The Digital Digest: a new subsea system from Brazil to Argentina; a Malaysia first for Microsoft; OneWeb's next launch; Amazon's order to ULA and Huawei makes headlines

22 April 2021 | Capacity Team

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In this episode of the Digital Digest, we roundup the biggest stories of the week, and from Chanel vs Huawei to DCs for Bees, it's been a surreal seven days.

In the world of data centres, Natalie brings us the news that Bulk Data Centers has a new EVP and IPI Partners has raised $3.8 billion for re-investment. On project news Microsoft is to develop its first data centre in Malaysia – which it said will create more than19,000 jobs – and Tesla is building its own data centre in China.

On the satellite front, Alan brings us the story behind OneWeb's next launch – scheduled for 26 April – and explores why Amazon’s order to ULA doesn't have a delivery date. Meanwhile, Natalie has the story behind SES's MoU with the government of Kazakhstan.

In the telecoms roundup, we hear all about the subsea system connecting Brazil and Argentina while Chile's internet connectivity has increased 62%. And flying the flag for women in telecoms – as well as International Girls in ICT Day –  Globe has appointed its first female CCO. Other high-profile female appointments of the week included those of Annette Murphy, Kris Schaffer and Dawn Jones.

Also in telecoms, in the UK this week the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce has published its report while Meng Wanzhou has received some good news from the courts.

This week also marked Earth Day 2021, in the spirit of which Alan talks about the societal goals being explored by NGMN around 6G and the targets driving Deutsche Telekom's green cloud project.

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Season 2, episode 14 is presented by deputy editor Melanie Mingas, and features editor-at-large Alan Burkitt-Gray and senior reporter Natalie Bannerman.