Tuesday, November 10, 2020

OIF begins co-packaging framework IA project

OIF has kicked off a Co-Packaging Framework Implementation Agreement (IA) umbrella project to study the application spaces and relevant technology considerations for co-packaging of communication interfaces with one or more ASICs. 


A primary objective of this specification is to identify new opportunities for interoperability standards for possible future work at the OIF or other standards organizations. Upon completion, the work will be summarized in a Framework IA.

“It is critical that the industry be aligned on the solutions needed to move co-packaged interoperability forward,” said Jeff Hutchins, Ranovus and OIF Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group – Co-Packaging Vice Chair. “With its member-driven focus, OIF is the ideal forum to facilitate industry conversation and drive interoperability of co-packaging with ASICs.”

The scope of the Co-Packaging Framework project is to:

  • Identify the key co-packaged applications and their requirements
  • Study and identify key issues associated with co-packaged optics
  • Identify opportunities and develop industry consensus to pursue interoperability standards
  • Document the study in the Framework IA (a technical whitepaper)
  • Launch follow-on standardization activities at the OIF or other appropriate standard bodies

http://www.oiforum.com


AT&T picks Amdocs to power its 5G monetization

AT&T has selected Amdocs'cloud-native Openet 5G solution to monetize services over its 5G network. The 5G monetization solution is certified to run on AWS and Microsoft Azure. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Amdocs said its solution supports AT&T’s strategy to take full advantage of its 5G network by quickly launching new services to market such as gaming, mobile AR/VR, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, remote health, etc.


“AT&T’s 5G network reached nationwide coverage earlier this year and we continue to be excited about creating new ways it will help make life easier, more efficient and more enjoyable for our customers,” said Eric Boyer, EVP, AT&T Consumer Technology Platforms. “As we looked to future-proof our network with an open, standards-based approach to new services and business models, we selected Amdocs for its 5G expertise and deep set of network, IT, cloud and DevOps capabilities to help us provide these new services at a global scale.”

“AT&T has always stood out for its rich history of innovation and driving revolutionary new capabilities for its customers,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President of Media, Network and Technology at Amdocs. “We are delighted that AT&T will be leveraging our unique 5G monetization capabilities - including those from our recent acquisition of Openet, a world-leading provider of 5G network software – to accelerate its journey to the cloud and bring new 5G experiences to life for its customers. 5G is much more than just a faster network for services; it is also a pivotal moment for service providers to enable new business models for IoT and enterprise customers utilizing the rich capabilities of 5G. We look forward to helping accelerate this exciting 5G journey.”

http://www.amdocs.com

Amdocs to acquire Openet for Digital BSS

Amdocs agreed to acquire Openet, a provider of 5G charging, policy and cloud technologies, in a deal valued at US$180 million.

Openet is a privately-owned company headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the US, Malaysia and Brazil and a global customer base.


“We are delighted the innovative Openet team is joining Amdocs. They bring world-class cloud-native capabilities, network pedigree, and deep 5G charging, policy and data management expertise,” said Shuky Sheffer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amdocs Management Limited. “The Openet solutions complement our portfolio and this acquisition is part of our mission to accelerate the industry’s move to the cloud.”

“We are excited to join Amdocs, with whom we have been alongside at customers for many years, and help bring fast value to service providers’ 5G plans. It is truly a momentous day for Openet and for all of our stakeholders,” said Niall Norton, Openet CEO. “Given the strong momentum of our business this is an optimal time to be joining Amdocs. The caliber, resources and reach of Amdocs will bring significant and widespread opportunities across each of our disciplines.”

“We have been on a 20-year journey in Openet to build a business of which we can all be proud,” said Joe Hogan, Openet founder and CTO. “In recent years, we have built new 5G products which are recognized worldwide for their innovation and modern open, cloud-native architecture. We all look forward to the combined technology strengths of Openet and Amdocs creating new opportunities for service providers at this exciting time of 5G adoption.”

Amdocs to offer its Business Support Systems (BSS) on AWS

Amdocsreached a new multi-year, strategic agreement with Amazon Web Services to deliver integrated, cloud-native Business Support Systems (BSS) offerings for communications service providers (CSPs). 


Amdocs and AWS will offer CSPs access to a cloud-native, open and dynamic portfolio of digital services that gives them faster time to market and higher agility to meet the evolving needs of customers. As part of the deal, AWS will be Amdocs’ preferred cloud provider for Amdocs’ internal IT transformation to enable new operating models, reduced operating costs, and help transform their business in the cloud. This agreement expands on existing work between AWS and Amdocs to enable Amdocs’ BSS and service automation portfolio to run natively on AWS.

