This week in Telecom: 5G, cloud and AI investments in telecom increase as key players look to win new market share.

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Telecom Market in ANZ Market: 

The Telecom market in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region has transformed over the past years as Consumers’ and businesses’ preferences for the telecom industry are shifting from wired services to fiber and optical services. 

Market Insights: 

  • The ANZ region has one of the world’s most competitive and mature telecommunications markets. With 5G being a reality in Australia and New Zealand, telco operators may now arbitrage NBN speeds in places where copper cables are very lengthy or in bad condition. 

  • Telecom infrastructure assets such as mobile towers, data centers, submarine cable, and fiber infrastructure are valued at high multiples by investment funds in the ANZ region. While fixed-line phone traffic and income are dropping in Australia, the mobile broadband market is steadily rising.  

Covid Impact: 

  • The COVID-19 outbreak in the ANZ region has had a significant impact on the telecom industry. Broadband and online apps became necessary to support remote working, education, entertainment, and social connection as broadband and online apps grew more widely available.  

  • Telecom networks rely on technology significantly more than labor, which protects them from the negative consequences of COVID-19 regulations, such as poorer productivity owing to social distance regulations. 

Recent Advancements: 

Unlimited voice and text services, digitization, fiberization, fixed wireless technology, 5G Technology, and Non- Linear Distribution are some of the recent advancements being seen. 

Key Market Drivers: The ANZ telecom business is expanding rapidly, and this trend is expected to continue as a result of the introduction of a wide range of more affordable and competent devices. 

  • Increase in Broadband demand 

  • Shift towards digitization 

  • Government support 

  • Cross technology orchestration 

Latest Reports Published in Draup

T-Mobiles Account Intelligence Report: T-Mobile is eager to enhance its digital transformation in the telecommunication industry to provide the next generation of wireless network technology like 5G and IoT. The three primary focus areas for the company seem to be AI, mobile gaming, and IoT. Read More>>
 Vodafone GmbH Account Intelligence Report: Vodafone GmbH is keen on 5G to modernize and digitize rural areas, roads, rail, and inland waterway transportation routes, with significant focus areas being Smart infrastructure and cable networks. Vodafone also partnered with Nreal to bring the first augmented reality cooking app called Giga AR to the German market. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company Type – Isotropic Systems Limited
Total Funding – USD 60 Mn
About: Isotropic Systems Limited (ISL) is developing the world’s most spectrally efficient, low-profile antennas that are con-formal, multi-band, and electronically steerable. Designed for satellite broadcast, VSAT, microwave, multipoint wireless, and 5G broadband communications, the antennas are low-cost and have no moving parts to adhere to the stability requirements of mobility. Read More>>

Funding Alert

Vodafone Idea in talks with Private Equity major Apollo Global to raise USD 3 Bn

If talks fructify, the funding could come in for the company over the next three months through a mix of debt and equity. This would help the company meet its significant upcoming payment obligations. To make this work with Apollo Global, Vi is said to be considering offering a sizable stake once there is an agreement on valuations and terms of the potential deal. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Telecommunication

