Orange Marine has launched a revolutionary ship specifically designed for maintaining and repairing high-priority undersea cables. Infrastructure

Orange Marine continues to assert dominance in the subsea cable industry with the sophisticated ‘Sophie Germain’, an innovative vessel designed for comprehensive undersea cable care. This 100 meter long ship is home to a 450 kW ROV for precise optic cable maintenance. Moreover, it not only enhances connectivity globally, but also makes strides in sustainability by significantly reducing fuel consumption and slashing emissions. Remarkably, in a field with only 60 cable ships worldwide, Orange Marine introduces innovation that may reshape the future of global telecommunications infrastructure.

T-Mobile US is reportedly negotiating with open access network operator Tillman FiberCo about utilizing its FTTP infrastructure. Infrastructure

T-Mobile US’s reported negotiations with Tillman FiberCo to utilize their fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure could significantly shape the retail fiber market. T-Mobile previously expressed interest in the fiber broadband sector, and partnering with Tillman could mitigate potential expenses of such endeavor. This potential venture aligns with Tillman’s recent strategic alliance with Northleaf Capital Partners, pooling $200 million for the FTTP rollout. While coverage plans remain unclear, this project is likely substantial and may lead to T-Mobile formally stepping into the fiber broadband landscape.

In a move that bolsters its global terrestrial and satellite network operations, Intelsat entered into a partnership with Telespazio. Infrastructure

Intelsat’s recent partnership with Telespazio paints a promising image of the future of global network operations. With the inclusion of Telespazio’s premier teleport facility, Fucino space centre, into Intelsat’s network, seamless European connectivity is underway. Moreover, the alliance caters to the growing global demand for managed satellite services, elevating the standard for high-profile sectors, while improving geospatial communication. This precise move highlights the tremendous potential of combining flexible solutions for global positioning.

North American telecom equipment expenditure suffered an unanticipated drop in the first half of this year, new findings illustrate. Infrastructure

Telecom equipment expenditure in North America experienced an unexpected downturn in the first half of this year. Despite global telecom hardware revenues remaining steady, North America’s marked decline significantly impacted the total number. In contrast, other markets, particularly Asia-Pacific, showed robust growth. The reasons behind North America’s decline extend to slowing 5G expenditure and reduced spending on broadband access equipment. Looking ahead, no major global alterations are anticipated, though the volatility of the telecom industry hints at potential changes.

Phoenix Tower International has completed two transactions that add a total of 1,978 sites in densely populated French regions. Infrastructure

Phoenix Tower International has bolstered its French network with two acquisitions totaling 1,978 sites, strategically placed in populous regions. With the latest addition of SFR-hosted and Bouygues Telecom sites, PTI’s French portfolio now stands at 3,600 sites which is expected to surpass 5,000 within two years. CEO, Dagan Kasavanas highlighted how these acquisitions will enhance wireless connectivity across France, positioning the country as a key player within PTI’s 21-country operation range.

The latest data from analyst firm Dell’Oro reveals a notable decline in revenues for both Open RAN and vRAN in Q2 2023. Infrastructure

Notable declines in Open RAN and vRAN revenues for Q2 2023 have been reported by Dell’Oro, suggesting a potential year-on-year reduction if trends continue. While shrinkage was notable across the Americas and the Asia Pacific region, Europe continues to enjoy growth. Nevertheless, the overall RAN market lacks significant growth, making future predictions challenging about these emerging technologies’ share when 6G becomes widespread.

The U.S government recently unveiled draft guidelines outlining permissible equipment purchases from outside the country. Infrastructure

The US government has recently provided clarity regarding foreign equipment purchases under the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) programme. The emphasis is on minimizing exceptions to ‘buy American’ rules, particularly reflected in the fibre-optic sector. Notwithstanding, one significant provision allows sourcing glass used in fibre optics from overseas. This comes as a relief for firms worried about supply sufficiency and costs. The spotlight of foreign vendors, meanwhile, is potentially electronics, with proposed exemptions including most semiconductors.

Three UK has successfully implemented 100 4G sites as part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), extending reach to UK's most remote areas. Infrastructure

Bringing 4G to the UK’s remotest realms, Three UK has established 100 dedicated sites through the Shared Rural Network (SRN). This initiative enhances coverage by around 2,800km2, reaching over 37,000 new premises. However, with the ambitious goal to extend 4G coverage to 95% of the country by 2025, one can’t help but ponder, is the UK on pace to meet this target? Participate in the discussion at the Connected Britain digital economy event.

Veon, the parent company of Kyivstar, is partnering with Rakuten Symphony for a comprehensive reconstruction of its Ukrainian infrastructure. Infrastructure

Telephone company Veon has announced a significant infrastructure initiative with Rakuten Symphony, aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s telecommunications framework. This strategic move will involve an extensive roll-out of Open RAN enabled 5G networks, forming the backbone for new digital services. Veon’s $600 million commitment signals confidence in Open RAN’s transformative potential and Rakuten’s proven commercial implementation acumen.