Showing posts with label Europe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Europe. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Microsoft has Invested US$3 Billion in European Cloud Infrastructure

Speaking at a company event in Dublin, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that Microsoft has more than doubled its cloud capacity in Europe in the past year.

Microsoft has invested over US$3 billion across Europe to date.  Earlier this week, the company revealed that it intends to deliver the Microsoft Cloud from data centers in France starting in 2017.

“We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Building a global, trusted, intelligent cloud platform is core to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. There’s never been a better time for organizations across Europe to seize new growth and opportunity with the Microsoft Cloud.”

https://news.microsoft.com/2016/10/03/microsoft-increases-european-cloud-investment-to-3-billion-unveils-cloud-policy-recommendations/

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Europe's 5G Manifesto

A "5G Manifesto" from key players in the telecom industry was submitted to EC Commissioner Oettinger with the aim of spurring deployment of 5G infrastructure in Europe.

The 7-page manifesto provides recommendations for a common vision and a calendar for deployment of investments, standards and the synchronized introduction of services in Europe. It underlines the need for spectrum and improved regulatory conditions in terms of local installation of cells, open internet rules which promote innovation, data protection and fair use.

The European Commission is working on a 5G Action plan that will be presented in September that aims at giving Europe the leadership in the deployment of standardized 5G networks as from 2020.

Signatories of the manifesto include the chief executives of BT Group plc., Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Hutchison Whampoa Europe, Inmarsat, Nokia, Orange, Proximus, Royal KPN, SES, Tele2 AB, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telekom Austria, Telenor, Telia, and Vodafone Group.

http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/document.cfm?action=display&doc_id=16579

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BT Wins Cloud Contracts with the European Commission

BT has been awarded two new contracts by the European Commission to deliver public and private cloud services across 52 major European institutions, agencies and bodies - including the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Defence Agency.

Both framework contracts - awarded last December - run for up to four years with a combined worth of more than €24 million. Following execution of the framework contracts, BT will implement the contracted private cloud services, and becomes one of five providers that will compete for public cloud projects.

Corrado Sciolla, President Europe and Global Telecom Markets, BT Global Services, said: “This is a milestone in our journey to be the leading global cloud services integrator, and demonstrates how we minimise the complexity, risks and costs for our customers as they move to the cloud. I’d like to take this opportunity to, once again, thank the EU for putting its trust in BT.”

http://www.btplc.com/news/#/pressreleases/bt-secures-major-cloud-services-contracts-with-the-eu-1290656


  • Last August, BT signed another framework contract with the European Commission, with a value of up to €15.2 million over seven year, that included voice services across 21 major European institutions, agencies and bodies. This followed a large framework contract signed in March 2015 - with a maximum value of €55.7 million over five years - for the delivery of dedicated internet access to all major European institutions, agencies and bodies across the 28 member states.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Zayo to Acquire Viatel for European Fiber Networks

Zayo agreed to acquire Viatel’s infrastructure and non-Irish enterprise businesses for approximately EUR 95 million. Viatel is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Digiweb Group, a full service telecommunications and managed services operator, based in Dublin, Ireland.

Zayo said the Viatel acquisition will bring an 8,400 kilometer fiber network across eight countries. The transaction will add 12 new metro networks, seven data centers and connectivity to 81 on-net buildings. Two wholly-owned subsea cable systems will provide connectivity on two of Europe’s busiest routes – London Amsterdam and London-Paris. The Viatel businesses to be acquired are highly aligned with Zayo’s existing product and customer set, including a higher proportion of dark fiber revenue.

 “Viatel’s long-haul fiber network and colo assets combined with Zayo’s existing national UK, France and U.S. networks provides truly international, seamless connectivity for Zayo’s existing and new customers,” said Dan Caruso, chairman and CEO of Zayo. “Our Pan-European infrastructure capability addresses new growth opportunities, including connectivity to key subsea cable systems delivering traffic to and from high-growth regions such as Asia and Africa.”

http://www.zayo.com

Sunday, August 16, 2015

EC Project SESAME Targets 5G with RAN Virtualization + Edge Computing

The European Commission has awarded EUR 8 million grant to a consortium of telecom industry vendors to develop the infrastructure required to support the future 5G network and communication systems.

