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Connect-World, the information and communication technology (ICT) decision makers' magazine. We are the decision makers' forum for ICT driven development.
|Connect-World's Digest - Issue 57 – November 2016||19th December, 2016|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
ITU Telecom World, Bangkok, Thailand, 14-17 November 2016
ITU Telecom World is an annual ICT event organised by ITU Telecom, part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency responsible for ICT-related issues.
ITU Telecom World brings the smartest ideas and entrepreneurial spirit of digital start-ups and ICT SMEs together with governments, regulators, industry leaders, consultants and experts from emerging and developed markets around the world. This unique audience has the influence and intelligence to power faster social and economic development, create collaborative opportunity and stimulate industry growth. It works towards establishing the trust and confidence needed to speed our progress towards a better-connected world and a better life for all. Together, we can make better happen sooner.
In 2016 there were more than 8,800 attendees, 173 expert speakers, 250 exhibitors
and 338 ICT leaders from the public & private sector.
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Wednesday 30th November
Telekom Austria Group acquires fixed-line operator Atlant Telecom in Belarus
Telekom Austria Group acquires fixed-line operator Atlant Telecom in Belarus Telekom Austria Group announces that it has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares in the Belarusian operators Atlant Telecom and its subsidiary TeleSet. The sellers are the private equity firm ZUBR Capital as well as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Atlant Telecom and TeleSet are the leading privately owned fixed-line operators in Belarus and deliver fixed-line broadband, IPTV and cable TV, as well as a video and audio library to their approximately 125,700 fixed broadband and 46,000 cable TV customers by year end 2015.
Friday 25th November
IT’S OFFICIAL: JT runs the fastest mobile and broadband networks in the Channel Islands
IT’S OFFICIAL: JT runs the fastest mobile and broadband networks in the Channel Islands JT has been confirmed as the fastest mobile carrier and internet service provider in both Guernsey and Jersey by the global leader in internet performance testing and metrics for broadband and mobile networks. Results from all networks in the Channel Islands were analysed by Ookla, which runs Speedtest, the world’s most popular internet performance testing service. Consumer-initiated test results using Speedtest by Ookla confirm that JT has faster upload and download speeds than any of its competitors.
Globecast partners with Vatican Television for UHD satellite transmission of the Holy Door Closing Ceremony
Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has today announced that it is partnering with Vatican Television to bring the Consistory and the Holy Door Closing Ceremony to viewers around the world in ULTRA HD (UHD). These ceremonies take place on 19 and 20 November, 2016 in Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.
Alessandro Alquati, Managing Director at Globecast Italy, said, “Globecast is pleased to confirm once again its leading role in introducing Ultra HD as the next TV standard. We are excited to be one of the Official Partners of Vatican Television and Radio Vaticana, carrying out the worldwide satellite transmission of the event in UHD.”
As part of this official partnernship, Globecast is working closely with Sony and Eutelsat for the production and transmission of these events. Globecast will deploy its most advanced SNG mobile units to trasmit the live HD and UHD satellite feeds that will then be distributed worldwide via Eutelsat’s fleet.”
Thursday 24th November
ITU experts review radio frequency aspects related to Internet of Things
ITU experts review radio frequency aspects related to Internet of Things Collaborative discussions on spectrum management issues related to the Internet of Things Deployment (IoT) IoT/Smart Cities Geneva, 23 November 2016 Key industry players, regulators, operators, manufacturers and research institutions gathered yesterday to exchange best practices in Geneva at an ITU Workshop on Spectrum Management for Internet of Things Deployment (IoT). The growing number of IoT applications may require enhanced transmission speed, device connectivity and energy efficiency to accommodate the significant amounts of data among a plethora of devices, ubiquitous sensors and/or actuators.
Tuesday 22nd November
ITU releases annual global ICT data and ICT Development Index country rankings
ITU's flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report, released today, reports that the world is getting more and more connected and reveals that there are still huge investment opportunities for the private sector to connect the unconnected.
The Measuring the Information Society Report is widely recognized as the repository of the world's most reliable and impartial global data and analysis on the state of global ICT development and is extensively relied upon by governments, international organizations, development banks and private sector analysts and investors worldwide.
"To bring more people online, it is important to focus on reducing overall socio-economic inequalities," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. "Education and income levels are strong determinants of whether or not people use the Internet. ICTs will be essential in meeting each and every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this report plays an important role in the SDG process. Without measurement and reporting, we cannot track the progress being made and identify areas that require action, and this is why ITU gathers data and publishes this important report every year."
