Article: MTN launches AirFibre in South Africa

Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

MTN launches AirFibre in South Africa

Telecommunications company MTN says it will begin its first commercial installation of Supersonic AirFibre on Monday (3 May). Since the announcement of the launch of the solution in February this year, the group said it has received over 20,000 expressions of interest, with the aim to connect 60,000 homes within the first year.

This coincides with a surge in demand for affordable, fibre-like internet access in previously unreachable areas, the group said.  The first commercial rollout will commence in Soweto, Mamelodi, Fairlands and Honeydew.

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Article: Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

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Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

In recent years the use of microservices has helped to streamline development processes. But there’s still an issue with managing communication between services. Service mesh is a technology that adds uniform networking capabilities right across the program stack but is decoupled from the application code itself.

There are a number of competing options available to implement service mesh. We spoke to Lin Sun, director of open source at Solo.io to find out why she believes the IBM/Google open source project, Istio is the clear winner.

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Article: Payments Firm 2C2P Partners Brankas to Bring Open Banking to Indonesia

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Payments Firm 2C2P Partners Brankas to Bring Open Banking to Indonesia

Brankas, an Indonesian open banking provider, announced a strategic partnership with payments firm 2C2P to introduce their modern open banking solution to Indonesia. Through Brankas‘ API integration, customers of 2C2P’s merchants will be directly connected to major Indonesian banks including Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia and Bank Rakyat Indonesia.

Built on the principles of open banking, the partnership allows Indonesian businesses to offer customers a direct debit option during the checkout process to make payments from their personal banking accounts with the afore-mentioned banks immediately.

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Article: Why The 21st Century Cures Act is an Innovators Dream

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Why The 21st Century Cures Act is an Innovators Dream

Designed largely to accelerate medical product development and get new medications and treatments through the development process faster, the 21st Century Cures Act is a significant piece of legislation that  passed in 2016.

Some of its provisions are also meant to empower patients with more information about their own . The ONC Cures Act Final Rule in particular — which will go into effect in April of this year — says that providers must make patients’ electronic health records (EHRs) available to them. This means that data is unequivocally going to be in the hands of patients. It means better care for patients, but it also means that a whole new set of services and innovations will be possible.

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Article: 5 top open-source infrastructure projects

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5 top open-source infrastructure projects

Open source is at the heart of many technologies pushing enterprise infrastructure forward, and here are of the five most important. Open source software has been a key underpinning of enterprise IT for years, so it’s no surprise that it’s helping to drive the infrastructure part of the equation forward just as much as application development.

Some projects are much more influential than others, and here are five that are doing the most to help enterprise infrastructure keep pace with the demands of an ever-more sophisticated operating environment.

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Article: MTN rolls out R300 million project to capture fibre-starved communities

Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

MTN rolls out R300 million project to capture fibre-starved communities

One lesson that mobile phone companies seem to have learnt during the Covid-19 lockdown is that data is gold. Revenue derived from data has emerged as a key contributor to income growth over the past year, as demand for internet connectivity skyrocketed, driven by the changing work environment and increasing streaming demand.

However, uneven IT infrastructure and prohibitive costs have slowed down the full growth potential of the data market, meaning the returns currently enjoyed by telecommunications companies may just be the tip of the iceberg.

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Article: API3 and Open Bank Project team up for decade-long blockchain venture

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API3 and Open Bank Project team up for decade-long blockchain venture

Developer AP13 has entered into a 10-year development partnership with Open Bank Project to connect more than 400 banking and open banking APIs directly to blockchains. The partnership brings about an historic opportunity to merge open banking data into Web 3.0 in a highly secure and trustless manner via API3’s Airnode, all housed under open-source code.

Open banking is a practice by which banks provide authorised third-party providers with access to banking data through the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). Perhaps the most well-known open banking initiative is the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) – an EU regulation passed in 2015 that requires banks to create mechanisms that enable third-party providers to work securely, reliably and rapidly with the bank’s services and data on behalf and with the consent of their customers.

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Article: Deutsche Telekom Invests in Public Blockchain Network Celo

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Deutsche Telekom Invests in Public Blockchain Network Celo

Deutsche Telekom is investing in the future of the decentralized financial economy – with a significant purchase of Celo’s native asset (CELO). Celo is an open-source blockchain ecosystem focused on making decentralized financial (DeFi) systems and tools accessible to anyone with a smartphone. Deutsche Telekom will be the first telecommunications company to join the global Celo Alliance for Prosperity.

“Our investment in CELO, combined with infrastructure operated by T-Systems, allows our company to take a strategic approach to participating in a public blockchain network. We are able to secure the Celo network with our investment and our own cloud infrastructure while facilitating user onboarding and use-case development on top of the Celo network,” says Adel Al-Saleh, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG and CEO of T-Systems.

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Article: Data security: The paramount aspect of open banking

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Data security: The paramount aspect of open banking

Open banking, a practice that provides third-party financial service providers an open access to consumer banking, transaction, and other financial data from banks and NBFCs through the use of application programming interfaces (APIs), has been rapidly catching up and is said to be the future of financial technology.

While this has several benefits, the innovation is also a high-risk practice as it involves sharing of and trading vast amounts of data. And while financial technology, over the past few years, seen tremendous growth in India, the Covid pandemic has facilitated a huge surge.

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Article: Tecton teams with founder of Feast open source machine learning feature store

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Tecton teams with founder of Feast open source machine learning feature store

Tecton, the company that pioneered the notion of the machine learning feature store, has teamed up with the founder of the open source feature store project called Feast. Today the company announced the release of version 0.10 of the open source tool.

The feature store is a concept that the Tecton founders came up with when they were engineers at Uber. Shortly thereafter an engineer named Willem Pienaar read the founder’s Uber blog posts on building a feature store and went to work building Feast as an open source version of the concept.

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