“AWS and Amdocs are laser focused on accelerating the journey to the cloud for CSP’s around the world. Leveraging our combined global scale, cloud capabilities and industry leading products, we have created a unique carrier-grade cloud portfolio that addresses the needs of every customer,” said Shuky Sheffer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amdocs Management Limited. “As we see the increased adoption of 5G, IoT and edge technologies powering and monetizing both consumer and enterprise experiences, we are excited to collaborate with AWS to drive industry growth through innovation and business agility on the cloud.”

“Together, Amdocs and AWS are providing the world’s largest telecommunications providers with a full portfolio of cloud services to help them reduce costs, innovate faster, and deliver business-critical communication services with the utmost flexibility, reliability and scalability,” said Andy Jassy, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon Web Services, Inc. “By integrating AWS and Amdocs’ business operations and cloud-native solutions, CSPs now have the ability to create new revenue streams, speed up the introduction of new cloud-based services and enhance the customer experience through machine learning.”


ADTRAN refreshes its line-up of Service Delivery Gateways

ADTRAN introduced a portfolio of Service Delivery Gateways (SDGs) featuring Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6.

The new line-up includes Ethernet, GPON and 10G XGS-PON residential gateways and Wi-Fi mesh access points (APs), all with a consistent elegant design.

ADTRAN said its SDGs are the first in the industry to leverage both EasyMesh, a standards-based approach to Wi-Fi networks that utilize multiple meshed APs, and OpenSync, an open-source interface that is a true differentiator due to its open approach and ability to accelerate deployment of services without reliance on customer premises equipment (CPE) silicon or integration partners.

The portfolio will integrate with ADTRAN's Mosaic One, which provides ISPs with a single pane view of their access and smart home network. Availability for these SDGs will begin Q4 2020, with additional solutions launching in 2021. 

http://www.adtran.com/sdg-series

ADTRAN launches cloud-based network and service optimization

ADTRAN introduced Mosaic One, a cloud-based network and service optimization platform for simplifying the deployment of broadband services. 

Mosaic One collects, correlates and analyzes data from the broadband network gateway, the broadband access network and the in-home network to proactively address service issues and improve the subscriber experience. ADTRAN says its platform combines a rich set of data visualization, analysis and optimization tools with an open, multi-vendor architecture to streamline and simplify network operations. In addition to a centralized dashboard view of the network, Mosaic One provides advanced tools to assess bandwidth capacity, isolate pain points in the network and identify subscribers that would benefit the most from service upgrades. These capabilities improve customer experience while providing revenue-generating insights to the marketing organization.


“ADTRAN continues to enhance and expand our software capabilities so that we can help our customers build more automated and intelligent networks,” said Robert Conger, Senior Vice President of Technology and Strategy at ADTRAN. “Mosaic One will present new levels of efficiency across the network, as it unifies network and subscriber data that has always been disparate. It equips service providers with real-time information about the health of the network. Instead of working to understand why or where an issue occurred, they can refocus their attention on accelerating service revenue and customer growth.”

ADTRAN also notes that in this year alone, it has won 82 new Mosaic customers. Mosaic applications will continue to be offered as a software toolset or as a service. 

http://www.adtran.com/MosaicOne

CXL Consortium releases 2.0 spec for CPU-to-device interconnect

The CXL Consortium, which was formed in 2019 to develop an open industry standard group for high-speed CPU interconnect, announced the release of the CXL 2.0 specification. 

CXL is an open industry-standard interconnect offering coherency and memory semantics using high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity between host processor and devices such as accelerators, memory buffers, and smart I/O devices. The CXL 2.0 specification adds support for switching for fan-out to connect to more devices; memory pooling for increased memory utilization efficiency and providing memory capacity on demand; and support for persistent memory – all while preserving industry investments by supporting full backwards compatibility with CXL 1.1 and 1.0.

