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Coming soon: SP1 RFID sled by DENSO (Wed, 02 Jun 7660)
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is delivering a boost in sales for retailers by an average of 1.5 to 5.5 percent, while increasing inventory accuracy by about 20 to 30 per cent, according to the study “Measuring the impact of RFID in Retailing: Key lessons from 10 case-study companies”, which was conducted by Adrian Beck, an emeritus professor at the University of Leicester.
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RFS and ANSYS lay foundation for 5G-ready antennas (Wed, 02 Jun 7920)
Cutting-edge 5G antennas pioneered by Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) will soon connect people, machines and devices more reliably and faster than ever with the help of ANSYS.
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UHF DLR-PR001 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Portal Reader: The Scanning System of the future by Datalogic (Wed, 02 Jun 3700)
Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the UHF DLR-PR001 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) portal reader, a product designed to complement and extend the capability of Datalogic RFID product family.
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Access control via fingerprint with DoorBird and ekey (Tue, 02 Jun 2020)
The new DoorBird IP video intercom now provides an option for adding access control via an ekey fingerprint scanner. The D2101FV EKEY door station is equipped with a cutout for installing the ekey home FS UP I fingerprint reader.
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Telefonica Germany choses Ericsson to build 5G core network (Tue, 02 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) Telefonica Germany said it has chosen Ericsson to build a new core for its 5G network. The company picked the Swedish telecommunication supplier with the aim to build a secure 5G network, it said. Its core network consists of high-performance servers and fibre-optic technologies. 
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Bouygues Telecom formally requests 6-month delay to 5G auction (Tue, 02 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) Bouygues Telecom CEO Richard Viel has confirmed to Les Echos that the company has made a formal demand to French regulator Arcep for a 6-month delay in the final stage of the 5G award process. This follows the move by Bouygues group's CEO Martin Bouygues, who last week wrote an article in Le Figaro arguing that the spectrum auction should not resume before end-2020 or early-2021.
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Tech firms voice support for justice in the US; Facebook, Verizon, Apple, TikTok pledge financial support (Tue, 02 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) A number of major tech companies have come out in support of social justice groups amid the protests in the US following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
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Iliad confirms JV with Digicel for mobile coverage in French overseas territories (Tue, 02 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) Iliad's subsidiary Free and Digicel have announced the creation of a joint venture company, confirming recent press reports. The partnership supports their common objective of increasing the number of mobile cell sites in the French Antilles (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthelemy and Saint-Martin) and in French Guiana. The two groups said that the JV has the long-term ambition to invest in one of the largest telecom infrastructure networks in the region. Free and Digicel will be fully independent from a commercial perspective, with no impact on their spectrum licences and core network operations.
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BCE sells data centres to Equinix for CAD 1 billion (Mon, 01 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) Canadian operator BCE has agreed to sell 25 data centres to Equinix for CAD 1.04 billion (USD 750 million) in cash. The sale is part of Bell's strategy to focus on its core telecom network infrastructure, and BCE said it will keep five data centres used as central offices. 
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KKR, Cinven, Providence launch EUR 3 bln bid to take over Masmovil (Mon, 01 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) Three buyout funds have launched a joint bid to take over Spanish telecommunications provider Masmovil, the country's fourth largest network operator, according to a statement filed with securities market regulator CNMV. A consortium called Lorca Telecom BidCo made up of investment firms KKR, Cinven and existing shareholder Providence has offered EUR 22.50 per Masmovil share, some 20 percent more than their current price and equivalent to an overall business value of just under EUR 3 billion.
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Google cancels Android 11 launch event (Mon, 01 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) Google is delaying its Android 11 launch event and beta release, originally scheduled for 03 June. In a tweet, the company said it was "excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate". The decision appears to come in response to the widespread protests and riots in US cities in recent days, following the death of an African-American man while in police custody in Minneapolis, as well as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 
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United Group expands to Greece with stake in Forthnet (Mon, 01 Jun 2020)
(Telecompaper) United Group, the cable and media operator in South Eastern Europe, has agreed to acquire the debt and a significant minority interest in Forthnet, the pay-TV and broadband provider in Greece. The transaction will see United Group acquire all of the company's loan obligations, the convertible debt and an initial 36 percent of the company's shares following the successful conclusion of negotiations with Forthnet's main shareholders and creditors National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Piraeus Bank and Attica Bank. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed, and the deal remains subject to customary regulatory approvals.