Project SESAME, which is led by Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and funded under the EC Horizon 2020 programme (H2020), will design and demonstrate virtualised, cloud-enabled, multi-operator, frequency agile, 5G-oriented radio access and services.

Project SESAME targets innovations around the three central elements of 5G: network intelligence through Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Mobile Edge Cloud Computing, substantial evolution of the Small Cell concept to create targeted coverage and capacity, and the consolidation of multi-tenancy in mobile network infrastructure; allowing several operators and service providers to engage in new sharing models.

"The old model for cellular, with dedicated hardware and dedicated spectrum per operator, is breaking down," said Dr. Nick Johnson, CTO of ip.access. "As demand continues to grow exponentially, with limited additional spectrum, flat subscriber growth and falling revenues per subscriber, new ways have to be found to use the resources we have more efficiently. This project does this by allowing spectrum to be shared between operators in a controllable, measurable and agile way."

Project SESAME consortium includes 18 members that span across the European Union, including the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Greece.

http://www.ipaccess.com
http://horizon2020projects.com/
http://horizon2020projects.com/il-ict/h2020-backs-5g-infrastructure-project/

Friday, July 24, 2015

European Commission Approves Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia Merger

The European Commission gave its stamp of approval to the proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, saying the merger does not raise competition concerns "because the parties are not close competitors and since a number of strong global competitors will remain active after the transaction."

The Commission said it considered the effects of the merger on competition in the field of mobile network equipment, including Radio Access Network equipment and Core Network Systems. The Commission found that, despite the merged entity having combined market shares around or above 30% for several specific types of equipment, the overlaps between the two companies' activities are effectively limited. Indeed, Nokia has a strong presence in the European Economic Area, where Alcatel-Lucent is a small player, and conversely Alcatel-Lucent has a strong presence in North America, where Nokia's activities are rather limited.

The EC cited competition from Ericsson and Huawei, along with the emerging presence of ZTE and Samsung, especially with regards to upcoming 5G.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5437_en.htm

Nokia to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent for EUR 15.6 billion


Nokia agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in a deal valued at EUR 15.6 billion -- a premium to shareholders of 28% (equivalent to EUR 4.27 per share) over the unaffected weighted average share price of Alcatel-Lucent for the previous three months.  Under the transaction Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The boards of directors of both companies have agreed to the deal.

Nokia said it was motivated to do the deal because the addressable market of the combined company in 2014 was approximately 50% larger than its current addressable networks market, increasing from approximately EUR 84 billion to approximately EUR 130 billion. The combined company is expected to have a stronger growth profile than Nokia’s current addressable market, with an estimated CAGR of approximately 3.5% for 2014-2019.

Some highlights:


  • The combined company will be called Nokia Corporation, with headquarters in Espoo, Finland and a strong presence in France. It will also have major R&D centers in Germany, the U.S. and China. It will retain its Bell Labs brand in the U.S..
  • For France, Nokia said intends to maintain employment levels consistent with Alcatel-Lucent’s end-2015 Shift Plan commitments, with a particular focus on the key sites of Villarceaux (Essonne) and Lannion (Côtes d’Armor).  Plans also include a 5G R&D centre of excellence in France.
  • Risto Siilasmaa is planned to serve as Chairman, and Rajeev Suri as Chief Executive Officer.
  • The combined company would target approximately EUR 900 million of operating cost synergies to be achieved on a full year basis in 2019. The cost savings will come from organizational downsizing, elimination of overlapping products and services, centralized functions and regional sales organizations. The combined company could reduce overhead costs in real estate, manufacturing, supply chains, IT and overall G&A expenses, including public company costs.
  • The combined company would target approximately EUR 200 million of reductions in interest expenses to be achieved on a full year basis in 2017.
  • For FY 2014, the combined company would have had net sales of EUR 25.9 billion, a non-IFRS operating profit of EUR 2.3 billion, a reported operating profit of EUR 0.3 billion, R&D investments of approximately EUR 4.7 billion, and a strong balance sheet with combined net cash at  December 31, 2014 of EUR 7.4 billion.
  • For comparison in FY 2014, Ericsson had carrier revenues of approximately EUR 25.1 billion, Huawei had EUR 23.5 billion and Cisco had EUR 9.0 billion.
  • In China, Nokia would own Alcatel-Lucent’s 50% plus one share holding in Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, a company limited by shares supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of China.  

