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Telefónica looks to the future with the same leader and a retro logo

Spanish telco group Telefónica concluded its AGM by re-electing José María Álvarez-Pallete as Chairman and CEO, and unveiling a rebrand Álvarez-Pallete has been the double boss of Telefónica since 2016. He received 84% of the shareholder vote to keep his job, a higher number than he managed in 2017, implying investors are happy with his performance. He celebrated by reverting his company’s logo back to the dot theme featured...

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Tesla autopilot called into question

The autopilot function of smart electric cars made by Tesla is under intense scrutiny following a recent fatal accident. Last week Tesla boss Elon Musk noted his cars with autopilot engaged have a much lower chance of having an accident than the average vehicle. “Because every Tesla is connected, we’re able to use the billions of miles of real-world data from our global fleet – of which more than 1 billion have been driven with...

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Europe moves to ban any AI tech it doesn’t like the look of

The European Commission is proposing new rules that will allow it to ban any form or implementation of AI it deems too risky. Having kept its head down for a bit following the Covid vaccine debacle, the EC is back with a vengeance, vowing to make up for lost time by embarking on a banning spree. At the top of the list is Artificial Intelligence, which it reckons is far too risky not to have the elite of European bureaucrats constantly...

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Vodafone puts its money where its mouth is with new OpenRAN lab

UK telco Vodafone has been banging on about OpenRAN for a while and is its biggest domestic cheerleader, so it’s good to see it lead from the front by investing in its development. The latest investment takes the form of an OpenRAN Test and Integration Lab at its Newbury technology campus, which it announced today. The lab isn’t open yet but when it is it will employ 30 boffins with the aim of giving OpenRAN vendors a better idea...

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Romania goes ahead with Huawei 5G ban

Despite the best efforts of Huawei’s lawyers, Romania is the latest country to bar Chinese vendors from its 5G networks. Romania and Poland were persuaded to join team America when it came to excluding Chinese vendors from its 5G networks because they might help the Chinese state with espionage, or something. On top of being a diplomatic win for the US, it also represented yet example of the European Union failing to act...

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UK vendor diversity task force calls for more vendor diversity

A task force commissioned by the UK government to look into telecoms vendor diversity has shocked everyone by concluding we need some. So says the FT, which got an early look at a one of its reports. It recommends that, once Huawei is out of the UK’s telecoms networks, smaller vendors should provide a quarter of all the kit used in 5G networks. How this will be measured and enforced it unclear, but it seems to be a clear rubber-stamp...