Tata Communications and Cisco Meraki collaborate to deliver WiFi 6 and SD-WAN services

Key Insights and Signals in Telecommunication

Mergers and Acquisition  
American Tower buys DataSite, adds two data centers for edge ambitions
American Tower is now responsible for management and operations of DataSite facilities in Atlanta and Orlando, bringing its total data center tally to nine. The new locations are different metro data centers but related to six edge data centers in the portfolio located at the company’s tower sites. Read More>>
Comcast closes Masergy buy, creates channel-focused SDN, SD-WAN giant
With the acquisition, Comcast gains access to Plano, Texas-based Masergy’s channel-first hybrid networking and software-defined networking, giving Comcast an SDN advantage. With this, Comcast expects to help its customers manage international operations and networks more efficiently. Read More>>
BAI Communications finalizes acquisition of Mobilitie
Now that the deal is closed, Mobilitie will become a BAI Group company, alongside BAI’s majority-owned Transit Wireless in the US. Additionally, the acquisition allows BAI to strengthen and expand its current services, as it combines Mobilities expertise in above-ground connected venue infrastructure solutions with BAIs ability to deliver 5G communications infrastructure in complex transit environments. Read More>>
Eutelsat invests more into OneWeb, raising its stake in the process
Eutelsat revealed it had exercised a call option on a portion of the latest OneWeb funding round to enable it to increase its holding to 22.9% from 17.6% previously. Presuming the deal transaction gets the regulatory nod, Eutelsat will become OneWeb’s second-largest shareholder after India’s Bharti. Read More>>
Ericsson and Singtel partner to boost 5G adoption across multiple industries- 
The partnership aims to leverage industry partnerships to develop and deploy advanced 5G solutions in Singapore. The partnership utilizes Ericsson’s networking expertise and Singtel’s 5G network, test facilities, and capabilities. Also, it involves collaboration with global industry partners across various industries such as pharmaceutical, aerospace, financial services, retail, and construction. Read More>>
Oracle, Telecom Italia join to accelerate the digital transformation of Italian enterprises
The companies plan to use their assets and expertise to develop and manage multi-cloud architecture services for Italian enterprises. Telecom Italia has selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as part of its multi-cloud strategy to migrate the Group’s mission-critical data management workloads to the public cloud. Read More>>
Deutsche Telekom and Eutelsat partner to connect Germany’s underserved
Under the agreement, Deutsche Telekom will commercialize Eutelsat Konnect’s high-speed broadband internet offers for households in Germany with a limited internet connection, starting from the end of 2021. Deutsche Telekom and Eutelsat have also agreed to discuss an extension of their partnership in the future. Read More>>
Tata Communications, Cisco Meraki collaborate on WiFi 6 and SD-WAN
Tata Communications and Cisco Systems announced the expansion of their two-decades-long strategic global partnership. Cisco Meraki is onboarded within the Tata Communications ecosystem to offer a suite of next-generation cloud-managed WiFi services based on the latest WiFi 6 technology and SD-WAN services across various industries. Read More>>
Executive Movement 
Frank Dai named President of Huawei Cloud Middle East
In his new role, Dai will oversee Huawei’s cloud business expansion in the region.  With ten years of experience, nine of which have been spent at Huawei Middle East, Dai has held several key positions in the company, including President of Huawei Cloud and AI Business Group in the UAE. Read More>>
Soumen Ray named new CFO of Airtel
Ray is a Chartered Accountant and has over 23 years of experience in financial planning, management accounting, factory commercial, treasury, and corporate accounts. The appointment has been approved by both the board and the audit committee of the company. He will report to Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO (India and South Asia) of Bharti Airtel. Read More>>
Tata Communications appoints Mr. Ashok Sinha as Additional Director
On the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Board approved the appointment of Mr. Ashok Sinha as Additional Director on the Board of the Company for a term of five years. Mr. Ashok Sinha has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and MBA from IIM Bangalore, specializing in Finance. Read More>>
Xplornet appoints Dennis Steiger as Chief Technology Officer
Steiger will lead all aspects of architecture, planning, design, implementation, and operations of the Xplornet national broadband network for rural Canadians. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and media industries with extensive experience working across different world-class technology platforms. Read More>>
Segun Ogunsanya begins new role as Airtel Africa’s CEO
Ogunsanya replaces Raghunath Mandava as MD and CEO, who informed the Board of retiring in April. The firm noted that his vast experience in various leadership roles across telecoms, banking, and consumer goods made him the best fit for the position. He previously served as the MD and CEO of Airtel Nigeria and was responsible for the overall management of company operations. Read More>>
Deals and Deal renewals 
AT&T selects Ericsson for expansion of 5G network and C-band spectrum build
AT&T inked a five-year contract with Ericsson covering 5G network equipment for the operator’s C-Band spectrum, confirming a long-standing relationship with the vendor will continue in its mid-band move. The deal includes Ericsson’s advanced antenna system, carrier aggregation (CA) technologies, and advanced RAN coordination software. Read More>>
Deutsche Telekom selects RDK for Broadband Gateways
Deutsche Telekom will use RDK as its default broadband software across Europe, covering GPON, DOCSIS, and DSL gateways. RDK’s open-source software has already been deployed on more than 80 Mn devices worldwide. RDK enables service providers to simplify integration efforts and reduce the cost and complexity of managing separate software stacks across chipsets and CPE. Read More>>
Ooredoo Group to transform its full BSS stack with Ericsson DMP
The companies have signed a five-year group frame agreement spanning the deployment of the latest Ericsson BSS solutions across several Ooredoo Group operating companies. Under the partnership, Ericsson Digital Monetization Platform will be the strategic target solution for the most evolved operating companies of the Ooredoo Group.  Read More>>
Huawei, ZTE secure new contracts with China Mobile
Both Huawei and ZTE will each get about 50% of a contract to provide equipment and services worth USD 2.22 Bn in 31 provinces across China. Through these three contracts, China Mobile aims to purchase approximately 480,000 5G base stations to expand its 5G footprint. Read More>>
Chariton Valley sells its wireless spectrum to Verizon, AT&T, USCellular
According to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings, Verizon will receive 2 AWS-1 licenses and 2 cellular licenses, AT&T will receive 3 – 700 MHz band licenses, and US Cellular will receive 2 PCS licenses. Verizon will acquire the aforementioned spectrum and the wireless network assets of Chariton Valley’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) wireless network.  Read More>>
Center setup and expansion
Mobileum expands its India presence to accelerate growth
Mobileum announced the opening of its new Bengaluru facility amid global growth momentum as telcos increasingly roll out 5G networks, launch IoT services, and accelerate their digital transformation. The move will see Mobileum doubling its India strength to 1,100 by the end of this year. Read More>>
Proximus, HCL to transform data center operations into a hybrid cloud model
The companies intend to transform the Proximus data center business into a hybrid cloud model with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and other public cloud solutions. The companies are presently phasing in the transition and expect it to be completed by February 1st, 2021. Read More>>
Bharti Airtel to invest USD 673 Mn in data center expansion
The company aims to triple its data center capacity by 2025. Airtel expects India to become a hub for data centers for the Asia-Pacific. The country already caters to a large amount of data needs for countries in the sub-continent like Nepal and Bhutan. Airtel’s Nxtra currently has 10 large and 120 edge data centers in India. Read More>>
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Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Telecommunication giants are innovating and adopting emerging technologies for their network infrastructure and operational process modernization. 

