Showing posts with label Deutsche Telekom. Show all posts
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Deutsche Telekom launches NB-IoT in Germany

Deutsche Telekom launched its NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) service in Germany. The network currently covers 90 percent of the nation's territory and 90% of its population. The rollout will be completed by the end of 2019.

"Our machine and sensor network offers an enormous range of applications," says Kai-Ulrich Deissner, Head of International Technology & Services Delivery, Deutsche Telekom. "Mobility, security or waste management are just a few areas that the new network revolutionizes. It is an important prerequisite for the development of mobile IoT in the years to come."

Deutsche Telekom is also introducing NB-IoT roaming in Europe. As a first step, the national companies in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic support roaming among each other. Other countries will follow.
Nine European subsidiaries and the USA have introduced NB-IoT so far. The Netherlands completed their nationwide rollout in mid-2017. Austria and Slovakia have been covered nationwide since 2018.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Deutsche Telekom announces fiber expansion in Rostock

Deutsche Telekom announced an expansion of its fiber network in Rostock, a city of 207,000 people on the north coast of Germany.

The operator intends to install more than 7,200 kilometers of fiber optics and more than 850 new fiber optic distribution nodes in the city by mid-2021.

A company representative described the rollout as one of the largest expansion projects of its kind in Germany.

https://www.telekom.com/de/medien/medieninformationen/detail/glasfaser-ausbau-im-landkreis-rostock-gestartet-570926


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Deutsche Telekom reaches 20 million broadband lines at up to 250 Mbps

Deutsche Telekom is now serving 20 million residential and business broadband lines at up to 250 Mbps. Lines to over 1.5 million households and business locations have been added in the past 4 weeks alone. Some 75,000 street cabinets have been fitted with super vectoring technology.

“20 million households and businesses are now able to #takepart and benefit from our super vectoring build-out," says Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “To achieve that figure we have fitted at least one line card into over 75,000 street cabinets within 15 months. We’re building broadband for millions.”

Using other technologies, Deutsche Telekom has sped up lines of a further 105,000 households to up to 100 Mbps. The total number of households equipped to order a speed of 100 Mbps or faster has now reached 28 million.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Deutsche Telekom vows 100% renewable energy by 2021

Deutsche Telekom announced a new, ambitious climate target: the Group is aiming to achieve a 100 percent use of electricity from renewable energy sources as early as 2021.

Deutsche Telekom also vowed to reduce other emissions from gas, oil, and other sources of energy. By 2030, the Group aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent compared to 2017.

“We want to build the future, not obstruct it”, says Tim Höttges, CEO Deutsche Telekom. “Climate protection is one of the key challenges of our age. With the new targets for the period 2021-2030, we are taking our responsibility seriously and are acting decisively, quickly and, at the same time, in a sustainable manner. Furthermore, this sends an important signal to our customers because sustainability is becoming increasingly important as a purchasing criterion,” stated Tim Höttges, CEO Deutsche Telekom.

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/deutsche-telekom-to-switch-to-electricity-from-renewable-sources-of-energy-567218

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

T-Mobile Austria launches 5G

T-Mobile Austria activated its first 5G base stations on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

The first twenty-five 5G sites are the municipalities of Feichtendorf (Carinthia), Hochstrass (Lower Austria), Hohenau an der March (Lower Austria), Innsbruck (Tyrol), Kaindorf an der Sulm (Styria), Kalsdorf bei Graz (Styria), Kapfenberg (Styria), Kirchbichl (Tyrol), Loosdorf (Lower Austria), Oberhofen am Irrsee (Upper Austria), Pirka (Styria), Ried im Innkreis (Upper Austria), Seefeld in Tirol (Tyrol), Serfaus (Tyrol), St. Johann in Tirol (Tyrol), Villach (Carinthia), and Wartberg im Mürztal (Styria).

"With investments of 57 million euros in 5G spectrum, T-Mobile is sending a clear signal for Austria's digital future. This March 26, 2019 is a historic day for our company. We are launching the first 5G network in Austria and offering our first customers mobile broadband with fiber-optic speeds over 5G," said Andreas Bierwirth, CEO of T-Mobile Austria, on launching the 5G network in Austria. "With 5G, mobile broadband coverage will keep up with fiber-optic network performance going forward, supplying regions where the laying of cables would be complex, slow, and expensive. Instead of connecting households to the internet through wires, 5G will ensure that broadband internet reaches homes through radio transmission. T-Mobile will be investing around a billion euros in total between 2018 and 2021 to guarantee that Austria has a powerful broadband infrastructure, both mobile and landline."

