Telstra ramps up 5G in regional Australia despite Covid conspiracy theories and protests

By Josh Taylor

Covid-19 conspiracy theories and protests did not prevent Telstra from ramping up its 5G network construction over the past year, with 75% of the population now able to access the new technology.

In the past year, despite lockdowns and restrictions, Telstra was able to keep up construction of its new 5G network. The telecommunications company now has 5G in more than 200 cities and towns, and at least 50% coverage in more than 2,700 suburbs.

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German cannabis company raises EUR 35 million

By Sandy Bhadare

German medical cannabis company Sanity Group has completed the biggest ever European Series A funding round for cannabis-based products.

Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance acted for Sanity Group on the financing round which raised approximately EUR 35 million.

Sanity plans to use the capital raised to grow its medical arm in Europe and its consumer goods division, and for research and development. This will include the establishment of a facility dedicated to cannabis extract research and production which is compliant with European Union good manufacturing practice. The facility will be located nearby to Frankfurt.

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Bitcoin Enters Wait-and-See Phase Ahead of Fed Statement

By Omkar Godbole

Bitcoin is holding in a tight range as investors’ focus turns to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy statement on Wednesday, which could offer clues on the central bank’s course of action and inject volatility into financial markets.

The cryptocurrency has been trading in a narrow range of $39,400 to $41,300 since Monday’s European trading hours, CoinDesk 20 data show.

“The market is completely neutral ahead of the Fed with only a little spot buying,” Brian Tehako, chief investment officer at Warwick Capital Management, said. “Traders are waiting for the Fed announcement.”

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Ma’aden awards $880m gold mining contract


RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has awarded a new $880 million contract at its Mansourah-Massarah gold mines, marking the company’s largest-ever investment in the gold sector.

The agreement was signed for Jac Rijk Al-Rushaid Contracting and Services Company to provide operational mining services at the gold mines. The range of services will include drilling, scaling, loading, hauling, re-handling, ore control, dewatering, crusher feed, and all related production activities at the mines.

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Tech Is Enabling These 5 Shopper Trends. Is Retail Ready?

By Bryan Pearson

The wheel may be one of humankind’s greatest innovations, but keep in mind that it’s what the tool can do – not the tool itself – that guides history.

This applies to high-tech inventions as well. Retailers thought digital shopping would forever alter consumer behavior, but actually, it’s the implicit capabilities behind e-commerce that are feeding more widespread, and potentially daunting, change.

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Pentagon to establish new security standards for 5G technology

By Jackson Barnett

The Department of Defense (DOD) is working to create its own set of security standards for 5G, according to the department’s principal director for the technology.

Speaking at a 5G security summit hosted by Billington Cybersecurity, Joe Evans said the DOD must understand all hardware and software used — including cell towers and receptors — and that it would have its own set of security standards for procuring 5G networks.

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