Nokia and Elisa see sustainability leap in 'world-first' 5G liquid cooling deployment

03 June 2020

Nokia said its liquid cooling 5G AirScale Base Station solution has helped Finnish mobile operator, Elisa, reduce the potential energy expenses of its base station by 30% and CO2 emissions by approximately 80%.

It marks the first time a commercial 5G liquid cooling solution has been deployed anywhere in the world and highlights Nokia’s strong commitment to sustainability and combatting climate change.

The Nokia Bell Labs-developed solution will enable Elisa to achieve 30% lower power consumption and related savings at its site in the capital Helsinki.

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MWC to offer refunds for cancelled Barcelona event

21 April 2020

Mobile World Congress (MWC) has offered to reimburse anyone who paid to attend the cancelled conference, in a move that could “lay down the gauntlet” for other events cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organiser GSMA — the trade body for the mobile industry – scrapped the telecom event in February following a string of high- profile withdrawals, saying health concerns made it “impossible” for the event to go ahead. The Barcelona showcase was one of the first major events to be called off as a result of the pandemic. However, GSMA said it will refund the full price of the ticket, which costs €799 for a basic exhibition pass.

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Inmarsat launches new services in Saudi

21 April 2020

Inmarsat will bring its maritime, aviation and enterprise connectivity solutions to customers based in Saudi Arabia through new partner agreements.

It has also se- cured new spectrum licenses to deliver both its narrow-band (L-band) and high-capacity broadband (Ka-band), Global Xpress (GX), services in Saudi Arabia, enabling Saudi-based businesses to deploy these services for the first time.

Fixed and mobile satellite telecommunications distributor Sada Al Ammah and Global Beam Telecom have been appointed as the company’s first distribution partners in Saudi Arabia and the region and they will work closely with Inmarsat’s Maritime, Aviation and Enterprise businesses to roll-out services in the region. They will work with Inmarsat’s Enterprise business to bring the benefits of its award-winning connectivity services to land-based users in the Middle East.

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Dare1 lands in La Siesta, Djibouti

21 April 2020

Djibouti Telecom, Somalia’s Somtel and Telkom Kenya, along with cable manufacturer SubCom, said the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system has landed in La Siesta Beach, Djibouti and marine installation is underway.

This follows the announcement in early December 2019 that all manufacturing aspects for the DARE1 system had been completed. In addition to the installation of the trunk, the installation of the two branch legs to the system’s four landing stations has also commenced. The landing stations, located in Djibouti (Djibouti’s capital city), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya), will help enhance connectivity in the east African region and will also help enable more efficient communications, say the partners. The two installation vessels are progressing on schedule and marine operations are scheduled to be complete in March 2020.

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