5G tipping point: Industry and consumers lured with cheaper, smarter services

Ericsson landed on its corporate feet when it parachuted out of the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress last Friday. For the last few years, the network solutions provider has (like Huawei and a few others) hosted Pre-MWC Briefings for media and analysts in key markets, in an attempt to catch attention ahead of the pandemonium in Barcelona. 

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Sigfox launches second Paris Hacking House helping students to bring IoT-based projects to life

Sigfox, the Internet of Things (IoT) service provider, has launched the second French edition of its Hacking House in Paris. For six months, participants from seven different countries will bring IoT-based projects to life addressing issues as diverse as car theft prevention and bird protection.

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Attacks on smart supply chains and medical tech among cyber security threats in 2020

TÜV Rheinland has released its seventh annual report on Cybersecurity Trends for 2020. In it, the Cologne, Germany-based provider of international testing, inspection and certification services, identifies attacks on smart supply chains, threats to medical equipment and weaknesses in real-time operating systems.

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Orange Spain and Vodafone Spain both aim to transform customer relationships

Orange Spain has chosen St. Louis-based Amdocs a provider of software and services to communications and media companies, to drive new services and revenue in the digital economy.The project encompasses a large-scale IT and business transformation, including a multi-year contract with managed services, the managed upgrade of tens of legacy systems, and technology provided by multiple partners.

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Security professionals anticipate automation will reduce IT security headcount, but not replace human expertise

Today the Ponemon Institute, in partnership with DomainTools, announced the results of its annual “Staffing the IT Security Function in the Age of Automation” report. The survey of more than 1,000 IT and IT security practitioners analysed the impact of automation on current IT security practices and staffing in the U.S. and UK.

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Stratasys mid-range 3D printer aims to save weeks on design cycles

Bringing 3D printed realism to a broader range of product designers and enterprise shops, Stratasys has unveiled the new J826 3D Printer at 3DEXPERIENCE World. At about half the price of other J8-series PolyJet printers, the J826 combines part realism and productivity, including full PANTONE validated colour and multi-material 3D printing.

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EMEA firms ‘lag’ behind Americas but still see hybrid cloud as ‘ideal’ IT model

In common with other regions, companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continue to view hybrid cloud as their ‘ideal’ IT model. But, according to the annual Enterprise Cloud Index from Nutanix, specialists in enterprise cloud computing, moving applications out of the data centre to implement this approach is taking longer than anticipated.

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AI spend by network operators to reach $15bn by 2024, driven by optimisation and fraud

Total operator spend on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions will exceed US$15 billion (€13.5 billion) by 2024, according to a new study from Juniper Research. This is a rise from a $3 billion (€2.7 biilion) spend in 2020.

The research identifies network optimisation and fraud mitigation solutions as the most highly sought-after AI based services over the next 4 years. AI-based solutions automate network functionalities including routing, traffic management and predictive maintenance solutions.

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One in three UK consumers to buy 5G smart phone, with high hopes of streaming

Research from Amdocs has revealed that 35% of UK consumers plan to buy a 5G smartphone in 2020. While the study of 1,000 UK consumers revealed there is a demand for 5G devices, it also showed awareness of the fifth generation standard in the UK is widespread, less than since the first 5G network deployment in the country.

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Online builders’ merchant aims to disrupt market with ‘significant investment’ in AI

Online construction materials supplier, CMOStores.com is planning to disrupt the UK building trade and do-it-yourself (DIY) market. The company expects to make an unspecified “major investment in web developments”, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology at its six digital superstores. This will improve the customer experience of visitors to the websites and drive business efficiencies.

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Dave Labuda appointed non-exec chairman as Glo Gordon takes over as MATRIXX CEO

MATRIXX Software, Inc. has appointed board member Glo Gordon to succeed Dave Labuda as CEO of MATRIXX and lead the company through its next phase of transformative growth.

Following a February transition, Labuda will remain with the company as non-executive chairman of the board and senior innovation advisor.

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Monitored lone workers in Europe and North America to reach 2.2mn in 2023

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the market for lone worker protection solutions and services in Europe and North America is forecasted to grow from €154 million in 2019, to reach €284 million in 2023.

The number of users of dedicated lone worker safety devices based on GPS and cellular technology on the European market is estimated to grow from 645,000 users in 2019 to reach 1.1 million users at the end of 2023. In North America, the number of such users is estimated to grow from 205,000 in 2019, to reach 380,000 at the end of 2023.

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Australia’s Simply Energy enhances Hansen HubCX platform with Sigma Catalog and CPQ

Hansen Technologies has signed a new agreement with long-standing customer Simply Energy, to augment the energy retailer’s existing Hansen HubCX platform with Sigma Catalog and Sigma CPQ.

The Australian retail arm of the global ENGIE group, Simply Energy has more than 720,000 customer accounts in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.

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