Monday, July 13, 2015

IDC: EMEA Cloud Infrastructure Market Grows 16% in Q1

IT infrastructure spending (server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch) for public and private cloud in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) grew 16% year over year to reach $1.01 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2015, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud Infrastructure Tracker. IDC's report tracks Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Lenovo, NetApp, Oracle, the major ODM vendors, and others.

Significantly, the cloud-related share of total EMEA infrastructure expenditure on server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch grew 2 percentage points compared with the same period a year ago to reach 19% in the quarter.

"Western European cloud expenditure this quarter was mainly fueled by public cloud, which grew almost 30% year on year also thanks to the impact of hyperscale datacenter installations around the region," said Michal Vesely, research analyst, European Infrastructure, IDC. "Private cloud expenditure, especially on premises, on the other hand, is more directly connected to regular IT investments by enterprises. Private cloud spending saw a slower pace as users assess their storage, as well as integrated and hyperconverged systems, strategies. Once decisions are made, we expect another major push in the forthcoming period."

Some other highlights:

  • In terms of storage capacity, cloud represented around 33% of total EMEA capacity in 1Q15, with 45% year-on-year growth.
  • The emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) took 14% of EMEA cloud investments in 1Q15. This is a strong decrease compared with the same quarter last year, when CEMA accounted for 17%. Challenging macroeconomic conditions in Russia and weaker investments in the public cloud segment were the main reasons for the decline.
  • Cloud infrastructure spending in the CEMA region is estimated to be 11% of the total addressable server, storage, and networking hardware market, with public cloud accounting for about 40% of this.


http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUK25750815


Saturday, July 11, 2015

FANTASTIC-5G Targets sub-6 Ghz Air Interface

A group of 16 leading players in the field of telecommunications kicked off the “FANTASTIC-5G Project” (Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation) with the aim of developing a new air interface below 6 GHz for 5G networks.

Specifically, the 2-year FANTASTIC-5G project will develop a new multi-service air interface that is:

  • Highly flexible, to support different types of data traffic.
  • Scalable, to support an ever-growing number of networked devices.
  • Versatile, to support diverse device types and traffic/transmission characteristics.
  • Energy- and resource-efficient, to better use the available spectrum.
  • Future-proofed, enabling easy upgrades to future software releases.

FANTASTIC-5G has received eight million Euros of funding by the European Commission under the EU´s “Horizon 2020” initiative aiming to advance digital Europe.

The members of FANTASTIC-5G include service providers (Orange, Telecom Italia), component and infrastructure vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, Sequans Communications, Wings ICT Solutions), universities (Aalborg University, Politecnico di Bari, Institut Mines-Telecom/Telecom Bretagne, University of Bremen) and research institutes (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives - Laboratoire d’électronique et de technologie de l’information (CEA-Leti), Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institut (HHI)) from Europe.

“FANTASTIC-5G is of key importance, as the multi-service air interface concepts being developed in the project will be evaluated and validated by the partners. This helps to build up consensus and to facilitate the standardization process of 5G”, says Frank Schaich from Alcatel-Lucent´s Bell Labs, who is leading the FANTASTIC-5G project.

http://www.fantastic-5g.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

5G Novel Radio Multiservice Adaptive Network Project Gets Underway

to develop a novel, adaptive and future-proof mobile network architecture for the 5G era.

As part of the 5GPPP initiative, vendors, operators, IT companies, enterprises and academia in Europe are joining forces to launch the 5G NORMA (5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture) project.

The 5G NORMA project, which is expected to run for 30 months, will propose an end-to-end architecture that takes into consideration both Radio Access Network (RAN) and Core Network aspects. The consortium envisions the architecture will enable unprecedented levels of network customizability to ensure that stringent performance, security, cost and energy requirements are met. It will also provide an API-driven architectural openness, fueling economic growth through over-the-top innovation.

Consortium members
Vendors and IT: Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, Nokia Networks, ATOS
Operators: Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Azcom Technology, Nomor Research, Real Wireless
Academia: University Kaiserslautern in Germany, Kings College London, University Carlos III Madrid

The technical approach is based on the innovative concept of adaptive (de)composition and allocation of network functions, which flexibly decomposes the network functions and places the resulting functions in the most appropriate location. By doing so, access and core functions may no longer reside in different locations, which is exploited to jointly optimize their operation whenever possible. The adaptability of the architecture is further strengthened by the innovative software-defined mobile network control and mobile multi-tenancy concepts and underpinned by corroborating demonstrations.

