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Spending on Compute and Storage Infrastructure Grew Strongly in 1Q22

Spending on compute and storage infrastructure products for cloud deployments, including dedicated and shared environments, increased 17.2% year over year in the first quarter of 2022 (1Q22) to $18.3 billion, according to IDC.

EC Adopted 2022 Strategic Foresight Report

The European Commission has adopted the 2022 Strategic Foresight Report – “Twinning the green and digital transitions in the new geopolitical context”.

Public Cloud Services Revenues Grew 29.0 Percent in 2021

The worldwide public cloud services market, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service – System Infrastructure Software (SaaS – SIS), and Software as a Service – Applications, grew 29.0% in 2021 with revenues totaling $408.6 billion, according to IDC.

The US Review Delays Ericsson's Acquisition of Vonage

The completion of Ericsson's acquisition of US cloud communications company Vonage was planned to end next month.

EU to Deploy 1.5 Million Smart Thermostats this Year

EU announced an agreement to work with the US to deploy at least 1.5 million smart thermostats across member countries this year.

US eCommerce Will Cross $1 Trillion in 2022

This year will mark a major US retail milestone, as eCommerce will cross the $1 trillion mark for the first time, according to Insider Intelligence.

MWC Remains in Barcelona through 2030

Barcelona will remain the home of MWC, the world’s largest annual mobile tech event, until at least 2030.

Google Faces Another EU Probe

Google could be the target of another European Union antitrust probe.

Instagram Tests New Technology for Age-Verification

Instagram revealed that it is testing two new options for age-verification on the photo-sharing app, in addition to allowing users to upload identity proof online.

Aruba and Fastweb to Build Italian Public Administration Cloud

Italian government picked web hosting provider Aruba and broadband operator Fastweb to create a cloud-based infrastructure for the public administration.

A Flat Performance for PC Monitors in 1Q22

The global PC monitor market posted flat results in the first quarter of 2022 (1Q22), according to IDC.

Instagram Makes Changes to Compete Directly with TikTok

Meta has launched new updates for Instagram that are currently being tested on accounts selected by its team.

Netflix Cuts 300 Jobs, Looks for Advertising Partners

The streaming giant Netflix seems to be getting in more and more trouble in the past months, mostly because of a slowdown in subscriber growth.

Organizations and Companies Unite on Open Metaverse Interoperability

Tech giants like Meta, Huawei, and Qualcomm, jointly launched the Metaverse Standards Forum to develop industry guidelines ensuring immersive VR worlds are compatible.

UK Considers Pushing Domestic IPO on Arm

The British government, using a new national security law, wants to encourage SoftBank Group to list chip design company Arm in London.

Bosch Plans Acquisition of the MoTeC Group

Bosch plans to acquire the MoTeC Group, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

Belgian Spectrum Auction Generates €1.2 Billion

Belgium’s 5G spectrum auction raised a total of €1.2 billion from five bidders.

Most CFOs Will Increase or Maintain Digital Investments Through 2023

Seventy-eight percent of CFOs plan to maintain or increase enterprise-wide digital investments in the next two years, according to a Gartner survey of 199 CFOs and senior finance leaders.

Twitter's Board of Directors Approves Musk Takeover Deal

Twitter’s board of directors recommended that shareholders approve the proposed $44 billion sale of the company to billionaire Elon Musk.

Race for DT Towers Picks Up

Investment companies KKR, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), and Stonepeak Partners jointly made a binding offer for a controlling stake in Deutsche Telekom’s tower portfolio.

Intel Seeks €600 Million in Interest from EC After Antitrust Fine Win

Intel filed for damages of €593 million from the European Commission (EC) after it successfully won a legal battle against a €1 billion antitrust fine.

Macron Wants France to Have at least 100 Unicorns by 2030

French President Emmanuel Macron sees growth in the country's tech sector as crucial to his plans to boost the overall economy.

Samsung Launches Mobile Wallet

Samsung announced its new digital platform that will integrate with its Pay and Pass apps.

Biometrically Authenticated Remote Mobile Payments to Reach $1.2 Trillion by 2027

The value of biometrically authenticated remote mobile payments will reach $1.2 trillion globally by 2027; rising from $332 billion in 2022, according to a new study from Juniper Research.