Deal and Deal Renewal
Ericsson inks its largest-ever deal with Verizon in USD 8.3 Bn 5G plan
Ericsson has signed its largest-ever deal in a USD 8.3 Bn agreement to provide 5G solutions to Verizon, aiding the US telecom giant in rolling out the next generation of wireless networks. This comes as the Ericsson group faces headwinds from China in the form of geopolitical tensions surrounding 5G. Read More>>
KKR and Telefónica to create Colombia’s first nationwide Open Access Fiber Optic Network 
KKR’s direct investment in Colombia is valued at approximately USD 500 Mn affirming its long-term commitment to the region. This investment will accelerate ultra-fast digital connectivity to improve quality and coverage for Colombians nationwide, more than quadrupling Telefónica’s existing fiber-optic network. Read More>>
Telefonica awards Nokia and Ericsson equal use of its Spanish 5G bands
Nokia and Ericsson would share usage of the frequency bands 3.5Ghz and 700Mhz equally until 2026 but without any changes to each network’s geographical distribution. This move would allow Telefonica to focus on improving its standalone 5G offering. Read More>>
Comcast wins two more Defense contracts totaling USD 155.8 Mn from DISA
US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) needs Comcast to work on replacing legacy circuits across the country with Ethernet-based services to improve network performance. The new contracts – covering DISA’s Commercial Ethernet Gateway (CEG) Region 4 and Region 5 – represent USD 84.2 Mn and USD 71.6 Mn, respectively, for up to 10 years. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Eric Li, CEO of Huawei Canada appointed as the new CEO of Huawei Technologies Spain
Eric Li had been the head of the Canadian division since 2018. Li will continue to position Huawei as a key and trusted partner in digital transformation in Spain, promoting collaboration between the company and the industry ecosystem in terms of innovation and digitization. Read More>>
Tele2 names new CFO, CCO as Q2 revenue grows one percent
 New leadership, Charlotte Hansson has been named EVP group CFO and Hendrik de Groot as EVP chief commercial officer. In addition, Stefan Backman, EVP group general counsel, is to leave the business. The new CFO and CCO were named only days ahead of Tele2’s Q2 financial results. Read More>>
TPG Telecom names three new group executives to accelerate growth
Craig Levy has been appointed to the newly created role of group executive for new business development. Jonathan Rutherford is joining the company as a group executive for enterprise and government on July 27th. Ana Bordeianu will be the group executive for customer operations and shared services, responsible for customer service operations. Read More>>
Sierra Wireless appoints Phil Brace as President and CEO
The global IoT solutions provider has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Phil Brace as its new President and CEO, effective July 26th. The current President and CEO, Kent Thexton, will stay on at Sierra Wireless until August 13th to complete the transition. Brace was most recently Executive VP at Veritas Technologies. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition 
Hitachi completes USD 9.6 Bn acquisition of GlobalLogic
GlobalLogic helps clients accelerate innovation and develop new digital products and experiences through collaborative creation on a global scale. Hitachi’s acquisition of GlobalLogic will enhance the Group’s ability to deliver on its strategy to promote Social Innovation Business through digital technology to solve the issues faced by customers and society. Read More>>
Gravity Media acquires Telstra’s DSNG/Globecam business
Gravity Media has acquired Telstra Broadcast Services’ DSNG (Digital Satellite) fleet, its specialty Globecam miniature camera business, and associated Radio Frequency Links. The acquired DSNG fleet is the largest in Australasia, with ten satellite uplink vehicles and three satellite flyaway uplinks. Read More>>
Rohde & Schwarz acquires Zurich Instruments
Rohde & Schwarz, a developer of technologies such as 6G and autonomous driving systems, will now also be active in the field of quantum computing. The acquisition of Zurich Instruments AG, Switzerland, a developer of test and measurement systems, will help R&S expand its Test & Measurement Division. Read More>>
Motorola to acquire Openpath to boost security offerings
Motorola Solutions, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire cloud-based mobile access control provider Openpath Security for an undisclosed amount. Openpath’s solution makes enterprises more secure with multi-factor authentication and enables contactless entry. Read More>>
T-Mobile and partners test more informative Called ID to stop scammers and spammers
With Rich Call Data (RCD), the idea is to provide more information about a caller through Caller ID. This way, even if an incoming call appears to have come from a local number or a number that looks familiar, you’ll know whether you should answer it or not.” Read More>>
Fujitsu announces support of Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Health initiative
As a symbol of support, Fujitsu deployed Epic in the Cloud to NHS trusts and UK healthcare providers – This means healthcare organizations looking to deploy Epic have the option to run the electronic patient record (EPR) in the cloud. By working with Fujitsu and its ecosystem of strategic suppliers, trusts can expect to reduce cost and minimize the clinical and technical risk. Read More>>
New Product Development 
Fujitsu and France’s Inria develop new AI tech to identify causes of data anomalies
The latest technology is based on Topological Data Analysis that can identify the factors contributing to anomaly detections by AI for time series data and visualize the differences in AI decisions during normal and anomalous circumstances. Read More>>
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