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Connected Britain Preview: Delivering the UKs gigabit future

2020-09-15 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

For the first time, Total Telecom’s seminal UK telecoms event, Connected Britain, is going virtual, allowing attendees to enjoy a myriad of fascinating presentations from the comfort of their homes or workplaces.    Virtualising a physical event presents a number of unique challenges but, for Total Telecom, ensuring a comprehensive and star-studded agenda has not been one of them. The broad array of keynote speeches alone –  delivered by chief executives from a host of the UK’s biggest connectivity players, including Three, O2, BT, Openreach, CityFibre, TalkTalk, Gigaclear, and Hyperoptic – is testament to the continued excellence which has been delivered by this event for the past six years.   “Connected Britain 2020 is going to take virtual events for the telecoms sector to the next level…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Verizon to acquire biggest US MVNO, Tracfone, for $6 billion

2020-09-15 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

On Monday, Verizon, the largest mobile network operator in the US, announced that it has agreed to the purchase of Tracfone, the nation’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).    Tracfone, owned by Mexico’s Amé…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Telent wins Openreach contract as part of the UKs biggest ultrafast broadband build

2020-09-15 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Warwick-based Telent has been awarded a lucrative contract by Openreach to support a massive £12 billion project that’s bringing ultrafast, ultrareliable ‘Full Fibre’ broadband to millions of homes and businesses throughout the UK. Telent will build new infrastructure for Openreach in: • WEDNESBURY • WALSALL • COVENTRY • DERBY • CASTLEFORD &bull…read more on TotalTele.com »

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EU courts net neutrality ruling uproots zero-rating plans

2020-09-15 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Today, the ruling of the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) case between Telenor and Hungarian regulator NMHH could threaten the existence of zero-rating plans on the ground of net neutrality.    Net neutrality is a principle enshrined in EU law that seeks to ensure that ISP’s must provide internet communications in a non-discriminatory manner; in short, this means that ISP’s cannot throttle internet traffic for certain customers or services…read more on TotalTele.com »

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A new IT leadership strategy for economically challenging times

