Telecom and Technology Industry News

By: Thomas Board, Pipeline

September has brought us a real mix of innovative and exciting news stories from across the globe here at Pipeline. This issue’s theme is AI, Automation, and Advanced Analytics, but we are providing you with a variety of stories from all areas of the technology industry including Cloud, IoT, cybersecurity reports, 5G networks, and more.

This month’s top industry news stories are summarized below. To view current breaking news in real time, visit Pipeline’s News Centerfollow Pipeline on social media, or subscribe to receive our weekly telecom industry news summary.

AI News

Our news summary begins with this issue’s theme, which is arguably the most talked about topic in tech this year. The advent of ChatGPT has pushed AI to the forefront of society and love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. 

There have been a lot of big names teaming up for AI projects this month. IBM and Salesforce formed a collaboration to help businesses worldwide and across industries accelerate their adoption of AI for CRM. Together, the two companies will support clients to revolutionize customer, partner, and employee experiences, while helping safeguard their data. Ericsson entered into a new multi-year agreement with TPG Telecom to deliver an Australian-first cloud-native and AI-powered analytics tool to pinpoint and improve mobile network performance for customers. Also, Google Cloud and NVIDIA have created new AI infrastructure and software for customers to build and deploy massive models for generative AI and speed data science workloads.

Zenhub released its product roadmap for incorporating Artificial Intelligence into its award-winning project management solution. Zenhub's approach to leveraging AI aims to simplify the day-to-day processes and operational overhead involved in software project management, which can often get in the way of shipping code faster. IBM launched the first ad campaign to formally introduce WatsonX, the company's next generation enterprise-focused artificial intelligence and data platform.

5G and Network News

In 5G & Network News, there have been more collaborations amongst tech giants—Ericsson and Huawei have renewed a multi-year global patent cross-licensing agreement that covers patents essential to standards relevant to the products of the parties, including 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular technologies. Windstream Wholesale signed an agreement with ConnectiviTree AG to allow Windstream to offer enhanced high-speed optical transport to their service provider partners and their large enterprise customers, expanding their global services and enabling high-speed optical transport for the ConnectiviTree fiber network footprint in the United States. Customers and strategic partners of Vodafone Business can more easily adopt future 5G services, such as dedicated network slices to support critical applications and emergency services, thanks to a new cloud-based converged charging system developed by Vodafone and Nokia. Ericsson announced that it has increased its socioeconomic contribution to Malaysia by producing its state-of-the-art 5G radio equipment in Penang, the company’s first 5G manufacturing facility in Southeast Asia. 

Arguably the most positive news story of the month is that VEON has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rakuten Symphony, a subsidiary of the leading technology conglomerate, Rakuten Group. The two companies will start exploring cooperation in Ukraine, with the goal of accelerating the reconstruction of the country’s infrastructure, through collaboration on open radio access networks and digital services.

Cybersecurity News

Our security issue is coming up this November and like every month, cybersecurity is flooded with exciting story developments. Check Point Software Technologies announced that MidCoast Council in New South Wales has deployed Check Point Infinity, the cyber security architecture built to prevent sophisticated Fifth Generation attacks across networks, cloud deployments, endpoints, mobile, and IoT devices. Sophos released new findings on CryptoRom scams, a subset of pig-butchering schemes designed to trick users of dating apps into making fake cryptocurrency investments, in its latest report entitled Sha Zhu Pan Scam Uses AI Chat Tool to Target iPhone and Android Users. Fortinet released the results of an independent analysis by Enterprise Strategy Group to quantify the customer benefits of deploying security operations solutions from Fortinet. The analysis determined that customers dramatically improved detection, containment, investigation, and response while making security teams up to 86% more operationally efficient

It wasn't just Sophos releasing cybersecurity reports this month though, as Cloudflare released its inaugural 2023 Phishing Threats Report. The findings highlight that phishing remains the most dominant and fastest-growing Internet crime, largely due to the ubiquity of email and the ceaseless issue of human error that is preyed upon by today’s threat actors. CrowdStrike released its CrowdStrike 2023 Threat Hunting Report. The company’s sixth annual edition of the report, which covers attack trends and adversary tradecraft observed by CrowdStrike’s elite threat hunters and intelligence analysts. A new study from Juniper Research has found losses from global roaming fraud are anticipated to exceed $8 billion by 2028, driven by the increase in bilateral roaming agreements for data-intensive use cases over 5G networks. Cloudflare released a study focused on cybersecurity in Asia Pacific. The


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