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Comcast, Charter, ViacomCBS to collaborate on targeted advertising with new joint venture (Fri, 29 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Comcast, Charter and ViacomCBS have announced a Blockgraph partnership and new joint venture, aimed at promoting advanced, and especially targeted, advertising for TV and video. The software platform provides audience insights for both media planning and measurement and de-identified targeted advertising. The partners said the technology will help media companies provide marketers with insights across their collective platforms, without relying only third parties.
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Tencent raises USD 6 bln in bond offering, pledges investment of USD 70 bln into cloud, AI, cybersecurity (Fri, 29 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) The company has pledged to invest USD 70 billion into new infrastructure over the coming five years, Reuters noted, citing a statement to state media by company SVP Dowson Tong. The money will go into cloud computing, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, and namely in blockchain, servers, big data centres, supercomputer centres, IoT operating systems, 5G networks and quantum computing.
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Trump targets social media with executive order to limit liability protection (Fri, 29 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) The White House has called on the FCC to regulate whether social media are liable for content posted on their platforms. An executive order issued by President Donald Trump instructed the Commerce Department to start a consultation at the FCC on enforcing part of the Communications Decency Act, a law from 1996 that protects online platforms from liability for user content. Trump claims some social media may not be protected by the law, as they have gone beyond 'good faith' efforts to remove objectionable content and started stifling free speech. 
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Qualcomm launches FastConnect chips with support for Wi-Fi 6E (Fri, 29 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Qualcomm has launched a new portfolio of flagship mobile systems featuring support for Wi-Fi 6E, the soon to be operational 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi. The first products to be launched are two chips, the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 and the Qualcomm FastConnect 67000.
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Google mulls Vodafone Idea stake acquisition - report (Fri, 29 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Google plans to invest in Indian operator Vodafone India. The US giant seeks to acquire a 5 percent stake in Vodafone Idea, Financial Times reports, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. No financial details related to the planned transaction have been disclosed.
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Westcon to distribute Sumo Logic’s continuous intelligence platform (Fri, 29 May 2020)
Westcon, the international technology distributor, and Sumo Logic have announced the signing of an EMEA distribution agreement. Sumo Logic is a provider of continuous intelligence solutions, helping enterprises make data-driven decisions and reduce time to investigate security and operational issues.
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Singtel's FY net profit plunges 65% on charges for regulatory costs at Airtel (Thu, 28 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Net profit fell 65 percent to SGD 1.08 billion due to Airtel's exceptional charges for regulatory costs, including the adjusted gross revenue matter and a one-time spectrum charge. Singtel took a net exceptional charge of SGD 302 million this quarter, mainly arising from Airtel's provision for the spectrum charge. 
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Hutchison wins appeal against EU decision blocking O2-3 UK merger (Thu, 28 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) The EU's Court of Justice has overturned the European Commission's decision to block the merger of O2 UK and 3 UK in 2016. Following an appeal from 3 UK's parent company CK Hutchison, the court found the Commission did not prove sufficiently that the merger would have a negative effect on competition. 
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French parliament votes in favour of govt's StopCovid tracing app (Thu, 28 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) The planned StopCovid contact-tracing app is one step closer to being implemented by the French government, after it was given the green light by the lower and upper houses of parliament. The National Assembly and the Senate voted in favour of StopCovid on 27 May, paving the way for the deployment of the app in the coming days. This follows the conditional approval given by data protection authority CNIL, which detailed the conditions under which the app should be deployed on 26 May.
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Huawei CFO faces setback as Canada court rules extradition case to go ahead (Thu, 28 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) A court in Canada has ruled that the extradition trial of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou can go ahead, CBC reports. The British Colombia Supreme Court judge found the crime she is accused of in the US could be considered a crime also in Canada, meaning the American request for extradition must be heard. 
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Belgian mobile subscriber growth slows in Q1, service revenues fall 1% (Thu, 28 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Belgian mobile operators Orange and Telenet reported a slowdown in customer growth in the first quarter, as shops closure affected sales, while market leader Proximus did better, helped by new tariff plans introduced at the start of the year. In total, Belgian mobile service revenues fell by 1.2 percent year-on-year, the latest research from Telecompaper shows.
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Suprema announces Suprema Europe SARL to reinforce regional presence (Thu, 28 May 2020)
Suprema, the access control and biometrics solutions provider for physical security, has announced the formation of Suprema Europe SARL, which has been established to provide partners and customers in the region with better localised support.
