ABI Research: for visionaries
Has the pandemic put the final nail in the landline’s coffin?

Total Telecom | April 22, 2021, 9 p.m.

According to data from Uswitch, four million UK homes have disconnected their landlines since the millennium. Worse, of the 80% of homes that do still have a landline, around 26% do not even have a handset plugged in.  Now, with the pandemic forcing everyone to remain indoors, it would be easy to think that landline usage would have increased in the past year. But, on the contrary, people have instead turned to their mobile phones or video calling services like Zoom to communicate…read more on TotalTele.com »

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EllaLeaks: A look beneath the surface at the creation of a submarine cable system

Total Telecom | April 22, 2021, 9 p.m.

With all the hubbub surrounding 5G and full fibre, it is all too easy to forget the vital and often almost invisible role that the submarine cable industry plays in our connected world. Since the mid-19th century, cables have been vital to intercontinental communications, yet many of us, even those within the telecoms industry, would struggle to name a single cable system, much less how they work.  Have you ever wondered…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Is mobile leading on climate change?

ABI Research | April 22, 2021, 1 a.m.

Dimitris Mavrakis, senior research director at ABI Research, told Mobile World Live (MWL) the telecoms industry is “quite advanced” in tackling climate change compared to other sectors: “Sustainability is a key topic of discussion, when in other industries it’s just an afterthought, it’s not a core planning point”.

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Dish and Amazon strike deal for cloud-based 5G network

Total Telecom | April 21, 2021, 9 p.m.

Dish Network has announced a new deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to collaborate on the construction of a 5G network. AWS will reportedly provide the infrastructure for the cloud-based network, set to be built using Open RAN standards. If successful, the deployment could be a major step forward Open RAN technology, as well as accelerating the shift to the public cloud for the telecoms industry.Dish said the network will launch later this year…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Network sustainability is about more than just greener tech

Total Telecom | April 21, 2021, 9 p.m.

When it comes to sustainability, the telecoms industry faces a major challenge. As the world becomes more connected and data consumption increases, so too will power consumption and emissions, potentially making the industry a major contributor to the climate crisis.To emphasise this point, Vincent Garnier, Director General of the FTTH Council Europe, shared data from a thinktank called The Shift Project, which estimates that 4% of global carbon emissions currently come from the ICT ecosystem.“But the trend is upward,” explained Garnier. “Estimations of the current speed of the ICT industry is that it could reach 8–9% by 2025. For reference…read more on TotalTele.com »

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EU wants to work with India on 5G security standards

Light Reading | April 21, 2021, 9:18 a.m.

It's been reported the EU hopes to collaborate with India on 5G rollout and security standards, as part of discussions at the India-EU summit on May 8.

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No end in sight to AGR litigation in India

Light Reading | April 21, 2021, 7 a.m.

The question of who should pay the AGR dues of bankrupt service providers has resurfaced thanks to a ruling by India's National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.

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Public Cloud Platforms to Drive Innovation in Telecoms in 2021 and Beyond

ABI Research | April 21, 2021, 5 a.m.

