Cisco Systems has launched a new product to help mobile networks manage rising data traffic generated by home-working because of the COVID-19 and 5G rollout. Networks across the globe have witnessed a 25%-45% rise in internet traffic, since the COVID-19 pandemic. Cisco expects nearly 30 bn connected devices in 2023 led largely by 5G rollout, compared with 18.4 bn in 2018. It has signed Airtel, Google Cloud, Rakuten Mobile, Telenor and Telia Carrier.
A China-based hacking group is targeting telecom service provider across the globe in an attempt to steal 5G tech and related sensitive information. Telcos in Southeast Asia, Europe and the US are attacked by cybercriminals, which was discovered by the researchers at McAfee. At least 23 telecom firms, so far, have come under attack, but it is not clear how many of these attempts were successful. The group behind the campaign is known as Operation Dianxun.
Nokia, as part of its restructuring plan, will cut 10,000 jobs within the next two years to trim costs and invest more in research capabilities, The restructuring is part of CEO Pekka Lundmark strategy to transform the company to compete with rivals. He had earlier said that Nokia would “do whatever it takes” to take the lead in 5G. The company expects the restructuring to lower its cost base by about 600 mn euros by the end of 2023, half of which will be realised in 2021.
MTS, Russia’s leading telecom operator has finally launched the country’s first 5G network for trial use in Moscow. It is being introduced in 14 locations and a 4.9 GHz spectrum band is provided for the highspeed internet network services. Unlimited 5G Internet with a speed of 1.5Gb per sec, however, is only available to a few selected users who possess a 5-G compatible smartphone.
Google and Intel have joined hands to advance the edge software services and speed up the 5G app rollout. Google and Intel have planned to deploy 5G vRAN using Google Cloud’s Anthos app platform with Intel cloud-native platforms and solutions. Shailesh Shukla, Google Cloud VP and Networking GM said, he believed that partnering with app providers, carriers, CSP and telcos can reduce the cost and time-to-market needed for the telcos to shift to cloud-native 5G.
Airtel is collaborating with Qualcomm to fast-track the implementation of 5G services in India. The telco will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to roll-out virtualised and Open RAN-based 5G networks. The telecom giant said both companies were planning to work on developing 5G FWA for faster broadband connectivity and on introducing cost-effective broadband services as well. Airtel is also hoping to venture into newer fields like VR and Smart Homes.
Japan’s NEC Corporation, as per media reports, is in talks with Indian telecom operators for a possible deployment of its OpenRAN tech for the rollout of 5G in the country. It added that there might be a few Indian telecom operators looking to adopt OpenRAN to take a lead in the market. The Japanese company said OpenRAN attempts to help the telcos cut network-related costs and upgrade their 5G technology even though it might be a challenger network for India.
IBM and Tech Mahindra have partnered to generate $1 bn business, each over the next three years by offering solutions in 5G, cybersecurity and cloud to customers globally said IBM Chairman Arvind Krishna and Tech M CEO CP Gurnani. Tech M expects 40% of the joint work to be on 5G. Both executives said that the pandemic accelerated the adoption of tech by firms, individuals and countries and is set to continue as tech enables improvement in the quality of life.