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WarnerMedia officially launches HBO Max streaming service (Wed, 27 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) WarnerMedia has officially launched its new HBO Max subscription streaming service, after opening pre-orders on 5 May. The service will feature Max Originals, plus the company's existing catalogue of films and series. In total, it will have 10,000 hours of content, including the entire HBO service; films and TV series from Warner Bros' 100-year content collection; highlights from New Line; catalogue titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and Looney Tunes Cartoons; and a selection of classic films curated in partnership with TCM.
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Facebook renames Calibra digital wallet as Novi (Wed, 27 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Facebook announced the new name of Novi for its digital payments wallet. Plans for the wallet were first announced almost a year ago under the name Calibra. The digital wallet will be used to transact in Facebook's planned virtual currency Libra. 
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Technicolor abandons plan for EUR 300 mln rights issue, seeks new EUR 400 mln financing (Wed, 27 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Technicolor said that it has been unable to go ahead with its previously announced EUR 300 million rights issue, due to the unprecedented crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has instead entered talks with some of its creditors and with third-party investors to obtain a new EUR 400 million financing, indicating that so far it has received indicative offers from one investor and from one of its existing lenders.
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KKR to invest USD 1 bln in European venture for hyperscale data centres (Wed, 27 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) The investment firm KKR has partnered with entrepreneur Franek Sodzawiczny to launch a data centre company in Europe. The new venture Global Technical Realty (GTR) will provide build-to-suit data centres for large technology companies in Europe. 
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Ethiopian govt offers 40% of Ethio Telecom to international operators, 5% to public (Wed, 27 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Ethiopia's Ministry of Finance has decided to offer a 5 percent stake in Ethio Telecom to the public, with a cap on the number of shares an individual can buy, reports Addis Fortune. The minority stake in the telecom company will be sold to thousands of Ethiopians. Forty percent of the company will be privatised to one of the international telecom operators,  and the government will retain a majority share. 
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T-Mobile leads modest growth in Dutch broadband subscribers in Q1, KPN losses continue (Wed, 27 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) KPN continues to suffer in the consumer market, where it has discontinued sales to new customers at its Telfort and XS4All brands in order to promote more premium offers under the KPN flag. This includes the launch of its first gigabit broadband service in March across its expanding FTTH network. KPN still lost 23,000 consumer broadband customers in the quarter, while gaining 8,000 in the B2B segment. In total, KPN had almost 3.15 million broadband customers at the end of March.
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Bharti Telecom sells 2.75% stake in Airtel for INR 84 bln, to fully repay debt (Wed, 27 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Bharti Telecom, the promoter company of Indian operator Bharti Airtel, has sold a 2.75 percent stake in Bharti Airtel to institutional investors through an accelerated book building process in the secondary market. The allocation was done to over 50 accounts, with the top 10 getting two-thirds of the overall allocation. The total sale proceeds of over INR 84.33 billion (approximately USD 1.15 billion) was over-subscribed multiple times with a mix of all categories of investors, long only and hedge fund investors across geographies in India, Asia, Europe and the US, Bharti Telecom said. 
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Telenor establishes Nordic Hub led by Denmark CEO, Leinonen stays Head of Nordics (Tue, 26 May 2020)
(Telecompaper) Telenor said it has established a Nordic Hub to develop areas such as 5G, IoT, and the business and SME segment throughout the company's Nordic markets. The operator recently merged its Asian clusters to form the Asia Unit and created Asia Hub on 01 May. Telenor Denmark CEO Jesper Hansen will become the Nordic Hub's chief operating officer (CCO) from 01 August but EVP Jukka Leinonen will remain Head of Nordics and CEO of DNA in Finland.
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Secureworks launches new Global Partner Program to address growing demand for cybersecurity solutions (Mon, 25 May 2020)
Secureworks, the software-driven cybersecurity services provider, has announced a new Global Partner Program to provide resellers and referral partners with a more streamlined and profitable way to meet growing customer demand for cybersecurity.
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Schneider Electric and AVEVA extend partnership to deliver end-to-end solution for multi-site and hyperscale data centre (Wed, 20 May 2020)
Schneider Electric and AVEVA have expanded their partnership to deliver innovative solutions for the data centre market.
