This week in Telecom: Open RAN is gaining significant market traction with several Tier 1 operators committing to deploy it in their networks

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

‘Smarter’ robots interact with their environment in a human-like manner to help identify obstacles and work out solutions to avoid them in real-time using 5G. 

  • Ericsson focuses on being the new global hub for creating and piloting groundbreaking 5G-powered technologies in robotics, and virtual and augmented reality, and other areas, as well as to deploy 5G, the next level of mobile connectivity.  
  • Wind Tre is keen on innovating connectivity solutions through the adoption of Open Fiber and WAN technologies.  

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Verizon Communications Inc. Account Intelligence Report: Verizon uses digital technologies such as AI, Global Positioning System, IoT, and Computer Vision to enhance its digital framework. Read More>>
CommScope Account Intelligence Report: CommScope uses digital technologies such as IoT, Robotic Process Automation, and Cloud to assist digital and customer enterprises.  Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

Telesat sells bonds to fund Lightspeed 

Canada-based satellite operator Telesat will raise some C$500 million (€333.5m) in fresh borrowings in order to fund its new fleet of Lightspeed low Earth orbiting satellites. 
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Startup Spotlight

Company – Klara
HQ Location – Greater New York City, USA
Total Funding – USD 32 Mn
About: Klara’s end-to-end patient engagement platform enables healthcare organizations to easily communicate with patients, provide virtual care, collaborate as a team, and automate many front-desk tasks.
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Key Insights and Signals in Telecommunication

NTT, TCIL team up for 5G, AI, submarine systems 
The two-year long extendable deal with NTT Advanced Technologies would enable both companies to co-provide services in the telecom, networking, information, and related applications to their customers.  Read More>>
Identiv, Ameta International announce US, Canadian distribution partnership
Under this new partnership, companies look to make significant industry improvements by leading the charge to implement low-contact or contact-free access control solutions during and post-pandemic. The purpose is to reduce virus transmissions in those high-frequency, high-touch surfaces in high-traffic environments such as elevator cabins and residential buildings. Read More>>
TM strengthens its cybersecurity offerings through Telefonica Tech 
Telefonica Tech will provide consultancy to support and build a holistic cybersecurity program for the development of TM ONE Global Cyber Security Operations Center (G-CSOC). This includes training in cybersecurity services to increase the digital intelligence and skill set of its local workforce. Read More>>
Luner announces agreement with Sierra Wireless as the first Luner hardware partner 
Companies are excited to launch the Luner Marketplace and to welcome Sierra Wireless as first hardware partner. This is an important step in mission to become the first truly agnostic IoT marketplace, giving IoT applications developers fast and easy access to all the elements they need to build and power their IoT applications.  Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
Singtel’s Optus acquires high-band 5G spectrum for A$226m
According to a media release today, the new licences, in the 26 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum band, will deliver 5G speeds and expand Optus’ 5G network in metropolitan and regional Australia.  Read More>>
Infovista acquires Empirix, extending its 5G Network Lifecycle Automation leadership
With this acquisition, Infovista extends its ability to serve CSPs globally and expands the capabilities of its cloud-native, open platform which manages the entire network lifecycle. This enables the digital transformation of CSPs and the acceleration of 5G deployments while delivering unprecedented efficiency and productivity levels in managing both 5G and legacy networks. It also enables CSPs to deploy new revenue generating services from digital services, IoT, network slicing and monetization of data and network assets. Read More>>
Televisa surges after forging $4.8 billion Univision deal 
Teaming up with Televisa will help bolster Univision’s push into streaming. Though Univision is the largest provider of Spanish-language TV and radio content in the U.S., it hasn’t become as big a force online.  Read More>>
Executive Movement
Virgin Media-O2 executive appointments confirmed
The names, drawn from both the Liberty Global and Telefonica companies, follow confirmation that Virgin Media boss Lutz Schüler, will be the incoming CEO. The remainder of the team comprises: Jo Bertram, Managing Director – Business & Wholesale; Patricia Cobian, Chief Financial Officer; Adrian Di Meo, Chief Information Officer; Jeff Dodds, Chief Operating Officer – TV, Broadband & FMC; Rob Evans, Managing Director, Fixed Network Expansion; Nicola Green, Chief Communications & Corporate Affairs Officer; Enrique Medina Malo, General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer; Kay Schwabedal, Chief Digital Officer; Gareth Turpin, Chief Commercial Officer – Mobile; Philipp Wohland, Chief People & Transformation Officer and Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer. Read More>>
Matthew Ireland named CISO at NTT Research
Most recently a consulting Practice Manager and Executive Security Strategist at NTT Ltd., Ireland is a technology leader with management experience in security services, consulting, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, law enforcement and emergency services and three decades of technical experience in information security, IT systems, networks and enterprise operations. Read More>>
Vodafone Idea appoints new Executive Vice-Presidents 
Vodafone Idea has appointed Vivek Jain as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Mathan Babu Kasilingam as Executive Vice President of Technology Security. Jain most recently served as the general manager of the Lego group for its operations in India. Mathan is experienced in information security, cybersecurity, data protection, risk management, compliance, and technical solutions strategies and solutions. Read More>>
Centre Setup and Expansion
Vodafone opens lab to smooth Open RAN adoption
The Newbury center will be the first of several in Europe scheduled to focus on Open RAN issues ahead of the company deploying the technology. The operator is one of the keenest within Europe to accelerate the use of Open RAN.  Read More>>
Optus launches Optus Business Hub at Harvey Norman Newcastle
Optus Business Hub has been uniquely designed to provide small and medium business owners with a one-stop-shop to select telecommunications services including mobile and business grade internet products.  Read More>>
Deals and Deal Renewal
Telekom Srbija/Telenor deal wins approval
According to N1 TV, which is owned by United Group and strongly opposed to the agreement, this practically means that the companies have been granted contracts for a limited period of time, though they are restrictive and potentially illegal.  Read More>>
Nokia and Chunghwa Telecom accelerate 5G expansion in Taiwan 
The expansion will bring 5G services to both citizens and businesses across the southern and central areas of Taiwan. Nokia will leverage products from its AirScale portfolio to deliver the high capacity and low latency needed for Chunghwa to support 5G applications. Read More>>
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