T-Mobile Austria will give special 5G routers to the first "friendly customers". The first 5G smartphones are expected by the end of 2019. A greater variety of models and larger numbers of 5G-enabled smartphones and tablet PCs will likely hit the market in 2020.

Austria completes 5G auction in 3.4 - 3.8 GHz band

Austria concluded an auction of 5G spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band. Licenses were acquired by the three leading operators (A1, Hutchinson, T-Mobile) as well as some smaller players. In total, 438 out of a total of 468 frequency packages (39 packages of 10 MHz each, in twelve regions) were auctioned for a total price of around EUR 188 million. The auction lasted over three weeks.

T-Mobile Austria acquired 110 MHz of spectrum throughout the country (11 packages of 10 MHz each in 12 regions), for a total price of €57 million.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Deutsche Telekom continued to grow in record year 2018

Deutsche Telekom managed to keep growing throughout 2018, with revenue up by 0.9 percent to 75.7 billion euros, representing organic growth of 3.1 percent. Adjusted EBITDA rose by 5.0 percent to 23.3 billion euros, and free cash flow increased by 13.7 percent in the full year to 6.2 billion euros. The figures exceed the carrier's financial guidance.

The DT Group’s CAPEX increased to a record level with spending before expenses for mobile spectrum reaching 12.2 billion euros. This takes the investments made by the Group worldwide in the last four years to more than 46 billion euros, around 21 billion euros of this in Germany.

Some highlights:

  • In Germany, of branded mobile contract customers, 50.7 percent now use product packages combining mobile communications and fixed network, compared with 41.7 percent a year earlier. The number of MagentaEINS customers rose to 4.3 million as of the end of the year, up 17.5 percent from the end of December 2017.
  • In Germany, the fiber-optic build-out, which has been driven forward year after year, is resulting in a steady rise in customer numbers. 12.2 million customers now use a fiber-optic line, up more than 27 percent compared with the end of 2017. About half of branded consumers in the broadband business are already benefiting from the high speeds of fiber-optic lines.
  • While revenue remained almost stable, falling just 1.1 percent to 21.7 billion euros, adjusted EBITDA in the Germany segment increased by 2.4 percent to 8.6 billion euros. The first-time application of the new accounting standard IFRS 15 had a negative impact on revenue and a positive effect on adjusted EBITDA.
  • T-Mobile US’ total revenue grew by 6.8 percent in 2018 to 43.1 billion U.S. dollars. At the same time, adjusted EBITDA rose by 13.6 percent to 11.9 billion U.S. dollars.
  • In other European markets, revenue increased by 1.5 percent on an organic bases in the full year, and adjusted EBITDA by 1.8 percent. Due to the first-time consolidation of UPC in Austria, the increases in the reported figures were even higher. Revenue increased by 2.6 percent in 2018 to 11.9 billion euros. Adjusted EBITDA rose by 3.5 percent to 3.9 billion euros.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Deutsche Telekom deploys MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud

MobiledgeX, the edge computing company founded by Deutsche Telekom AG, unveiled its architecture for connecting mobile users to application cloud containers created by aggregating existing operator network resources.

Deutsche Telekom is now using the MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 to power the first world's first public mobile edge network deployment and is already supporting the prototyping of developer use cases such as live trials around Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM).

The solution MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 leverages application cloud containers created by aggregating existing operator network resources. At runtime, MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 spins up the containers on-demand in edge cloud locations (also known as “cloudlets”) that optimally fulfill the needs of the desired application and user quality of experience.