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Clearvision partners with monday.com (Tue, 19 May 2020)
Clearvision, an ISO 27001-certified Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner, has partnered with monday.com, which provides  a customisable work operating system (Work OS) that enables teams to create workflow apps to plan, run, and track processes, projects and operations.
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Venafi to acquire Jetstack to accelerate and secure digital transformation (Mon, 18 May 2020)
Venafi, the provider of machine identity protection, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Jetstack, the open source machine identity protection software provider for Kubernetes and cloud native ecosystems. This acquisition is claimed to be an industry first that will transform the way modern applications required by digital transformation are secured.
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EcoDataCenter to deploy world’s first chassis-level immersion liquid cooling solution from Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet (Thu, 14 May 2020)
Iceotope cooling technologies has announced in conjunction with partners Schneider Electric and Avnet, it is to deploy its chassis-level immersion liquid cooling technology at EcoDataCenter’s new colocation facility in Falun, Sweden.
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AO joins forces with what3words to improve delivery (Thu, 30 Apr 2020)
Online electricals retailer AO.com has partnered with the location company what3words so that all customers across the UK can benefit from AO’s customer service and delivery proposition. AO customers will soon be able to provide a what3words address for their desired delivery place – be it the front door, side entrance or a safe place.
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Core Scientific and SQream Team up to accelerate massive data analytics on GPU Cloud for data scientists (Tue, 28 Apr 2020)
Core Scientific, the artificial intelligence and blockchain cloud infrastructure and software solutions provider, and SQream, the GPU-accelerated analytics solutions provider, have entered into a partnership to bring accelerated analytics of massive data to the GPU Cloud for Data Scientists.
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Hitachi announces new virtual storage platform supercharged for partners (Thu, 23 Apr 2020)
Hitachi announces new virtual storage platform supercharged for partners
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DWF appoints new data protection and cyber security partner (Thu, 23 Apr 2020)
DWF, the global legal business, has appointed James Drury-Smith as partner and UK national leader of Privacy and Cyber Security.
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Sectigo and Infineon partner to protect IoT devices with automated factory provisioning of certificates (Tue, 21 Apr 2020)
Sectigo, provider of automated digital identity management and web security solutions, has entered into a partnership with Infineon Technologies AG to provide automated certificate provisioning for Infineon’s OPTIGA Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 using Sectigo IoT Identity Manager.
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AVer Europe upgrades new PTZ cameras with NDI Pro AV technology to simplify livestreaming process (Sat, 18 Apr 2020)
AVer Europe has announced the integration of its pan-tilt-zoom cameras with world leading video standard NDI® capability to deliver enhanced Pro AV opportunities to the UK market.
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iCyber-Security rebrands to become BlockAPT (Fri, 17 Apr 2020)
iCyber-Security has announced a major rebrand to reflect the platform’s evolution to become one of the most advanced and intelligent cyber defence technologies available.
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Cohesity appoints Andrew Fitzgerald as Sales Director for Western Europe and Africa (Thu, 16 Apr 2020)
Data management solutions provider, Cohesity, has appointed Andrew Fitzgerald as sales director for Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Based in the UK, Fitzgerald will lead the company’s business development strategy across the European and African markets while empowering customers and partners to embrace the company’s modern data management capabilities.
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ProGlove elevates Charlie Grieco to Chief Revenue Officer (Mon, 13 Apr 2020)
North American sales leader takes on global role to bring the company’s featherlight wearable barcode scanners to businesses seeking solutions for greater supply chain efficiency and individual worker ergonomics
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Crossword Cybersecurity announces Satisnet as new partner for Rizikon Assurance (Fri, 10 Apr 2020)
Crossword Cybersecurity Plc, the knowledge transfer company focused solely on cyber security and risk, will be collaborating with security reseller and managed security services provider Satisnet Limited (‘Satisnet’), on the provision of third-party assurance technology to its clients, as part of the expansion of Crossword’s partner programme.
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Canon UK and Ireland appoints Tony Wills as Document Solutions Business Unit Director (Fri, 10 Apr 2020)
Imaging solutions company Canon has appointed Tony Wills as Document Solutions Business Unit Director, Canon UK and Ireland.
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VARTA AG receives German Innovation Award (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
The "German Innovation Prize" was awarded for the eleventh time on 3 April 2020, and this year's prize went to VARTA AG. Accenture, EnBW and WirtschaftsWoche joined forces to form "The German Innovation Prize" initiative to recognize outstanding, forward-looking innovations by German companies that are changing business and markets with their innovative strength.
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