Nokia signs multiyear deal to migrate its data center infrastructure to Google Cloud

Networking equipment provider Nokia announced that it has signed a multiyear agreement to use Google as its cloud infrastructure provider. Nokia said it will migrate its global data centers and servers, as well as various software applications, onto Google Cloud infrastructure over an 18- to 24-month period.

Nokia said the deal reflects the company’s operational shift toward a cloud-first IT strategy. The cloud move is also meant to help Nokia manage its digital operations and expand collaboration capabilities for its employees working remotely amid the pandemic.

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 Under the deal, Nokia will use a suite of Google Cloud products and services, with its infrastructure and applications running in the public cloud or via SaaS model. The companies have also worked out a customized migration schedule that will allow Nokia to exit its

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Huawei ousted from heart of EU as Nokia wins Belgian 5G contracts

By Supantha Mukherjee and Mathieu Rosemain

STOCKHOLM/PARIS (Reuters) – Orange and Proximus have picked Nokia to help build 5G networks in Belgium as they drop Huawei amid U.S. pressure to exclude the Chinese firm from supplying key telecoms equipment.

The moves are among the first by commercial operators in Europe to drop Huawei from next-generation networks and come after months of diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.

The Belgian capital Brussels is home to the European Union’s executive body and parliament, making it a matter of particular concern for U.S. intelligence agencies.

“Belgium has been 100% reliant on Chinese vendors for its radio networks – and people working at NATO and the EU were making mobile phone calls on these networks,” said John Strand, an independent Danish telecoms consultant.

“The operators are sending a signal that it’s important to have access

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Microsoft In The Frame To Buy Nokia (Again)

Microsoft is one of the favorites to buy networking and cell phone company, Nokia, according to a leading mobile analyst firm.

CCS Insight’s predictions for 2021 include the claim that Nokia will be bought by a major U.S. tech company next year, with both Microsoft and Intel named as likely buyers.

Microsoft and Nokia, of course, have history. In 2013, Microsoft paid over $7 billion for Nokia’s handset business in an ill-fated attempt to provide a third alternative to iPhone and Android handsets with Windows Phone. It failed miserably, with the purchased assets from Nokia written off in 2015, resulting in thousands of job losses.

Although Nokia has since re-entered the cell phone business, it’s not that arm of the business that would prove attractive to the potential buyers. Instead, it’s Nokia networking arm that would interest the American giants,

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5G: BT picks Nokia to power networks as UK starts to phase out Huawei

BT, the UK’s largest provider of fixed-line, broadband and mobile services, has picked Nokia to build more of its 5G networks across the country, as the telco starts to move away from a long-established partnership with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

It’s 15 years since BT signed its first contract with Huawei to modernise the UK’s broadband service, but now there is little space left for the Chinese company to participate in the development of next-generation networks in the country. Instead, Nokia is set to become BT’s largest equipment provider, supplying 5G RAN infrastructure and services at BT radio sites across the UK.

The Finnish company already powers parts of BT’s network in Greater London, the Midlands and certain rural locations, and the partnership will be extended to also cover multiple other towns and cities. As part of the deal, the Finnish company will also optimise BT’s 2G, 3G and 4G

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Nokia clinches 5G deal with BT to phase out Huawei’s kit in EE network

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Nokia BT

Nokia is set to become a major beneficiary of Huawei being blocked from the UK’s 5G networks.

The Finnish telecoms firm has struck a deal to become the largest equipment provider to BT.

Nokia will now provide additional base stations and antennas to let EE customers’ devices make calls and transmit data via the UK firm’s 5G “radio access network”.

The deal will also see Nokia replace Huawei in BT’s 2G and 4G networks.

EE’s network already uses Nokia to provide its 3G service.

The UK government announced in July that all the UK’s mobile providers were being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December, and must also remove all the Chinese firm’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

The decision, which was taken on national security grounds, effectively ended a strong relationship between BT and Huawei that dated back to 2005.

Extended relationship

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Nokia 9.3 PureView could launch in November 2020

Nokia 9 PureView Review
  • HMD Global is rumored to host a Nokia launch event in November.
  • The event may finally see the launch of the long-awaited Nokia 9.3 PureView.

HMD Global’s Nokia launched its last true flagship smartphone — the Nokia 9 PureView — over a year ago. It wasn’t the brand’s greatest device, but it was undoubtedly a daring departure from the norm. Now, a new report suggests that its long-awaited successor could arrive before the end of the year.

According to a report by Nokia Power User, the Nokia 9.3 PureView could finally make its debut at a rumored “major launch event” in November. The publication’s sources add that the event is still in its “planning phase” and the date is not yet confirmed.

Nokia 9.3 PureView: Late to the party

The next Nokia flagship has become something of an urban legend. The phone was rumored to launch in mid-2019 but

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Optus goes with Nokia for NB-IoT management

Optus announced on Thursday it has chosen to go with Nokia’s management platform for its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) segment.

The sorts of industries targeted by the deal will be mining, utilities, and transportation.

“Anticipated industry applications include cost-effective waste management, supply chain optimisation, logistics management, and scene analytics for improved safety and security,” the pair said in a statement.

Nokia and Optus previously teamed up to create the latter’s 5G network, although Ericsson is also used by the telco as well.

Optus currently has over 900 5G sites around Australia, and over 420,000 households on its 5G fixed-wireless service.

Also on Thursday, Telstra and Ericsson announced they successfully reached a peak download speed of 4.2Gbps using 800Mhz of 5G millimetre wave spectrum.

“This result was achieved on our commercial network at the Telstra 5G Innovation Centre in Queensland using a mobile test platform, an Ericsson radio system base-station,

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Nokia 8.3 Review: A PureView Camera in all but Name

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“A wonderful camera and a long-lasting battery make the Nokia 8.3 desirable, and the Android One software updates and 5G make it a safe buy for the future.”

  • Excellent main and ultra-wide cameras
  • Large, attractive screen
  • Android One software
  • Long battery life
  • No water resistance
  • 60Hz refresh rate screen
  • Weak zoom and macro photos

There was once a time when Nokia ruled the phone camera world, but Huawei, Apple, and Samsung have all come along and become better known for amazing cameras since that time. However, with the Nokia 8.3 it has taken some significant steps forward with the help of long-time partner Zeiss, to the point where I think the phone deserved to wear the famous PureView name, traditionally given to its best performing camera-centric phones.

What’s even better is the phone doesn’t cost $1,000, and yet still comes with tech you need for the future, and guaranteed software

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