In the midst of Johannesburg, CMC Networks, a leading global Tier 1 service provider, is expanding their Global Network Operations Centre. Pairing this development with their move to new Sandton premises aims to boost network capacity, heighten operator productivity, and elevate customer encounters. Through increased AI integration and automation, encapsulating Juniper Mist AI across their network, the upgrade strives to optimize customer experiences.

In a groundbreaking development, Project Kuiper has revealed the successful testing of advanced optical communications payloads on its prototype satellites, KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2. The optical inter-satellite link (OISL) capabilities, previously kept confidential, demonstrated the ability to maintain 100 Gbps links over a distance of nearly 621 miles during testing in October.

Networking the future with simple text or voice commands? That’s what Nokia’s Bell Labs envisions with their new AI-centric technology – Natural-Language Networking. This breakthrough could revolutionize how network resources are managed by learning user needs over time, resulting in a self-regulating and adaptive system. As a pivotal part of the ambitious UNEXT programme, this technology simplifies network management, aiming for a seamless yet independent functioning of all network elements. An interactive OS that learns and anticipates need – the future of telecoms is unfolding right now.

Taking leaps in autonomous network management, Telefónica skillfully navigates the complex landscape, developing standards and aligning with recognized organizations. With their Autonomous Network Journey program, they unravel the value of AI and machine learning at multiple levels. With successful solutions like Vivo Config, they’ve achieved substantial work savings and dramatically reduced network alarms and reworks, while actively focusing on energy efficiency and emissions reduction – invaluable attributes in the era of sustainability.

Transferring 5G workloads to the public cloud is proving slower than expected, leading financial firm Dell’Oro to adjust its growth predictions for 5G standalone (SA) solutions down. Despite this, a growth rate of 65% over five years is still anticipated. However, the slow adoption of 5G SA by mobile network operators and enterprises has led to a cautious approach. Hyperscale cloud providers look set to hold just 6% of total market revenue in the next five years, underscoring the remaining untapped potential in the 5G SA market.

DE-CIX, the world’s leading operator of Internet Exchanges (IXs), has unveiled its plans to establish PT DE-CIX Indonesia, a joint venture with PT IDMarco Digital Solusi, a subsidiary of the Salim Group. This initiative marks a significant move for DE-CIX, as it ventures into Indonesia, the largest population and fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia.

The future of telecommunications is rapidly changing thanks to the surge of Internet of Things (IoT) connections, with an anticipated 142 million 5G IoT roaming connections by 2027. This evolution promises increased speeds, reduced latency, and advanced services, setting the stage for a demand surge in standalone-specific 5G roaming agreements. However, despite these advancements, most connected devices will continue utilizing LTE-M and NB-IoT networks due to their compatibility with mixed traffic. A major hub for 5G IoT roaming is Western Europe, anticipated to host 21% of all such connections by 2027.

BT collaborates with HPE to adapt to the rise in hybrid work and IoT demands, leveraging HPE’s Aruba Networking for a new managed LAN service. This partnership promises heightened flexibility, security and visibility, overcoming the limitations of conventional in-building networks. Despite this, the market faces potential turbulence, particularly from the clearances of backlogged orders affecting enterprise WLAN revenues. While this partnership signifies progress, the changes may create a challenging landscape for those in the industry.

In a major step toward network evolution, UK’s Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has successfully tested and begun selling services powered by cutting-edge XGS PON fibre technology. This move, primed to revolutionize digital connectivity, promises customers symmetric 10 Gbps upload and download speeds but might initially be geographically limited. The transformative technology is expected to rival offerings from other telco giants whilst unlocking the potential for future technological advancements.