What’s up with… TIM, Google Cloud, European smartphone market, digital platforms and services

In today’s industry roundup: Turin is surrounded by smart factory applications; Google Cloud partners with TIM for a new “region”; multiple factors are leading to a major contraction of the European smartphone market during the first quarter of 2022; And much more !

Telecom Italy (TIM) teamed up with Ericsson and specialist in advanced industrial automation products and systemsComau to develop smart factory applications using network slicing capabilities enabled by a 5G network set up by the operator and supplier at Comau’s headquarters near Turin. Applications developed to date cover: Real-time tracking of a robot to create a digital twin; real-time monitoring of industrial assets for predictive maintenance purposes; and immersive telepresence to enable offsite remote support. To find out more, see this ad TIM.

Always with TIM… The Italian national operator has partnered with Google Cloud to allow the opening of the new “region” of the hyperscaler’s data center (dubbed Western Europe8) in the Milan area. The new deployment, built in collaboration with TIM, is the first of two regions opening in Italy, with the second set to launch in the Turin region over the next few months. “We believe the new Milan and Turin cloud regions will have a positive impact for years to come,” Google Cloud noted in this advert. “A recent independent report on the economic impact carried out by the University of Turin highlights that the two regions could potentially generate up to 3.3 billion euros and support up to 65,000 new jobs in Piedmont and Lombardy by 2025,” he added.

According to the latest data from Search for counterpoint. Many factors led to the decline, including ongoing component shortages, lockdowns in China due to the Covid-19 pandemic, deteriorating economic landscape, and the Russian-Ukrainian war. Rising inflation levels in the region and Samsung and Apple’s decision to halt shipments to Russia also had some impact, according to the analytics firm. Furthermore, “the impact of the war may develop wider ramifications if it leads to lower availability of raw materials, higher prices, additional inflationary pressure and/or the withdrawal of other suppliers from Russia” , noted the associate director of Counterpoint Research, Jan Stryjak. Looking ahead, the company expects the smartphone shipment market to get worse before it gets better and expects annual shipment growth to continue to decline in the coming quarters. See more.

T-Mobile United States shook things up again with the announcement of Coverage Beyond, which offers its mobile customers “free high-speed data in over 210 countries and destinations AND free in-flight connectivity and in-flight streaming on the largest American airlines”. The operator boasts: “Starting June 21, when they land in a foreign country, T-Mobile customers will receive 5GB of free high-speed data each month, up to 5G speeds if available, in more from 210 countries and destinations on T-Mobile’s most popular plan, Magenta MAX, and on the Business Unlimited Ultimate plan.No passes to buy.No hoops to jump.No BS. Read more.

Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, followed by Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Tencentaccording to the latest Kantar Brandz Top 100 Most Valuable Brands report. At number 15, Verizon is the highest ranked telecom operator, followed by AT&T at 23, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile at number 32, and Vodafone at number 65. From the telecommunications industry supplier community, Nvidia ranked 11, IBM at 18 years old, Oracle at 22 years, Qualcomm at 33 and Intel at 34 (plus a number of others further down the rankings). The report is available for download here. Deutsche Telekom too posted an ad to note that it was the highest-ranked European telecommunications company and the second most valuable German brand, behind SAP.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called on major national airlines to address the risks associated with a planned increase in 5G signal by mobile operators in July, Reuters reported. According to a letter from Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, AT&T and Verizon intend to boost 5G C-band services near select airports in the United States. Similar concerns about interference with technology used by airlines were raised earlier this year, prompting disruptions and delays to flights.

ICT Services Giant Atos, a leading systems integration partner for many telecommunications carriers and enterprises, is considering splitting into two separate companies. The Tech Foundations business line, which focuses on designing, building and managing computer systems and networks, would remain under the Atos name, while the digital services, big data and security units would be split into a separate company called Evidian. For more details, see this announcement from Atos.

In order to ensure that Belgian citizens are not left behind as the world becomes increasingly dependent on digital services, some 46 companies and organisations, including national telecommunications companies Proximus, have signed a Digital Inclusion Charter. In doing so, they committed to: Collaborate and identify best practices that enhance digital inclusion and share them with other signatories; promote digital inclusion within their organization and beyond; and support campaigns that make digital inclusion a priority. According to Proximus, the public is unaware of the social divisions caused by digital exclusion and of the real scale of the problem: “At least 40% of the Belgian population today risks being excluded from our society more more digitized. Read more.

BT faces the prospect of a disruptive staff strike if members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) vote for industrial action over wages. Read more.

– Staff, TelecomTV

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