"5G is not only about new radio access technology, network architecture will play an important role as well. 5G networks will have to be programmable, software driven and managed holistically to enable a diverse range of services in a profitable way. With 5G NORMA, the consortium aims to ensure economic sustainability of the network operation and open opportunities for new players, while leveraging a future-proof architecture in a cost- and energy-effective way," stated Dr. Werner Mohr, Chairman of the 5GPPP Association.

https://5g-ppp.eu/
https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-norma/
http://company.nokia.com/en

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

5G PPP Aims to Put Europe back in Mobile Driving Seat

5G PPP, which is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and European industry and research community, outlined a vision to put Europe "back in the driving seat" mobile technology development.  The aim is to leverage 5G to create a single digital economy that connects people, things and services based on a plethora of innovation unseen before at such scale.

The 5G PPP alliance sees this next mobile technology cycle as more than an evolution of mobile broadband technology. It sees 5G as an enabler supporting all economic sectors as well as ever-growing consumer demand for new services. This is an opportunity for the European ICT sector, which contributes about 5% to Europe’s GDP, to expand its leadership position globally.

 The European Commission, with the approval of the European Parliament, has committed €700 million of public funds to support 5G PPP activities from 2014 to 2020.

At this week's Mobile World Congress, five EU-funded research projects are being showcased in areas such as new waveforms, cell densification, usage of spectrum above 6GHz and spectrum optimization.

http://5g-ppp.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/5G-Vision-Brochure-v1.pdf
http://5g-ppp.eu/


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel Launch Start-up Accelerator

Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel are launching Challenge Up!, a joint Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator for start-ups from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The program aims at helping innovative IoT startups go-to-market faster through joint projects, mentoring, high-value networking and corporate assets. Selected companies may also recieve strategic investment and support commercializing their product or service for global markets.

“We are looking forward to the creative ideas for new products and services from across the region to improve how we live and work together. By giving startups access to the complimentary resources of our three global companies we can help them accelerate their ideas into commercial success,” said Christian Morales, Corporate Vice President and General Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa at Intel.

“With an expected 50 billion things connected to the Internet by 2020, the Internet of Everything opens up great opportunities. To help better address these opportunities, Challenge Up! brings together the best of the technology world in an ecosystem of open innovation,” said Mike Flannagan, Vice President of Data & Analytics at Cisco.

http://challengeup.eu/

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Huawei's European Operations Lands US$1.6 Billion Loan

Huawei Technologies' European subsidiary has been granted a US$1.6 billion 5+1+1-year revolving credit facility (loan) by leading European banks, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, DBS Bank Ltd., Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., HSBC Bank plc, ING Bank N.V., Standard Chartered Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Hong Kong Branch.

"This symbolizes that the level of trust and cooperation between Huawei and our partners has been raised to new heights. We would like to thank all of you for your trust and support, which has helped us walk steadily forward on the road to globalization." said Mr. Evan Bai, the president of Treasury of Huawei Group, "We firmly believe that Huawei will maintain its unceasing efforts, make continuous improvements, achieve stable and favorable performance, and repay all of you for your trust and support."

http://www.huawei.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Huawei Joins Europe's 5G Infrastructure Association

Huawei will join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe, which represents the private interests participating in the EU's 5G Public and Private Partnership (5G-PPP).

The 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) was formed earlier this year with a mission to secure Europe’s leadership in the particular areas where it is strong in networking technologies.  The initiative will also explore new areas, such as smart cities, e-health, intelligent transport, education or entertainment & media.

