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Samsung Electronics joins the O-RAN Alliance
Samsung Electronics has entered the O-RAN Alliance, joining global carriers and networking technology suppliers in their commitment to design and implement a more open network infrastructure. The O-RAN Alliance is a carrier-led effort to integrate greater intelligence into the radio access networks of next-generation wireless systems, and encourages companies to transition to cloud-based systems.
Businesses ready to embrace 5G, says Oracle survey
A new survey from Oracle has uncovered a positive attitude towards 5G from the enterprise. 95% of respondents said their businesses were already 'strategically planning' for the next phase of wireless connectivity. Ambitions for 5G in enterprise include unlocking the potential of IoT and monetising new services. Business and IT respondents cited security as their main 5G-related concern.
O2 to rollout 5G to four UK cities in 2019
O2 will begin the rollout of its 5G network this year in four UK cities. Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will be the first to benefit, with other areas of the UK to follow from 2020 to coincide with the wider availability of 5G handsets. “5G is a promise of so much more – for consumers, business, industry and public services.," said Mark Evans, CEO, Telefónica UK.
SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom to build blockchain ID
South Korea's largest carrier is working with Deutsche Telekom to build a form of ID based on blockchain. SK Telecom will sign an MoU with T-Labs, Deutsche Telekom's research arm, at next week's MWC19. They will use blockchain technology to create a mobile digital ID that can be used in different countries. Last year, SK Telecom started using blockchain for subscription and customer payments.
NIIT Technologies signs global cloud deal with Microsoft
NIIT Technologies has partnered with Microsoft to accelerate the cloudification journeys of its enterprise clients. The pair has signed a CSP agreement that will allow NIIT to deliver managed services on Azure. They will also develop new technology solutions for the banking, insurance and travel sectors. NIIT and Microsoft have been working together for more than two decades.
Rakuten to use drones for delivery in Japan
Rakuten and have signed an agreement that will see’s drones and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) utilised in Rakuten’s unmanned delivery solutions in Japan. Rakuten will combine its experience in drone delivery in Japan and IT solutions, such as its dedicated shopping apps, with’s expertise in drones and UGVs. Rakuten launched its Rakuten Drone delivery service in 2016.
Accenture partners with Splice Machine for operational AI
Accenture has formed a partnership with Splice Machine, which has built an operational AI platform. It has also taken a minority investment as part of Splice Machine's $16 million Series B funding round. The platform integrates workloads, analytics and machine learning in one place. Accenture will become its preferred systems integrator under the terms of the partnership.
COFCO International taps IBM Services for global transformation
COFCO International (CIL) has recruited IBM Services to oversee a global digital transformation project. IBM will help implement an SAP platform for the overseas arm of COFCO, China's largest food and agriculture business which turns over $34 billion annually. Across the next two years, CIL and IBM will develop and roll out the platform in over 30 countries.
Cisco launches co-innovation centre in Singapore
Cisco has launched a co-innovation centre in Singapore, focusing on regional issues in cybersecurity and the Internet of Things. The company also set up its Cisco Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (CCX) here to boost its Asia-Pacific threat intelligence research and security incidence response capabilities. The CCX comprises a new threat intelligence headquarters and security operations centre.
HCL to drive EDF Luminus digital transformation
HCL Technologies has won a five year IT infrastructure and application services contract with Belgian energy company EDF Luminus. HCL will help EDF Luminus to transform and modernise its IT infrastructure, applications landscape and will migrate its SAP portfolio to a public cloud environment. HCL will be responsible for migrating all EDF Luminus’ SAP applications to the AWS cloud.
Rockwell and Schlumberger to ramp up oil & gas automation
Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger are creating a new automation solutions provider for the oil & gas industry. Sensia, a joint venture between the two firms, will offer 'scalable, cloud and edge-enabled process automation' that could transform productivity and efficiency for customers. Sensia will be based in Houston and will employ over 1,000 workers in over 80 countries.
Google set to buy data migration specialist Alooma
Google has said that it plans to acquire Alooma, the data migration startup. As part of its efforts to catch up with the likes of Microsoft and Amazon in the cloud space, it has moved for the Israeli firm which has built a tool for moving data from different sources into one place. It is the first major acquisition sanctioned by new Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, who was appointed in November.
Skyworks collaborating with MediaTek on 5G Platform
Skyworks Solutions has announced that semiconductor MediaTek, a semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year, is utilising its Sky5 suite for their new 5G reference platforms. Skyworks’ complete 5G front-end architecture is being combined with MediaTek’s 5G baseband chipset to deliver highly integrated solutions targeting open market mobile products.
HPE launches processing platform for the telecommunications edge
HPE has revealed the newest version of its Edgeline telecommunications platform. It will allow service providers to process vast amounts of data at the edge while delivering flexibility and cost reductions. To market the platform and accelerate 5G adoption, HPE has partnered with Samsung and Tech Mahindra. It will be showcased at MWC2019 in Barcelona next week.
Palo Alto Networks to buy cybersecurity firm Demisto for $560 million
Palo Alto Networks is to acquire cybersecurity firm Demisto for $560 million. The addition of Demisto's orchestration and automation technologies will accelerate Palo Alto Networks Application Framework strategy. Demisto has more than 150 customers, a quarter of which are in the Fortune 500 and include large organisations in healthcare, high technology, and financial services.
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