“Deutsche Telekom is proud to lead a global effort toward a smart, mobile, digital society and recognizes that ubiquitous edge availability is the foundation for this vision. For operators, Edge-Cloud R1.0’s ability to quickly aggregate existing 4G and 5G resources and make them available anywhere they are needed across the network means an extremely low barrier to entry for scalable edge deployments that can be immediately monetized. When edge networks are deployed widely, developers and device makers can more easily define business and use cases for new offerings that can be rolled out across a large number of users. The milestone announced today is an important moment not just for Deutsche Telekom and MobiledgeX, but the broader mobile ecosystem eager to capitalize on the massive edge opportunity in the lead-up to 5G,” stated Walter Goldenits, CTO of Telekom Deutschland in Germany.

Key features of MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0:

  • Device and platform-independent SDKs for Android and IOS devices in Java, C++, C# or REST that support edge node discovery, built-in identity and verified location services, with the ability to connect automatically to the nearest edge location. MobiledgeX will release these SDKs as open source to speed development times and flexibility.
  • A Distributed Matching Engine (DME) that is natively borne and integrated into Telekom Deutschland’s mobile network in Germany. The DME allows developers to ensure the identity and location of application users while guaranteeing their privacy as this data remains within the boundaries of the mobile service provider and is not disclosed to MobiledgeX.
  • A fully multi-tenant control plane that supports zero-touch provisioning of edge cloud resources via a Cloudlet Resource Manager. This architecture is massively scalable based on the number of distributed edge cloud locations and enables the operator to bring any combination of compute, storage and network resource pools to add to capacity independently of a preferred Virtualization Infrastructure Management (VIM) layer. For example, while Deutsche Telekom edge cloud resource pools are virtualized using OpenStack, MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 equally supports other industry- standard VIMs such as VMware or native Kubernetes.
  • A global edge cloud SAAS portal that allows operators to visualize application delivery performance and developers to deploy their application containers.



MobiledgeX is highlighting the following use cases :

  • Automatically deploying application backends close to users based on their Verified Location and Identity. MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 instantiates application containers to support streaming workloads similar to lambda functions ideally suited for increasingly immersive and massively multi-user workloads like multi-player gaming, robotics and AR maintenance that must ascertain trusted identity and location. The built-in “verified location” service automatically correlates GPS-reported location from the device using telemetry extracted from the mobile service provider’s infrastructure and directs mobile client to appropriate edge location.
  • Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality Performance Support. Makes lower latency available natively in the mobile network and geographically closer to end user devices. Enables AR and MR experiences on smart glasses or wearables where these devices do not natively provide the required CPU and GPU hardware capabilities, either due to cost, weight or power consumption reasons.
  •  Video and Image Processing that meets local privacy regulations. Platform guarantees in- country containment and privacy of user data, offering country-specific control planes that ensure country-specific applications and data remain in the country to satisfy GDPR and other privacy regulations.

Deutsche Telekom's MobiledgeX venture aligns with SK Telecom


MobiledgeX, the independent mobile edge computing provider founded by Deutsche Telekom, announced an agreement with SK Telecom to enable a new generation of connected devices, content and experiences, creating new business models and revenue opportunities leading into 5G.

MobiledgeX is focused on delivering developer-facing edge cloud services and bringing mobility to those services, dynamically placing application back-end as close to mobile devices as possible and removing them when not needed. MobiledgeX, Deutsche Telekom and Intel have partnered with Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to form an Edge Application Developer project group to ensure the gained insights and supporting source code are available to all.

"Deutsche Telekom created MobiledgeX as an independent company to drive strategic collaboration across the world’s leading telecoms, public cloud providers, device makers and the surrounding ecosystem - enabling a new era of business models, operating efficiencies and mobile experiences. We are particularly excited to announce SK Telecom’s participation in this collaborative ecosystem where everybody wins. SK Telecom is a global leader in 5G which follows their rich tradition of innovation within their network, strategic partnerships and developer engagement. This new era is underway,” says Eric Braun, Chief Commercial Officer of MobiledgeX.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

DT deploys massive MIMO antennas in Darmstadt for 5G test

Deutsche Telekom announced the deployment of a first group of 5G antennas in the city of Darmstadt. The new systems follow 5G-antenna test fields in Berlin and the Port of Hamburg. 

The carrier plans to install 18 Massive MIMO test antennas and conduct a 5G test field in the city to gather experience with installation and operation of systems for the new technology. In addition, a range of 5G applications and devices will be tested. For the project, Deutsche Telekom is cooperating closely with the City of Darmstadt and with Ericsson, its technology partner.

