Inmarsat protects OSVs in Thailand

29 September 2022

Offshore support vessel (OSV) company Uniwise Offshore is expanding its cybersecurity standards across its full OSV fleet with technology from Inmarsat.

With connectivity delivered by Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, Fleet Secure Unified Threat Management (UTM) provides Uniwise with end-to-end functionality to protect its network from cyber-attacks and intrusion via infected devices. Connectivity is a key requirement for operation in the busy gulf of Thailand, where the majority of Uniwise’s OSVs operate, but during prolonged downtimes and when usage is high, vessels become susceptible to cyber-attacks, which could impact vessel operations and result in significant business losses for both owners and charterers.

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Nokia deploys AVA AI software to help NTT DOCOMO enhance 5G network planning

13 September 2022

Nokia has deployed its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Radio Frequency (RF) capacity planning software for NTT DOCOMO to help the Japanese operator efficiently roll out its 5G network and to speed up radio frequency planning.

The AI RF capacity planning solution is part of Nokia’s AVA software offering that delivers “intelligence everywhere.” It was customised based on DOCOMO’s requirements and can predict RF capacity of 4G cells from BTS performance data; and simulate the best candidate locations of 5G cell and RAN hardware to meet required area capacity.

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Solomon Islands secures US$100m China loan to build Huawei mobile towers

09 September 2022

Solomon Islands has secured a US$100m loan from China to build 161 mobile communication towers, to be erected and supplied by Chinese tech giant Huawei.
The move was celebrated by the Pacific nation’s government as “a historical financial partnership” between the two countries that would “work closely to ensure the successful implementation … of the project”.

The loan, the island nation’s first from Beijing since it switched diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China in 2019, will come from the Exim Bank of China, with a 1% interest rate.

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Axiata considers shares sale

08 September 2022

Malaysia's Axiata Group’s tower unit edotco is considering the sale of shares to raise US$600m to support growth plans across the Asia Pacific, according to a report on Bloomberg.

It is understood edotoco appointed an adviser to thrash out the deal. If current shareholders including Axiata take part, the sale could raise around US$1bn.

Edotco manages a regional portfolio of 50,000 towers across Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines, Myanmar and Laos.

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