Huawei said it will place significant effort in driving 5G foundational technology research, tests and large scale trials in collaboration with partners to assess the technical feasibility and business viability of new 5G technologies.

http://5g-ppp.eu/
http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-349829-5g.htm#.U7mQpI1dVSN

ELECTED MEMBERS OF 5G INFRASTRUCTURE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Industry
•    Alcatel-Lucent
•    Astrium Satellites
•    Atos
•    Deutsche Telekom
•    DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH
•    Ericsson
•    Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH
•    NEC Europe Ltd., NEC Laboratories Europe
•    Nokia Solutions and Networks
•    Orange Labs
•    Portugal Telecom
•    SES
•    Telecom Italia
•    Telefónica I+D
•    Telenor ASA
•    Telespazio
•    Thales Alenia Space
•    Turk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.
Research
•    CEA-LETI
•    Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)
•    Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT)
•    Fundacion IMDEA Networks
•    Instituto de Telecomunicações
•    University of Bologna – DEI
SME
•    Integrasys SA
•    INTERINNOV
•    M.B.I. S.R.L.
•    Nextworks s.r.l.
•    Quobis
•    Sequans Communications

Monday, March 17, 2014

Vodafone to Acquire ONO of Spain for US$10 Billion

Vodafone will acquire ONO, a privately-held cable operator serving approximately 1.9 million households and small businesses in Spain, for approximately EUR 7.2 billion.

In 2013, ONO started offering 500 Mbps for SoHos. In the high-speed segment – more than 30 Mbps - the operator added 31,000 new clients in 4Q2013, reaching 811,000, representing 56% of the total fiber client base. Ono ended 2013 with 1,531,000 clients in the broadband business.

http://www.vodafone.com
http://www.ono.es


  • In October 2013, Vodafone acquired Kabel Deutschland, bringing 5 million broadband and 7.6 million TV customers in Germany.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Interoute Opens Madrid Data Center

Interoute opened a state-of-the-art data center in Madrid, Spain that is tied into its pan-European network, adding a new physical location to Interoute’s unified ICT platform.


Interoute is promoting the ability for customers to build or buy as-a-service data center architectures – be they physical, virtual or hybrid. These can be distributed and connected across countries via fiber.

The new facility in Madrid is integrated with Interoute’s other data centers in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Geneva, Ghent, Stockholm, Munich and Zurich.  The Madrid data center covers 4,500m2 and offers up to 32 kW per rack. The building has a modular design consisting of 13 independent data center rooms, which can accommodate changing customer demands for space and the latest technological infrastructure. A key differentiator is in the modular and decentralised UPS and cooling distribution.

http://www.interoute.com/

Monday, February 3, 2014

NTT Com Launches Cloud UC Service in US and Europe

NTT Communications has begun offering U.S. and Europe-based platforms for Arcstar UCaaS, its globally seamless, cloud-based unified communications service for enterprises.

NTT Com's Arcstar UCaaS uses cloud-based infrastructure to assure low-latency, highly redundant communication. It integrates VoIP phones, web and audio conferencing, instant messaging, presence and other collaboration tools in the cloud.

Arcstar UCaaS combines the expertise and experience of NTT Com and group companies including Arkadin in fields such as applications, cloud infrastructure and networks.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140203.html

In 2013, NTT Communications agreed to acquire the majority stake in Arkadin, which delivers SaaS conference-related solutions covering audio, web, video conferencing and unified communications services.

Arkadin, which was launched in 2001 by CEO, Olivier de Puymorin, serves approximately 37,000 customers in 32 countries, including France, Germany, the UK, USA, Australia, China, Singapore and Japan. The company was based in Paris.  Arkadin was backed by AXA Private Equity.

Arkadin offers unified communications based on Microsoft Lync, as well as Cisco Jabber combined with WebEx. Services are delivered in the cloud.  Arkadin also offers Adobe Connect for audio/video/web conferencing and collaboration.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Huawei Purchased US$3.4 billion from Europe in 2013

Saying that its business practices are a win-win, Huawei announced that it procured US$3.4 billion worth of components, engineering services, and logistical services from Europe in 2013. In addition, Huawei said it now has more than 7,700 employees in Europe and it has has set up two R&D centers with total 14 locations, and established six centers of expertise encompassing finance, marketing, service, and other fields.  Huawei has also set-up partnerships with leading European carriers, universities, and industry organizations.

"Our core business principle in Europe is to achieve mutual benefits and win-win outcomes," said Ken Hu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos. "Europe benefits from a deep-rooted history of culture, management, and technology expertise as well as a great tradition for innovation. Huawei regards Europe as a key competency center. By localizing our operations and collaborating extensively with European partners, we have improved our overall capabilities. At the same time, our global value chain enabled the capability transfer from Europe to other parts of the world, which generated even greater value from these capabilities. In this process, we have also created a large number of job opportunities for Europe and helped move the industry forward."

