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Five things to watch May 5: Transtelco acquires Neutrona Networks, Nokia expands AirScale 5G portfolio, and Colt enhances SD-WAN platform

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Transtelco acquires Neutrona Networks

Transtelco Holding has acquired Neutrona Networks International for an undisclosed sum.

"We are excited to welcome Neutrona onto the Transtelco platform and into our ecosystem of family-owned companies, whose legacy of operating global businesses stretches back over 100 years," said Transtelco's CEO Miguel Fernandez.

"Neutrona's co-founders Luciano Salata and Mateo Ward have built a world-class company whose core values align well with our own."

Both Salata and Ward will join Transtelco's executive team and contribute to the combined company.

Through the transaction, Transtelco will be able to extend the reach of its fibre-dense network which spanns nearly 15,000 miles throughout the US and Mexico. It will also enhance its capabilities for its customer base of global clients.  

“Transtelco offers Neutrona a platform that will accelerate the next step of our overall growth strategy and allow us to continue to re-write the rules of telecommunications within Latin America and beyond," says Salata. "We will continue to efficiently solve complex, global connectivity challenges for wholesale and enterprise customers, while gaining access to a unique and expansive fibre network to leverage between the United States and Mexico."

"This transaction delivers substantial financial and operating benefits to our combined companies and provides a winning solution for all of our clients. Transtelco has deep operating experience in our core growth markets, the US and Mexico, and we believe we can further complement their expansion plans beyond their current footprint," said Ward.

Nokia launches radio access AirScale solutions for 5G

Nokia has expanded its AirScale portfolio with a number of new products designed to fulfil the evolving needs of 5G networks.

This expansion includes the launch of a dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) software upgrade for existing Nokia AirScale base stations and the Nokia AirScale All-in-Cloud base station, boosting network efficiency.

“All of these upgrades are designed to support mobile operators in their efforts to deliver compelling 5G experiences to their customers faster and at a lower cost,” said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia.

“They will also support with increased demand for capacity, which is critical in the current environment. Our latest portfolio innovations will help operators to take advantage of the 5G world by delivering new use cases and business models and add new revenue streams.”

As part of the portfolio expansion, Nokia has launched a range of new AirScale products, including compact dual and triple-band remote radio heads to support cell site deployment requirements.

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Verizon inks deals for more than 380MW of renewable energy

Verizon Communications has entered into long-term renewable energy purchase agreements with Clearway Energy Group and Invenergy. 

Both deals are virtual power purchase agreements and will help to finance the construction of new wind and solar farms.

“We are committed to sourcing or generating renewable energy equal to at least 50 percent of our total annual electricity usage by 2025,” said James Gowen, Verizon’s chief sustainability officer and vice president, supply chain operations.

“The purchase agreements with Clearway and Invenergy will help us meet our commitment while increasing the supply of renewable energy to the power grids by almost 400 megawatts.”

Under the deal with Clearway Energy Group, Verizon signed up for a total of up to 254MW of capacity from two solar energy facilities being developed in Texas, due to become operational in 2023.

Verizon’s agreement with Invenergy supports the development of an additional 130MW of renewable energy capacity at its facility in Illinois, which is due to become operational at the end of 2019.

Colt launches VoIP optimisation and support for IPv6 via its SD-WAN platform

Colt Technology Services has launched two new features through its SD-WAN platform; VoIP optimisation and support for IPv6.

The surge in remote working means that enterprises’ demand for VoIP-enabled networks solutions is at an all-time high.

Using an SD WAN enabled VoIP network allows businesses to optimise their network and voice infrastructures for the best virtual meeting experience.

Specifically, Colt’s SD-WAN identifies mission-critical VoIP traffic from VoIP applications in a customers’ network, prioritising this traffic for improved reliability and performance.

In addition, Colt is offering its SD-WAN solution with global support for IPv6. Colt SD WAN with dual IPv4 and IPv6 stack support gives customers the flexibility to design their WANs with IPv4 today, while future-proofing their network and avoiding expensive costs when they later switch to IPv6.

“As enterprises around the world adjust to this new way of working, they require networks and products that can adapt as quickly as they are having to. These new SD WAN capabilities will help businesses stay connected during this time, as well as help them future-proof their networks for the months and years ahead,” said Peter Coppens, vice president product portfolio, Colt Technology Services.

“At Colt, we have taken great pride in doing all that we can to keep our customers connected during this unprecedented time, and these offerings are a further extension of that drive to enable customers’ digital transformations, regardless of how quickly they have had to shift focus.”

Arborus and Orange form International Charter for inclusive AI

The Arborus and Orange Fund have launched the first International Charter for inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Under the patronage of Cédric O, French Secretary of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance and the Minister of Public Action and Accounts, the Charter guarantees AI that is designed, deployed and operated in a responsible and inclusive way.

“Artificial Intelligence is taking on an increasingly important role in our society, which will need time to recover after the current health crisis."

"We need to be vigilant in order to ensure that automatic decisions based on the processing of algorithms do not discriminate against women due, for example, to the quality of the data used or the design of the code, a field still dominated by men."

"We must therefore encourage companies to ensure neutral AI development with initiatives such as the International Charter for inclusive AI,” said Cédric O.

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