KW 6: 1 & 1 Drillisch is on its way to becoming a mobile network operator, Bosch to rely fully on AIoT, Telefónica to offer cloud IoT with Mavenir and AWS


1 & 1 Drillisch is on its way to becoming a mobile network operator: Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica has complied with an EU request and has presented United Internet subsidiary 1 & 1 Drillisch with a new, more cost-effective offer for the temporary use of its mobile network. The agreement between the two companies on „National Roaming“ means that 1 & 1 can now use the Telefónica network. With „national roaming“, mobile phone users can connect to the network of another provider where their network operator does not have its own antenna. With the agreement, 1 & 1 has made considerable progress on its way to becoming the fourth biggest mobile network operator in Germany. The company acquired its own cellular spectrum for the new 5G standard as early as 2019, but has not yet used it itself.

Bosch to rely fully on AIoT: In 2020, the Bosch Group achieved a positive result despite the effects of the coronavirus crisis and the decline in automotive production. In fact, the supplier of technology and services performed better than initially expected. According to preliminary figures, earnings before interest and taxes amounted to some 1.9 billion euros. “Despite the effects of the pandemic, we were able to achieve a very positive result. Above all, we have the extraordinary commitment of our associates to thank for that,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the presentation of the preliminary business figures. The company’s broad diversification and global footprint also proved their worth, he added. “By investing in areas of future importance, such as sustainable mobility, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence, we are further expanding our innovation leadership.” In particular, Bosch believes that AIoT – the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) – will create growth opportunities in markets worth billions. “We want to become a leading AIoT company,” Denner said. “On the strength of our broad domain knowledge and extensive expertise in electronics and software, we have more at our disposal than most of our competitors.”

Telefónica to offer cloud IoT with Mavenir and AWS: Telefónica plans to launch a managed cloud-based internet of things (IoT) service for its customers, using its own cellular connectivity. The company will launch a pre-commercial version of the service in association with Mavenir and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Telefónica customers will be offered a local shortcut to the internet from the nearest AWS region. The system will use Telefónica’s Kite platform, said Carlos Carazo, CTO of Telefónica Tech’s IoT and big data operations.

Xiaomi and O2 expand their cooperation: The network provider O2, which belongs to Telefónica, and the Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi have announced the expansion of their cooperation. At the end of 2019, O2 was one of the first German network operators to include Xiaomi products in its portfolio and to offer them via its online shop and in O2 stores. This includes mobile devices and other electronic products such as the Mi Smart Desk Lamp 1S or the Mi Smart TV 4S from Xiaomi. According to their press release, Xiaomi and O2 want to further expand their hardware range. O2 also wants to offer Internet of Things and lifestyle products from Xiaomi in the future.

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According to the Beech IT Future Report „IT Trends of the 2020s“, a future analysis based on a survey of 100 experts, the „Internet of Things“ will account for more than 80 percent of data traffic in 2030.


The challenge of securing the Internet of Things: The Internet of Things (IoT) broadly refers to devices and equipment that are readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable and/or controllable via the internet. This incorporates physical objects communicating with each other including machine to machine, and machine to people. It encompasses everything from edge computing devices to home appliances, from wearable technology to cars. IoT represents the melding of the physical world and the digital world. By 2025, it is expected that there will be more than 30 billion IoT connections, almost 4 IoT devices per person on average and that also amounts to trillions of sensors connecting and interacting on these devices. Protecting such an enormous attack surface is no easy task, especially when there are so many varying types and security standards on the devices. The prevailing perspective from a security operations perspective on those billions of IoT devices is that anything connected can be hacked.

Using software to make older machines IoT-compatible: The teething problem of many technological innovations is that they leave behind a debris field of outdated material, which from a practical point of view is still perfectly functional, but is often not compatible with the new standards and therefore has to be abandoned, resulting in high financial losses. This is also an issue with the Internet of Things: many older systems simply lack the interface to be IoT-capable. However, EFCO Electronics now promises to have developed a solution for this: an IoT edge gateway. It is equipped with a large number of brownfield interfaces and integrated computing power, which allows signals to be filtered, evaluated, processed or linked to other sensor data. The manufacturer promises that existing software can be made IoT-capable with little effort.

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Audi site Neckarsulm pioneers in RFID technology: As the first plant in the VW Group, the Audi site in Neckarsulm relies fully on so-called radio-frequency identification technology (RFID). This is a technology for transmitter-receiver systems that enables the automatic and contactless identification and localization of objects with radio waves. The plant announced in a press release last week that it will take on a “leading role in the field of digital production and logistics” and develop “intelligent digital solutions for the entire group”.


„Our task is […] to offer companies the optimal conditions for digital change with our infrastructure – the fiber optic networks but also through the 5G expansion.“
The CEO of A1 Telekom Austria Marcus Grausam in an interview with „Computerwelt“ about the tasks of the company in view of the digitization accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Tech companies soon to be state founders? It sounds like a plot stolen from a dystopian science fiction novel: Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is planning a new bill to allow Nevada-based tech giants to form separate local governments. The basis would be the creation of “innovation centers” on previously undeveloped land. These „alternative forms of local government“, as Sisolak calls them in a concept, would then have all the executive powers of a conventional district – including fiscal sovereignty, their own school authorities and courts. The idea does not seem entirely altruistic: According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sisolak is planning to build a blockchain city in which his own company Blockchains LLC would then have extensive powers.

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