The public cloud serves as the foundation for many businesses in the enterprise domain. Increasingly, telecom entities seek to partner with public cloud providers to use their compute capacity and leverage their strong network capabilities at the back end. Inexpensive compute access is the chief reason a growing number of network equipment vendors (NEVs) and communications service providers (CSPs) are now exploring public clouds as a viable complement to their telco cloud platforms. According to a new report from global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, public cloud is set to spur new growth for the telco cloud market, which is forecasted to grow to US$29.3 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 27%. Low cost of ownership, little or no implementation risk, and increased business agility and innovation are some key drivers that are propelling the adoption of cloud compute capacity in telecoms.“Adoption of public cloud constitutes an evolutionary path on three fronts; technology evolution, operational changes, and service evolution,” explains Don Alusha, Senior Analyst, 5G Core & Edge Networks at ABI Research. “Technology evolution of the public cloud, and broader cloudification efforts, is a key enabler for a more digital telco ecosystem. Operational changes in cloud efficiencies enable CSPs to propel service convergence by intelligently fusing today’s siloed internal processes. And service evolution is the quest to enhance existing business models, which also stands to be a key reason behind the adoption of public cloud.” Communication services remain at the heart of CSPs’ business, but with public cloud as a foundation, many large Tier-1 CSPs are increasingly diversifying into ICT services. AT&T, Telefonica Tech, Verizon, and Vodafone are some CSPs that are embracing public cloud for new value creation outside of their historical (consumer) markets. Furthermore, platforms are going to be at the center of new commercial forays, particularly enterprise 5G, which inherently constitutes a horizontal value creation. “CSPs will capture growth if they get three strands right: 1) the intelligent connectivity to connect dispersed cloud platforms; 2) the human capital to get their workforce innovating on, working off of, and 3) tap into a cloud ecosystem that is composed of independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers; and finally, the governance to get the best out of this ecosystem and cushion its side effects. Naturally, this change will not happen overnight, even in the most progressive of CSPs. But it is vital that, in close collaboration with NEVs and hyperscalers, CSPs plant the seeds of cloud and software platforms today to create new value tomorrow,” Alusha adds.With public cloud platforms, hyperscalers like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle typically develop and control a homogeneous tech ecosystem. In contrast, CSPs procure solutions from many different suppliers that compete and move sometimes slightly, sometimes substantially, in different directions. “So, what does a proliferation of cloud platforms in telecoms mean for Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE? It means that the successful vendor of the future will need to shoulder much more of the financial risk of CSPs adopting their products and services,” says Alusha. They need to invest in CSPs’ success by going beyond merely installing and integrating capabilities. They need to guide CSPs, and their enterprise prospects to consume capabilities they have at their disposal – sometimes even doing it for them. The exact role that public clouds will play in how we shape the telco system going forward remains to be seen. At the same time, the industry at large must have the willingness to stake future growth and success on the ability to make commitments today that may not pay off until years into the future. “In other words, new-growth strategies should begin with a high tolerance for risk and what we do not know over cloud and associated economic models rather than what we do, for successful strategies must be built upon a degree of unpredictability, not in spite of it,” Alusha concludes.These findings are from ABI Research’s Public Cloud Platforms in Telecoms application analysis report. This report is part of the company’s 5G Core & Edge Networks research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present in-depth analysis on key market trends and factors for a specific application, which could focus on an individual market or geography.

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Vodafone building a UK OpenRAN lab

Total Telecom | April 20, 2021, 9 p.m.

Throughout last year, the concept of OpenRAN — modular, interoperable hardware and software from various vendors that can work in tandem — has been gaining momentum. In light of the geopolitical dimension surrounding 5G networks and their security, the idea of using multiple suppliers has become increasingly appealing for operators and governments alike, but the technology nonetheless remains in its infancy…read more on TotalTele.com »

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MTS launches new streaming service KION

Total Telecom | April 20, 2021, 9 p.m.

Russia’s largest operator, Mobile TeleSystems, has entered the video streaming market with the launch of their OTT platform called KION. The app will feature thousands of films and hundreds of channels, as well as a range of exclusive content branded as ‘KION Originals’. The content library will also be bolstered as a result of the operator’…read more on TotalTele.com »

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"We are at the cusp of building a new 5G ecosystem that is embracing all sectors of the economy"

Total Telecom | April 20, 2021, 9 p.m.

 We recently caught up with Orange's Arnaud Vamparys to discuss the opportunities the ongoing 5G rollout offers network operators, ahead of our upcoming virtual event 5GLIVE. 1.What has been the biggest success of 5G rollout so far? Despite the disruptions brought about by the covid pandemic across economies and societies, we have been able to continue to launch 5G in five of our European countries. This has proved particularly important at a time when connectivity is proving indispensable to so many people. Launching 5G has enabled us to bring additional capacity to urban areas where 4G is heavily used and it is helping to anticipate the demand and opportunity for developing new uses and innovation.  Our industry ecosystem has also played a significant part in helping to make 5G more accessible to consumers. For example, consumers now have easy access to a wide range of 5G compatible smartphones, at different prices, and this is helping to further democratize 5G and give people the benefits of speeds of up to 3 to 4 times faster than they had previously…read more on TotalTele.com »

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O-RAN: Defining a path for innovation in the RAN

Light Reading | April 20, 2021, 1 a.m.

