What’s new with … Vodafone, ETSI, Samsung and Virgin Media O2, Sustainability


A step in the right environmental direction for SIM cards at Vodafone and a buffer for ETSI’s alternative 5G standard for enterprises and IoT are the icing on the cake today.

Every little contribution. Vodafone launches Eco-SIM cards as part of its commitment to reduce its impact on the environment. From this week, subscribers will be able to get new “half-size” Eco-SIMs made from recycled plastic and Vodafone will now gradually replace “virgin plastic” SIM cards. The new Eco-SIM will be deployed in Vodafone’s 12 European markets, Albania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands (under the name of Vodafone Ziggo), Portugal, Romania, Spain and Great Britain. They will also be available in Egypt, South Africa and Turkey. Vodafone started to reduce its plastic footprint last year when it introduced half-size SIM card holders around the world. This initiative reduced Vodafone’s plastic production by 340 tonnes in one year, which is equivalent to 1,760 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The new Eco-SIM will avoid manufacturing 340 tonnes of new plastic, or the equivalent of 1,280 tonnes of CO2. Recycled plastic Eco-SIMs are part of the mobile operator’s long-term plan to continue reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency. Last November, the company set a scientifically approved target for 2030 in line with the carbon reductions needed to keep global warming at 1.5 ° C: Vodafone was the first major telecommunications operator to follow the emission reduction path developed for the ICT sector. The plan calls for the company to eliminate all carbon emissions from its own operations and from the energy it purchases and uses by 2030. Meanwhile, and on a shorter time scale, Vodafone will reuse, resell or recycle all of its network waste by 2025.

European Organization of Industry Specifications AND IF states ETSI DECT-2020 NR, the “world’s first non-cellular 5G technology standard, has been recognized by the WP5D of the radiocommunication sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) and included in the 5G standards in the recommendation technology IMT-2020. “Released last year, ETSI says the standard is designed for corporate networks and massive IoT networks, and because it is decentralized and not tied to any infrastructure, it costs” only. ‘a fraction of cellular networks in both dollars and carbon footprint. “It” allows any business to set up and manage its own network autonomously without any operator in the world. It eliminates the network infrastructure and single point of failure – at one tenth the cost of cellular solutions. It also enables businesses to operate without middlemen or subscription fees, as well as to store and consume generated data in the way that they want. best suited (on-premises, in the public cloud, or whatever else in between). It will surely grab the attention of many organizations! Read More.

The Spanish regulator, CNMC, updated its rules on the wholesale broadband access market and concluded that, given that there are now 696 municipalities in Spain covering 70% of the country’s population that are deemed to have infrastructure competitive (compared to only 66 in 2016), Telefonica no longer needs to offer wholesale access to its fiber network in these municipalities, but must continue to provide its competitors with access to its “civil engineering infrastructure (conduits, conduits and poles)”, as well as ” to offer unbundled access to the copper pair infrastructure. The regulator affirms that it “seeks a balance between guaranteeing competition and encouraging investments in new generation networks (NGA), those which allow very high speed Internet connections, mainly optical fiber”. And, based on the progress made in Spain in recent years, you have to say that the CNMC has done a pretty good job of preparing Spain to become a more digital economy in the years to come. Read more.

Huawei may be exiting the UK mobile network infrastructure market, but this opens the door for other vendors to step in as 5G networks are rolled out and Open RAN options are explored. .. Samsung is to conduct 4G and 5G trials with O2 virgin media to “verify the capacity and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions” in the operator’s commercial network and “assess the interoperability between Samsung’s latest solutions and Virgin Media O2’s 2G and 3G legacy networks”. Samsung will provide its’ baseband unit, 5G Massive MIMO radios, as well as 4G radios on the low and medium band spectra, while being Open RAN compatible with some configuration changes and additional support to the to come up “. Jeanie York, CTO at Virgin Media O2, said: “Supplier diversity is critical to developing safe, secure and more efficient networks. We look forward to undertaking these first trials with Samsung, which is another important step in our continued journey to deliver the best possible 5G experience to our customers, as well as to strengthen our 4G network, as we seek to upgrade. the United Kingdom.