"Our test fields are enabling us now, prior to the market launch of 5G, to gain important experience with 5G," explained Walter Goldenits, Chief Technology Officer at Telekom Deutschland. "We are happy to see that Darmstadt, the Digital City, has joined Berlin and Hamburg in pioneering this new communications standard. We plan to carry out additional tests this year. After all, there will be no avoiding 5G in 2019."

Jochen Partsch, Lord Mayor of the Science City Darmstadt: "As a digital city Darmstadt we want to become a national and international pioneer in the testing of Smart City technologies. We are proud that, in addition to the German cities of Berlin and Hamburg, another test field is being built in Darmstadt. The future 5G standard is an important further development of the mobile communications network which, thanks to ultra-fast and reliable information transmission in real time, will enable us, for example, to implement networked driving and autonomous local public transport."

In addition, Deutsche Telekom, working in cooperation with hubraum, its Berlin-based start-up incubator, has launched a 5G prototyping program. The start-ups at hubraum are now using Deutsche Telekom's 5G test field in Berlin to develop 5G applications under live conditions. The 5G cluster in Berlin, which has been in operation since May 2018, now comprises more than 50 antennas.

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/5g-test-field-in-darmstadt-561588

DT targets integrated SIM for IoT

Deutsche Telekom, working in partnership with industry partners, has led the development of nuSIM, which moves the SIM functionality from the physical SIM card directly to the chipset.

nuSIM is specifically designed for low-cost devices used in mobile IoT applications with a long life-span, such as asset trackers or smart motion or temperature sensors. It will be commercially available in the second half of 2019.

The partners include:

  • for chipsets: Altair Semiconductor, Commsolid/Goodix, HiSilicon, Nordic Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sequans Communications, 
  • for modules: Quectel Wireless Solutions, Sierra Wireless, Telit, u-blox, Nordic Semiconductor.
  • for digital security: Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security.

“Deutsche Telekom has built a solid track record in IoT technology innovation over the past years. The most important success driver for us is to anticipate customer needs to make sure we enable their business success,” says Ingo Hofacker, Senior Vice President, responsible for the IoT business at Deutsche Telekom. “nuSIM, our rigorously optimized SIM solution for the cost-sensitive mobile IoT market is our latest endeavor and an important building block for our offering moving forward.”

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Deutsche Telekom to build 5G campus for RWTH Aachen

Deutsche Telekom will equip the Center Connected Industry (CCI) at RWTH Aachen with an LTE and 5G campus network.

The CCI, whose members include scientific institutions and industrial companies,  of many sizes and branches, will collaborate with Deutsche Telekom on the identification and development of new solutions and applications with the potential to increase productivity in customers’ industrial environment.

"We are pleased to welcome Deutsche Telekom as a member of the Center Connected Industry. The appropriate use of modern communication networks such as LTE and especially 5G will be a major competitive advantage for the data-driven, connected economy in the future. Together, we will not only explore the potentials of mobile industrial applications, but also make them tangible and usable in real pilots, "says Christian Maasem, Director Center Connected Industry.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Orange and Deutsche Telekom develop Djingo smart speaker

At the 6th Show Hello event in Paris, Orange and Deutsche Telekom, as part of the European AI Alliance, presented "Djingo," a  voice-controlled smart speaker designed to interface with other digital services, including Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant.

Djingo can be used to make hands-free calls at home, to interact with Orange TV and to control all the “Connected Home” services under the Orange brand as well as IoT brands like Philips Hue, Bosch and Netatmo. In the future, the range of everyday services available via Djingo will be enhanced through partnerships with OUI.Sncf, Deezer, Radio France and Météo France. T

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of the Orange Group, said "To fight digital exclusion, Orange chooses inclusive innovation: useful and simple innovations that are accessible to the greatest possible number of people. To do so, we deploy the best fixed and mobile networks across the country. We secure and facilitate our customers’ digital lives thanks to our expertise in cybersecurity and in digital identity. We help all our customers enter the eras of artificial intelligence and of the internet of things. All of this, to enable them to participate in a new form of digital society. A progressive, free and enlightened society."

