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“Connecting the Unconnected – wherever you see the sky” – Starlink, KDDI and T-Mobile Discuss their Direct to Cell visions at MWC 

News  On day one of MWC this year, we sat in on a fireside chat with Jeff Giard, VP of Business Development Partnerships at T-Mobile, Jason Fritch, VP of Starlink Enterprise Sales, and Hiromichi Matsuda, Executive Officer and Director at Japanese telco KDDI, to discuss their vision to provide Direct to Cell services by the end of 2024 In August 2023, KDDI and SpaceX announced an agreement to provide satellite-to-cellular service leveraging SpaceX’s Starlink low earth orbit satellites and KDDI...

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Huawei launches telecom foundation model at MWC in industry first

Viewpoint On the first day of MWC Barcelona this year, Yang Chaobin, Huawei’s Board Member and President of ICT Products & Solutions launched the telecoms industry’s first Telecom Foundation Model, an artificial intelligence model for operators    The model’s objective is to offer vital artificial intelligence technologies for service innovation which will improve the efficiency of operators, enhance network productivity and help commercialise 5.5G.    Huge innovation in the telecoms...

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Swisscom lines up purchase of Vodafone Italy for €8bn

News Vodafone has today confirmed that the deal has been agreed, with the companies waiting to sign the relevant paperwork While the majority of the telecoms world has its eyes set on Mobile World Congress this week, in the world beyond the Fira the wheels of M&A continue to turn. Today, Vodafone has confirmed that it has agreed to sell its Italian unit to Switzerland’s Swisscom for €8 billion. “Vodafone has engaged extensively with several parties to explore market consolidation in Italy...

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Germany Telecoms Roundup: February 2024

News A selection of the month’s biggest news stories from the German telecoms market, with guest commentary provided by Rowan Thomson, Senior Conference Producer of Connected Germany, Total Telecom Vodafone Germany to power 5G infrastructure with renewable energy: Vodafone Germany has signed a renewable energy supply deal with RWE and will, in turn, supply the energy company’s offshore windfarm with 5G connectivity Deutsche Telekom joins Fetch.ai Foundation to pursue AI and blockchain...

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5.5G is entering commercial use in 2024

Viewpoint On Day Zero of this year’s MWC Barcelona event, Huawei hosted the 5G Beyond Growth Summit. Here, Li Peng, Huawei’s Corporate Senior Vice President and President of ICT Sales & Service discussed how carriers can achieve business success in 5G and how 5.5G will further unlock the potential of networks, creating new growth opportunities Li began by reminding the audience that it has been five years since 5G launched into global markets, and since then, the way our world is connected...

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Government Quietly Scrap Main UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher Site

The Government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) agency appears to have scrapped the relatively user-friendly website for their Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which instead redirects interested consumers and businesses to a somewhat less user-friendly GOV.UK information page that lacks even a simple availability checker. Just to recap. The GBVS generally offers grants worth up to […]

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Vodafone Confirm UK 3G Signals Have Been Shut Down, Almost

Mobile operator Vodafone has this morning echoed EE’s recent announcement (here) by confirming that they’ve successfully switched-off their 3G mobile (mobile broadband) network across the UK. The related radio frequencies will now be repurposed to strengthen faster 4G and 5G services, but there’s a small catch. The activity, which is said to have “finished this […]

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Full Fibre UK ISP Fibrus to Launch Openreach Broadband Plans

Infracapital-backed network builder and UK ISP Fibrus, which is rolling out a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across Northern Ireland and parts of North England (Cumbria), has revealed that they plan to expand their off-net retail provision and coverage by launching Openreach-based packages. The operator, which recently had to scale back some of their […]

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Virgin Media and Nexfibre’s FTTP Covers 12,000 Premises in Blyth

Broadband ISP Virgin Media UK (VMO2), supported by UK network operator nexfibre, have today announced that more than 12,000 extra homes and businesses in the Northumberland (England) town and civil parish of Blyth can now access their new 2Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP / XGS-PON) broadband services. Blyth is the latest in a long list of VMO2 […]

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Telecom Acquisitions Group Tops 100,000 UK ISP Customers

Horsham-based Telecom Acquisitions (TAL Group), which is a holding company for several familiar UK consumer ISP brands (e.g. Home Telecom, Fleur and Eclipse Broadband), has revealed that over the past 15 months they’ve grown to total 100,000 customers and added 22,000 residential broadband users in the last quarter alone. According to data from Fibre Provider, […]

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