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Nokia next-gen PON solution powers fiber optic network in Lucerne



NEW DELHI: Nokia announced that the Swiss energy services company, Energie Wasser Luzern (EWL), has deployed its next-generation PON fiber solution. Nokia is replacing the legacy network with the latest fiber access technology, providing a single network for business and residential customers, as well as for smart metering services. EWL selected this solution in collaboration with its subsidiary arcade solutions ag to meet the growing demand for more capacity, faster speeds, and world-class broadband services for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Lucerne, Switzerland.

As Lucerne’s energy services company, EWL has delivered a modernized infrastructure for the fiber network’s approximately 12,000 buildings, which are all connected to fiber for high-quality broadband services and smart metering, including water and electrical power measurement. In addition to providing these services to businesses and residential customers, not just within Lucerne but also to its suburbs, ewl will empower new economic opportunities and market competition.

Nokia has deployed its 7360 ISAM FX series high-capacity fiber access nodes which support GPON and XGS-PON technologies to deliver uncompromised performance and capacity to meet the needs of residential and business customers. The solution is ready for a smooth evolution to 25G PON and software-defined access networks (SDAN), which will futureproof the network. In addition, Nokia is providing professional services support for installation and maintenance.

Samuel Schnyder, CMO for arcade solutions, said: “We needed a new access infrastructure based on modern PON technologies to meet EWL’s current and future requirements as a city network provider for Lucerne. We were challenged to provide services not only for residential and business customers, but also for smart metering over the same infrastructure. Nokia was able to provide us with a single solution that addressed different customer requirements in terms of QoS and bandwidth, and the required security regulations for smart metering.”

Dominique Verhulst, global head of Utilities business for Nokia, said: “As a modern energy services company that is broadening its offering with advanced metering and Internet services, EWL’s need for fast and reliable broadband is very high. EWL is a leader in this space, so we are excited to work with them to bring our expertise in building, operating, and renewing similar city networks from across Europe and North America.”

Nokia is currently ranked #1 by Dell’Oro Group in global XGS-PON shipments with more than 45% market share by end 2021. Nokia has more than 75 XGS-PON and more than 300 GPON customer deployments worldwide.

Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to over 2200 leading enterprise customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe. Leading enterprises across industries are leveraging decades of Nokia experience building some of the biggest and most advanced IP, optical and wireless networks on the planet.



Bharti Airtel appoints Naval Seth as head of investor relations



NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel, India’s leading communications solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Naval Seth as the Head of Investor Relations. In this role, Naval will spearhead Airtel’s representation amongst investors, lenders, equity partners, & financial institutions and will report to Soumen Ray, Chief Financial Officer.

Welcoming Naval to the role, Soumen Ray, Chief Financial Officer, Bharti Airtel said: “We are delighted to have Naval with us. His deep relationships with the investment community, strong subject knowledge in Equity Research and Capital Markets will add immense value to the company as we steer ahead in our growth journey. I wish Naval the very best”

Naval joins Airtel from Emkay Global Financial Services Limited where he was Deputy Head of Research. Prior to that, he had worked with ICICI Securities Limited. Naval brings with him over 14 years of experience in Equity Research and Capital Markets. He has a deep research experience across both B2B and B2C facing businesses along with a trusted relationship with the investment community.

Over the years, Naval has been recognized for in-depth and differentiated research across the sectors- Telecom, Media and Consumer Discretionary. He has also been consistently voted by institutional investors and also ranked in Asia Money polls.

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Nokia,Samsung sign 5G patent license agreement



NEW DELHI: Finland-based company Nokia said that it has signed a new cross-license patent agreement with Samsung following the expiry of the previous agreement at the end of 2022.

Under the agreement, which covers Nokia’s fundamental inventions in 5G and other technologies, Samsung will make payments to Nokia for a multi-year period beginning 1 January 2023. The terms of the agreement remain confidential between the parties.

Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said: “Samsung is a leader in the smartphone industry, and we are delighted to have reached an amicable agreement with them. The agreement gives both companies the freedom to innovate, and reflects the strength of Nokia’s patent portfolio, decades-long investments in R&D and contributions to cellular standards and other technologies.”

The agreement is consistent with the assumptions that Nokia has disclosed in the long-term Nokia Technologies outlook commentary in its Financial Report for Q3 and January-September 2022 issued on October 20, 2022.

Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio is built on more than €130 billion invested in R&D since 2000 and is composed of around 20,000 patent families, including over 4,500 patent families declared essential to 5G. Nokia contributes its inventions to open standards in return for the right to license them on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Companies can license and use these technologies without the need to make their own substantial investments in the standards, fueling innovation and the development of new products and services for consumers.

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Truke brings in BTG X1 TWS earbuds with 40ms low latency, 48 hr battery life and RGB lights



NEW DELHI: German-origin personal audio brand Truke has come up with yet another product for audiophiles and gamers in India, called BTG X1 TWS earbuds, which come with an  introductory price of Rs 999 for today (January 4).

The all-new BTG (Born To Game) earbuds will be available at a regular price of Rs 1,499 on marketplaces like Amazon and Flipkart, Croma etc. starting tomorrow (January 5).

Truke, in a press statement, said BTG X1 delivers an ultimate gaming experience through its true gaming mode which claims to offer the best-in-class ultra-low latency of up to 40ms. Audiophiles and music lovers can relish a cinematic music experience with BTG X1’s 12mm Titanium speaker drivers, the company said.

To tune into those long gaming and music-listening sessions, the all-new Truke BTG X1 offers an unparalleled total playtime of up to 48 hours, including 10 hours of playtime on a single charge. The true wireless half-in-ear earbuds are embedded with a Quad-Mic Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC) and comes with a 20RGB gaming characterized case design.

Pankaj Upadhyay, founder and CEO at Truke India, said, “Truke BTG X1 will immediately transform the gaming and music-listening experience of customers at a fraction of the price. The new product has been launched in response to the increasing demand for our expertise in the gaming earphones market.”

“The pandemic saw an immediate surge in the gaming sector across India, with around 507 million gamers in the country alone. Online gaming in India reached a figure of USD 1.3 billion in 2021, showcasing a 28% growth from USD 906 million in 2019. This presented us with the opportunity to broaden our horizons, and with Truke BTG X1, we can set out to provide consumers with cutting-edge, high-performing earbuds dedicated to gaming,” he said.

“Moreover, the success of our other products like BTG1, BTG2, BTG Alpha, and BTG3, which had sales of more than half a million units, clearly indicates a good foundation for BTG X1. We sincerely appreciate the support of all our loyal customers, and with the new product, promise to enhance their gaming and music experience even further,” Upadhyay noted.

The company further said the launch of this product is in complete accordance with Truke’s vision to establish itself as the go-to brand across the sound ware and sonic accessories space with its product offerings that claims to blend the best in state-of-the-art technology, power, performance, customer experience, and affordability.

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