Five things to watch March 26: OneWeb launches 34 satellites into orbit, Telia Carrier launches new partner program and portal, and CITC extends deadline of MVNO licenses competition

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Capacity shares 5 key stories from around the world making headlines today!

OneWeb launches 34 satellites into orbit

OneWeb recently announced successful launch of 34 more satellites, aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

This is the second of its 34 satellite launches in six weeks, bringing the total number of satellites in the constellation to 74.

“We are very proud of the progress we have made so far in 2020 and I would like to show the utmost gratitude for the time, effort, and expertise of the OneWeb company, our partners and our people as we come together and support one another,” said Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb.

“In these unprecedented times following the global outbreak of COVID-19, people around the world find themselves trying to continue their lives and work online. We see the need for OneWeb, greater now more than ever before.”

CITC extends deadline of MVNO licenses competition

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is extending the competition to licence new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in Saudi Arabia. 

Initially launched in 14 January 2020 with a deadline in May, it has now been extended to 10 August 2020.

“The licensing of new MVNOs will enhance innovation in the services provision and make more options available to telecommunications and information technology end users in Saudi Arabia.”

“In addition, the licenses are expected to generate new jobs in this vital sector of the Kingdom’s economy,” CITC said in a statement.

IX Reach expand their LINX Manchester reseller services

IX Reach expanded their presence at LINX Manchester becoming the first partner to take a reseller port at new network PoP TeleData.

“Having a second reseller port in TeleData gives us so much more flexibility and scalability in our services,” said Colin Peckham, global account manager at IX Reach.

“This allows us to support local companies in helping them to keep their colocation and peering traffic locally and offer truly cost-effective resilient connectivity solutions.”

The new reseller port means that they have multiple, dedicated reseller ports across the LINX network and bring members from virtually anywhere around the World to peer at these key interconnection hubs.

With one existing LINX reseller port located at the Equinix data centre facility in Manchester, IX Reach have added new LINX PoP, TeleData to their portfolio of remote peering locations.

It’s great news that IX Reach have invested in TeleData as a site for remote peering, as it offers networks more choice in how they can connect to LINX Manchester,” said Jennifer Holmes, CCO at LINX.

Telia Carrier launches new partner program and portal

Telia Carrier recently launched its channel partner program to bolster sales and better service enterprise end-user customers in the US market. 

In addition, Telia Carrier is also debuting a self-service partner portal for agents.

The Telia Carrier program is designed to help partners effectively cross-sell the company’s portfolio of services, including global Internet Services, Ethernet, MPLS, Cloud Connect, and SD-WAN services.

“Our strong international presence and concentration on leveraging an industry-leading wholesale product set as the foundation of our Enterprise products put us in a position of strength to deliver world-class solutions,” said Rob Pulkownik, head of channel sales, Telia Carrier.

“The key to our high growth expectations will be the effective development of our Channel Partner program. With that in mind, we’ve developed a conflict-free relationship where our Channel Partners work together with our Direct Sales team, thereby avoiding any channel conflict.”

Nokia partners China Mobile to build IoT-based highway landside alert system

Nokia in partnership with China Mobile/CMCC Guangxi is developing a landslide monitoring and early warning system for highways operations management company, Guangxi Beibu Gulf Investment Group Co (BGIGC Group).

Deployed on the G75 Lanzhou–Haikou Expressway, the system has already undergone extensive trials during which it successfully prevented adverse impact to road users.

“This is an outstanding example of the benefits the Internet of Things can deliver to improve public safety,” said Cheng Gang, executive vice president of Nokia Shanghai Bell.

“We’re pleased that our system showed its worth during trials. At Nokia we believe that with the advent of 5G we can apply our IoT, analytics and wireless expertise to even more solutions that enhance levels of citizen care, well-being and security.”

The landslide monitoring and alarm system is based on the Nokia IMPACT IoT platform, comprising end-to-end Nokia hardware (Edge+ gateway and sensor nodes) and software.