Orange also provided the following update on its 5G launch. Orange plans to deploy 5G in 17 European cities in 2019 and be ready for commercial release in 2020, pending 5G smartphones availability.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 rethinks broadband access



Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 program rethinks broadband access in the context of the ONF's SEBA project, edge clouds, and FTTH/B. Presented by Robert Soukup, Program Manager.

The project aims to lower OPEX by reaping the benefits of automation, breaking vendor lock-in, and accelerating time to market. 2019 will be decisive for Access 4.0, as the company plans limited field trials.







https://youtu.be/9HpWuPg_BHA

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson deliver private LTE for OSRAM

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson have deployed a dedicated LTE based campus network for OSRAM, a multinational lighting manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany.

OSRAM and Deutsche Telekom are prototyping and testing a mobile robotics solution at the OSRAM factory in Schwabmünchen. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) will be used to transport goods across the OSRAM shop floor in the more flexible production environment.

“In line with Industry 4.0 requirements, our customers want extremely reliable and high-performance network solutions tailored to their specific demands,” says Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Research & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom “Working together with our partner Ericsson, we will provide dedicated campus solutions that allow customers such as Osram to develop and optimize their production processes.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Deutsche Telekom enhances its Open Telekom Cloud

Deutsche Telekom released a new version of Open Telekom Cloud, its OpenStack-based public cloued, featuring Workspace Service and Mongo DB encryption as well as additional security and management capabilities.

The Open Telekom Cloud has simplified the creation and operation of backup and disaster recovery solutions, providing the ability for systems and data to be easily mirrored across the Open Telekom Cloud's data centers in Magdeburg and Biere. DT guarantees availability of 99.95 percent for The Open Telekom Cloud.

Additional updates:

  • Support for Suse 15.
  • The Volume Backup Service now backs up data on an hourly basis.
  • The Cloud Server Backup Service can now also perform hourly backups. 
  • The Open Telekom Cloud’s Private Line Access Service (PLAS) has now been extended with IntraSelect by a Layer 3 connection option – for even faster connections.
  • The Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), the Document Database Service (DDS) and the NAT Gateway function can now also be tagged using the tagging service.
  • It is now possible to integrate Bare Metal hosts into a container cluster. In addition, the new functions now make the Cloud Container Engine even more convenient for the user.
  • Relational Database Service (RDS): The functionality of the PostgreSQL database can now be extended using various plug-ins.
  • Support for the KVM Hypervisor, MapReduce service cluster and data import from Object Based Storage (OBS). 
  • Identity & Access Management (IAM): Access Control Lists (ACLs) now enable even more detailed access control to the programmable interfaces (APIs) and the graphical user interface within the IAM.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier deploys Ciena for Lambda Connect

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, the international wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom, is using Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai coherent optical solution for its Lambda Connect wavelength service.

The recent deployment is based on Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic Ai, which is the industry’s first programmable coherent modem that can scale to 400Gbps per wavelength.

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier is also using Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, which automates network and service management and provides visibility into real-time network operations. Ciena will migrate Deutsche Telekom’s network to an optimized, flexible grid network that offers more agility and programmability.

Ciena said its solution enables Deutsche Telekom to reach longer distances, deliver end-to-end optical services and achieve finer connectivity granularity for carriers and internet content providers throughout Europe.

Jason Phipps, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Ciena, stated: “Our leading-edge technology products and services are designed to resolve our customers’ biggest challenges. We collaborate with service providers to deliver real value and greater competitive advantage in the market. With our innovative WaveLogic Ai and Blue Planet MCP solutions, we can ensure our customers are better positioned to adapt and accommodate varying connectivity requirements for high-bandwidth applications.”

Bertold Frech, Head of Carrier Enterprise Services, Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier stated: “Technology changes very fast with new trends and services emerging constantly in the digital era. Most of these trends have the need for high capacity, high performance connectivity in common, which is the foundation for many of these new digital services. Ciena’s expertise in the optical network realm has been invaluable as we continue to find ways to enable these services for our international carrier customers. As we are upgrading our network we provide the agility and flexibility to support the new high-powered applications that are disrupting the market.”


Deutsche Telekom revamps its International Wholesale Business

Deutsche Telekom is rebranding and refocusing its International Wholesale Business.