This paper helps CSPs understand how VMware supports a path toward an Open RAN.

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Appledore Analyst Report: O-RAN - Why the Future is Open

Light Reading | April 20, 2021, 1 a.m.

In this exclusive report, Appledore Research principal analyst Francis Haysom argues that 2021 will be a critical year in which open RAN really begins to change the shape of the telecoms market.

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UK 'intervenes' in Nvidia’s $40bn takeover of Arm

Total Telecom | April 19, 2021, 9 p.m.

Back in September, SoftBank Group agreed to sell UK chip designer Arm to US rival Nvidia for a mammoth sum of $40 billion. The deal caused almost immediate consternation in the UK, with various players within the industry lobbying the government to block the deal, saying it would harm UK jobs and the country’s technical capabilities on the world stage. Indeed, Arm’s co-founder…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Deutsche Telekom backs blockchain and De-Fi platform Celo

Total Telecom | April 19, 2021, 9 p.m.

Today, Deutsche Telekom has announced an investment of an undisclosed amount into the blockchain payments platform Celo. The company has also purchased an unspecified amount of Celo’s digital tokens which are used on the platform.The move represents the operator’s first foray into the DeFi market, with the cryptocurrency allowing users to bypass traditional financial institutions when making transactions…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Could mass IoT deployment be the key to building a sustainable world?

Total Telecom | April 19, 2021, 9 p.m.

When we think of the IoT — of thousands upon thousands of interconnected devices communicating with one another — sustainability is typically not the first thing that comes to mind. The energy demand from the devices alone could be enormous, not to mention the additional strain they will put on the networks that facilitate them.  But this is too simplistic an observation…read more on TotalTele.com »

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HUAWEI SmartCare 2.0: Going beyond Customer Experience Management for the 5G era

Total Telecom | April 19, 2021, 9 p.m.

When the coronavirus pandemic first struck in early 2020, many observers feared that we would experience a global delay in 5G rollouts. Now, one year later, we know better. The pandemic has shown us just how integral connectivity is to our professional and personal lives, with demand for connectivity skyrocketing. Operators around the world have continued to rollout 5G at a blistering pace, with many governments positioning the new technology to play a key role in the post-Covid-19 economic recovery. But with all these expectations for 5G, it must be remembered that building and managing these new networks is no simple feat. As data demand soars and new services like virtual reality and smart cities begin to become a reality…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Verizon announces new emmissions goals

Total Telecom | April 19, 2021, 9 p.m.

Verizon today joins a number of operators around the world that are setting new climate and sustainability related targets for the future. The US giant first announced its environmental goals in 2019, aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2035 and will source or generate 50% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2025. Since then, the company has been making considerable progress towards these targets…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Open source for modernizing telecoms OSS/BSS

Light Reading | April 19, 2021, 1 a.m.

In this paper, you will discover the drivers for telecommunications operations and business support systems modernization.

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Millicom completes African exodus

Total Telecom | April 18, 2021, 9 p.m.

Millicom, which operates in emerging markets via the Tigo brand, has been withdrawing from the African continent for some time. The past four years have seen the operator divest of business operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, and Chad, noting that these businesses are simply not as profitable as their Latin American operations…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Lycamobile’s new CEO seeks expansion into new digital services

Total Telecom | April 18, 2021, 9 p.m.

Lycamobile has today announced that current chief operating officer Navanit Narayan will be taking over as company CEO and he has major plans to change the strategic direction of the MVNO.With around 16 million customers around Europe, the US and Australia, Lycamobile is one of the world’s largest MVNOs…read more on TotalTele.com »

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