2020-09-14 20:56:51| The Webmail Blog

A new IT leadership strategy for economically challenging times nellmarie.colman Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:56   The current economic downturn is unlike anything Ive experienced driven by a pandemic thats causing a dramatically altered business and employment landscape. The last time there was a pandemic of this magnitude was in 1918-1919. And there hasnt been such economic dislocation in the U.S. since the 1930s. This time, theyre combined. While challenging, the opportunity to lead and prosper is still present. For example, in recent past downturns (1990-1991, 2001-2003, and 2007-2009), organizations had to adopt new skills, technologies and methodologies sometimes just to stay afloat. As a result, they emerged with a higher level of performance and innovation and a renewed focus on execution and cost.   Challenges present opportunity. But we have a way to go. Ive heard people say that COVID-19 and the economy have caused 2025 to arrive five years earlier, as businesses have quickly pivoted to digital solutions, remote work and the cloud. While Id agree, Id also add that many businesses and governments still have a long way to go: In the U.S., state unemployment systems couldnt take the shock of the dramatically increased load. Some were even left scrambling to find COBOL programmers! Other agencies struggled to make the changes necessary to implement the $2 trillion COVID economic relief package.   Travel-related businesses were challenged to create new customer experiences overnight. And restaurants likewise had to quickly support curbside strategies, if not reinvent themselves altogether. Those who got it right have thrived, while others have been forced to close their doors.   Its inexcusable that businesses still make you dial through four layers of phone menus or complex internet paths, just to get an answer or talk to someone if you ever get that far. This is one area where data improvement and integration and AI processing could make a business really shine.   Many businesses have recently discovered they have too much IT on-premises, rather than in a cloud configuration. Or they have IT thats idle or in standby as extra capacity, just in case. This creates inflexibility and makes it difficult to re-provision IT to serve different applications or new data sources.   Its time to take the lead What does a business need to do to lead in these times? Focus on the basics and not only get them right but improve upon them. These three transformative goals are paramount to leading today: Deliver superior customer experiences. The customer experience you deliver today could become the most critical factor in your survival. Customers will remember those companies that came through for them and those that didnt.   Become a cloud native enabled organization. The smartest organizations wont simply seek to get through this period and return to whatever their version of normal was. The technology and operational changes theyve implemented will shape a new future.   Align your culture, cloud strategy and business goals to become agile and resilient. As you develop your cloud strategy, its vital to keep your business goals at the center. But its just as important to consider your organizations unique cultural characteristics because without support from employees, your business cannot move forward.   Get started with some practical first steps Achieving these goals takes work. But were seeing businesses that are well on their way because theyve taken several key actions: Shift your thinking toward cloud native. Being cloud native doesnt mean you need to be fully migrated to the public cloud. Its more about a mindset shift, away from cloud as my data center and toward cloud as my business differentiator. Its the best way to enable rapid change, scale and resilience.   Power exceptional customer experiences with data and cloud applications. All businesses experience process bottlenecks and error-prone choke points. These bear assessing to understand why and how IT in general and, more specifically, integration of applications and data across your value chain, might alleviate these pain points.   Secure your environments. With the sudden rush to the cloud in response to COVID-19, many businesses have lost focus on security best practices. But you cant afford to be passive. Take an active approach to securing your digital presence.     Dont give up. To make the most of your technology investments and avoid waste, take advantage of new multicloud technologies, innovation and methodologies, so you can stay in the lead. Choose solutions that empower your business units to operate and innovate on their terms while providing IT with increased agility, flexibility and capability and optimized cost savings.   Aramex: A success story Lets take a look at Aramex, a leading global provider of logistics and transportation solutions in the United Arab Emirates. Being nimble is always key in this business, but never as much as now. Aramex was facing market disruption from new players who were taking an agile, cloud native approach to business. The turmoil driven by the pandemic and economy only accelerated these pressure points. Aramex responded with a large enterprise digital transformation program. Its goal was to move its entire technology infrastructure and applications from on-premises data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to increase agility, security and speed of innovation. Some key parts to this transformation included:   Remote working practices Cloud native strategies to drive agility and accelerate innovation Optimized economics focusing investments that would differentiate the business   Aramex brought in Rackspace Technology to accelerate this transformation, reduce risk and supplement its team. Through our broad range of advisory, implementation and managed services, we were able to migrate Aramexs infrastructure, modernize its applications and help it become a cloud native enabled organization. As a result, Aramex has already seen 30%-40% growth in its ecommerce volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic and was easily able to accommodate such growth. Aramex continues to work with Rackspace Technology to maximize the full value of being a cloud native enabled organization, delivering new applications and innovation that drive its business forward.   Get expert guidance along the way You can make the most of these challenging times by making

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LG unveils Wing smartphone with swivel screen and dual displays

2020-09-14 16:46:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) LG has unveiled its new premium smartphone, the LG Wing. The first model in its Explorer project to develop new form factors, the Wing screen can swivel out from the body to reveal a second screen below. The double screens are expected to support new forms of mobile productivity and entertainment. 

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CenturyLink rebrands as Lumen

2020-09-14 15:35:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) US-based operator CenturyLink said it changed its name to Lumen Technologies. As Lumen Technologies, or simply Lumen, the company said it will help lead enterprises through the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution a time when smart, connective devices are everywhere. Lumen brings a new focus on how the company views the marketplace and the world, with the purpose of furthering human progress through technology. 

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Verizon buys America Movil MVNO Tracfone for USD 6.25 billion

2020-09-14 14:53:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Verizon has agreed to buy Tracfone, a MVNO in the US owned by Mexico's America Movil, for USD 6.25 billion. 

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T-Systems, OVHcloud partner to develop European public cloud platform

2020-09-14 14:26:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary T-Systems and France-based OVHcloud signed a partnership to develop a public cloud platform to deploy in Germany, France and other European markets. The initiative follows the launch of the European Cloud project Gaia-X. The German Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier recently introduced the second step of the European Cloud project Gaia-X with his colleague, the French Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire. 

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Searchlight to invest USD 425 mln into Consolidated Communications

2020-09-14 14:14:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Investment firm Searchlight Capital Partners has agreed to hoist its stake in Consolidated Communications to 35 percent for a total of USD 425 million. The deal has been approved by the board of directors of Consolidated, which will use the money to accelerate fibre deployment and to reduce debt.

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