This week in Telecom: Telecom companies invest in SD-WAN, network encryption, and next-generation firewalls to improve cloud security

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Companies will have more options for fast-moving, streaming communications, driving events, and smart networking with the introduction of 5G networks. 

  • Google Cloud partnered with Nokia to bring new solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) that modernize their network infrastructures, build on a cloud-native 5G Core, and develop the network edge as a business services platform for enterprises. 
  • ZTE and China UnionPay Data (CUP Data) have signed a cooperation agreement and jointly unveiled the first 5G Messaging OpenLab of the financial industry in Shanghai. 
  • Etisalat has selected Ericsson for the 5G network core expansion and implement Ericsson’s Advanced 5G Radio and 5G Core network, including User Data Management (UDM). 

As Telecom providers depend on Network Virtualization-related engagements, the NFV/SDN segment is expected to develop. 

  • Huawei Partnered with Telefonica to test Huawei’s T-SDN (Transport Software-Defined Network) software solution and improve network operations in the photonic mesh. 
  • Emtel, a Mauritius-based telco has partnered with NEC XON to deploy the biggest SD-WAN in that country, which has reduced the corporate customer’s connectivity costs by between 30% to 40%, together with the provision of a secured network. 
  • 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. 

Telecom companies are focusing on IoT security management and IoT network connectivity. 

  • Nokia collaborated with StarHub to introduce new digital services and encourage industry adoption of advanced IoT solutions and deploy a cloud-native 5G core network that will power device connectivity at scale and usher in game-changing mobility solutions. 
  • Cisco acquired Fluidmesh Networks to accelerates Cisco’s industrial IoT business and enable wireless deployments within industrial environments. 
  • Verizon launched the ThingSpace platform, a new easy-to-use digital portal that helps customers quickly purchase, activate, and manage customized IoT solutions. It includes NB-IoT, LTEM, and 5G mobile edge computing (MEC) technologies. 

SD-WAN Security, Network Security and Next-Generation Firewall are the widely concentrated areas of Telecom Companies. 

  • AT&T SD-WAN integrated with Cisco Security Capabilities to protect Cloud, Internet, and WAN Traffic using Cisco Secure SD-WAN technology. 
  • Juniper partnered with Nutanix to bring new levels of simplicity to the secure and automated multi-cloud. The integration of Juniper’s Contrail Networking and Nutanix Acropolis HCI Platform gives the freedom to run workloads in any environment, operating environments as a single cloud by providing end-to-end policy and control.  
  • Ericsson partnered with the Erillisverkot Group to add Ericsson Security Manager for the 5G public safety network. Ericsson Security Manager will enhance the control and visibility of network security for Erillisverkot’s 4G and 5G networks. The solution provides security automation, compliance monitoring, and security analytics. 

Telecom companies are focusing on Network Optimization and Data Analytics engagements to better understand network efficiency and take advantage of the actionable intelligence that big data offers. 

  • ZTE launches Intelligent Orchestration Radio Network Solution, which employs an innovative AI-based intelligent orchestration engine to enable MNOs to achieve maximum value from 5G networks. 
  • Huawei launched ARM-based CPU to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage and ARM-native application scenarios. 
  • Ericsson’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Analytics Hub in Egypt has achieved a key milestone by shipping its first Cognitive Software to be used by Ericsson customers worldwide to design and optimize networks. 

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Key Funding Alert

Morgan Stanley-backed Indian telecom startup acquires Ubico in USD 13.4 Mn deal 

As part of the deal, iBus has acquired a 100% stake in Ubico, which includes the company’s in-building and in-campus neutral-host infrastructure business as well all related assets, according to a statement. 
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Startup Spotlight

Company – Torch
HQ Location – Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Total Funding – USD 5.5 Mn
About: Torch is designing a wireless router that can filter content and help schedule kids’ internet use, all with one device. Torch is also giving parents visibility into how their kids use the internet to stimulate conversations at home. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Telecommunication