The carrier's international wholesale arm will now be known as Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier. The company said it is implementing a fresh strategy to more quickly provide innovative solutions that will in turn result in a superior customer experience. Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier will leverage big data, AI and digitization to centralize processes and enable a more transparent overview. The result will reduce the time needed for procurement, ordering and delivery.

Rolf Nafziger, Senior Vice President Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, explained the rationale behind the new name. “Technological transformations are happening at amazing speed, opening up a new era of global connectivity. To help our customers prepare for an uncertain tomorrow, we saw the need to make changes to how we conduct our international wholesale business. We will now tighten our focus on fostering innovation, initiating partnerships and exceeding customer expectations – with future-proof solutions and higher flexibility. These actions will secure our place as a driving force shaping the future of telecommunications.”

https://globalcarrier.telekom.com/

Monday, October 22, 2018

Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom enter partnership

Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom announced a cross investment agreement aimed at strengthening their competitiveness in 5G.

Under the agreement, SK Telecom plans to invest in MobiledgeX, the edge computing company founded by Deutsche Telekom and headquartered in Menlo Park, California MobiledgeX is focused on delivering developer-facing edge computing services.

Deutsche Telekom plans to invest the same amount to ID Quantique (IDQ), SK Telecom’s strategic partner in quantum cryptography communication technology based in Switzerland.

“SK Telecom is pleased to enter into a cross-investment agreement with Deutsche Telekom as it will serve as a valuable opportunity for us to further solidify our 5G leadership in the global market and drive new growth,” said Park Jung-ho, President and Chief Executive Officer of SK Telecom.

“We look forward to intensifying our successful cooperation with SK Telecom. The partnership will help both companies to strengthen our global technology leadership and bring 5G and other innovative services to our customers,” stated Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TIP Summit: Progress Report

At the third annual the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Summit underway this week in London, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Vodafone announced a request for information (RFI) to investigate how they can adopt TIP technologies, which are supported by a growing ecosystem of vendors and manufacturers.

The five TIP Project Groups — mmWave Networks, Open Optical Packet Transport, OpenCellular, OpenRAN and vRAN Fronthaul — are presenting their progress in bringing their technologies to market.

Axel Clauberg, TIP Chairman and Vice President, Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG, posted the following highlights:

Radio Access Networks (RANs)

OpenRAN RFI: Vodafone and Telefonica have contributed a joint specification to the OpenRAN Project Group and are now announcing the vendors they’ve selected as the leading candidates to produce interoperable RAN solutions: Altiostar, Mavenir, and Parallel Wireless. Next stages involve deployments in the field, with trials of OpenRAN platforms with Facebook alongside Vodafone in Turkey and Telefónica in Latin America.

vRAN Fronthaul Trials: The vRAN Fronthaul project group is now actively driven by more than 10 operators, including Vodafone, CableLabs, BT, Telecom Italia (TIM), Orange, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio. The lead operators, CableLabs, BT, TIM and Airtel are all testing a range of vRAN solutions in our TIP Community Labs, including G.Fast (BT), ethernet (TIM) microwave (Airtel) and DOCSIS (CableLabs).

Crowdcell Project Group RFI: In August, Vodafone and Telefónica released a second set of RFIs, this time for CrowdCell technology to boost indoor 4G coverage. Today, they released the results of their RFI processes, selecting Lime Microsystems and Alpha Networks for providing an e2e Crowdcell platform. Through these RFIs the operators have created a consolidated view on the state of the open ecosystem for Crowdcell platforms, including key vendors, integrators, and innovators.

OpenCellularTrials: In addition to ongoing OpenCellular trials, the OpenCellular project group announced that the TIP Community Lab is using software from TIP members Nokia and Accelleran. Accelleran is combining the OpenCellular standard platform with its Carrier Grade LTE software and support services, integrating with Nokia’s Kuha Community Management system. The resulting solution will be incorporated into the UK’s 5G RuralFirst initiative and move from lab test to field trial deployment.

Other areas

mmWave RFI and Trials: numerous members are piloting mmWave technologies in global trials and sub-groups focused on solving deployment challenges associated with mmWave frequencies. Deutsche Telekom, co-chair of the project group, intends to publish an RFI for 60 GHz Fixed Wireless technology to provide gigabit connectivity. In addition, Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Magyar Telekom contributed a case study about its trial deployment using Facebook’s mmWave technology, Terragraph. The case study highlights some of the results and key learnings coming out of the trial.

