What's Happening With... Vodafone, IBM, GSMA, Google Stadia, Telkom SA, Security - SIMPLYSHAN.COM

What’s Happening With… Vodafone, IBM, GSMA, Google Stadia, Telkom SA, Security

In today’s industry roundup: Big names sign up for an industry initiative that sounds a bit like a Marvel movie; Google exits cloud gaming services business; Telkom is unsure where to focus its attention on mergers and acquisitions; and more!

With IBM and Vodafone as initial members, the industry body The GSMA formed the Post-Quantum Telecommunications Network Task Force “help define carrier policies, regulations, and operational processes for better telecommunications protection in an advanced quantum computing future.” The working group will “help define requirements, identify dependencies, and create the roadmap to implement a secure quantum network, mitigating the risks associated with future, more powerful quantum computers,” according to the GSMA. Read more.

Only three and a half years later a launch that heralded a new era in cloud gaming, Google decided to close Stadiums, its mainstream gaming service. In a blog On Google’s “long-term streaming strategy,” Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison conceded that “While Stadia’s approach to consumer game streaming was built on a solid technology foundation, it didn’t gain the traction with users we expected, so we made the difficult decision to start terminate our Stadia streaming service. He added : “We will refund all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, as well as all game and add-on purchases made through the Stadia store. Players will continue to have access to their game library and play [until] January 18, 2023 so they can complete the final game sessions… We remain deeply committed to the game and will continue to invest in new tools, technologies and platforms that drive success for developers, business partners industry, cloud customers and creators. » Google does not share customer statistics, but specialized blog Stadia Dosage estimated in July this year that around 2.25 million users had tried the service and around 10% to 20% were still using the service this summer.

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The telecommunications sector in South Africa is becoming complex. Telkom S.A.which is still the subject of a takeover bid by a larger competitor mtnreceived a proposal from the sector’s wireless service provider minnow Rain, which would involve Telkom SA acquiring Rain in an all-stock transaction, a move that would provide both parties with more network and spectrum assets. Telkom’s Board of Directors, which is »mindful of economic and market dynamics and consistent with its legal obligations, is considering various strategic options, including non-binding merger and acquisition proposals,” the offering reads. MTN is not very happy and wrote to Telkom, suggesting that it could withdraw its takeover offer if Telkom let go with Rain.

As previously mentioned, yesterday (Thursday September 29) was TelefonicaEast Metaverse Day, during which various members of the Spanish operator’s management team discussed not only the immersive digital world, but also digital application services, such as tokens, blockchain / web3, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality devices, etc. Paolo Pescatore, industry analyst, founder of Prospective PP, was beaming for the day, so what did he do with it all? “Understandably, Telefónica is extremely optimistic about the market opportunity and I applaud the vision, approach and ethos of jumping into the unknown but, let’s be honest, telecom operators are untested in Services. Arguably the key game for Telefónica is… collaborating with partners and connecting them to users” through immersive platforms. But as Pescatore points out, the whole industry is still at an incredibly early stage and far from being accepted by the masses. “People aren’t rushing out of their seats to buy a VR headset or even watch 360-degree videos. There are many challenges – even the name is confusing to the average person on the street” and “although price is always a factor, creating demand is much more complex than simply lowering prices. That’s what worries me about a lot of these technologies that are quickly getting into people’s hands – 8K is another example. There’s no demand, so why rush it? Maybe it’s one for the current gen z or, more likely, for future generations,” concludes Pescatore.

International IT and communications services giant NTT S.A.part of the giant NTT Groupis to help plan and build a private 5G network for the city of Las Vegas that, when deployed, will be “the most expansive private network in the United States.” Shahid AhmedExecutive Vice President of New Ventures and Innovation Group at NTT S.A., “The City of Las Vegas network will drive innovation and be a model for cities and businesses around the world. Once implemented, it will be the largest open, city-networked CBRS deployment in the United States. With the support of NTT’s tailored services, local organizations can use their own devices and develop their applications on the network. Citywide, residents and visitors will benefit from improved connectivity, safety and security, as well as access to healthcare and other essential services. Ahmad added. Read more.

United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seems to be serious about space junk cleanup. The agency has passed rules that will require satellite operators to de-orbit Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites within five years of mission completion, as opposed to the “decades-old” 25-year directive. According to the FCC, orbital debris such as defunct satellites and derelict rocket cores fill space, imposing challenges on current and future missions. He also claimed that the new regulations will bring “more liability” and reduce the risk of “expensive collisions that increase debris”. Learn more here.

Spanish network operator MasMovilwhich is in the process of being acquired by Orangedeepened its association with the transport solution provider Indra provide 5G-enabled mobility solutions. The duo unveiled plans to create a test site in Madrid to develop new smart mobility solutions and said they hoped the facility would be seen as a space where they could collaborate with startups, universities and small and medium enterprises to conduct research, development and innovation (RDI), proof of concept, demonstrations and pilots to harness the potential of 5G for more connected transport. To learn more about the joint initiative, click here.

Soft Bank partnered with Japanese conglomerate Hitachi deploy a manufacturing site visualization service that will collect and analyze data to increase productivity. The company said data from worker movements and production equipment operations will help them assess what is causing lost production at manufacturing facilities. For the purpose of data collection, SoftBank will build a private 5G network and deploy cloud services in the factory. SoftBank added that it will also work to identify potential customers willing to test the service before launching it by the end of its 2023 fiscal year. More information is available in its statement available, in Japanese, here.

– Staff, TelecomTV​​​​​​​

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