Key Highlights of the CXL 2.0 Specification:

  • Adds support for switching to enable device fan-out, memory scaling, expansion and the migration of resources.
  • Includes memory pooling support to maximize memory utilization, limiting or eliminating the need to overprovision memory.
  • Introduces standardized fabric manager specification for inventory and resource allocation to enable easier adoption and management of CXL-based switch and fabric solutions.
  • Provides standardized management of the persistent memory interface and enables simultaneous operation alongside DDR, freeing up DDR for other uses.
  • Introduces managed hot-plug support to take a CXL device online or offline from the system.
  • Adds link-level Integrity and Data Encryption (CXL IDE) to provide confidentiality, integrity and replay protection for data transiting the CXL link.
  • Supports a wide variety of industry interconnect form factors and standardized management interfaces to ease implementation.
  • Includes Compliance and Interoperability specifications and in-system testing to enable a robust and interoperable multi-vendor ecosystem.

Compute Express Link (CXL) promises high-speed CPU interconnect

Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Intel and Microsoft have teamed up to form Compute Express Link (CXL), an open industry standard group for high-speed CPU interconnect.


CXL will maintain memory coherency between the CPU memory space and memory on attached devices, which allows resource sharing for higher performance, reduced software stack complexity, and lower overall system cost. The technology is built upon PCI Express (PCIe) infrastructure, leveraging the PCIe 5.0 physical and electrical interface to provide advanced protocol in three key areas:

  • I/O Protocol 
  • Memory Protocol, initially allowing a host to share memory with an accelerator
  • Coherency Interface
The group has completed work on a CXL Specification 1.0 for interconnect between the CPU and platform enhancements and workload accelerators, such as GPUs, FPGAs and other purpose-built accelerator solutions.

https://www.computeexpresslink.org/

Amdocs posts revenue of $1.053 billion, up 2.2% yoy

Amdocs reported revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020 of $1,053 million, up 2.2% as reported and 1.8% in constant currency as compared to last year’s fourth fiscal quarter.  The company's GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $134.5 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $122.0 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, in the prior fiscal year’s fourth quarter.

“I am pleased to report a return to sequential revenue growth in our fourth fiscal quarter, primarily driven by healthy activity levels in North America and the ramp-up of new customer engagements in Europe, where we had our best-ever performance. At the operating level, we accelerated our R&D investments while maintaining consistent project execution and stable profitability. Amid the ongoing global pandemic, our sales momentum also accelerated, as reflected in our record 12-month backlog which grew $140 million sequentially and 3.7% year-over-year,” said Shuky Sheffer, president and chief executive officer of Amdocs Management Limited.

Sheffer continued, “Over the last few months, we have taken several steps to accelerate our growth strategy around 5G and the cloud. The post-merger integration of Openet is proceeding well and we are happy to report a new award at AT&T, which has selected Openet’s 5G solution to quickly launch and monetize exciting new 5G services on the cloud. Additionally, we have signed a new multi-year strategic agreement with AWS as part of which we will bring our cloud-native BSS offerings and wide range of services to jointly address the rapidly growing cloud market in the coming years. As part of another move to focus on our strategy, we have also signed an agreement for the divestiture of OpenMarket for approximately $300 million cash with Infobip, a company in which One Equity Partners is the primary institutional investor. With this transaction, Amdocs is divesting a non-strategic asset in the mobile messaging domain and remaining laser-focused on our core strategic growth initiatives.”


Monday, November 9, 2020

T-Mobile US again expands fixed wireless access

 T-Mobile US is expanding its fixed wireless Home Internet service to more than 130 additional cities and towns across Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 

T-Mobile is preparing to launch commercial 5G Home Internet service next year.


“Home broadband has been broken for far too long, especially for those in rural areas, and it’s time that cable and telco ISPs have some competition,” said Dow Draper, T-Mobile EVP, Emerging Products. “We’ve already brought T-Mobile Home Internet access to millions of customers who have been underserved by the competition. But we’re just getting started. As we’ve seen in our first few months together with Sprint, our combined network will continue to unlock benefits for our customers, laying the groundwork to bring 5G to Home Internet soon.”

T-Mobile Home Internet is $50/month with no data cap.



SKT and DT joint venture to target 5G in-building solutions

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have for a 50-50 joint venture to develop and offer in-building 5G network solutions. The new company will be headquartered in Germany. 

SKT will contribute the technology assets it has developed over the years to the joint venture. The company has already provided 5G/LTE dual-mode repeaters to support Telekom’s customer trial for in-building coverage carried out in eight different cities in Germany - i.e. Berlin, Hamburg, Bonn, Cologne, Munich, Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Leipzig - from August to October 2020. 