After TelecomTV’s report yesterday on the collective weak response of the 31 countries that participated last week in the Counter Ransomware Initiative hosted in the United States, come the figures released by the US Department of the Treasury showing that US companies and financial institutions reported $ 600 million in “ransomware transactions and payments” in the month of June alone of this year. To put that in perspective and to show just how pervasive and pernicious ransomware attacks are becoming, the figure for all of 2020 was $ 416 million. To make matters worse, the Treasury Department disclosed some $ 5.2 billion in “suspicious Bitcoin activity” directly related to ransomware attacks. The analysis is the first released under the Treasury Department’s new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) reporting requirements that came into effect earlier this year. Of course, the published figures only cover the tip of the iceberg as very few victims of a ransomware attack report it to authorities. This is why new legislation is planned to make disclosure mandatory. The report also shows that after receiving a ransom, the criminal gangs involved are increasingly pushing their illicit earnings through multiple wallet addresses to minimize the chances of being caught, and those chances are minimal in the first place. The most common ransomware variants used during the period covered by the Treasury Department report (and there were 68 of them!) Were Avaddon, Conti, DarkSide, REvil and Phobos, with Darkside and REvil being the most prevalent. Almost all of the transactions were made in Bitcoin. That the huge growth in ransomware incidents worries US authorities is evidenced by a comment from Wally Adeyemo, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department. He said: “The Treasury is helping stop ransomware attacks by preventing criminals from profiting from their crimes, but we need private sector partners to help prevent this illicit activity.” Few seem to be ready to volunteer.

Speedtest.net (alias Speed ​​test through Ookla), the Seattle, WA-based web testing and network diagnostic service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, including connection data rate and latency, comes to publish its report on the US market for the third quarter of 2021. It reveals that during the quarter, Verizon was again the fastest fixed broadband provider in America, with a “Speed ​​Score” of 178.38 Mbit / s. On the mobile front, T-Mobile was once again the fastest and most reliable mobile operator in the country with a median download speed of 62.35 Mbps and a consistency score of 84.4%. Ookla also tested 5G networks and services and once again T-Mobile recorded the fastest 5G median download speed of 135.17 Mbps, up 36 Mbps from 99.84 Mbps. / s recorded in the second quarter of 2021. Add to this the fact that in the third quarter T-Mobile also had the best 5G availability in the United States, you can see why the mobile network operator is gaining popularity with the public. However, the race to deliver the highest 5G consistency is a very tight thing. Verizon recorded a score of 78.8%, compared to 70.4% for T-Mobile and 73.8% for AT&T. Unsurprisingly, the new iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro turned out to be the big winners when it comes to the most popular device in the United States. They achieved median download speeds of 95.96 Mbps and 94.72 Mbps respectively. As fans of the songs and shows written by American composer Bob Merrill know, “There’s a pawnshop right around the corner in Pittsburgh, Pa.,” But in the third quarter it was also the city with the fastest median mobile download speed in the entire United States, at 82.95 Mbps. In the south, Austin, Texas had the fastest fixed broadband speed with a median download rate of 196.28 Mbps. Ookla’s service measures the data throughput (speed) and latency (connection timeout) of an Internet connection against one of 11,000 geographically dispersed servers and each test examines both the data throughput in downstream and upstream. Since Ookla’s inception in 2006, the company has performed over 30 billion tests.

With a lot of domestic business to do, the Chinese supplier ZTE seems to be doing fine despite being vilified by the United States. The company pre-announced profits for the nine months to the end of September of between CNY 5.6 billion ($ 875 million) and CNY 6 billion ($ 937 million), more than double the profit recorded during the year. from the same period in 2020. See this ad for more details.

The French Space Agency (CNES) selected Orange Business Services to lead an industrial consortium, including HPE, Scality and Tealenium, to “design, deploy and maintain a new storage solution for its scientific and spatial data”. The move will help the agency “completely modernize its storage infrastructure to make better use of the huge amounts of data from its satellites.” Read more.

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