Four strategies to reduce telecom and IT expense amid Covid-19

Every enterprise out there is currently under pressure to scrutinise cost line items with a fine-toothed comb as the Covid-19 pandemic has strained budgets around the globe. Telecom and IT budgets, often pertaining to offices that may be getting limited / no use in the short term, are coming into particular focus.

However, cutting networking costs is a difficult task. Early termination fees are hefty (sometimes 100% of total remaining contract value!), and contract terms are long....

SK Telecom uses blockchain to help people store national documents

SK Telecom is launching a blockchain-powered wallet for storing national documents in a government-led digitalisation push.

The largest wireless carrier in South Korea has been granted approval by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security to issue its first digital wallet for documentation.

Documents which can be stored in SK Telecom’s blockchain-powered wallet include resident registration cards, health insurance qualification certificates, immigration...

Telia will use Ericsson for 5G in Sweden but Nokia in Finland

Telia will use 5G equipment from compatriot Ericsson in its home country but will turn to Nokia for its Finnish operations.

Starting with Telia in Sweden, the company has signed a five-year agreement with Ericsson which it says “brings together two of the region’s wireless pioneers” to provide a great 5G experience for the operator’s seven million customers in Sweden and Estonia.

“With today’s agreement, we have the foundation in place to develop the most...

Sweden bans Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

Sweden has decided to ban Chinese telecoms vendors Huawei and ZTE from its rollout of 5G networks.

In a statement, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority said that the “influence of China’s one-party state over the country’s private sector brings with it strong incentives for privately-owned companies to act in accordance with state goals and the communist party’s national strategies.”

Sweden’s decision comes after increasing US-led pressure to ban Chinese...

Nokia unveils further details on NASA partnership to put 4G on the Moon

Nokia has provided further details on its endeavour to put 4G connectivity on the Moon after being named by NASA as a partner.

The company’s pioneering Bell Labs research division is developing the first low-power and end-to-end LTE solution that’s able to handle the rigours of space and the Moon.

Marcus Weldon, CTO at Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs President, said:

"Leveraging our rich and successful history in space technologies, from pioneering satellite...

FCC moves to regulate social media after Trump’s executive order

The FCC has announced that it will move to regulate social media following President Trump’s executive order earlier this year.

Trump’s executive order followed fact-checking by Twitter which highlighted inaccuracies in his tweets. Despite the tweets remaining public, Trump argued that it amounted to censorship by Twitter.

Under the proposed changes, social media platforms could be sued for anything which could be deemed censorship such as fact-checking. This itself...

KPN selects Ericsson to replace Huawei for its 5G core

Dutch operator KPN has opted to use Ericsson’s standalone 5G core tech to replace Huawei in its network.

As part of the five-year agreement, Ericsson will deploy dual-mode 5G core software with full support services—including an accompanying systems integration program featuring third-line support services.

Babak Fouladi, Chief Technology and Digital Officer at KPN, says:

”With our new 5G core network, we are entering the next era of mobile technology. By...

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and others form 6G alliance

All of the major US telcos have formed an alliance with other wireless industry players to research 6G technology.

The so-called Next G Alliance is designed to ensure North America is a leader in shaping the next generation of wireless technology and its eventual deployment.

Susan Miller, CEO and President of ATIS, says:

“As countries around the globe progress ambitious 6G research and development initiatives, it is critical that North American industry steps...

Nokia report says 5G could add $8 trillion to global GDP by 2030

The economic impact of 5G technologies continues to be assessed and calculated - and in its latest analysis, Nokia puts it at adding $8 trillion to global GDP by 2030.

In its 5G Business Readiness Report, which surveyed more than 1,600 technology decision makers in eight markets, Nokia outlines various stages of 5G maturity. Similar to the various reports on cloud computing maturity, organisations further down this road are growing faster and, more interestingly, are the only ones...