“Together with SKT we are able to develop new and innovative products which enhance customer experience. The first feedback from repeater customer trial has shown the value of our partnership - for us, but more importantly, for our customers. We will start with the repeater, but this joint venture is aiming at a much higher goal. That goal is to create major innovations for both companies fin the years to come,” says Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

“The Partnership between SKT and Deutsche Telekom is very meaningful at a time when the world is heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Park Jung-ho, CEO of SK Telecom. “The deepened bond between the two companies will play an important role as a bridge between Asia and Europe and lead us to new technologies that can bring greater value to humanity.” 

Western Digital intros faster NVMe SSDs for data centers

Western Digital introduced a news suite of new NVMe SSDs for  next-generation, data-centric architectures for data centers, industrial IoT, automotive and client applications. 

The new family includes:

  • the Ultrastar DC ZN540 ZNS NVMe SSD for designing a more efficient data center storage tier with competitive TCO. The Ultrastar DC ZN540 ZNS SSD includes a vertically integrated, dual-port, high-availability NVMe controller with capacities up to 8TB in a standard U.2 form-factor; 
  • the Western Digital IX SN530 Industrial SSD for the extreme environments of industrial and automotive applications. The IX SN530 NVMe SSD features a broad operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C, and delivers a 20G operating vibration specification; 
  • and the 2TB WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD for speeding up PC performance.

Zoned Storage is the new storage architecture for the next-generation enterprise data center. In addition to championing the Zoned Storage Initiative and ZoneStorage.io, and contributing to the NVMe Working Group ZNS specification and the Linux open-source community to further ecosystem development, Western Digital today announced that it is now sampling the new Ultrastar DC ZN540 ZNS NVMe SSD to select customers. 

Western Digital says the new DC ZN540 SSD delivers up to 4x performance and 2.5x QoS improvements, as well as better efficiency, utilization, and scale while lowering TCO for public and private cloud infrastructure.

Orange builds indoor 5G network for LACROIX Electronics plant

Orange has designed and deployed an indoor 5G network based on Ericsson equipment at the LACROIX Electronics plant in Montrevault-sur-Evre, France.

LACROIX Group, an international technological equipment manufacturer, is testing 5G as part of its "Symbiose" project – the electronics factory of the future in France.

Highlights:

  • Four indoor 5G antennas (Ericsson Dot) were installed inside the plant, broadcasting experimental frequencies to cover the production space.
  • Orange operates a virtualized network core, distributed between the premises of Orange and the LACROIX Electronics plant. This enables local processing and data security, as well as network performance and efficiency, suitable for LACROIX Electronics use cases.

Orange and LACROIX Group are also testing 5G's contribution for better technical management of buildings and infrastructure. The experiment is carried out in a controlled environment, where electronic cards are produced for the aviation sector. The assembly of components requires strict temperature and hydrometric regulation to prevent damage. LACROIX Environment, a subsidiary specializing in water and energy network management, provides connected equipment to receive real-time measurements. Optimizing the settings will prevent over-consumption of energy. 5G will enable a response to the increasing number of sensors in the plant. In fact, 5G will be able to support up to 1 million sensors per km² (3GPP 5G standard). Eventually, thanks to the increase in the number of sensors, it will also be possible to calculate the carbon footprint and power consumption required for the production of each product.

"We are very pleased to collaborate with LACROIX Group as part of this digitized, human and environmentally friendly factory of the future. 5G will be a digitization facilitator for Industry and a competitive lever for both the economic environment and all enterprises, regardless of size or location," said Helmut Reisinger, CEO Orange Business Services.


Cellwize raises $32 million for its 5G automation and orchestration

Cellwize, a start-up headquartered in Singapore with R&D in Israel, announced a $32 million Series B funding round for its mobile network automation and orchestration solution.

The new funding round was led by Intel Capital and Qualcomm Ventures LLC with participation from Verizon Ventures, Samsung Next, and existing shareholders.

Cellwize offers a RAN automation and orchestration platform for 5G rollouts. Cellwize CHIME enables operators to accelerate their 5G deployment by automating key business processes in the RAN domain. The company leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning for zero-touch 5G deployments, for automating 2G/3G/4G/5G network optimization, and for delivering mobile network assurance. 

"We are delighted to have been selected by these leading VCs for their strategic investments to accelerate 5G in a way that is open and disaggregated," said Ofir Zemer, CEO of Cellwize. "This is a clear reflection of the trust they have in Cellwize and in the cutting-edge capabilities of CHIME for enabling the 5G revolution. "

"Intel Capital is a lead investor in Cellwize because we're excited about the opportunity Cellwize has to help operators transform their networks to accelerate the 5G revolution," said David Flanagan, vice president and senior managing director at Intel Capital. "Cellwize and Intel Capital are aligned in their vision that Cellwize's cloud-native platform, which includes AI-based automation technology, will help customers deploy complex 5G networks in a more efficient, scalable, and flexible way. 

