Telecommunication
Industry Outlook for October

02/11/2020
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:
French carriers have deployed almost 500 sites ahead of 5G launch
According to press, French mobile operators are currently testing 5G services with a total of 483 active 5G base stations across the country. As operators get ready to launch commercial 5G services in the short term, these initial deployments allow carriers to test the networks prior to the upcoming launch.

It is important to note that France is the only one of the five most populous European Union countries where 5G is not yet commercially available.

French carriers have deployed almost 500 sites ahead of 5G launch
Verizon partners with Microsoft to offer private 5G mobile edge computing
Verizon and Microsoft join forces to accelerate the delivery of fast and secure 5G mobile edge computing. Verizon hopes to enable low- latency that can help companies analyze and deliver data in real-time and to create new opportunities for businesses to accelerate the delivery of faster, more secure 5G applications.
By bringing together Verizon's 5G network and on-site 5G Edge platform with Microsoft's expertise in cloud services, we will enable the development of the next generation technologies everyone has been envisioning - Rima Qureshi, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Verizon
Verizon partners with Microsoft to offer private 5G mobile edge
Verizon 5G network will reach over 200 million people
Verizon is going to expand its 5G network by providing nationwide support for the new networking standard

Verizon was concentrating their efforts on the mmWave band which has its own advantages and disadvantages and they still firmly believe that mmWave will be the best experience for 5G. However, now Verizon is going to expand its 5G network by providing nationwide support for the new networking standard.
Verizon 5G network will reach over 200 million people
TPG Telecom is rolling out 5G fixed wireless service in 2021
TPG Telecom is planning to launch its 5G fixed wireless service at the beginning of 2021. Before that TPG Telecom merged with Vodafone uniting its fixed and mobile networks together.
5G will take our fixed wireless offering to a new level and provide customers with further choice - TPG Telecom CEO Iñaki Berroeta
TPG Telecom is rolling out 5G fixed wireless service in 2021
AI of the Month:
South Korean telecom operators focus on AI services for corporate clients
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.
South Korean telecom operators focus on AI services for corporate clients
Mergers & Acquisitions of the Month:
Verizon acquired Bluegrass Cellular assets
Verizon purchased Bluegrass Cellular, a rural wireless operator that serves 210,000 customers in 34 counties in rural service areas in Kentucky.
We are excited to acquire certain assets of Bluegrass Cellular and expand our footprint in Kentucky, - Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President and Group CEO, Verizon Consumer Group
Verizon acquired Bluegrass Cellular assets
United Networks purchased Sydney-based Red Telecom
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
Our focus remains on aggressively increasing the recurring revenue of the business. We are excited by the cross-selling opportunities that these acquisitions will open up for the business to grow our revenues further. - United chief executive Victor Tsaccounis
United Networks purchased Sydney-based Red Telecom
NFV of the Month:
StartUs Insights picked 5 best network function virtualization solutions
StartUs Insights identified 110 relevant solutions in the NFV sector and picked NFWare as one of 5 promising network function virtualization solutions. The research was based on factors like location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others.
StartUs Insights picked 5 best network function virtualization solutions
IPv4/IPv6 outlook of the Month:
Amazon spent billions of dollars to buy IPv4 addresses
Amazon buys up a lot of IPv4 addresses and the collection has already reached 100 million unique IPv4 addresses. However, it is unclear why Amazon is doing it but they started actively purchasing IPv4 addresses since 2017.
Amazon spent billions of dollars to buy IPv4 addresses
Ooredoo telecom partners with Wipro to launch IPv6
Ooredoo is going to use a Wipro dual-stack solution that will provide IPv4 connectivity for services that still use IPv4 and achieve a seamless transition to IPv6.

The smooth switch to IPv6 is necessary because the number of internet of things devices is going to rise significantly in the near future while IPv4 addresses are already exhausted. However, the transition to IPv6 is not going so fast. Operators are needed to ensure that both IPv4 and IPv6 services are provided. Moreover, some social networks or content platforms are already providing native IPv6 content and this transition to IPv6 results in better performance.
The first telecom operator in Kuwait to deploy the next gen protocol

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