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Bharti Airtel partners with Tejas Networks for optical network expansion
Tejas will supply, install and support its optical transmission products for extending Airtel’s optical networks towards the edge, enabling 5G backhaul, business-to-business (B2B) services and broadband applications. Read More>>
Ceragon selected to provide connectivity to remote Indonesian islands and regions
 In this project, Ceragon is the primary vendor selected to provide the wireless transmission solutions for the 4G LTE access network, including design and project management services. Read More>>
Mobily and Ericsson sign agreement to scale up 5G technology
The program allows partnerships between communications service providers, leading companies and startups aiming to develop innovative solutions and applications over 5G. Through this agreement, Mobily has access to 25 years worth of ICT research from Ericsson’s ConsumerLab which enhances its advancement in this field and gains exclusive access to a worldwide network of 5G startups who aim to transform 5G networks in the Middle East digitally. Read More>>
OneWeb signs distribution deal with Peraton, broadens reach into military market
Under a new agreement with US defense contractor Peraton, OneWeb’s satellite communications services will be more widely available to military users in hard-to-reach areas, including ships at sea. Read More>>
Orange selects Ericsson to ramp up its mobile money service in Africa
The service is now available to more than 60 million subscribers in seventeen countries across Africa and the Middle East. Read More>>
A1 Telekom Austria Group seals strategic deal with CANAL+
The deal will come into play at the beginning of 2022 and combines exclusive European and International content with the latest on demand TV technology. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Sunil Taldar to take over as Airtel operations head after Ajai Puri retires
The development comes with COO Ajai Puri set to retire at the end of December after a 17-year stint in the company. Separately, Airtel has named Manu Sood, CEO (Upper North) as the new Category Leader & CEO of the DTH business, while Vir Inder Nath has been elevated to the role of Category leader & CEO, home broadband operations. Read More>>
NCS Australia names ex-Optus, Telstra exec Nicole Key as sales, marketing boss
Managed services provider NCS Australia has appointed Nicole Key to the position of director of sales and marketing. NCS and Optus are owned by Singapore telecommunications giant SingTel. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition
Ooredoo and CK Hutchison agree USD 6 Bn Indonesian merger
The merged company will be the second-largest mobile telecom company in the country, with an estimated annual revenue of approximately USD 3 Bn. The merger will drive innovation and network improvements that will enable the delivery of digital services, as well as a broader product offering, to customers across Indonesia. Read More>>
Cloud security company Threat Stack acquired by F5 for USD 68 Mn
 F5 said it was eager to meld its application and API protection tools with Threat Stack’s cloud security solutions to “enhance visibility across application infrastructure and workloads.” Haiyan Song, executive vice president of Security at F5, said Threat Stack brings technology and talent “that will strengthen F5’s security capabilities”. Read More>>
iliad Group to acquire cable operator UPC Poland
The acquisition represents iliad’s next step in the Polish telecom market following the acquisition of Play last year. Together, both operators will become the 2nd largest telecom operator in the Polish market with 2020 combined revenues of USD 2.2 Bn. Read More>>
Extreme Networks completes acquisition of Infovista’s Ipanema SD-WAN business ahead of plan
The acquisition establishes a second technology center of excellence for Extreme in Europe and deepens the company’s customer presence in that region. Extreme plans to leverage Ipanema’s existing relationships with leading MSPs and XSPs as part of its go-to-market strategy across EMEA. Read More>>
StarHub acquires majority stake in MyRepublic’s broadband business in Singapore
Terms of the deal will see StarHub Online assuming majority ownership of a new entity under the banner of MyRepublic Broadband, which will provide broadband services for residential and enterprise customers. Read More>>
AT&T partners with military for maritime 5G, edge compute experiments
It’s a three-year collaborative research and development agreement with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to support a variety of 5G-focused experiments at NPS facilities. The main aim of the agreement is maritime technology solutions for national defense and homeland security, but could also benefit commercial industries like shipping, oil and gas, and recreational boating. Read More>>
KnowledgeLake dads Databank to its fast-growing partner program
By joining the KnowledgeLake partner program, DataBank will be able to deliver advanced document classification and data extraction tools that meet the needs of their customer base. Read More>>
Arqit and Juniper Networks in alliance to address quantum security threats to network
Under the ‘Technology Alliance Partner Connect’ agreement, Juniper and Arqit will work together to explore and test the application of quantum security technologies, including Arqit’s innovative platform QuantumCloud, to networks. Read More>>
SCADAfence partners with Keysight Technologies to provide visibility and industrial cyber security for OT infrastructures
SCADAfence’s non-intrusive platform for deep packet inspection (DPI) together with Keysight’s network test access points (TAPs) and Network Packet Brokers (NPB) solutions will work together to provide complete traffic visibility, security, and asset inventory management in real-time to their industrial customers. Read More>>
Telstra and Cisco renew agreement to offer businesses added visibility and insights to monetize IoT
Telstra currently serves thousands of customers, including Australia’s major financial institutions, retailers, and government, offering more visibility and flexibility to better manage their businesses and turn IoT data into decisions. Read More>>
VIAVI, Capgemini partner to deliver 5G and O-RAN lab test capability
 The VIAVI portfolio of test tools enables comprehensive measurements for the entire network lifecycle, providing functional, system integration and performance testing of gNBs, core networks, core network components and O-RAN subsystems, delivering true end-user QoE visibility. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
Orange Telekom Romania deal moves stage closer
Greece’s OTE has finalized the acquisition of a 30% stake in Telekom Romania Mobile Communications. The transaction is a necessary condition for the regulatory approval of the sale of the 54% stake OTE holds in TKR to Orange Romania. As a result of the transaction, OTE now controls nearly 100% of TRMC. Read More>>
Intrado acquires Hubb to enhance Digital Media solution
Intrado acquired virtual event management software provider Hubb to improve the in-person, virtual event creation, and management capabilities of its Intrado Digital Media platform. The enhanced platform will combine Hubbs speaker management, registration, and sponsor management features with Intrado’s event data and analytics. Read More>>

