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UK 5G coverage roughly doubled in 2021

Network analysis firm Global Wireless Solutions says that three of the four major operators have doubled their nationwide 5G coverage in the last year. The claim was hidden at the bottom of a press release providing a hail of stats around streaming and video calling, based on a consumer survey GWS carried out. According to its recent drive testing, this year EE’s 5G coverage increased approximately 120%, O2’s 260%, Three’s 150%,...

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MTN replaces South Africa CEO

Africa-based telco group MTN is waving goodbye to the CEO of its South African unit Godfrey Motsa. South Africa is the group’s second-largest opco by service revenue after Nigeria, generating ZAR19.25 billion in the first half of this year – almost a quarter of MTN’s group revenue. It also accounts for nearly a third of MTN Group’s data revenue. Impressive given MTN has presence in 20 markets. After five years in charge of one...

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ICF launches Gravity Bridge to facilitate transfer of Ethereum and Cosmos assets

The Interchain Foundation (ICF), a Swiss non-profit and steward of the Cosmos ecosystem, has announced the launch of the Gravity Bridge. Developed by Althea, the Gravity Bridge facilitates the transfer of ERC-20 assets between Ethereum and Cosmos-based chains, as well as Cosmos assets to Ethereum ERC-20 representations. With Gravity’s planned upgrade to use the Cosmos Hub’s Interchain Security service, the bridge to Ethereum will...

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EE promises to light up more rural not-spots with 4G expansion

Leading operator EE says it will expand 4G to an additional 1532 rural areas by 2024 as part of the Shared Rural Network programme. EE says it has upgraded 853 rural areas with 4G since the Shared Rural Network deal was signed in March 2020 – 449 in England, 265 in Scotland, 97 in Wales, and 42 in Northern Ireland. With today’s pledge of a further 1532 upgrades, the total number of rural areas it has promised to reduce ‘partial...

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Swarm Markets inks deal with Germany’s Volksbank to digitize bonds on Polygon

Swarm Markets, an open platform for the creation and management of blockchain assets, announced today it will be developing its first digital security in partnership with Volksbank Mittweida, a German-based bank. The first registered bond (Namensschuldverschreibung) will be issued in an aggregate of €1 million on the Polygon chain and sold by Volksbank directly to its retail customers. Swarm Markets prevailed in a field of...

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Polygon and Wanchain to build direct L2-to-L2 cross-chain bridge

Polygon, a platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development, and Wanchain, a decentralized blockchain interoperability solution, have announced a strategic partnership that will drive further adoption of layer-2 cross-chain bridges. Wanchain will now deploy direct decentralized cross-chain bridges connecting Polygon with Arbitrum. This layer 2-to-layer 2 bridge will enhance Polygon’s growing suite of solutions,...