CEO of Alkira, argues that as the world of enterprise networking transitions to a new sort of connectivity, built for the needs of the cloud era, service providers must be careful not to get left
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