Mergers and Acquisitions
Telefónica hedges its bets on data centers     
Telefónica has brokered a deal that will see it offload four more data centers but pick up a stake in the company acquiring them. The Spain-based telco group is selling two data centers in its home market and two in Chile to investment firm Asterion Industrial Partners. Read More>>
Vocera Communications acquires PatientSafe Solutions
PatientSafe Solutions consolidates secure messages, voice calls, alerts, and nurse call notifications with data from the electronic medical record (EMR) to enable care teams to quickly manage mission-critical workflows in one mobile smartphone app. Read More>>
Verizon sells Yahoo, AOL to Apollo WWD
Verizon will retain a 10 percent stake in the company, which will be known as Yahoo at the close of the transaction and which will continue to be led by chief executive officer Guru Gowrappan. Read More>>
Viasat completes acquisition of Euro Broadband Infrastructure
By purchasing the remaining 51% share of EBI from Eutelsat, Viasat gained 100% ownership of the KA-SAT satellite and related ground infrastructure, which provides satellite coverage over Europe and the Mediterranean region. Read More>>
Ooredoo partners with Tech Mahindra to bring nextgen digital technology and operations 
Tech Mahindra’s strong local presence will provide Ooredoo with end-to-end strength in IT consultancy services. Read More>>
Eutelsat expands the use of express wi-fi in partnership with Facebook to extend Wi-Fi connectivity throughout Sub-Saharan Africa
Express Wi-Fi is a platform developed by Facebook Connectivity that enables partners to build, grow and monetize their wi-fi businesses in a scalable way while providing their customers with fast, affordable, and reliable internet access. Read More>>
Huawei Cloud joins forces with Bespin Global to provide cloud and intelligence to Middle East Enterprises
Through this partnership, HUAWEI CLOUD will provide ubiquitous cloud and intelligence to Middle East enterprises. Under this new agreement, the companies are now extending their partnership to the Middle East, combining their capabilities to serve the burgeoning GCC cloud market better.  Read More>>
Cisco Webex and Box deepen partnership for enhanced cloud collaboration TechMoran 
The new integration will enable users to connect a Box folder of their choice within Webex messaging. Users will be able to access Webex as a Recommended App within Box and view Webex App Activity in Box Preview. Read More>>
Indosat Taps AI/ML-based Ericsson Operations Engine
Indosat Ooredoo has successfully deployed Ericsson Operations Engine (EOE), incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to transform to data-driven operations and Cognitive Software powering network planning and optimization to boost the performance of its 4G radio network. Read More>>
Deals and Deal Renewal
Nokia selected as single supplier for Swisscom’s new optical transport network 
The modernized optical transport network will be easier to scale, enabling faster service delivery times and innovation. Read More>>
Ericsson and Samsung reach patent licenses agreement     
The cross-license agreement covers sales of network infrastructure and mobile handsets. The details of the agreement will not be disclosed. Read More>>
Global Eagle picks Eutelsat, Eutelsat picks Atos     
Under this multi-year agreement, Eutelsat provides Global Eagle for its entire North-American coverage with extensive additional capacity to augment the company’s connectivity services for mobility customers. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Digi appoints Risbakk as new CFO     
Otto Risbakk is currently the CFO at Telenor Denmark and has been with the company for 13 years, previously taking on the role of senior VP for mergers and acquisitions. Read More>>
Airtel Nigeria appoints CEO     
C. Surendran will be appointed to the Executive Committee (ExCo) as Regional Operating Director, reporting to the CEO of Airtel Africa plc, and onto the Board of Airtel Networks (Nigeria) Limited.  Read More>>
SentinelOne names ex-BlackBerry A/NZ boss Jason Duerden as new regional director
Jason Duerden brings a decade of leadership, business management and technical acumen to SentinelOne, with domain knowledge in the cyber arena. Read More>>
Bharti Airtel subsidiary Airtel Africa appoints Olusegun Ogunsanya as managing director & CEO
Before joining Airtel in 2012, Olusegun Segun Ogunsanya held leadership roles at Coca-Cola in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya (as MD and CEO). Read More>>
Center setup and Expansion
EdgeConneX and Telia Carrier expand network reach and improve end-user experience in San Diego     
EdgeConneX San Diego facility was purpose-built and strategically located to provide a secure colocation facility for customers wishing to deliver content and applications to local-market consumers, with the lowest possible latency.  Read More>>
DataBank expanding IND1 facility in Indianapolis, Indiana 
Databank announces a 6,500 square foot expansion of its Indianapolis data center. the expansion adds space and power capabilities to meet the city’s growing need for enterprise-class data centers.  Read More>>
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