Telstra acquires Digicel Pacific in a government-backed USD 1.6 Bn deal

Key Insights and Signals in Telecommunication

Deal and Deal Renewal  
CalChip Connect selects ADTRAN to expand support for the growing IoT market
Calchip is adding the latest line of ADTRAN LoRaWAN® IoT gateways to the CalChip Connect family of IoT solutions to address the growing enterprise IoT market. ADTRAN provides CalChip Connect with business-class reliability and customer support and enables CalChip to support the booming demand for enterprise IoT applications. Read More>>
BSNL receives license to provide in-flight broadband connectivity
Indian airlines will now be able to deploy in-flight connectivity powered by BSNL within India and globally. BSNL, with its strategic partner Inmarsat, will deliver Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) broadband services in India. Under the Inflight and Maritime Connectivity (IFMC) license, GX will be available to Indian customers across government, aviation, and maritime. Read More>>
Telenor selects NEC, Cisco for 5G xHaul transport networks in Norway, Denmark
Cisco will supply its NCS 540 series as the cell site router, while NEC will provide value-added services in the IT and network domain. The goal is to implement an architecture that enables flexible and highly scalable end-to-end IP/MPLS networks with a bandwidth that can support 5G network requirements. Read More>>
OTSAW selects Cradlepoint for connected robots
The Cradlepoint NetCloud platform and cellular-based IoT routers enable remote management and control across OTSAW’s robotic fleet without on-site configuration or troubleshooting. OTSAW manages and controls the connected robots using cellular from its centralized Fleet Management Control System in Singapore. Read More>>
Inmarsat to provide satellite backbone for Hiber’s IoT services
The agreement pairs Inmarsat’s ELERA L-band network with Hiber’s IoT-as-a-service ecosystem. The deal will help Hiber to focus on rural, remote, and industrial IoT solutions and enable world-class innovation. Supported by the agreement, Hiber will continue to build Hiberband, its low-cost, low-power IoT system. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Inseego appoints Robert Barbieri as Chief Financial Officer
Robert G. Barbieri, who has been serving as the company’s interim CFO, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer permanently, effective October 25, 2021. Inseego has issued an inducement award of 375,000 stock options to Mr. Barbieri with a ten-year term and an exercise price equal to the closing price per share of Inseego. Read More>>
Rodolphe Belmer to leave Eutelsat, take the role as Atos CEO
Rodolphe Belmer will leave the satellite operator at the end of this year and become CEO of the IT firm Atos. Belmer moves to Atos during a troubled period. The company has experienced significant setbacks in the past year under Elie Girard, with its share price dropping by more than 40%. Eutelsat has not announced a successor yet. Read More>>
Charter Communications appoints a new CFO
The company promoted Jessica Fischer to Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Fischer replaces Chris Winfrey, who has held the role since 2010. Fischer, who was most recently Executive VP of finance, joined Charter as corporate treasurer in 2017. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition
Telstra to buy Digicel Pacific in Australian government-backed USD 1.6 Bn deal
Telstra will fully own and operate the Digicel business, adding that an additional USD 250 Mn could be added to the deal total depending on the performance of the business in the next three years. The acquisition by Telstra demonstrates the company’s proficiencies and about the wider business confidence in the Pacific region future. Read More>>
Telefonica sells El Salvador business
The operator plans to sell Telefonica El Salvador to General International Telecom for USD 144 Mn. The sale is part of a broader Telefonica plan to reduce its debt by selling assets. It’s also part of Telefonica’s strategy to reduce its exposure to risk in Latin America. Read More>>
Rakuten mobile acquires tower firm JTOWER
Rakuten Mobile has gradually increased the number of indoor infrastructure sharing solutions using JTOWER’s shared equipment since January 2020. Rakuten Mobile and JTOWER will deepen their cooperation with this capital tie-up, promote infrastructure sharing with shared facilities and towers for indoor and outdoor use. Read More>>
Keysight Technologies acquires SCALABLE Network Technologies
SCALABLE’s simulation and modeling tools offer solutions to many everyday challenges faced by commercial enterprises, government and defense agencies, research organizations, and educational institutions worldwide. The company’s software enables customers to analyze and predict communication technologies’ cyber resilience and network performance before deployment. Read More>>
American Tower Corporation has acquired DataSite
The transaction will add two world-class assets to American Tower’s existing portfolio of seven data centers. In addition, the acquisition of DataSite will further extend American Tower’s significant presence and expertise in the Atlanta market as well as complement its existing presence in the Florida colocation market. Read More>>
Omantel announces strategic partnership with Avaya
One of the first deployments of its kind in the region, the Avaya solution will enable Infoline to seamlessly meet the demands of a regional market set to grow to almost USD 20 Bn. The partnership will see Infoline significantly advance customer experience across the Sultanate of Oman as it adopts Avaya OneCloudTM Contact Centre as a Service. Read More>>
Airtel partners with Google and Dotgo to offer upgraded SMS experience in Nigeri
The upgraded SMS experience will be delivered through RCS (Rich Communications Services), a part of the 5G technology, and its features include pictures, audio, and video with enhanced security and encryption. RCS messages are delivered into native messaging apps such as Google Messages and Samsung Messages on Android phones. Read More>>
Fujitsu and Trend Micro partner on connected car security solutions
These solutions will work in tandem to detect vehicle abnormalities such as gas pedal and brake malfunctions and add detection capabilities for unauthorized communications and attempts to tamper with telematics servers, as well as security data on the cloud infrastructure. Read More>>
Huawei partnered with Abacus for cloud consulting Services
Huawei’s global cloud services platform can help customers and partners build success on Huawei cloud by providing valuable business and technical support that can help them expand their business beyond the Middle East region and take a proactive and robust approach to internationalization. Read More>>
Center setup and expansion
AT&T to open a new R&D center in Tel Aviv
The new center will join AT&T’s existing R&D center in Airport City, with 500 employees. Both R&D centers will operate in a hybrid format, allowing employees to work from home a few days a week. The company also plans to recruit an additional 100 employees and significantly expand its activities to cloud solutions. Read More>>
PLDT constructing the biggest data center for ‘hyperscalers’
The company is enhancing its network of data centers to serve and deliver the much bigger requirements of hyperscalers, mainly to service their availability zones which are the core nodes of their global network to deliver the cloud solutions. The facility will be Tier-3 certified and Tier-4 ready once it starts operations. Read More>>
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Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

