Five things to watch 27 January: Liquid's Eutelsat access; BT partners with green start-ups; RCS upgrade for Syniverse; Vodafone gives €20 million to digital skills ed; and Cambium Networks launches cnMaestro

Five things to watch 27 January: Liquid's Eutelsat access; BT partners with green start-ups; RCS upgrade for Syniverse; Vodafone gives €20 million to digital skills ed; and Cambium Networks launches cnMaestro

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Liquid Telecom and Eutelsat extend capacity agreements

Liquid Telecom has renewed and expanded its Ku band capacity agreements on Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 7B satellite.

Under the multi-year, multi transponder agreement, Liquid Telecom will further leverage the unparalleled coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa of the 7° East orbital position to extend its VSAT services. This will provide customers with fast and reliable internet access, even in the most remote corners of the region.

Commenting on the agreement, Philippe Oliva, chief commercial officer of Eutelsat said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to take the partnership between Liquid Telecom and Eutelsat to the next level. By working together to further strengthen our ties, we can ensure that the combination of Eutelsat’s satellite coverages of Sub-Saharan Africa and Liquid Telecom’s unrivalled expertise in the VSAT market can deliver the highest possible service levels to Liquid’s customers throughout the continent”.


BT selects tech partners to achieve "net zero" target

BT is partnering with "scale-up" tech companies to help it deliver on its net zero emissions target.

iOpt, an IoT company based in Glasgow, and Everimpact, a company specialising in climate monitoring based in Paris, have been recruited to develop new joint products and services aimed at helping BT's public sector customers to "drive a green recovery" to the pandemic.

Working with Plug and Play, the innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley, BT selected the scale-ups via its Green Tech Innovation Platform, announced last year.

BT said it will help iOpt and Everimpact to "accelerate their growth by offering their products to local councils across the UK who are looking to adopt environmental monitoring and smart building solutions".

Dean Terry, MD Corporate and Public Sector at BT, said: “As the world looks to recover from the current health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19, we have an opportunity to accelerate the transition to a greener society, working in partnership with Government, business and society as they look at how they need to adapt and change their business models in the evolving digital world.


RCS upgrade for Syniverse

Syniverse has released its RCS P2P hub to provide MNOs with a single connection to more than 85 mobile networks and over-the-top (OTT) providers.

“The Syniverse RCS P2P hub continues to elevate our messaging capabilities,” said John McRae, president of carrier, Syniverse. “After undergoing thorough testing and proof of concepts, the Syniverse RCS P2P hub is live and actively empowering mobile operators to exceed their customers’ mobile messaging expectations.”

Over the last year Syniverse has been handling an average of more than 400 million messages a day, and the figure has continued to grow: the Syniverse RCS P2P hub enables more than 250 million subscribers reach to more than 200 countries with more connections planned for 2021.

As standard text messaging (SMS) evolves into 5G powered RCS messaging, the Syniverse said its RCS P2P hub offers "unparalleled interoperability", which by coupling with Global ENUM, allows mobile operators to "intelligently route RCS services and VoLTE traffic with confidence of secure message delivery".


Vodafone invests €20 million to advance digital skills and education

To mark the International Day of Education, Vodafone Foundation has invested €20 million to expand digital skills and education programmes across 14 countries: 13 in Europe, plus turkey.

local initiatives in Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and the UK will all benefit from the funds and the investment is expected to support 16 million learners by 2025. There will be a focus on those in primary and secondary education; those who are not in education, employment or training; and the elderly.

Nick Land, Chairman, Vodafone Group Foundation said: “As Vodafone Foundation marks its 30-year anniversary connecting over one million learners to a quality education across Europe and Africa, we are pleased to support programmes such as these which can have such a great impact on the future of so many people.”

The €20 million investment will be spread over the next five years. This is in addition to the estimated €150 million of in-kind donations from Vodafone Group to a range of Covid-19-related initiatives, and a €10 million investment from Vodafone Foundation in the emergency phase of the Covid -19 response in 2020.

Cambium Networks launches cnMaestro for network management

Cambium Networks has launched cnMaestro, a portfolio of management systems which leverages cloud-first wired and wireless network management systems to increases customer satisfaction for managed service providers, broadband service providers and enterprise operators.

The cnMaestro™ portfolio of management systems includes cnMaestro X for medium to large networks, cnMaestro Essentials for small and medium networks.

“With our portfolio of cloud-first solutions service providers and enterprise operators of all types can clearly differentiate themselves by offering exceptional levels of service at a price that is very attractive to their customers,” said Cambium president and CEO Atul Bhatnagar.

“The system dashboard and automated onboarding rapidly provides quality service reporting and management to keep satisfaction high. Zero touch provisioning and open APIs simplify the process reducing network management time and costs.”



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