Ericsson, OPPO, and Qualcomm Test 5G Enterprise Network Slicing

Ericsson, OPPO, and Qualcomm have successfully trialed a 5G enterprise network slicing solution on a commercial Android 12 handset.

EC Welcomes New Code of Practice on Disinformation

The European Commission announced it welcomes the publication of the strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation.

Vodafone Trials First Self-Powering Mast in the UK

Vodafone UK commenced a trial of the nation’s first wind and solar-powered mobile phone mast.

TIM Secured €725 Million from Italian 5G Fund

Telecom Italia secured €725 million of funding made available by Italy’s government.

Digital Gender Divide Continues to Grow

A GSMA study revealed a slowdown in the number of women accessing mobile internet in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Qualcomm Wins EU Fine Appeal

Qualcomm won its fight against a €997 million fine.

Empowered Consumers Prepared to Make Changes

The PwC June 2022 Global Consumer Insights Pulse Survey finds consumers are continuing to adapt to supply chain disruptions and increasing inflation.

Germany to Investigate Apple's Tracking Rules

Bundeskartellamt, the German competition regulator, started a probe to review Apple's rules on tracking third-party apps.

Nokia and Innventure Partner on Cooling Technology Commercialization

Nokia and Innventure announced plans to commercialize high-performance cooling technology developed by Nokia Bell Labs for data centers and mobile network equipment.

GSMA and FC Barcelona to Cooperate on MWC23

GSMA and FC Barcelona signed an agreement to co-locate the Sports Tomorrow Congress event at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2023.

Qualcomm Acquires Cellwize

Qualcomm agreed to buy Israel-headquartered mobile network automation and orchestration vendor Cellwize.

Microsoft Splitting Mixed Reality Team

Microsoft is splitting the mixed reality team behind its HoloLens products following the departure of the unit’s leader Alex Kipman.

TSMC Very Optimistic on 2022 Revenue

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) expects a 30% rise in revenue this year.

Smartwatch Market Grows 13 Percent in 1Q22

The global smartwatch market recorded 13% more shipments compared to the same period last year, despite concerns over economic slowdown and inflation, according to Counterpoint Research.

Nokia Partners with DOCOMO and NTT on 6G Technologies

Nokia is partnering with DOCOMO and NTT to jointly define and develop key technologies for 6G.

SEC Launches Probe on Ericsson's Iraq Scandal

The US Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation on Ericsson's Iraq corruption report.

Siemens Agrees to Acquire Senseye

Siemens is further expanding its portfolio in the field of innovative predictive maintenance and asset intelligence with the acquisition of Senseye.

Twitter to Hand Over Requested Data to Musk

Twitter agreed to ease an ongoing row with its prospective new owner Elon Musk by offering to hand over data about tweets sent on the platform and the user information.

Nokia Wins Ten-Year Network Expansion Deal with Orange Polska

Nokia announced that it has won a ten-year extension to its contract with Orange Polska.

Telecom Italia to Lay Off up to 1,200 Employees

Telecom Italia might lay off more than a thousand employees.

CFOs See Self-Service Data and Analytics as a Driver of Employee Productivity

As CFOs look for ways to fight inflation’s impact on margins, self-service analytics will be a critical tool for driving employee productivity, according to a survey by Gartner.

USB-Type C to Become the EU's Common Charger in 2024

European Parliament and EU countries have reached an agreement to make USB type-C the common charging standard for small electronic devices by autumn 2024.

TWS Shipments Grew 17 Percent in 1Q22

Global TWS (true wireless stereo) shipments grew 17% in the first quarter of 2022 to reach 68.2 million units, according to Canalys.

Musk Threatens to Withdraw from Twitter Deal

Elon Musk might pull out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter unless the social media company provided him with information about how it calculated the number of fake accounts on its platform.

Qualcomm Interested in Buying a Share in Arm

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon reiterated a desire for his company to buy a stake in chip design company Arm.

Lara Dewar Appointed as GSMA CMO

Industry association GSMA appointed Lara Dewar as the chief marketing officer to lead its global marketing and communications strategy.

April Large Area Display Shipments Hit Historical Low Since Start of Pandemic

Shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels dropped to historical lows in April as pandemic impacts combined with disruptions from the war in Europe and lockdowns in China dampen demand, according to Omdia.

