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Five things to watch December 2: Ofcom fines O2, Huawei showcases 6G use case, Edotco to acquire Touch Mindscape

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

Ofcom fines O2 for providing inaccurate info

Ofcom has announced it has fined O2 £150,000 for failing to provide complete and accurate information during an investigation by the regulator into the telco’s billing issues.

O2 was fined £10.5 million by Ofcom earlier this year for overcharging thousands of its customers and as part of that investigation, Ofcom says it requested information from O2.

This information proved to be incorrect and incomplete, and the regulator says it contributed to the investigation taking longer than necessary to complete.

“O2 has a history of contraventions in this area and demonstrated a level of carelessness in responding to our information requests,” a statement from Ofcom read. 

“We have also told O2 to review its processes and systems for responding to our information requests.”

Huawei showcases potential 6G technology 

Huawei has showcased a prototype of integrated sensing and communication with optical wireless as a potential 6G technology. 

The optical frequency band has “nearly unlimited spectrum resources available” for communication and sensing according to the Chinese vendor. 

The ISAC-OW prototype showcased at the one6G event was revealed by Huawei’s research team and can provide high-speed data transmission and high-precision sensing for a large indoor area. 

Three major functions are demonstrated: 1) simultaneous high precision localization and high-speed video transmission; 2) contactless real-time monitoring of heartbeat and inspiration; and 3) contactless gesture control of the screen.

The company adds that it is aiming to collaborate with partners in this field for joint testing and demonstrations of new functions to explore new application scenarios. 

DE-CIX Richmond now live

DE-CIX has announced that its Richmond Internet Exchange (IX) is now live.

The platform will provide both new and existing interconnected networks with additional capacity, redundancy, scalability and enhanced services which will improve connectivity in the market.

Its newest IX will replace the Richmond Virginia IX which acted a network convergence point and a burgeoning interconnection hub in North America.

The company says that Richmond is a key market for international subsea cables, acting as a natural interconnection point for networks around the area. 

Scott K. Brown, cofounder of the RVA-IX and president of Pixel Factory, a data centre where the DE-CIX Richmond IX will be accessible from said: “We are excited to see how DE-CIX will transform the Richmond interconnection market, enhancing international connectivity capabilities in light of our access to Virginia Beach, where multiple new transatlantic subsea cables are landing.

“DE-CIX service capabilities, from peering to access to the cloud and content providers, as well as its global reach – available across a proven platform, which has had 100% uptime for DE-CIX in the US since they’ve been in operations in North America – is a win for the market. It is an honour to pass the torch in Richmond to the leading global IX operator, DE-CIX.”

GTT partners with Palo Alto to power SASE platform

GTT has announced a security service partnership with Palo Alto Networks to power its new SASE platform. 

The partnership will enhance the security, efficiency and control functionality of enterprise networks and will adapt both companies’ networks to meet the requirements of a hybrid workforce.

The GTT SASE platform will use Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access to deploy a set of security features into a single cloud-delivered platform that protects all application traffic. 

Don MacNeil, GTT COO said: “Customers are seeking highly secure and flexible global network solutions to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment, new workforce models and ever-expanding security threat landscape.”

Edotco to acquire Touch Mindscape in Malaysia 

Edotco has announced the acquisition of Touch Mindscape in Malaysia as it advances its push to be a top five towerco in the world. 

Touch Mindscape operates around 1,000 sites in Malaysia and Edotco will pay MYR1.7 billion ($404.7 million) to buy the company. 

Upon completion of the deal, the company will have over 43,000 towers in its core markets of Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Laos. 

Edotco Malaysia managing director Wan Zainal Adileen said: “This opportunity expands edotco’s existing presence by significantly scaling up our tower portfolio in the three states of Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka with very limited overlap.”

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