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Five things to watch January 21: Vodafone Turkey teams with Amdocs, Orange reach six million fibre customers in France, Verizon and AWS expand edge computing services

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Vodafone Turkey selects Amdocs for transformation approach

Vodafone Turkey has selected Amdocs to transform and automate the operator’s testing activity as the telco looks to impose its group-wide Tech 2025 modernisation journey.

Amdocs will be providing an outcome-based quality engineering modernisation roadmap and will implement Ginger, its signature open-source automation framework.

The three-year deal will allow Vodafone Turkey to create next-generation quality engineering organisation by establishing a ‘Testing Centre of Excellence’.

Cem Sever, head of quality of organisation at Vodafone Turkey said: “We’re pleased to be working hand in hand with Amdocs on this important project to modernise and automate our testing processes in line with our vision.”

OHB, LuxSpace and OQ Technology sign MOU to explore IoT collaboration services

One of Europe’s leading space companies OHB and its subsidiary LuxSpace will team with global satellite operator OQ Technology to explore opportunities in the IoT service sector.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and the cooperation will include satellite-based IoT upstream and downstream activities to enhance the portfolio of services available to customers in different markets.

The agreement will take into account the use of other OHB space systems for the benefit of OQ Technology according to both firms.

Egbert Jan van der Veen, managing director of OHB Venture Capital said: “OQ Technology is one of the most promising companies in the area of Satellite IoT we have talked to. I am very excited about the potential of their technology and looking forward to working together with the team on the upstream as well as the downstream.”

Orange reaches six million fibre customers in France

Orange has reached six million fibre customers in France as the operator revealed the “exceptional” scale of its fibre rollout.

In a statement, the operator said the new milestone demonstrates the “French population’s strong appetite for the Orange landline internet network”.

It adds that it is connecting close to 10,000 customers every day and has deployed fibre to 64% of the 29 million homes eligible for fibre connectivity in France.

Fabienne Dulac, CEO of Orange France says "With 6 million customers, I am delighted about the widespread adoption of fibre.

“This result reflects the full mobilisation of all the Orange France technical and sales teams and those of its partners across all our regions.

“This success is based on our position as the leader in the deployment and our ability to connect 10,000 customers every day."

Turk Telekom conducts successful 6E trial

Turk Telekom has announced the completion of WiFi 6E trials in Turkey.

The network operator has the largest WiFi footprint in the region and was carried out in partnership with Broadcom and Intel to demonstrate real-world performance benefits for consumers and enterprises.

Benefits include high bandwidth and low latency wireless application in on-premise environments.

Turk Telekom CTO Yusuf Kiraç said: “As the first operator to trial the Wi-Fi 6E solution in Turkey, we were able to achieve a connection speed of 2 Gbps and above with low latency in the tests we conducted in the test laboratory established at Turk Telekom's Istanbul Acibadem campus.

“These speeds we have achieved will enable many applications with the concept of smart office, health, entertainment, security and smart home to be used without any problems.

“Thanks to the WiFi 6E solution, which we will combine with Turk Telekom's widespread and high-capacity fibre power, we will ensure the widespread use of low-latency high-capacity services in homes and offices.”

Verizon and AWS teams for to expand edge computing services

Verizon is teaming with AWS to offer its mobile edge computing service in more metro areas with the addition of Charlotte, Detroit, LA and Minneapolis.

The service was launched in August 2020 and the companies offer mobile edge computing via AWS Wavelength Zones in 17 locations across the US.

Using 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength allows developers and businesses to build and deploy a variety of applications such as machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and video and game streaming.  

Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business said: “Through our continued collaboration with AWS, we’re helping developers and businesses in every industry create truly transformational applications for use cases such as immersive VR gaming, video distribution, and connected and autonomous vehicles.

“By expanding our 5G Edge locations across the U.S., we’re enabling developers to quickly and easily build apps and services that take advantage of the low latency, massive bandwidth and strong reliability of 5G and edge computing.”

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