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Airtel to Invest USD 700 Million in Nigeria, Reveals Mittal: Report

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, held a meeting with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday, as reported by the local press.

After the meeting, Mittal expressed his support for the government’s decision to float the Naira, stating that it will attract foreign investments to the country.

The local media reported Mittal as saying, “We’re already investing about USD 400 million a year, which has been going on for the last many years. That will, of course, continue. That is business as usual. On top of that, to roll out the 5G and more fibre into the ground and data centres will require more USD 700 million to get to that outcome.”

“So, while there is no exact number, I can give you, all I can tell you is USD 400 million is what we generally invest every year. With 5G, the investment is only going to go up for the next two or three years, before it comes back to the same USD 350, USD 450 million a year. We have invested just under USD 4 billion since the time we have come into Nigeria,” Mittal was quoted according to the reports.

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The Critical Role Of Trust In Telecommunications And How To Get There

Peter Ford is Executive Vice President, Information Solutions Business for iconectiv.

Long ago, well before the advent of high-speed internet and smartphones, and prior to terms like 5G and hyper-connectivity entering the cultural lexicon, trust was a relatively straightforward concept. Back then, we were content to rely on values like credibility, dependability and sincerity to establish trust. Times, of course, have changed considerably since the dawn of the digital age, in many ways for the better.

However, when it comes to creating a foundation of trust between corporations and customers, the results have been less favorable, particularly when traditional voice telephone calls are used as the primary method for engagement.

Still, trust remains pivotal to ensuring business success in today’s ultra-connected world, and it’s imperative that companies forge a path toward regaining it. Let’s examine what this erosion of public trust looks like and what steps might be taken for it to be re-established.

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In Conversation with Mr.Rajdipkumar Gupta, MD & Group CEO, Route Mobile Ltd.

Jahnavi– Evolution of a framework which can help Telecom operators & messaging aggregators regulate SPAM & Phishing messages. Can you shed more light on that subject?

Rajdip– It is a matter of great concern that millions of Indians have to bear the brunt of unsolicited text messages every day. Several unregistered telemarketers operate outside of the system, rendering regulation efforts challenging. Despite customer complaints, these entities frequently change their numbers, making it difficult to track and regulate their activities.

Maintaining a worldwide security network is essential in today’s rapidly advancing digital era to ensure the safety of users against possible risks. Companies worldwide leverage cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Blockchain to enhance cybersecurity measures and combat spam message-related concerns.

It is important to exercise caution when it comes to vulnerabilities in SMS. Fraudsters are constantly updating their tactics and trying to evade detection, so it is crucial for enterprises to stay vigilant and implement the right processes and technologies to identify and filter out suspicious activity.

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iProov partners with Undercoverlab

As part of this cooperation, iProov Biometric Solution Suite was integrated into Undercoverlab’s Tsubacheck security solution to enable increasingly fast and reliable user authentication via facial biometrics for government and financial organisations across Europe and Central America. As online fraud continues to be on an upward trajectory, traditional authentication methods of the likes of passwords and one-time passcodes (OTP) no longer fit the purpose, with organisations being on the lookout for more reliable alternatives to ensure the solutions they provide users with are trusted, easy to use, and offer transparency.

Andrew Bud, founder, and CEO, iProov stated that reducing fraud and having customer satisfaction increased are among the top priorities for companies worldwide. Per their statement, Undercoverlab required a secure and reliable identity authentication solution, and by integrating iProov Biometric Solution Suite into Tsubacheck, the company assists with ensuring that each user is verified in an expedited manner and checked to prove they are the right person, a real one, authenticating at the time of the verification. What is more, the official believes the collaboration with Undercoverlab to bring forth new opportunities and is looking forward to further working together and strengthening security for their customers.

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Mavenir’s Remote Packet Gateway provides localised data breakout for Deutsche Telekom IoT GmbH in North America

Bonn, Germany – Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native solutions that run on any cloud, today announces the deployment of its cloud-based Remote Packet Gateway to Deutsche Telekom IoT GmbH in North America, with the initial use case focused on delivering IoT connectivity to several industry-leading car manufacturers.

Ashok Khuntia, Mavenir President Core Networks, said, “Mavenir’s solution deployed with Deutsche Telekom IoT GmbH will create the foundation for the future of connected vehicles. The applications enabled by this partnership will allow car manufacturers to benefit from advanced connectivity and an improved customer offering serving the needs of today with a vision for the future.”

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Hyundai, Vodafone Business to Provide European Customers with Advanced In-car Infotainment Services

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Vodafone Business announced a multi-year extension of their existing strategic partnership to provide customers with advanced in-car connected streaming and infotainment services in more than 40 countries across Europe. Under the partnership extension, Vodafone Business will bring its Global Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity for Connected Car Service to millions of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis models sold in Europe. Last year saw HMG record its highest annual sales in Europe to date, with nearly 1.1 million units sold, and today’s announcement underlines the Group’s determination to position itself as a leader in innovative mobility solutions.

Erik Brenneis, Director, IoT, Vodafone Business : In-vehicle connectivity is becoming universal. As a leader in IoT, Vodafone Business can offer unique and innovative solutions that drive the adoption of the technology. Vodafone and Hyundai have been shaping the future of vehicle mobility since 2018, and the extension of our partnership means we can enhance the experience of millions more customers across Europe.

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