News Roundup

A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #8

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Google and Intel team up on 5G and edge network solutions

Google Cloud has announced that it is working with Intel to establish reference architectures and integrated solutions for communications providers to help them deploy 5G and edge network solutions. To achieve the cloud native 5G goals, the partnership encompasses a full suite of telecommunications, along with application providers, carriers and communications service providers, hardware vendors and global telecommunications networks, with the goal of  the cost and time to market required by the telecommunications industry. Intel is already the most powerful participant in the data center hardware market, but is keen to repeat that success with edge infrastructure.

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 Deutsche Telekom tests solar panels to power mobile sites

 Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced that in the second half of 2020, the company was testing the use of solar panels to power its mobile infrastructure. In a new partnership with Ericsson, the German operator will attempt to prove that independent solar energy sites for mobile sites are applicable and practical. In cooperation with Ericsson, DT installed solar modules with a surface area of about 12m2 at its mobile site in Dittenheim, near Munich, with the energy produced by these modules being used to power the site. Ericsson provides the power system that manages the power supply process.

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 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and Vodia partner up

 Vodia, a manufacturer of advanced software-based telephone systems, and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, a leading provider of communications, networking and cloud solutions, have announced their new partnership. From now on, resellers and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can be confident that their Vodia networks will interact with Alcatel Lucent Enterprise desk phones. Kyle Asbury, Director of Sales and Marketing at Vodia, said: “This is a strategic partnership that aligns us with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, one of the most respected brands in the telecoms industry. Together we bring a winning solution to the table every time.”

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Vodafone begins the process for tower IPO

The Vodafone Group has launched a formal process to cash in on their infrastructure business Vantage Towers, and the shares are expected to begin trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by the end of March. The company’s assets include 82,000 macro sites in ten countries, including the ones it co-owns as part of UK JV Cornerstone and Inwit deal, along with Telecom Italia. Vantage Towers and its partners are currently building 550 new macro sites, which are expected to be completed by the end of next month. In addition, the company has committed to build another 7,100 over the next five years together with their partners.

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 Nokia to supply Globe Telecom with 5G

 Nokia has secured a three-year long contract with Globe Telecom, the largest mobile operator in the Philippines. Under the agreement, Nokia will upgrade Globe Telecom’s existing 4G network and expand the geographic reach of its 5G network to more than 1,000 locations nationwide. The rollout will cover Mindanao and Visaya, the second and third largest islands respectively, and is expected to be completed in 2023. The equipment used to build out the Radio Access Network (RAN), base stations and other radio access products, is from Nokia’s 5G AirScale portfolio. Globe Telecom will also take advantage of Nokia’s AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna, which uses the latest 64TR radios.

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