Telecommunication
Industry Outlook for November

01/12/2020
We explore and keep you updated with recent news and technologies that could have a big impact on the telecom industry in the year ahead.
5G of the Month:
Globe Telecom announced that 5G service now covers 17 cities nationwide
GLOBE Telecom, Inc. announced that it expanded its 5G coverage to 17 key cities in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The company is accelerating upgrades of its existing technology to improve further the connectivity, mobile experience, and unlock vast potentials for its customers as 5G technology in Bacolod, Boracay, Iloilo, Talisay, Lapu-Lapu, Cordova, Minglanilla and Cebu City in Visayas; and in Davao City and Cagayan De Oro in Mindanao becomes available - Gil Genio, Globe's Chief Technology and Information Officer
Globe Telecom announced that 5G service now covers 17 cities nationwide
China and South Korea will have 20% of the total 5G mobile users by 2021, while India predicts to have 350 million 5G subscriptions by 2026
Ericsson stated that India will have 350 million 5G subscriptions by 2026, accounting for 27 percent of all mobile subscriptions. Also, Huawei Technologies believes that 5G users to account for 20% of total mobile users in China and South Korea by the end of June 2021
5G is developing much faster than previous generations. Currently, there are more than 100 commercial 5G networks worldwide, and budget 5G mobile phones have dropped to CNY1,000 ($151). This is driving up the number of 5G users around the world, and leading carriers are already benefitting from 5G data plans - Ryan Ding, president of Huawei's carrier business group
India to have 350 million 5G subscriptions by 2026: Ericsson
China and South Korea will have 20% of the total 5G mobile users by 2021
Orange is going to launch 5G in 15 French municipalities
15 French municipalities will have access to 5G from Orange on December 3. Customers in Nice, Marseille, Le Mans, Angers, and Clermont Ferrand will be first to have the 5G option from Orange. The operator is planning to cover 160 municipalities.
Orange is going to launch 5G in 15 French municipalities
The UK government is banning Huawei 5G equipment and commits $333 Million to replace it.
The UK government is planning to remove Huawei telecommunications equipment because it is classified as equipment from "high risk" vendors. According to the government roadmap plan, Huawei gear will not be available for UK carriers in September 2021.

Also, the UK will provide additional funds of $333 Million to carries to switch to another equipment from vendors like Nokia or Ericsson.
UK bans the installation of new Huawei 5G equipment
U.K. Commits $333 Million to Help Carriers Replace Huawei 5G
Bouygues Telecom launched 5G on December 1
Another france based operator, Bouygues Telecom, is planning to increase its 5G coverage gradually using both its new 3.5GHz frequencies and existing 4G frequencies after acquiring a 70MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum.
Bouygues Telecom launched 5G on December 1
Cloud of the Month:
Telco cloud revenue could reach up to $29bn by the end of 2025
According to ABI Research, the global telco cloud market is set to increase dramatically over the next five years. North America and the Asia-Pacific region are going to be the biggest telco cloud markets.
Telco cloud revenue could reach up to $29bn by the end of 2025
IBM is launching a hybrid cloud offering focused on enterprise adoption of 5G and edge computing
A new telco-based hybrid cloud architecture will unite 35 ecosystem partners focused on accelerating business transformation, enhancing digital client engagement, and improving agility. The aim is to help to unlock the power of 5G and edge for enterprises.
IBM is launching a hybrid cloud offering focused on enterprise adoption of 5G
AI of the Month:
SK Telecom and Microsoft Korea joining forces for AI efforts
Major carriers in South Korea are going to provide their AI services for companies to help deal with network issues related to the shift to new technologies.

Telecom KT AI can detect and resolve wired and mobile network problems while SK Telecom AI detects cost irregularities in cloud services. Also, LG Uplus has partnered with Google Cloud recently to help AI companies by providing 5G technologies.
SK Telecom and Microsoft Korea joining forces for AI efforts
SK telecom presented its new AI chip
SK Telecom demonstrated an artificial intelligence processor that can process large amounts of data in parallel and achieves 6,700 frames per second in deep learning workloads. SK telecom also stated that their chips will cost significantly less than competitors' solutions.
SK telecom presented its new AI chip
Mergers & Acquisitions of the Month:
Canadian telecoms company Telus is going to acquire Lionbridge AI in a $935 million deal.
Telus Corp announced that Telus International would buy data services provider Lionbridge AI in a $935 million deal. The deal is expected to close on Dec. 31, 2020.
Canadian telecoms company Telus is going to acquire Lionbridge AI
NFV of the Month:
Colt Technology Services has taken Lean NFV into a production pilot for internet on demand
United Networks paid $500,000 for Red Telecom located in Sydney that provides voice and data services to businesses. According to United Networks, this deal can potentially increase not only the average gross profit but also annualized recurring revenue by $1.4 million
I think this is going to go beyond the pure scope of what the Lean NFV technology can do. There are a number of other things you need to take into account like the other IT systems that we use - Colt Technology Services' Mirko Voltolini, global head of network on demand
Colt boots up production pilot of Lean NFV for internet on demand
IPv4/IPv6 outlook of the Month:
Federal agencies move to more secure Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
According to a new memo from the Office of Management and Budget, IPv6 is the standard for federal agencies' internet traffic. Agencies need to create a team of acquisition, policy and technical staff to enforce IPV6 efforts and to make sure that 20% of all new systems are operating on IPv6 by 2023. While by the end of 2025 it should be 80%.
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You might find this interesting: With IPv6 you still need CGNAT, and here is why.
Federal agencies move to more secure Internet Protocol version IPv6

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