• 5G on the ropes as Covid-19 set to land $51bn blow on global mobile services industry

    A study from analyst Omdia has presented a bleak near-term future for the telecoms industry amid the Covid-19 crisis, with annual mobile services revenue forecast to drop by 4.1% at the end of this year, compared with the end of 2019.

    Even though mobile services are part of critical infrastructure, they are not immune to the shock of the pandemic, said Omdia, and if its latest forecast is realised, it would mean that worldwide mobile communications services market revenue will total $749.7bn at the end of 2020, $51bn less than was predicted for the industry earlier this year. The final

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  • University of Oxford embarks on cloud-fuelled AI research push with AWS

    The University of Oxford is teaming up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver a series of research projects designed to accelerate the pace of technology innovation within the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and data science.

    The collaboration is being backed by a £7m investment by AWS, and will see the two organisations work together to create a portfolio of research projects spanning AI, robotics, cyber-physical systems and human-centred computing.

    AWS will also lend financial support to the University of Oxford’s Lighthouse Doctoral Scholarship Programme by funding learning programmes offered by its Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division

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  • ‘They will have to answer to all of us’, says fired employee Christian Smalls

    While many enterprises struggle to cope with the fallout of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce giant Amazon is experiencing a boom.

    With customers spending $11,000 a second on its products and services, in what has been described as a ‘lockdown bonanza’, Amazon has continued to grow while others contract.

    To keep up with the demand of shoppers being forced online by government lockdowns, Amazon has embarked on two separate out-of-season hiring drives in the US – the first for 100,000 extra staff, and the second for a further 75,000.

    In its first-quarter financial results, released 30 April, Amazon

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