Five things to watch June 8: AWS and Slack partner of enterprise workplace solutions, The WBA supports FCC 6GHz spectrum for Wifi, and France reschedules 5G auction to September

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

The WBA supports FCC 6GHz spectrum for Wifi

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has expressed its support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to use the 6GHz frequency band for Wi-Fi 6 technology.

According to the industry body, use of the spectrum band It would bring radical change for the Wifi industry in terms of service speed, hyper low latency and more importantly, network capacity.

“Extending Wi-Fi into the 6GHz spectrum band can provide more Wi-Fi capacity than all the other bands put together,” said Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of WBA.

“What’s more, using Wi-Fi 6 technology in the extended band (also known as Wi-Fi 6E) will deliver higher speeds, low latency and service levels that are equivalent to 5G networks and be able to support the widespread, low-cost, use of advanced business, industrial and consumer applications.

“In terms of the capability and capacity of networks, Wi-Fi 6E, will rewrite the rules of what is possible,” Rodrigues added.

Elisa partner Nokia for 5G liquid cooling deployment

Nokia confirms that its liquid cooling 5G AirScale Base Station solution has helped Finnish mobile operator, Elisa, reduce the potential energy expenses of its base station by 30% and CO2 emissions by approximately 80%.

“Elisa has set a clear target to be carbon neutral at the end of 2020,” said Sami Komulainen, executive vice president of Production at Elisa.

“We also want to maintain our 5G leadership and continue to be amongst the top operators in the world to offer the wide benefits of this new technology to our customers.

“Innovations such as Nokia’s liquid cooling 5G base station demonstrate how 5G can help drive sustainability.” 

This is the first time a commercial 5G liquid cooling solution has been deployed anywhere in the world and highlights Nokia’s strong commitment to sustainability and combatting climate change.

NetIX launchesVLAN over IXP service

NetIX has launched a new connectivity service where networks can use unused IXP bandwidth to access NetIX and its full portfolio of services.

This new access service means networks no longer have to spend time, money and energy building out to a data centre location in common with NetIX.

Instead they can put their existing under-used infrastructure to work without the need for further costly investment.

“Efficiently and cost-effectively moving data around the world is what our network does best,” said Neven Dilkov, founder of NetIX.

“We want everyone to be able to harvest the power of NetIX’s global exchange platform instantly and with zero additional cost.”

France reschedules 5G auction to September

The last stage of France’s 5G auction is set to be pushed back to September.

Speaking to Le Figaro, Agnes Pannier-Runacher, secretary of state for telecoms, said that regulator Arcep will set the date, noting that its president Sebastien Soriano shares the government's opinion that it should be delayed.

If the new timeline is agreed on, she added, that France could deploy commercial 5G before the end of the year. 

The news follows confirmation from Bouygues Telecom CEO Richard Viel to Les Echos saying that the operator had made a formal request to Arcep for a six-month delay to the auction.

Originally the auction was due to take place in Spring but had to be delayed due to Covid-19.

AWS and Slack partner of enterprise workplace solutions

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Slack Technologies (Slack) have entered into a new multi-year agreement to deliver solutions for enhanced enterprise workforce collaboration.

Together the two will partner to help distributed development teams communicate and become more efficient and agile in managing their AWS resources from inside Slack.

Specifically, Slack will migrate its Slack Calls capability for all voice and video calling to Amazon Chime, AWS’s communications service that lets users meet, chat, and place business calls.

In addition, Slack will also leverage AWS’s global infrastructure to support enterprise customers’ rapid adoption of its platform and to offer them data residency – the ability to choose which country or region their data is stored at rest in while fulfilling compliance requirements.

Additionally, AWS has agreed to use Slack to simplify the way teams at AWS communicate and work together.

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