Google invests big in Airtel to help develop India-specific network domain use cases for 5G

Key Signals in Telecommunications

Centre setup and Expansion
Safaricom Ethiopia is building a USD 100 Mn Data Center
The data center’s design has been made by the Safaricom Ethiopia team and the company’s Chinese supplier. As the network grows and Safaricom Ethiopia gets more customers, such data centers will be replicated across Ethiopia. Read More>>
Google inks USD 1 Bn deal with Bharti Airtel
Under the deal, which will be funded by the Google for India Digitisation Fund, Google will make a USD 700 Mn equity investment in Bharti Airtel. The remaining USD 300 Mn will go towards implementing commercial agreements. Both companies will also develop India-specific network domain use cases for 5G and other standards. Read More>>
Bharat Electronics signs USD 73 Mn contract with Hyperion Global Group
The companies agreed to develop, manufacture and supply Internet of Things (IoT) devices for the US market. BEL will manufacture and supply IoT devices to Hyperion during the first year with a provision to negotiate and supply upgrades of the products. Read More>>
i-City, China Mobile ink deal on smart green building
The tower will be equipped with 5G enabled cameras and sensors to monitor the environment, energy consumption, and human traffic flow for data gathering purposes. With AI incorporated into the building fabric, energy used to power equipment can be tuned based on weather and the number of people in the building. Read More>>
Telus to expand using Sandvine’s Cloud solutions for 5G Network
The contract will allow the carrier to use Sandvine’s Application and Network Intelligence solutions on Google Cloud for monitoring and managing expected growth in mobile data. Read More>>
Inmarsat, RWE bring IoT connectivity to rural hydroelectric power stations in Wales
RWE has collaborated with Inmarsat to bring IoT connectivity to its hydroelectric power stations in rural Snowdonia, Wales. Inmarsat claims that its network provides 99.9 percent coverage, which aids RWE in reliability and safety. IoT data also tracks weather conditions and increases efficiency in electricity production. Read More>>
PLDT, Ericsson, Smart collaborate with the Dept of Environment and Natural Resources, LGU
Ericsson will deploy AI-enabled closed-circuit television cameras to identify migratory bird species and preserve endangered wildlife. PLDT will host the cloud system for the data that will be collected by the AI cameras, while Smart will provide internet connectivity. Read More>>
Verizon teams up with Atos for 5G edge solution as C-band rollout soars
As part of the partnership, the Atos Computer Vision platform will be paired with Verizon’s private 5G multi-access edge computing, creating a joint, ready-to-deploy solution for enterprises, focusing on a large scale, cloud and AI-powered data analytics. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition
Axiata acquires majority stake worth USD 606 Mn in PT Link Net
Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Axiata Investments, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Axiata, and XL Axiata will acquire 46.03% and 20.00% respectively from the combined equity interest in Link Net held by Asia Lind Dewa and First Media. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Pietro Labriola to head Telecom Italia
The board of TIM Group has unanimously appointed Pietro Labriola as the new CEO. In Italy, he has been instrumental in launching new services for landline and mobile telephony and ICT, including for professionals and businesses, and has been at the forefront of business transformation developments. Read More>>

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Digitization of Telecommunication: 
Companies are focusing on developing telemedicine, 5G smart roads, and mobile-based health applications to enhance digital offerings.

  • T-Mobile partnered with Viacom to bring Viacom’s content and channels, such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, to T-Mobile’s mobile video service. 
  • Vodafone has partnered with video streaming service ShemarooMe to provide subscribers of Vodafone Play and Idea Movies & TV apps access to Shermaroo’s content library. 
  • Ferrovial has partnered with Telefónica to join AIVIA Orchestrated Connected Corridors, an initiative to develop 5G smart roads and advanced monitoring, sensing, and simulation technology. 
  • Cisco has partnered with WebEx to develop a remote patient monitoring system that will include features like Monitoring, Chronic Care Management, Transition Care Management, Behavioral Health, Annual Wellness Visits, and Interprofessional virtual consults.


Key Funding Alert

Fusion Connect Raises USD 55 Mn in funding 
The new capital structure enables the company to embark on organic growth by accelerating investments in product development, sales and marketing, human capital, and a next-generation client management portal. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – Agile Networks
Total Funding – USD 4.69 Mn
About: Agile Networks provides hybrid fiber wireless broadband data networks to empower individuals and transform organizations. Agile Networks’ hybrid network – The Agile Network – utilizes vertical infrastructure along with the latest in fiber-optic and wireless technologies to provide world-class data solutions. Read More>>

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Telstra Account Intelligence Report: 
Telstra leverages AI for predictive maintenance of the network, Machine Learning to facilitate network optimization and automated data correlation across multiple sources. Read More>>

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