"Qualcomm is at the forefront of 5G expansion, creating a robust ecosystem of technologies that will usher in the new era of connectivity," said Merav Weinryb, Senior Director of Qualcomm Israel Ltd. and Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures Israel and Europe. "As a leader in RAN automation and orchestration, Cellwize plays an important role in 5G deployment. We are excited to support Cellwize through the Qualcomm Ventures' 5G global ecosystem fund as they scale and expedite 5G adoption worldwide." 

https://www.cellwize.com/

BT to offer RingCentral's Unified Communications as a Service

BT will offer RingCentral's Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) services to its small, medium and large sized UK enterprises, as well as public sector customers.

“As businesses continue to navigate through the complexities of Covid-19, our extended partnership with RingCentral reinforces a commitment and shared vision of bringing innovative communications solutions to our customers so they can thrive now, and put the right building blocks in place for a successful post-pandemic workplace,” said Ashish Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, BT’s Enterprise Unit. “Every organization is adopting new remote and digital ways of working, with varying degrees of complexity. By collaborating with partners like RingCentral, we’re focused on removing this complexity for our customers to enable a successful digital transformation journey.”

Cloud Work provided by RingCentral will be available through BT’s Account managers (Corporate and Major Corporate), BT Local Businesses, and through dedicated telesales and call centers. Cloud Work service is provided by RingCentral UK, Ltd.


Acacia posts Q3 revenue of $158.3 million


Acacia reported Q3 revenue of $158.5 million, compared to $119.6 million for the same period last year. GAAP gross margin was 50.4%; non-GAAP gross margin was 50.6%. GAAP net income was $24.3 million and non-GAAP net income was $33.9 million. GAAP diluted EPS was $0.56; non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.78.

http://ir.acacia-inc.com/investor-overview

  • In July 2019, Cisco agreed to acquire Acacia Communications for $70.00 per share in cash, or for approximately $2.6 billion on a fully diluted basis, net of cash and marketable securities. 

Finland's Elisa picks Keysight’s cloud infrastructure testing software

Finnish service provider Elisa has selected Keysight’s Cloud Peak cloud infrastructure testing software to accelerate the design and deployment of their next-generation 5G virtualized networks.

Keysight’s Cloud Peak helps validate NFV throughout the continuous integration, continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. This includes disaggregated fabric benchmarking and characterization of NFV infrastructure to compare technologies, identify bottlenecks and optimize configurations. Cloud Peak builds on the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) Yardstick framework, providing access to the industry-standard, open source test suite, while improving on and expanding its capabilities with new use cases. It also adds new capabilities such as container and virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) performance testing in an easy-to-use, lightweight and automated web application.


“As service providers virtualize their networks to cost-effectively deploy cloud-native 5G and roll out innovative new services, they need to ensure their infrastructure delivers the performance and reliability their customers depend on,” said Ram Periakaruppan, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Network Test group. “Elisa provided great feedback in the development of Cloud Peak’s robust and scalable testing capabilities, as well as in the development of Cloud Peak’s easy-to-use web-based, real-time reporting.”

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Vector Photonics develops a new class of semiconductor lasers

Vector Photonics, a spin-out from the University of Glasgow, announced plans to commercialize a new class of Photonic Crystal Surface Emitting Lasers (PCSEL) technology for hyperscale data center applications. The technology uses a 2D grating structure to scatter light linearly and orthogonally.

Vector Photonics CEO, Neil Martin, said, “PCSELs are low cost, robust, have a broad wavelength range and high power. This combination of key characteristics gives them a huge advantage over most of the laser technologies used today. This includes VCSELs (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers), which are robust, but compromise wavelength range and power, and EEL’s (Edge Emitting Lasers), which have broad wavelength range, but are expensive to make and are fragile to handle.

“PCSELs emit light from their top surface, like VCSELs, making them easy to package and incorporate into PCBs and electronic assemblies. They are also produced in a similar way to EELs, allowing us to draw on existing supply chain expertise and capacity as we grow.”

https://www.vectorphotonics.co.uk/

BT now operates on 100% renewable energy

BT Group, the joint-largest private purchaser of electricity in the UK, confirmed that its network, offices and shops worldwide are now powered with 100% renewable electricity. 


