• Global networks take the strain in roller-coaster 2020

    Despite unprecedented strains placed upon networks – especially from a huge rise in video streaming, gaming and video conferencing – during 2020, the latest edition of the Nokia Deepfield network intelligence report has concluded that contrary to earlier fears of their capability, the networks were made to withstand the internet’s roller-coaster year.

    The report examined service provider network traffic and consumption trends in 2020, and overall changes in internet traffic patterns in the past decade and in 2020 – focusing on key application areas such as video streaming, video conferencing, gaming and distributed denial of service (DDoS) security.

    The

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  • Nokia, Elisa and Qualcomm claim 5G speed record with 8Gbps connectivity in Finland

    With 5G now rapidly leaving the test lab and moving into the real world, with deployments accelerating especially around Europe, the question now remains what real benefits 5G will offer.

    In an indication of such potential, comms tech providers Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, along with Finnish operator Elisa, have achieved the world’s fastest 5G speeds on a commercial network in Finland.

    The companies demonstrated delivering 8Gbps for the first time, achieved by utilising Nokia’s 5G mmWave technology and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G smartphone form factor test devices over Elisa’s commercial 5G network.

    The base station utilised two Nokia AirScale radios, each

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  • Five key things about backup testing

    You are only as good as your last backup, so it is said, so making regular backups is a keystone of any business continuity and disaster recovery strategy.

    Firms need to keep copies of their data to protect against hardware failures and system outages, as well as power or network disruption, flooding or fire.

    Backup protects a business against data corruption caused by application errors and accidental deletion. And increasingly, off-site backups are a vital defence against malware, and especially ransomware.

    System downtime is expensive. An oft-quoted figure from industry analyst firm Gartner puts the cost per

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  • Nokia Software embarks on ‘carbon negative’ datacentre revamp push with HPE Greenlake

    Nokia Software is drawing on its long-standing technology partnership with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) to decarbonise and upgrade its research and development-focused datacentres.

    The datacentres, known as vLabs, are used by the telco’s software engineers for test and development purposes, as part of the firm’s broader role in the development of 5G technologies and use cases.

    The company has recently begun upgrading these facilities through the deployment of HPE Greenlake technology, which is designed to provide enterprises with access to managed, public cloud-like IT resources housed within their own on-premise datacentres, on a pay-per-use basis.

    According to Nokia Software, the deployment

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