  • Ericsson is developing Virtual Reality supported by voice assistance during tower maintenance for safe working. 

  • Vodafone utilizes AI-enabled augmented engineering optimization for increasing network speed. 

  • Orange developed Smart IoT-based Traffic Control System and Predictive Analytics capabilities to recommend a solution for congestion. 

Telecommunication companies are developing capabilities such as blockchain and majorly partnering for customer analytics and customer information platforms. 

  • Vodafone developed a blockchain platform for virtual SIMs and to simplify inter-carrier roaming platforms. 

  • China Mobile provides chatbot-based promotions, marketing, and other services for outbound tourists. 

Key Funding Alert

Swedish startup Telness secures USD 1.7 Mn additional funding to take European telecoms digital
Telness secured USD 1.7 Mn in post-seed funding to help it revolutionize the European telecoms market. The fresh capital will be used to launch Telness Technologies: a new offering designed to offer the same technology stack Telness uses to other telcos looking to go digital. Read more>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – Oxio 
Total Funding  USD 19.61 Mn
About: Oxio is a connectivity platform for the internet, changing how people connect with their internet service provider (ISP). The company provides high-speed and unlimited internet plans with complete transparency and user-focused support. The company was founded by Marc-Andre Campagna and Francis Careau in 2017. Read more>>

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Etisalat Group Account Intelligence Report: Etisalat strengthens its services with high-quality audio and video for meetings and remote medical consultations via mobile app or web browser. Etisalat Group’s recent initiatives also focus on advancing digital solutions and 5G Network support. Read More>>
Liberty Global Account Intelligence Report: Liberty Global continues to invest in new technologies such as Fiber, 5G, Broadband and focuses on enhancing Intelligent WiFi service to improve and extend wireless connectivity reach and speeds. Read More>>
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