GSMA MWC Barcelona 2024 takes off

26 February 2024

GSMA MWC Barcelona 2024 has returned to the Fira de Barcelona, marking the beginning of the world’s largest and most influential connectivity event.

Hosted by the GSMA, MWC Barcelona convenes leaders from the global mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries for four days of networking, driving new business and delving into the latest trends shaping the future of connectivity.

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Keeping it cool within the edge data centre

22 February 2024

Jonathan Duncan, technical director, Africa at Vertiv

Jonathan Duncan, technical director, Africa at Vertiv

Digital transformation means organisations are becoming increasingly reliant on information technology to run almost every aspect of their business. The creation of more data – which needs to be processed and stored - brings with it the corresponding need for more compute power and more data centres. In many cases, these are not large, purpose-built data centres, but rather close-proximity, smaller edge facilities that share space in the same building as the rest of the business. This, in turn, can create unique challenges with regards to securing the environment and cooling the IT loads.

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Consortium creates Mobile Satellite Services Association (MSSA)

09 February 2024

Viasat, Inc., Terrestar Solutions, Ligado Networks, Omnispace and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat), have announced the Mobile Satellite Services Association (MSSA), which will bring significant scale and choice to promote and advance the emerging Direct-to-Device (D2D) ecosystem.

MSSA seeks to develop a global ecosystem utilizing over 100 MHz of L- and S-band spectrum already allocated and licensed for mobile satellite services (MSS), which is well-suited for integration into a broad range of mobile devices. The non-profit industry association intends to align with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards to extend terrestrial mobile coverage for both Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and Over-the-Top (OTT) internet services.

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South Africa extends 2G/3G shutdown to end-2027

09 February 2024

South Africa's Department of Communications and Digital Transformation has set 31 December 2027 as the new deadline for the total shutdown of 2G and 3G networks in the country.

It was in September 2022 that the South African government unveiled a roadmap to shut down the 2G and 3G networks, in the first half of 2024 and March 2025 respectively. The initiative aimed to free up frequencies for the extension of the networks 4G and 5G.

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