IBM to Grant $5 Million for Public Schools to Prepare for Ransomware Threat

IBM announced it will provide in-kind grants valued at $5 million to help address cybersecurity resiliency in schools worldwide.

Advocacy Groups Oppose Twitter Takeover

A dozen advocacy groups will voice their opposition to Elon Musk’s proposed deal to buy Twitter.

IaaS Public Cloud Services Market Grew 41.4 Percent in 2021

The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 41.4% in 2021, to a total of $90.9 billion, up from $64.3 billion in 2020, according to Gartner.

Smartphone Shipments Expected to Decline 3.5 Percent in 2022

Shipments of smartphones will decline 3.5% to 1.31 billion units in 2022, according to IDC.

Salesforce Reports Strong First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results

During the first fiscal quarter of the financial year 2023, Salesforce recorded double-digit revenue growth.

TIM Closes on Open Fiber Merger

Telecom Italia made progress towards creating a single fiber network company in the nation by signing a preliminary deal with state lender CDP to combine its fixed assets with those of Open Fiber.

Orqa and FlyFive33 Enter Partnership

FlyFive33 and Orqa officially entered into a partnership.

Top 100 Companies Reach New Highs Despite Macroeconomic Pressures

Despite volatility in the global economy, market capitalization for the Global Top 100 companies is continuing to set records, according to PwC’s latest analysis.

AMD Powers World’s First Exascale Supercomputer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Frontier system submitted its very first score to the Top500 list of 1.1 exaflops, making it the world’s fastest supercomputer and the first to break the exascale barrier.

Chromebook Market Share Hits Lowest Point in 5 Years

The staying power of notebooks is strong a full two years into the COVID pandemic, even as offices are welcoming more people back to in-person work, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics.

Telefonica Chief Hails Telecom Environmental Efforts

Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, CEO of Telefonica, at the World Economic Forum in Davos said that environmental and digital transitions are firmly linked.

Spain to Increase Chip Investment to €12.2 Billion

Spanish government unveiled plans for a major push into the semiconductor and microchip industry.

Cerebras and HPE to Build AI System for Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), Cerebras Systems, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the joint development and delivery of a new system.

Omdia Names Adobe as World’s Most AI-Forward SaaS Company

Signaling a significant AI market trend, an elite group of SaaS companies is embedding AI into their products intending to improve business outcomes for their customers.

TriLite and Dispelix Partner on Projection Display for AR Glasses

TriLite, the developer of the world's smallest projection display, announced it is working with Dispelix, the leader in see-through waveguides for wearables, to create an ultra-compact display system for AR smart glasses.

Gideon Launches Autonomous Case Picking and Process Optimization Solution

Gideon introduced Casey, the autonomous case picking and process optimization solution.

Smart Home Devices Market Grew 11.7 Percent in 2021

The worldwide market for smart home devices grew 11.7% in 2021 compared to 2020 with more than 895 million devices shipped, according to IDC.

Broadcom to Buy VMware in a $69 Billion Mega-Deal

Broadcom agreed to acquire cloud software company VMware in one of the largest US technology acquisitions to date.

Semiconductor Revenue to Grow 13.6 Percent in 2022

Global semiconductor revenue is projected to total $676 billion in 2022, an increase of 13.6% from 2021, according to Gartner.

Xiaomi Signs Camera Deal with Leica

Xiaomi announced it will launch a smartphone jointly branded with photography specialist Leica in July.

Samsung to Invest Over $350 Billion in the Next Five Years

Samsung plans to up total investments over the next five years by 36.4%.

DT and Ericsson Partner to Drive Sustainable 5G Radio Site Operations

A successful trial on Deutsche Telekom‘s 5G-enabled network could pave the way for major advances in sustainable mobile site operations through the use of renewable energy.

Broadcom Interested in VMware Takeover

According to media reports, Broadcom started talks to buy software group VMware.

Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon Platforms

Qualcomm announced its latest lineup of mobile platforms, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, to power the next generation of premium and high-tier Android smartphones.

EU Backs 5G FWA Fiber Alternative

The European Commission highlighted the benefits of fixed wireless access 5G deployments.