The company has committed to run its global operations on renewable electricity where markets allow and will purchase the remainder from neighbouring markets until local solutions can be found.

Cyril Pourrat, Chief Procurement Officer at BT, said: "As an organisation that consumes nearly 1% of the UK’s electricity, it is important for BT to demonstrate its commitment to a green recovery. Our team has worked hard to secure renewable electricity contracts for our sites globally, a crucial step towards the Paris agreement’s 1.5°c target.”

BT’s transition to renewable electricity has been delivered through supporting the development of local renewable energy markets, with 16% of its electricity supplied through corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and the remainder from high-quality green tariffs or in a small number of markets, renewable certificates.

In addition, Openreach, which has the second largest commercial fleet in the UK, is aiming to switch out a third of its 27,000 combustion engine vehicles to electric by 2025. With 33,000 vehicles, the entire BT Group fleet accounts for two thirds of its operational emissions.

In June 2020, BT Group including Openreach joined forces with the Climate Group to launch the UK Electric Fleets Coalition. The coalition of 27 companies has taken a leading role in communicating the benefits of switching from combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) and has called for supportive policy measures which target 100% electric car and van sales by 2030; extend grants for electric vehicles and charging points through to at least 2023 and speed up the rollout of public charge-points across the country.

 

AT&T elects William Kennard as its chairman

The board of directors of AT&T elected William E. Kennard to serve as its chairman, effective January 2021, replacing Randall Stephenson who is retiring after serving in the role since 2007. 

Mr. Kennard served as general counsel to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, he was appointed FCC Chairman, a position he held until 2001. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. 

Kennard also has held positions with The Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm, at which he led investments in the telecommunications and media sectors, and the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now DLA Piper), where he was a partner and member of the board of directors. He has served on the AT&T board since 2104. He also serves on the boards of Duke Energy Corporation, Ford Motor Company and MetLife, Inc.  He is also co-founder of Astra Capital Management, a private equity firm.  Kennard received his B.A. in Communications from Stanford University and earned his law degree from Yale Law School. He currently serves on the board of trustees of Yale University.

“Bill’s deep knowledge of communications, media and technology, proven leadership and broad experience across capital markets and government uniquely positions him to serve as AT&T’s new chairman,” Stephenson said. “He is an outstanding choice to lead our board of talented directors who possess diverse expertise and experience.” 

“It’s an honor to be selected to serve as chairman of AT&T’s board of directors,” Kennard said. “On behalf of the board, I want to thank Randall for his outstanding leadership and countless contributions as chairman. We wish him all the best.  I look forward to working with our CEO and fellow board member John Stankey and the entire board to continue creating long-term value for all stakeholders – investors, customers, employees and the communities we serve.” 

https://about.att.com/story/2020/william_e_kennard_att_board_of_directors.html

China Mobile now has 114 million 5G customers

China Mobile's operating revenue increased by 1.4% year-on-year to RMB574.4 billion for the first three quarters of 2020. Of which, revenue from telecommunications services grew by 2.5% year-on-year to RMB525.7 billion whereas that from the sales of products and others declined by 9.2% year-on-year to RMB48.7 billion. 

The Group’s profit attributable to equity shareholders fell slightly by 0.3% year-on-year to RMB81.6 billion for the first three quarters of 2020. 

China Mobile said it will continue to put in an all-out effort to implement its “5G+” plan, further promote scale-based and value-oriented operations and foster the all-round development of CHBN markets, thereby maintaining growth in telecommunications services revenue for the full-year of 2020.




NTT's revenue dips, income increases on flat subscriber trends

NTT Group reported operating revenues ¥5,711.4 billion, down approximately 3% from the same period last year. Operating income increased ¥1,008.6 billion, up 2.6% year-on-year.

Overseas sales were $9.1 billion, down 7.3% year-on-year due in part to the pandemic.

In order to provide customers with appropriate services both during and after COVID-19, NTT has created a lineup of services under a new service brand called "Remote World".  This will include “OriHime”, a remote-controlled avatar robot; customer support screen sharing service; a new “elgana” business chat service; a new SwipeVideo service that allows different video by swiping the screen.“Smart Me™” digital employee ID that uses smartphones instead of traditional employee badges.

https://www.ntt.co.jp/news2020/2011efgz/pdf/rzkv201106a_all.pdf