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Ericsson sets Telkomsel on path to 5G with core upgrade

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Singtel and Optus make 5G AR call with Ericsson and Oppo
Using 5G technology from Ericsson and a prototype 5G phone from Oppo, Singtel and Optus have made a Singapore-to-Australia 5G augmented reality call.

Telkomsel has announced partnering with Ericsson for a core upgrade that Indonesia’s biggest telco says will leave it ready to handle 5G and Internet of Things scenarios for enterprises.

Specifically, Ericsson will provide Telkomsel with new network virtualisation infrastructure, which when combined with its existing Cloud Packet Core, will form a “significant step” towards being 5G-ready, the Swedish telco said.

“Cloud solutions will help meet the growing demand for new network services to enhance productivity and efficiency. Ericsson’s NFVI solution is ready for 5G technology and IoT, which will be of use to all operators and enterprise customers,” Telkomsel network cloud management vice president Ivan C Permana said.

“The benefits of 5G will range from reduced data transfer time, dedicated network slicing, to an optimal distribution of the network’s core capabilities.”

Approximately one-third of Telkomsel is owned by Singtel, which has a long-standing arrangement with Ericsson.

The pair share a 5G development facility in Singapore, which in September, hit speeds of 1.5 Gbps on Singtel’s 4G network.

In February, Singtel and Ericsson worked with Oppo to make a 5G augmented reality video call between Australia and Singapore.

“This call is a significant marker in our journey to 5G as we develop a robust 5G ecosystem to ensure that our enterprise and consumer customers will enjoy an enhanced connectivity experience,” Singtel CTO Mark Chong said at the time.

“5G is a key enabler that will bring the future of AR, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities closer to reality.”

In its recent yearly earnings, Singtel said Telkomsel saw its pre-tax earnings drop 18% year on year to SG$1.1 billion.

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The Best Features Of The Aston Martin Vulcan

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Although the Vulcan was specifically designed not to be road legal, one owner decided that they wanted to stick on some license plates and take it on the highway anyway. Except, it was far from that simple, as the conversion process required making some major changes to the car, and cost several hundred thousand dollars on top of the original purchase price (via Motor1). The street conversion was handled by RML Group but had full support from the Aston Martin factory, and after completion, it became the only road-legal Vulcan in existence.

Among the litany of changes required were the addition of windshield wipers, side mirrors, and a central locking system. Michelin road tires were also fitted, and a new set of headlights had to be installed to meet height requirements for British roads. The bladed tail lights were also covered over for safety, and a few of the sharper surface edges around the cabin were smoothed out. Then, the engine was remapped to meet emissions requirements, the suspension was softened, and a lift system was installed to give the car extra clearance for speed bumps. After all that, plus a few final touches, a license plate was fitted and the car was ready to go. Unfortunately, it seems like the owner’s enthusiasm for taking it on the road quickly evaporated, as checking the car’s plates against the British government database shows that its MOT (the annual national roadworthiness test) certificate expired back in January 2022.

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5 Cars Owned By Bob Seger That Prove He Has Great Taste

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Pulling into the final spot on the list is a 1969 Shelby Cobra GT350 Fastback. This particular car is unique for a few reasons. First, it was the last “new original” Shelby that Ford would produce. The GT350 and GT500 released in 1970 weren’t actually new or original but re-VIN’d production cars from the previous year. Also, during the summer of ’69, Carrol Shelby ended his association with Ford (via MustangSpecs).

It had one of Ford’s new 351 Windsor V8 engines with a 470 CFM four-barrel Autolite carburetor under the hood that pounded out 290hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. Its 0 – 60 time was a modest 6.5 seconds, and it did the quarter mile in 14.9 seconds (via MustangSpecs).

According to MustangSpecs, it was typically mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, but Seger’s had a Tremec 6-speed stick instead (via Mecum Auctions). Seger’s Candy Apple Red GT350 had Ford’s upgraded interior package, flaunting a landscape of imitation teak wood covering the dash, steering wheel, door accents, and center console trim (via MustangSpecs).

According to Mecum Auctions, Seger’s was number 42 of 935. When it sold at auction in 2013 for $65,000, it noted that it had been displayed at the Henry Ford Museum at the Rock Stars, Cars & Guitars Exhibit.

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Here’s What Made Volkswagen’s Air-Cooled Engine So Special

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Engines like the Chevy Small Block, Ford 5.0, Chrysler HEMI, and Toyota 2JZ are known for power, torque, and how quickly they can propel a hunk of steel down the drag strip or around the corners of a track. The Volkswagen air-cooled engine is remembered amongst people who have owned one as reliable, easy to maintain, and as numerous as grains of sand on the beach. VW made literally tens of millions of the engine, including over 21 million in just the Beetle (via Autoweek). 

It’s difficult to nail down specific aspects of the engine’s early history as sources tend to disagree on years. But the engine can be traced back to very early Volkswagen models designed with help from Ferdinand Porsche and built in the late-1930s to early 1940s in Nazi Germany. Official sources from Volkswagen are reluctant to acknowledge use of the engine or even the existence of the Beetle prior to the end of World War II.

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