Telecom Industry News

Over 8 billion digital voice assistants will be in use by 2023

The Kudelski Group, a leader in digital security, and IDEMIA, a leader in augmented identity, have announced a global partnership that provides manufacturers and service providers a single, fully integrated solution to manage the network connectivity and security of cellular IoT devices. The companies will integrate Kudelski’s IoT Security Platform into IDEMIA’s DAKOTA IoT (eUICC) and TSM (Trusted Service Management) solutions to make sustainable IoT security more accessible and reduce time to market.

Nokia announced that MIRIS has selected its Nokia AirFrame Open Edge technology to deploy sustainable edge data center networks across the Nordic region. The deployment is a first in the enterprise market and will advance Smart City services. Nokia also announced the expansion of its WING offering with IoT applications for operators to address new vertical markets at Mobile World Congress 2019. Built on the Nokia Worldwide IoT Network Grid, the IoT infrastructure packages enable operators’ rapid expansion into new vertical markets.

Security News

Brekeke released new software that introduced superior VoIP failover and disaster recovery to offer seamless calling experience on SIP telephony systems.

To protect consumers from mounting illegal robocalls, the FCC issued a report this month detailing efforts to combat them and outlining potential next steps. The FCC has previously indicated that reducing SPAM robocalls is one of its top priorities to protect consumers.

M&A News

In highlights from Merger and Acquisition news, SAP has completed its acquisition of experience management (XM) software leader Qualtrics, accelerating the development of the new XM category by combining experience data with SAP operational data. Orange has acquired SecureData and its subsidiary SensePost. The acquisition bolsters Orange’s international reach and expertise in cybersecurity, as SecureData is the largest independent service provider in the UK, with solutions designed to assess risks, detect threats, respond to security incidents, and protect customers’ IT assets.

CX News

Riding the rise in AI use, Consolidated Communications has added a cloud-based virtual intelligent agent solution to its portfolio, intended to enhance customer experience by enabling businesses to better communicate with their customers. Calix has added GigaMesh wireless satellite to its Smart Home and Business solution, enabling CSPs to extend WiFi coverage throughout subscribers’ homes.

In Mexico, VADSA has chosen MDS Global’s end-to-end VNOnDemand solution to launch a new MVNO called Exis Telecom which will offer a real-time, wholly digital customer experience with content-based, application-based, and traditional voice and data packages.

Innovation News

As previously noted, February fairly bubbled with steady research and insights news. New findings from Juniper Research note a $23 billion increase for 2019 in digital content revenues, largely driven by sports rights acquisition by Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter. In another new report, Juniper also predicted that over 8 billion digital voice assistants will be in use by 2023, up from an estimated 2.5 billion at the close of 2018. Smart TVs, which will grow at over 100 percent every year from now through 2023, will drive much of the anticipated growth. In other telecom industry news, Openwave Mobility released its third annual Mobile Video Index, with insights into the 100 percent year-over-year growth of mobile video—and that it is projected to account for up to 90 percent of 5G traffic.

Advancements and new use cases brought interesting news. To assess a potential alternative approach to therapy for certain hospice patients, AT&T and VITAS Healthcare have launched a study combining 5G with virtual reality and augmented reality. Windstream and MOBITV announced plans to launch an app-based television service, Kinetic TV, which will enable Windstream’s residential customers to access content when and where they want it, powered by the MOBITV CONNECT™ Platform.

Innovation that will benefit operators and providers included the addition of a new capability from Calix. The latest release of Calix Marketing Cloud includes machine learning with advanced behavioral analytics intended to help CSPs of all sizes identify at-risk subscribers and reduce churn. Ondas Networks has launched an innovation hub and multi-vendor ecosystem where mission-critical entities and technology providers in the utility, transportation, oil and gas and government security markets will have access to advanced edge computing and connectivity. Federos released its latest version of its Fusion1 software-defined operations platform with key enhancements including a single pane of glass, customizable dynamic dashboards in a new user interface, and fast integration capabilities.

Ultra Mobile, the nationwide carrier focused democratizing wireless communication, announced it is closing in on its target of one billion international minutes of calling within the last year as it expands its unlimited calling program to more than 80 destinations around the world.


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