Wednesday 16th November
Broadband Commission Working Group on Demand Releases Report
Broadband Commission Working Group on Demand Releases Report Report highlights the importance of demand-creation programmes to stimulate ICT adoption Bangkok, 16 November 2016 The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's Working Group on Demand, which is chaired by the Commissioner, John Galvin, GM and Vice-President of Intel Corporation's Government and Education group, launched a new report today, entitled Enabling the use of ICTs and Broadband: Understanding what works to stimulate ICT adoption. The report showcases the results of six case studies of different country-led programmes in Costa Rica, Colombia, India, Kenya, Senegal and South Korea. The programmes explored how to best…
Monday 14th November
Nokia to provide Korea Rail Network Authority with world's first LTE-R network to support high-speed railway operations
Nokia to provide Korea Rail Network Authority with world's first LTE-R network to support high-speed railway operations Project part of modernization of line connecting Wonju and Gangneung in preparation for Korea hosting a major international sporting event in 2018 KRNA to deploy LTE-R technology for modernization of communications network supporting mission-critical services, such as signaling at speeds of up to 250 km/h 14 November, 2016 Espoo, Finland - Nokia has been selected by the Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA) as a supplier for the world's first LTE-R mobile broadband network to support railway operations and employee services.
Thursday 10th November
BICS continues to invest in Africa with launch of new point-of-presence in Kenya
BICS continues to invest in Africa with launch of new point-of-presence in Kenya Operators and customers to benefit from outstanding voice and data services in th Brussels, Belgium, 10th November 2016 – BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, has today announced the establishment of a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Nairobi, Kenya, thereby extending the company’s reach in the African region. BICS recognises the uptick in demand and the potential for future growth of connectivity and telecoms infrastructure in Africa.
Tuesday 8th November
Interoute opens for business in Miami to address strategic Americas demand
Interoute, owner operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, today announced that it has opened a new core location in Miami. The new Point of Presence (PoP) expands the reach of Interoute’s platform for all Interoute customers with a fourth location in the Americas region. Building on Interoute’s existing U.S. presence in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, the new Miami site delivers high capacity connectivity and unified communications services for the South Eastern U.S., as well as serving as an important hub for South America.
Miami is the second most entrepreneurial city in the US1, and Florida ranks among the top five U.S. states for the number of tech industry workers in employment2. In order to support this thriving business community and give them the tools to compete across all areas, it is vital that access is available to high performance connectivity, communications and cloud services. These tools will help businesses differentiate themselves when it comes to customer experience, and speed to market, both locally and abroad.
The new PoP provides access to Interoute’s portfolio of enterprise communications services, 17 cloud computing zones across the U.S., Asia and Europe, managed hosting services, as well as high capacity, low latency connectivity. Businesses can now enjoy a resilient and local routing network capability, while leveraging Interoute’s global reach. Interoute’s network connects Europe, the Middle East, and Asia through to the US, with Miami the new Southernmost Americas location for Interoute.
Mark Lewis, EVP, Communications & Connectivity, at Interoute, said: “Miami is home to a burgeoning tech scene. Combine this with its unique role as the pivot between North and South America, both geographically and culturally, and it makes for a key addition to Interoute’s footprint. For European and Global enterprises looking for quality services in the South East U.S., as well as delivery into the Caribbean and South America, Interoute offers a compelling proposition.”
5G Infrastructure Association Hosted the 2nd Global 5G Event- Enabling the 5G EcoSphere
Peer organizations from the Americas, Japan, South Korea and China work toward global solutions for 5G
Brussels, Belgium – November 10, 2016. Leading global 5G associations from the world’s regions joined together to offer the second of a series of Global 5G Events in Rome, Italy, on November 9 and 10, 2016. This series of events is based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on building global consensus on 5G, that was signed in October 2015 by the 5G Infrastructure Association (on behalf of the European 5G Public Private Partnership: 5G PPP), 5G Americas, (Americas), The Fifth-Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) (Japan), 5G Forum (Republic of Korea) and IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (non-profit organization, China).
'Smart City Playbook' commissioned by Nokia identifies best practices from 22 smart cities around the world
'Smart City Playbook' commissioned by Nokia identifies best practices from 22 smart cities around the world Report developed by Machina Research on behalf of Nokia examines the strategies of 22 cities as they become smart, safe and sustainable Report distils three different smart city approaches and highlights key developments in technology and business models which have helped cities become smarter 8 November 2016 Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the availability of 'The Smart City Playbook', a strategy report that documents best practices for smart cities.
Wednesday 2nd November
BICS and Eutelsat team up to deliver satellite-based business continuity solutions for operators in Africa
BICS and Eutelsat team up to deliver satellite-based business continuity solutions for operators in Africa Both companies pool their expertise to provide service continuity for mobile data and voice services Brussels, Paris, 2nd November 2016 – BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, today announced the launch of its on-demand connectivity solution for African telecom operators, in partnership with Eutelsat, a world-leading satellite operator. Using BICS’ RouteFlex, the joint solution allows mobile operators and service providers to raise the bar of network availability and manage surges in bandwidth needs in challenging environments.
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