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Bango expands presence in three continents with new Google Play launches

Bango expands presence in three continents with new Google Play launches   Cambridge, UK, 20 May 2020 – Bango (AIM: BGO), the mobile commerce company, has successfully launched carrier billing routes in the Google Play store for new operators in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Millions of customers in Peru, Hong Kong and South Africa can now pay for the massive array of content and services in Google Play, charging the cost to their phone bill, all powered by the Bango Platform. In the space of six weeks, Direct Carrier Billing in the Google Play store has been enabled through the Bango Platform for subscribers of Entel in Peru, Sun Mobile in Hong Kong and MTN in South Africa. Pre and post-paid subscribers can now simply click-to-buy using carrier billing for instant access to their favorite games, music, movies and more. “Ever more operators across the world standardize on the Bango platform to bring mobile commerce experiences to their customers”, said Paul Larbey, CEO at Bango. “In addition to activating payments in Google Play and other app stores, Bango technology enables operators to offer third-party products bundled with their customer plans or marketed directly to their customers through Facebook and other platforms.” To ensure continuous revenue growth from carrier billing across these new routes, Bango technology will be applied to increase payment success, user acquisition and engagement. Mobile operators...

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Nokia and Openreach deploy next generation fiber access network to connect millions in UK to ultra-fast, reliable broadband access

Nokia and Openreach deploy next generation fiber access network to connect millions in UK to ultra-fast, reliable broadband access   Nokia fiber solution enables Openreach to significantly extend its full fiber network capacity and coverage New fiber access network capable of delivering multi-Gigabit speeds to customers Openreach FTTH network is delivering economic and environmental benefits to the UK   21 May 2020   Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that Openreach will deploy its fiber solutions to help meet its target of bringing ultra-fast and reliable broadband access to 20 million homes across the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s. The fiber rollout with Nokia underpins Openreach’s commitment to build a world-class, secure broadband network that can deliver differentiated customer experiences and provide a platform for the UK’s economic recovery, post Covid-19. Openreach is focused on extending its fiber networks to better meet evolving consumer demands, support society in unforeseen crises and help socio-economic growth. A nationwide fiber-to-the-home network has the potential to provide a £59 billion boost to UK productivity by 2025i. It can also enable 400,000 more people to work from home, allow 125,000 parents with dependent children the opportunity to re-enter the workforce and help to reduce greenhouse emissions. The rollout with Nokia focuses on deploying GPON and XGS-PON fiber access technologies to expand Openreach’s fiber-rich network to reach 4.5 million premises by the end of March...

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Intelsat Launches End-to-End Managed Cellular Backhaul Solution for U.S. Mobile Operators

Intelsat Launches End-to-End Managed Cellular Backhaul Solution for U.S. Mobile Operators Cost-efficient, turnkey managed service helps mobile operators quickly deploy 4G and 5G coverage everywhere, with a focus on rural America McLean, VA – Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, today launched Intelsat CellBackhaul, an end-to-end managed service that helps Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) provide cost-efficient and rapid 4G and 5G broadband coverage to Americans everywhere, including those living, working and traveling in rural areas of the United States. Much of the U.S. is rural, and there are still many areas where communities, farmers, ranchers, tourists, industrial and construction workers, and emergency personnel currently have no access to mobile broadband coverage. With Intelsat CellBackhaul as part of their network planning strategy, MNOs of any size can cost-effectively offer mobile broadband coverage to these areas – connecting more subscribers, land areas, roadways and IoT devices. In addition to expanding their coverage areas, MNOs can utilize Intelsat CellBackhaul for network densification, and to provide backup coverage, ensuring their subscribers stay connected, anywhere they go. As an end-to-end cellular backhaul managed service, Intelsat CellBackhaul includes all of the elements an MNO requires for cellular-backhaul purposes: Network-design consultation Connectivity from the MNO’s cell sites to their core network over Intelsat’s high-performance integrated space and ground network Satellite antenna and modem, plus additional equipment installation and maintenance options Guaranteed...

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Instant Messaging Users to Reach 4.3 Billion in 2020, as New Payment Services Emerge

Instant Messaging Users to Reach 4.3 Billion in 2020, as New Payment Services Emerge Hampshire, UK – 26th May 2020: A new study from Juniper Research found that the number of instant messaging users will reach 4.3 billion in 2020, rising from 3.9 billion in 2019. This is a growth of 9% year-on-year, largely driven by an increased need for remote communication during the COVID-19 crisis. The new research, Mobile Messaging: Operator Strategies & Vendor Opportunities 2020-2024, identified integrated payment services in instant messaging apps as key to continuing this growth beyond the end of the pandemic. It forecast that instant messaging app developers will partner with payment gateways to offer payment capabilities in apps and increase the overall value proposition. For more insights on Mobile Messaging, download our free whitepaper: What’s Up, WhatsApp? Trends for Messaging in 2020. Integrated Payment Services: A Key New Service in 2020 The research anticipated that partnerships with retailers will be crucial to growing an instant messaging payments ecosystem. The addition of payment capabilities in the app will enable retailers to extend their omnichannel strategies into the messaging space. The research forecast that retailers will capitalise on the established user base of instant messaging applications, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and WeChat, as an additional retail channel. Retailers will then provide services beyond simple messaging alerts, such as payment authentication and processing. Low...

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Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Consortium Deploys Infinera to Double Capacity on Intercontinental Cable System

Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Consortium Deploys Infinera to Double Capacity on Intercontinental Cable System Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 26, 2020, 8:00 a.m. ET – Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) announced today that Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Consortium (AAE-1), one of the largest consortium cable systems in the world today, has recently completed a significant upgrade with Infinera to boost capacity on its subsea network connecting East Asia to Europe via Egypt. AAE-1 has proved to be vital infrastructure in the Eurasia corridor, and even more so recently, providing connectivity, diversity, and resilience between European, Asian, and Middle Eastern markets. Based on Infinera’s industry-leading fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) technology and Instant Bandwidth capability, the Infinera solution enabled AAE-1 to double the capacity on its intercontinental network while reducing total cost of ownership and increasing service agility and network reliability. AAE-1’s cable system spans 25,000 kilometers of subsea and terrestrial network. Unlike any other cable system in the world, AAE-1 terminates at two points of presence in Singapore and is the only next-generation cable that continues further into Asia through diverse terrestrial routes across Thailand, providing connectivity to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong. This unique routing enables AAE-1 to deliver one of the lowest-latency routes between Hong Kong, India, the Middle East, and Europe. “AAE-1 is an important subsea cable asset for carriers globally, with bandwidth needs growing rapidly, particularly during this very difficult and deeply sad global...

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