Open Optical Packet Transport: Voyager, an industry-first open and disaggregated transport device has just become generally available from ADVA Optical. The success of the collaboration model served as a base for a new sub-group: Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways, where four tier-1 operators – Vodafone, Telefónica, Orange, and TIM Brazil – have worked together to define their technical needs for 5G cell site routers, and with the initial two partners, ADVA Optical and Edgecore Networks, announcing their commitment to produce “Odyssey-DCSG”, the first implementation of technology that meets those needs.

End-to-End Network Slicing White Paper and Trials: The End-to-End Network Slicing Project Group is sharing a white paper “Creating a Network Slicing Ecosystem through TIP” defining various applications for network slicing in 4G and 5G networks. The Project Group, led by BT and HPE, is currently testing and evaluating 4G proof of concepts with a roadmap to extend these efforts to 5G use cases.

Edge Computing Trials: The Edge Computing Project Group entered into two new trials in the BT Community Lab testing two edge computing use cases: mission critical drone control and high bandwidth content caching. The Project Group is also continuing the Telefonica lab trials with the goal of sharing learnings by the end of the year.

Welcoming Edge Application Developers Project Group to TIP: This group, led by Deutsche Telekom and Intel, will focus on developing public APIs and software tools that make it easy for developers to build the next generation of mobile applications on operators edge infrastructure.

Full blog posting:
https://telecominfraproject.com/accelerating-the-future-of-telecom-tech/

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Deutsche Telekom outlines 5G program

Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges outlined an eight-point program for rolling out 5G that targets coverage to 99% of Germany's population by 2025. The company is aiming to launch commercial 5G operation will launch in 2020 when terminal devices are available in sufficient numbers. Already 22,000 of the company's 27,000 mobile sites are already 5G-ready thanks to fiber-optic connectivity and the single RAN technology.

Speaking at the Telekom Netze-Tag event in Berlin, Höttges repeated his commitment to continue investing around 5.5 billion euros annually in the build-out of broadband networks in Germany.

He called on representatives from the political and industrial worlds to cooperate with network providers to pave the way for "the best 5G infrastructure in the world."

“Companies, authorities, and citizens in Germany are entitled to the best-performing digital infrastructure. In urban centers and rural areas alike. Broadband for everyone instead of a digital divide remains the objective. We will only achieve this objective by working together, not by competing with one another,” said Tim Höttges at the BDI conference in Berlin. “Not possible is not an option – gigabit networks for Germany.”

Some highlights:

  • 5G coverage to 99 percent of the German population by 2025. 
  • Targetting 90 percent 5G area coverage by 2025. This level can be achieved with 4G in 2021. 
  • The DT Group will invest 20 billion euros in Germany by 2021.
  • All mobile base stations will be equipped to run initial 5G applications such as the NB-IoT
  • DT is also speeding up the installation of new antenna sites. It currently operates 27,000 antenna sites and will be adding at least 2,000 each year. The number of antenna sites will reach 36,000 by 2021.
  • DT is currently running a 5G test cluster in central Berlin. 


https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/working-hard-on-the-5g-roll-out-in-germany-545412

Monday, October 8, 2018

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland reach fiber deal

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland announced a network sharing deal under which at least 5,000 Telefónica Deutschland mobile base stations will be connected via Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic network in the long term.

Deutsche Telekom said the commitment enables its to dedicate more resources to its own network expansion. T

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland concluded their first mobile backhaul contract in 2011.

"This agreement is an important step toward ensuring the future viability of Germany's mobile communications infrastructure," said Dirk Wössner, Managing Director of Telekom Deutschland, on the occasion of the signing. "Everyone will win from this cooperation, because Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica can both capture synergies. The resources that we save will be dedicated directly to our own network upgrades and the development of 5G. Deutsche Telekom is building and operating the largest fiber-optic network in Germany by far. We are very pleased that we will now be utilizing our infrastructure together with Telefónica – because it will benefit Germany and millions of people." The cooperation also shows that telecommunications providers seek to cooperate without regulatory intervention, said Wössner.

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