Looking into the future, Ken Hu remarked: “We believe that open and free trade policies, the foundation of Europe’s prosperity for the past centuries, will continue to pave the way for improving ICT industry’s competitiveness and fueling the growth of digital economy. With full confidence in the future of Europe, we will continue to invest in this region, cooperate with European industry players to promote innovations, and play a more active role in reshaping the society."

http://www.huawei.com

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

European Commission and the 5G PPP Association Set Charter

The European Commission and the 5G PPP Association signed a contract to create a 5G public-private partnership (PPP). The 5G PPP will further develop 5G technology to prepare for the future standardization of the system and components that are expected to be deployed in the next decade.

The 5G PPP, which brings together a broad range of stakeholder from the communications technology sector, will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the next generation communication infrastructures of the coming decade.

The EC said the total budget devoted by the public side to be EUR 700 million under the Horizon 2020 plan. Private sector players are expected to invest an equal EUR 700 million.

The 5G Infrastructure PPP is a contractual PPP and the European Commission will follow the rules of Horizon 2020 in terms of calls, selection, negotiation, contracting of project proposals as well as monitoring and payments of funded projects.

“This is an important milestone towards an industry-wide agreement on use cases, requirements and technologies for 5G,” said Dr. Werner Mohr, head of research alliances, NSN, who will chair the 5G PPP Association. “LTE and its continuous evolution will be sufficient until the end of the decade. However, after 2020 a new generation of technologies will be needed to address market demands. The industry and academia are working together to create a high-performance 5G environment.”

NSN is conducting research on the flexible use of spectrum and its propagation in new, higher bands, both for centimeter and millimeter wave. In addition, the company is working on system design for ultra-dense small cell deployments to deliver the high data rates and ultra-low latency that will be needed to support future use cases such as augmented reality and tactile Internet.

http://ec.europa.eu/research/press/2013/pdf/ppp/5g_factsheet.pdf 
http://www.networks-etp.eu
http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

Huawei Plans US$600 Million Investment in 5G



Huawei plans to will invest a minimum of US$600 million in research and innovation for 5G technologies by 2018. The company predicts that the first 5G networks will be ready for commercial deployment starting in 2020 and will deliver peak data rates of over 10Gbps, 100 times faster than today's 4G networks. Eric Xu, rotating CEO of Huawei, said: "Innovation is a continuous journey. While we continue to evolve our existing 4G network capabilities,...



In June 2013, Huawei announced its participation in the METIS project, an initiative co-funded by the European Commission as an Integrated Project under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and development (FP7). METIS, which stands for Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society, aims to explore the foundations for 5G wireless systems. Huawei said it is playing the leading role in the Radio Link Technology...

Ericsson: Expect 5G Network-Society Technologies by 2020



With 4G LTE rollouts now underway by dozens of operators worldwide, interest is building in what comes beyond the LTE-Advanced standards. Speaking at the Ericsson Analyst Forum in Santa Clara, California,  Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson's CTO, said 5G is just a research concept at the moment and any vendor claims about having the technology in the labs is hype.  5G research projects underway in Europe and China are seeking to outline the requirements...



Samsung Electronics is testing adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimeter-wave Ka band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.  The company said the technology will be the core of future 5G networks. The new technology sits at the core of 5G mobile communications system and will provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vodafone's Project Spring Boosts CAPEX £7 Billion

The Vodafone Group reported six month revenue of £19.1 billion, an increase of 2.5%. The increase was driven by the acquisition of CWW and TelstraClear in the prior year. Organic organic service revenue on a management basis declined 4.9%; Northern & Central Europe down 4.9%; Southern Europe was down 15.5%, and AMAP (Africa, Middled East and Asia Pacific) was up 5.7%.  Profit for the period from continuing operations increased by £20.0 billion to £15.7 billion, primarily as a result of the recognition of additional deferred tax of £14.7 billion in the current period and an impairment charge of £5.9 billion in the prior period.

Regarding the sale of Vodafone's state in Verizon Wireless, the company expects to realise a gain on disposal of between £45 billion and £50 billion, which will be recognised on completion. The exact figure will depend on a number of variables, primarily the sterling/US dollar exchange rate and the Verizon share price at the time of completion.

