Network automation: learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic

10 February 2021

The use of collaboration tools has increased dramatically. For instance, Microsoft alone saw an increase of 12 million new users on Teams as companies shifted to remote work during the pandemic. This change, together with the increased use of video streaming, gaming, and social media platforms, has driven bandwidth needs up abruptly.

Telia Carrier owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber backbones and recently reported that “every day of the week now looks like a Sunday” in terms of backbone network load, with Sunday evenings being the traditional traffic peak. Verizon has revealed that its overall data volume increased by 19% when compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, with peak web traffic increasing by 30%. Data demand spikes have been documented in India and in Malaysia as well.

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Mobile data: the challenges ahead

10 February 2021

Southern Asian telecom operators, like their counterparts across the rest of the world, have been preparing for 5G for some time. After all the hype, 5G is here. Yet the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the upsurge in traffic usage might prove to be a valuable learning experience as operators ready themselves for 5G.

The most obvious difference for operators came about as countries in Southern Asia imposed strict lockdown measures limiting people’s movement. From Bangalore to Bangkok and from Karachi to Kula Lumpur, businesses switched almost overnight to remote working, leisure and social activities went online and school children in many countries in the region joined virtual lessons – or worse still, had their education put on hold altogether.

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Get together when you’re apart with Barco

09 February 2021

Two companies have combined products to create all-in-one wireless video conferencing.

Barco’s ClickShare Conference, its wireless conferencing product, has been combined with Logitech’s Video Collaboration products for conference sizes ranging from huddle rooms to large meeting areas.

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NGMN unveils plans for 6G

09 February 2021

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) board has launched a 6G project, while continuing its 5G efforts, it said.

NGMN published the first 5G White Paper in 2015, which helped pave the way for standardising 5G and its commercialisation. A second 5G White Paper (5GWP2) followed in July 2020

The new 6G Vision and Drivers project is designed to provide early and timely direction for global activities around the next generation. NGMN will facilitate an information exchange within its internal partnership and with relevant external stakeholders.

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