With advancements in IoT solutions, several use-cases have emerged for the telecommunication industry for network management, manufacturing, and value-added services. 

  • AT&T partnered with Nokia to leverage Nokia WING’s capabilities to manage IoT devices on their network.  
  • Nokia partnered with China Mobile to provide seamless IoT global connectivity services for both China and international customers based on Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service, expanding the capability of OneLink. 
  • Microsoft partnered with Cisco to integrate its Azure cloud with Cisco’s IoT platform to create the Cisco Edge to Microsoft Azure IoT Hub. This solution will enable seamless connectivity and streamlined edge data flow into Azure IoT. 
  • Deutsche Telekom brings an open platform for IoT to get developers, operators, partners, and suppliers in one place to provide a standardized interface and accessible communication between clouds, protocols, and technologies. 

Key Funding Alert

5G deep-tech startup Astrome raises USD 3.4 Mn in funding 
Astrome has raised USD 3.4 Mn in a round led by IAN Fund, Urania Ventures, and Lakshmi Narayanan, Founder, Cognizant. The company has raised this round to expand into the US market, strengthen global operator trials, and commercialize its core technology through new products. Read more>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – Underline Infrastructure
Total Funding  USD 500 K
About: Underline works with communities to deliver foundational intelligent infrastructure, including open-access fiber-optic networks. They believe these networks are essential for ultra-fast access to information, a competitive market for content and services, job formation and reskilling for workers, distributed healthcare services, new wireless solutions, and resilient modern infrastructure, including responsible energy creation. Read more>>

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson Account Intelligence Report: Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson focuses on providing cloud-native 5G standalone solutions for their customers to improve network performance. The focus also remains on strengthening its business by partnering with its peers to enhance its technological capabilities. Read More>>
Dish Network Account Intelligence Report:Dish Network focuses on advancing software-powered automation processes and artificial intelligence (AI) to power the operations of Dish’s cloud-native 5G network architecture for small businesses, large enterprises, and the broader wireless industry. Read More>>
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