Vodafone also announced "Project Spring" to seize the attractive long-term opportunities and mitigate adverse factors in the telecommunications sector. The announcement, which builds on the "Vodafone 2015 Strategy announced in November 2012, boosts the company's CAPEX spending by £7.0 billion through 2016 with the expectation that the European economies will begin to recover in the medium term.

In Europe, despite the current tough macroeconomic and regulatory environment, Vodafone believes the telecoms market is approaching a turning point:

  • The demand for universal high speed data continues to grow, creating attractive growth opportunities in mobile and unified communications services in both the consumer and enterprise sectors; 
  • The economic environment is expected to recover, with a return to GDP growth forecast in 2013 and 2014 for Northern Europe and Southern Europe respectively; and 
  • The focus of regulation is showing some early signs of acknowledging the need to promote investment in the 
  • sector and permit consolidation. 

Project Spring spending plans include an investment in Europe of around £3 billion to deliver deeper 3G coverage and capacity  This will accelerate the 4G network build, supported by single RAN and high capacity backhaul.  In AMAP, Vodafone will invest around £1.5 billion to extend 3G coverage across major cities and key regions to provide wider voice coverage and the best data experience.

Vodafone will invest approximately £1 billion in unified communications. In Europe, Vodafone will increase xDSL and fibre footprint to provide competitive unified communications solutions.  In AMAP, Vodafone will establish a fibre footprint to enable converged services in key business areas.

Around £0.5 billion will be invested in the enterprise product suite. Vodafone will significantly expand our
geographic coverage for our core Enterprise business as well as M2M solutions and Vodafone One Net, whilst accelerating IP-VPN in nine major markets. Vodafone will increase its hosting capability and invest in traffic routing systems to build its carrier services business.

Vodafone is on target to deliver £0.3 billion reduction in European OPEX in FY 13/14 by:

  • reducing its European network operation centres from 13 to 2
  • expanding active network sharing in the UK, Spain, Greece and Romania
  • currently 47% of European sites are shared today and 65% of new sites are shared.
  • Increasing central procurement.  
  •  > 10% targeted reduction in support costs in FY 13/14
Smartphone penetration in Europe is now 39% and 57% of mobile service revenue in Europe is in-bundle. 

Data usage continues to grow with average usage per device now 400MB per month.

Vodafone will continue to invest in HSPA+, 4G and high capacity backhaul.

56% of Vodafone's 3G footprint in Europe now operates at peak speeds of 43.2 Mbps, up from 29% one year ago.

Vodafone has now launched 4G services in 14 markets and unified communications capability in 12 markets.

http://www.vodafone.com

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Telecom Italia's 2014-2016 Strategic Plan: Focus on Domestic Rollouts

As part of a newly announced 2014-16 Strategic Plan, Telecom Italia will sell its subsidiary, Telecom Argentina, will accelerating the rollout of LTE and its next gen, broadband access network in its home market.  An offer for Telecom Argentina has already been received and management is preparing to act on it.

The CEO Marco Patuano stated: "The Plan for the three year period 2014-2016 envisages some extraordinary transactions intended to strengthen the Group. These will allow us to boost development of ultrabroadband and accelerate our converging business strategy, and to achieve greater financial flexibility, preparatory to our achieving metrics over the life of the plan that are coherent with 'investment grade' status."

In Italy, the plan envisages investments of approximately 9 billion euros over three years, of which 3.4 billion euros solely for latest generation:

  • 1.8 billion euros for the development of fixed ultrabroadband using optical fibre for the access segment;
  • 900 million euros for mobile ultrabroadband;
  • approximately 700 million euros for the creation of new data centres dedicated to the development of cloud computing and international fibre connections.

By 2016, Telecom Italia expects its NGN access network to reach 50% of the population, with 12.4 million homes connected.  Telecom Italia's LTE should cover 80% of the population in that time frame.

Regarding the NGN,  the Telecom Italia Board of Directors has approved a voluntary separation of the access network, giving priority to the creation of the "Equivalence of Input " (EoI) model through functional separation, with particular reference to the offer of unbundling of the local loop (ULL) and virtual unbundling local access (VULA) for the new generation networks based on FTTCab and FTTH architectures.

http://www.telecomitalia.com/tit/en/archivio/media/comunicati-stampa/telecom-italia/corporate/economico-finanziario/2013/11-07b.html

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