This Week In Tech And Telco: The Galaxy Fold And Other Feuds

Happy Friday everyone! What’s happening in the world of tech and telco this week? Well, there’s been so much going on - as ever in this fast-moving industry - that I’ve compiled an extra long (informative!) article today.

Don’t have time to click through and read the full story? Not to worry - that’s why all of the important bits are curated here! And that’s me for another week, enjoy your weekend!

Finally, we see the Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has been officially unveiled on stage at Samsung' s Unpacked 2019 launch event. The device packs 12GB of RAM and a high-end 7nm processor, making it one of the most powerful phones on the market.

It also comes with 512GB of internal storage and support for UFS 3.0 (Universal Flash Storage), allowing the handset to read data even faster. There is no expandable storage option, though.

  • What is it? Samsung's first folding smartphone
  • When is it out? April 26 (US), May 3 (Europe)
  • What will it cost? $1,980 (€2,000)
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Ericsson and VMware form alliance to simplify network virtualization for CSPs

Embarking on a digital transformation journey? Virtualizing your processes and infrastructure was just made easier. Ericsson and VMware have signed a global alliance agreement that will simplify deploying and running a combination of Ericsson applications and VMware’s vCloud NFV platform for CSPs. The alliance agreement solidifies the close cooperation between the two companies, ongoing since 2012, and enables CSPs to accelerate time to revenue for new telco-grade services.

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Expansions for H5 and 365 Data Centers

H5 Data Centers and Archeo Futurus are teaming up down in San Antonio, Texas. The two have partnered to launch an internet exchange at 100 Taylor Street, which H5 purchased a few months ago. SAT-IX will initially have access to some 25 carriers in the building, with growth ahead from there. Archeo Futurus also operates cloud and IX services in NYC, Ashburn, Seattle, and Fremont CA.

365 Data Centers also added some further depth to its portfolio this week. They launched cyber security solutions with the help of Tel-Networks, bringing capabilities from a host of third parties to bear on the enterprise market. The move complements 365DC's launch of managed services for the enterprise last month.

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Google buys Alooma to aid customers in migrating their databases

Google Cloud on Tuesday announced it is buying Alooma, a company that helps enterprises move their data from multiple locations into a single data warehouse. Alooma, based in both Israel and California, has raised about $15 million since its founding in 2013.

Google says Alooma’s technology “is a natural fit” that will add to its existing database services ranging from managed open source database offerings to its solutions like Cloud Spanner and Cloud Bigtable. “

What’s going on with Huawei?

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Huawei is always making noise, whether it’s beating Samsung to a foldable phone or being scorned by espionage allegations, they are sure to always feature in this round up. With with much noise, comes lots of news. Here’s the latest with Huawei:

The UK goes against US efforts to convince allies to ban the Chinese supplier, amid national security concerns, from 5G efforts. The British government department National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has reportedly concluded that any risks from the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks can be mitigated, according to two unnamed sources. But The US Government has warned allies,’work with Huawei, or us, but not both’ and said it would halt data-sharing with allies who work with the telco.

The drama is getting boring for Huawei, who says it doesn’t expect much disruption across “95 percent” of its market, “but thanks the market for free publicity”.

A new angle on an old argument: Huawei is playing down security risks concerns, insisting it will not affect the majority of its business - and may even have given it free global publicity.

Three of the UK's four mobile operators have joined in the rebellion against efforts to ban Huawei by conducting the first video call across 5G radio networks.

Representatives of BT’s EE, CK Hutchison’s Three UK and Vodafone carried on a brief, though distorted, video conversation with Ryan Ding, president of the Chinese vendor’s carrier business group.

Ding and colleagues from Huawei were previewing some of the announcements the company expects to make in Barcelona next week at Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments ⬇

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