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Telecom companies are extensively leveraging AI/ML, Blockchain, AR/VR, and Network Virtualization across their entire Network Value Chain to provide fast and seamless networks. 

Theme: Intelligent Work 

UsecaseVodafone partnered with Energy Web to integrate Smart Grid with IoT Blockchain enabling renewable assets to safely integrate with energy grids 

Theme: Asset Maintenance and Security 

UsecaseAT&T is using ABJ Drones for virtual tower inspection that uses Thermal Imaging and LiDAR techniques to effectively inspect any fault in the tower 

Theme: Telecom Operations Digitization 

UsecaseOrange acquired Basefarm Holding to support its cloud platform for Enterprise Solutions 

Theme: Workplace safety and Assistance 

UsecaseEricsson trained its new USA 5G Smart Factory employees in Texas remotely using VR from its main Tallinn smart factory, situated 8,000 km away. 

Key Player: Reliance Jio 

Key Initiatives: 

  • Network Analytics – partnered with Guavus to use its AI-based suite of solutions to deploy real-time customer experience analytics and predictive analytics for automated network troubleshooting 

  • Enhanced Customer Service- Introduced voice command-based customer service assistant on its My Jio app. Developing in-house AI solutions to improve customer service and experience. 

  • Cryptocurrencies- Partnered with Facebook to develop blockchain-based cryptocurrency. The cryptocurrency will enable Jio to offer discounts and over the top services to customers 

Key Funding Alert

US-based telecom startup GenXComm secures USD 20 Mn in Series B funding 
The company’s tech allows it to link end-user gadgets to the central network with greater efficiency and without installing supplementary fiber nodes. It envisages offering a strong network with better connectivity and on-demand offerings to businesses and industry 4.0 users worldwide. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – SoniqWave 
Total Funding – USD 7.9 Mn
About:SoniqWave specializes in Advanced Radio Spectrum opportunities, acquisitions, and development. The company is doing its part to build worldwide mobile 5G data accessibility for everyone. Read More>>

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Rogers Communications Inc Account Intelligence Report: Their digital initiatives are focused on 5G wireless connectivity and high-speed broadband services for residents and businesses communities. Through this model, Rogers Communications Inc will position its future goals in enhancing its capabilities across digital offerings. Read More>>
America Movil Account Intelligence Report: They focus on expanding their telecommunication business capabilities by providing digital solutions using 5G services and network technology. By leveraging advanced AI, machine learning, video analytics, and geofencing capabilities, America Movil also solves critical problems in healthcare, industrial and commercial settings. Read More>>
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