This week in Telecom: 5G and SD-WAN are expected to revolutionize the telecom business in the coming decade

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

With emerging technologies such as 5G and SD-WAN, the telecom industry is poised for more extraordinary transformation in the coming decade.  

Future Trends in Telecom Industry   

  • Businesses that were well on their path to digital transformation have also had to struggle with the new reality of remote everything.   
  • Artificial intelligence is well on its way to becoming one of the most sought-after technological resources, used in several popular tools, such as chatbots, virtual assistants, and customer satisfaction.   
  • In 2021, telecom will continue to develop new ways to bring 5G to the masses, providing the most efficient network for the public.   
  • Robotic Process Automation is being used for repetitive tasks and processes, enabling ease and agility for report generation, price tracking, back-office tasks, and responding to customers.   
  • Migration to the Cloud is happening in droves, as nearly every business is becoming aware of the benefits of Cloud-based services, especially considering the increase of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Growth Drivers  

  • Intense market competition   
  • Investments in wireless communication & satellite   
  • Increased popularity of the Internet of Things   
  • Cloud Computing   
  • 5G   
  • Rising Mobile Ecosystem  
  • Machine Learning   
  • Privacy, Security, and Resilience   
  • Rising Startup Ecosystem: Telco and Value-Added Services   
  • Cross-Industry alliances   
  • Innovative services: e-learning, high-speed internet 

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Telstra Account Intelligence Report: Telstra is adopting AI and ML to optimize its network and predictive maintenance. Read More>>
NBN Co Limited Account Intelligence Report: NBN is focusing on AI and IoT-based automation for network optimization. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company Type – Private 
HQ Location – 
Eindhoven Area, Netherlands 
Total Funding – USD 37.69 Mn
About: EFFECT Photonics produces fiber optic networks based on photonic chip technology, developed initially at the Eindhoven University of Technology.  
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Funding Alert

SignalWire Raises USD30M in Series B Funding
SignalWire is a software-defined telecommunications technology company building the infrastructure for Telecom 2.0, the next generation of modern telecommunications technologies. 
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Key Insights and Signals in Telecommunication

Mergers and Acquisitions
Digital Colony completes acquisition of Boingo Wireless  
With the adoption of 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and CBRS, demand for converged indoor networks will continue to increase over the next decade dramatically. Read More>>
Keysight Technologies makes 3rd acquisition for quantum computing R&D market  
Keysight is committed to providing customers with a full suite of solutions for the overall quantum stack as the quantum ecosystem continues to form. Read More>>
Greenlight for Virgin Media-O2 merger  
The pair struck a 50:50 joint venture in a bid to create a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the UK market, supporting the expansion of Virgin Media’s giga-ready network and O2’s 5G mobile deployment for the benefit of consumers, businesses, and the public sector. Read More>>
Nokia, Proximus claim first with 25G fiber network  
Nokia’s 25G PON platform includes Lightspan access nodes, 25G/10G optical cards, and fiber modems. The Lightspan FX and MX are high-capacity access nodes that are optimized for massive scale fiber rollouts. Read More>>
Etisalat taps Comviva’s CRBT platform to offer new infotainment services  
The move aims to lower the entry barrier for many companies and drive the diversification of network equipment vendors. Read More>>
Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products
The collaboration between Intel RealSense technology and Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group has focused on enabling the L515 camera to work in very low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) environments. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Vodafone Idea appoints Sanjay Jolly as EVP of Technology, Hub Operations    
Jolly is a seasoned professional and has diverse experience in heading large-scale customer operations, managing comprehensive network rollout and technology transformation programs. Read More>>
Telstra appoints Mikoto Anzai to lead key partner relationships in the United States, Canada 
Mikoto brings substantial performance-driven partner management and business development experience from 15 years at BT in the Americas. Read More>>
Ed McKay appointed EVP, COO at Shentel  
McKay will be responsible for the leadership of the company’s entire integrated broadband business, including Shentel Cable, Shentel Business, Glo Fiber, and Beam brands, and the company’s tower portfolio. Read More>>
Cisco announces new country manager for Brazil   
Ricardo Mucci succeeds Laércio Albuquerque, who has been promoted to a regional role in March as part of a strategy to accelerate the uptake and evolution of the company’s networking systems in the region in a context of digital transformation. Read More>>
Center setup and Expansion
Mavenir to launch 5G Open RAN smart city in Thailand with partners  
The location is within proximity to U-Tapao International Airport, Map Ta Phut Industrial Zone, and the new master-planned Ban Chang Smart City strategically critical infrastructure for the Digital Economy in Thailand and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).  Read More>>
Gilat Satellite Networks expands IoT project in Latin America  
Gilat provides the 4G network expansion to support the growing business with the connectivity of machines that require real-time control and monitoring of harvesters and agricultural tractors. Read More>>
Deals and Deal Renewal
North American government agency selects Allot for nationwide network traffic analysis
The Allot Traffic Intelligence Platform provides a consolidated view of the network so that network and security teams can act precisely and quickly to assure IT operations, network service, and application QoE.  Read More>>
SK Telecom leads the establishment of pilot infrastructure for quantum cryptographic communication 
The project is to secure the stability of emergency communication networks in critical industrial facilities such as nuclear power plants and strengthen the protection of crucial data and personal information held by public institutions. Read More>>
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