Multi-Factor Authentication to Generate $27 Billion for Mobile Operators

Operators will generate $27 billion from the termination of SMS messages related to multi-factor authentication in 2022; an increase from $25 billion in 2021, according to a new study by Juniper Research.

Open RAN and vRAN Revenues Surge in 1Q22

Preliminary findings suggest total Open RAN revenues, including O-RAN and OpenRAN radio and baseband, surged in the first quarter of 2022, according to Dell’Oro Group.

Component Shortages Affected Xiaomi's First Quarter Results

Xiaomi recorded sizeable drops in shipments and smartphone revenue in the first quarter of 2022.

62 Percent of Mobile Sector to Cut Emissions This Decade

The number of mobile operators committed to rapid emissions cuts has increased by more than 50% over the last year, according to a new GSMA report.

QR Code Payments to Reach $3 Trillion Globally by 2025

Global spending using QR code payments will reach over $3 trillion by 2025; rising from $2.4 trillion in 2022, according to Juniper Research.

Ericsson Makes Changes to Group Structure and Executive Team

Ericsson announced changes to its group structure and in the executive team.

IBM iX Croatia to Open Office in Osijek

IBM's digital agency, IBM iX, will open its 57th office worldwide and the third in Croatia this year in Osijek.

TIM and Open Fiber Sign an Agreement to Speed Up Digitalization of Italy

Telecom Italia signed a commercial agreement to share its network infrastructure with state-backed Open Fiber.

Ericsson and Intel Launch Global Cloud RAN Tech Hub

Ericsson and Intel are pooling R&D knowledge to create high-performing Cloud RAN solutions.

GSMA Seeks Balanced Approach to Internet Market

A new GSMA report warns market imbalances between network operators and online services providers may put global growth prospects at risk across multiple sectors of the internet-based economy.

Samsung to Rise Chipmaking Prices by 20 Percent

Samsung reportedly discussed price hikes up to 20% with chip customers.

Qualcomm Wants to Connect All Devices

Qualcomm president and CEO Cristiano Amon predicted a world where billions of devices are connected to the cloud non-stop using AI and the connected intelligent edge as 5G expands beyond smartphones.

Musk Temporarily Halts Twitter Deal

Elon Musk said that a deal to acquire Twitter is temporarily on hold over spam and fake user accounts operating on the platform.

Public Cloud End-User Spending to Reach Nearly $500 Billion in 2022

Worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow 20.4% in 2022 to total $494.7 billion, up from $410.9 billion in 2021, according to Gartner.

Habana Labs Launches New AI Processors for Training and Inferencing

Intel announced that Habana Labs, its data center team focused on AI deep learning processor technologies, launched its second-generation deep learning processors for training and inference.

Deutsche Telekom Raises 2022 Outlook

Deutsche Telekom continued growth at the start of 2022, with net income and revenue boosted by its T-Mobile US unit.

Telefónica Increases Revenues Across All Markets

Telefónica has accelerated its growth in the first quarter of 2022. Spanish-based telecom provider reported an increase in revenues in all the markets and a net income of €706 million.

Siemens Delivers Another Strong Quarter

In the second fiscal quarter of 2022, German tech giant Siemens delivered good results that the company's executives marked as strong.

The Rise in Business Technologists is Driving Purchases Outside of IT

74% of technology purchases are funded, at least partially, by business units (BUs) outside of IT, according to a recent Gartner survey.

EU Publishes Report on the Security of Open RAN

The EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission and ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, published a report on the cybersecurity of Open RAN.

Qualcomm, Three Austria, and ZTE Demonstrate 5G SA on 700MHz in Europe

Qualcomm, Three Austria, and ZTE have successfully executed a 5G network demonstration using a standalone (SA) coverage layer based on 700MHz (n28) and the world’s first supplemental downlink (SDL) band 1400MHz (n75).

SKT and DT Plan Europe Metaverse Play

SK Telecom partnered with Deutsche Telekom to bring SKT’s ifland metaverse platform to Europe.

Semiconductor Shortage to Ease for Wireless Communications

Strategy Analytics predicts an easing of the semiconductor shortage for wireless telecommunications companies.

Nokia Launches Cybersecurity-Focused Testing Lab in the US

Nokia announced the launch of its Advanced Security Testing and Research (ASTaR) lab, located in Dallas, Texas.