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Nokia Bell Labs identifies six key technologies for 6G
Tuesday, 12 July 2022 02:30

Nokia is leading 6G-ANNA, a German-funded project intended to drive research and standardization efforts into 6G network technology.

While 5G networks have yet to live up to their potential, or even be rolled out in many territories, it seems that the telecoms industry is looking to set the ball rolling for the next wave, even if it may not arrive until the end of the decade.

6G-ANNA [PDF] is described as a "lighthouse project" and is being set up to drive global pre-standardization activities in 6G network technology from a German and European perspective.

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Qualcomm, Ericsson, Thales are working on delivering 5G from orbit
Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Wireless chipmaker Qualcomm is working with Ericsson and Thales on technology that could deliver a 5G telecommunications service from low Earth orbit satellites.

Such a network is intended to provide complete global coverage for telecoms, including places typically served only by legacy satellite phone systems, the companies told us.

This collaboration follows the approval in March for satellite-driven 5G non-terrestrial networks (5G NTNs) in Release 17 of the 5G specifications from the 3GPP telecommunications standards body , giving the go-ahead for development.

The trio said they have separately conducted detailed research, including multiple studies and simulations, which led to a

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BT strike action is coming: Comms union to serve notice to company
Thursday, 14 July 2022 20:28

A trade union representing tends of thousands of frontline workers at BT and its subsidiary Openreach are all set for the first nationwide strike in 35 years after Britain’s largest telco refused to agree to pay talks.

At the center of the dispute is BT's decision in April to pay 58,000 engineers and call center staff a one-off £1,500 (c $1,778) pay increase without consulting the CWU.

The union previously demanded a 10 percent hike in wages and warned the company had until the middle of this week to get round the negotiating table following a ballot that saw overwhelming

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Cloud, on-prem ... we've got the network service to rule them all, says AWS
Thursday, 14 July 2022 19:30

AWS has announced the general availability of AWS Cloud WAN, its managed service that can be used to bring together all your infrastructure in the cloud and across multiple sites into a unified global network.

Cloud WAN is a managed wide area networking service that AWS says will make it easy for customers to build and monitor a global network connecting resources in on-prem environments with the cloud. Well, Amazon’s cloud, at least.

The service was unveiled as a preview in December of last year, but is now generally available, which means that cloud giant is fairly sure it has

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Juniper's entry-level campus switches pack a lot of (literal) power
Thursday, 14 July 2022 12:04

Juniper Networks ginned up its campus switching portfolio this week by extending multi-gigabit networking and large power over ethernet (PoE) budgets to a line of entry-level appliances.

The company's EX4100 switches slot in under the previously announced EX4400 and offer a wide array of security and automation functionality – including EVPN-VXLAN for secure campus-to-campus communications, MACsec to protect network-to-network comms, and group-based microsegmentation.

The switches also integrate directly with the same Mist Cloud management environment used by Juniper's wireless access points for zero-touch provisioning, management, and AIOps-powered troubleshooting.

The switches are available in a variety of form factors and port

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UK government extends review of BT stake owned by French tycoon Patrick Drahi
Wednesday, 13 July 2022 19:31

The UK government has extended its national security assessment into the increasing ownership of BT shares by French telco tycoon Patrick Drahi, and has reportedly requested more information regarding the acquisition.

Announced in May, the investigation on Drahi's investment in the telecoms giant was sparked by the purchase of an extra 6 percent of BT shares by Altice UK, a company wholly owned by Drahi, who also controls the telecoms outfits Altice France and Altice International.

Under the terms of the National Security and Investment Act (NSIA), the government had 30 working days to carry out its assessment, but that

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