This week in Telecom: Companies focus on AI-based optimization to cut down energy consumption in 4G and 5G networks

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Telecom companies primarily concentrate on Network Optimization and Data Analytics related engagements. 

  • Ericsson, Telia, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital (SU) are collaborating for testing the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create insight models for planning and predicting healthcare demands and resources. 
  • Hortonworks Data Platform and the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data provide an industry-leading platform for Hadoop-based applications. 
  • Huawei launched ARM-based CPU to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios. 

Telecom companies focus on in-house initiatives for the implementation of energy-efficient Green Telecom Networks and the development of Cloud-based RANs. 

  • Telefónica is working on the design of a 5G network, which is up to 90% more efficient than 4G in terms of energy consumption per unit of traffic(W/Mbps).
  • Vodafone announced initiatives for 100% renewable electricity (wind, solar, and hydro) powered telecom network in Europe. 
  • Samsung is researching and developing its AI-based optimization software features to cut down energy consumption in RAN products for both of 4G and 5G networks. 

As Telecom companies rely on Network Virtualization related engagements, there is an increasing interest in NFV/SDN segment. 

  • Nokia partnered with Asavie to use its SD Edge mobility solution to extend the reach of the Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 solution to include enterprise mobile and IoT devices. 
  • Cisco partnered with India’s Bharti Airtel to deploy its new converged SDN transport infrastructure for 5G and planned to deploy a 100 Gb/s IP and optical network for India’s Bharti Airtel. 
  • Ericsson partnered with China Telecom and China Unicom to deploy Ericsson Radio System products and solutions. Ericsson will provide outdoor and indoor site solutions to build capacity and coverage in the 3.5GHz and 2.1GHz bands. 

Several telecom players are eager to enable solutions in IoT Security Management & IoT Network Connectivity.

  • Ericsson partnered with Taiwanese bulk carrier U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation to digitize its fleet Real performance management through intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. 
  • Nokia extended its agreement with AT&T to support global enterprise customers with IoT connectivity using its WING and IoT ecosystem. AT&T’s enterprise customers will be able to connect and manage a multitude of IoT devices on their networks. 
  • Verizon plans to accelerate the creation of end-to-end IoT solutions by providing components in the IoT value chain such as connected devices, network/capability, cloud hosting, and artificial intelligence.

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Startup Spotlight

Company – Zeetta Networks 
HQ Location – 
Bristol, United Kingdom 
Year of Inspection –
Total Funding – USD 6.59 Mn
About: Zeetta Networks was spun out of the renowned High-Performance Networks Group of Bristol University in 2015 to commercialize the group’s leading Network Virtualisation & Slicing technology. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Telecommunication

Mergers and Acquisitions
Virgin Media-O2 merger approved in the UK 
The joint venture is expected to produce substantial synergies valued at 6.2 billion pounds sterling based on net present value after integration costs and create a nationwide integrated communications provider with £ 11bn in revenue. Read More>>
GTC acquires Ericsson and Evosoft Headquarters 
The acquisition of the Ericsson headquarters and the Siemens Evosoft headquarters will complement and further boost GTC’s green office portfolio in CEE. Read More>>
Nokia bringing SAC Wireless site deployment services in-house 
SAC will still provide end-to-end deployment services for “new verticals that they are best equipped to handle,” particularly customers that want an OEM-agnostic partner. Read More>>
Huawei-Changan tie-up expands to include chips 
Huawei’s new chip partnership with Changan would come amidst a global semiconductor shortage that has hit automakers particularly hard. Read More>>
Safaricom gains official entry into Ethiopia through Vodafone, Vodacom 
Vodafone, and by extension, Safaricom, will invest USD 8.5 Bn in the market over a decade. The investments should also see 1.1 million new jobs for Ethiopians. Read More>>
Liberty Global finds time for some edge action 
Liberty Global will contribute its ‘digital real estate holdings’ (cable headends and data centers etc.), while its partner, Digital Colony, will invest along with Liberty Global in developing a European Edge infrastructure platform, to be called AtlasEdge, which will have more than 100 active edge facilities from inception. Read More>>
Mavenir powers Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open RAN  
The partnership with Mavenir as an infrastructure provider enables us to deliver robust, secure and reliable 5G Private Network infrastructure across enterprises, including smart city applications, industry 4.0 applications – automated industry, and modern medicine. Read More>>
AT&T builds private 5G network to help cancer patients 
This collaboration will develop programs that can use 5G to collect data from patients, healthcare providers, and scientists and use the Internet of Things to manage Ellison Institute’s clinic and labs effectively. Read More>>
Executive Movement
AT&T Communications CTO Legg sets eyes on leveraging the cloud to transform the company  
Jeremy Legg shifted roles within the AT&T family to become CTO of AT&T Communications after 14 years with WarnerMedia, which included serving as its CTO. Read More>>
Seven hires former Ten and Optus staffer to lead corporate comms
Robert Sharpe will now be responsible for SWM’s external and internal communications, having most recently been at Optus working as corporate affairs advisor. Read More>>
Telstra appoints Mikoto Anzai to lead key partner relationships in the United States, Canada 
Most recently, Mikoto was Director, Wholesales & Strategic Alliances for BT Americas, leading strategic partner relationships in the Americas, focusing on Latin America.  Read More>>
Noor Al Sulaiti joins Ooredoo as CEO 
Noor brings a wealth of experience and expertise gained from over 17 years of progressive and rotational roles in the telecom industry. Read More>>
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