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October 2018: 64pp
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Executive brief

GROUP

Deals: Regulators put brakes on Dutch buyout [p.6]

  • Table: User base comparison, selected Dutch telecoms players
  • TMNL's Group future will return to spotlight if DT fails to shift Dutch inertia

BT relents and signs up to ngena [p.9]

  • Table: ngena service provider partners
  • Bridging the channel
  • Table: hub:raum investment portfolio, to 2018

Table: people movements [p.13]

Technology & Innovation: DT joins Linux fold; doubles down on cloud-native apps [p.18]

  • DT looking beyond virtualisation
  • DT sharpens 5G edge with Aricent
  • DT, HPE parade multi-vendor VNF integration
  • TIP growing pains?

Hoffman opens up on MobiledgeX raison d'être [p.23]

  • Edge computing with an edge
  • Industry recognition

Deutsche Telekom makes fresh cuts in UK [p.26]

  • Table: DT (ex-US) indirect cost reduction strategy composition
  • DT facing Brexit decision of its own

DT launches beta trial for Smart Speaker voice assistant [p.28]

  • Next step for Orange relationship: content?

GERMANY

Network: TDE gains state support for site expansion plan [p.32]

Products and services: Over-the-top EntertainTV offering resurfaces [p.35]

  • A fillip for sluggish growth?
  • Taking on the big guns

TDE debuts another mesh solution for in-home Wi-Fi [p.38]

EUROPE

Austria: T-Mobile Austria on marks for 5G auction [p.40]

  • No cash raid this time, says regulator

SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS

Strategy: T-Sys BR expands cloud platform with Atento takeover [p.45]

  • Brazil has not dropped off diminishing T-Sys map
  • Table: T‑Systems efficiencies programme, business unit impact, FY13-FY18

Products and services: T-Sys launches Telekom Data Intelligence Hub [p.49]

  • A wide enabler ecosystem

USA

Network: TMUS digs deep into virtualised packet core with Cisco [p.52]

  • Sprint strain?

Strategy: TMUS leans on Crown Castle for small-cell expansion [p.54]

  • Small cells, big thinking
  • FCC boost

Further reading

Index

A

ABI Research 30
Africa 14, 15
Agencija za Zastitu Trzisnog Natjecanja (AZTN) 42
Air France 56
Albtelecom 11
Alphabet
- Google 25, 34, 56
- Android 35, 37, 56
Amazon.com Inc. 29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 59
Americas
- Brazil 15, 45, 46, 60
- Canada 13
- Latin America 45, 46
- North America 56
- South America 46
- United States of America (USA) 7, 15, 25, 37, 51, 54, 55, 56, 60
-- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 53, 55, 57, 60
Amino Technologies 16
Apple 29, 34, 57
- iOS 35, 37
Aricent Inc. 18, 21, 58
Asia-Pacific 7
- China 11, 30
-- Province/Municipality/Region
--- Shanghai 30
- Japan 46
- Singapore 30, 46
- South Korea 25
Atos 14
AT&T 30
Aviva plc 14

B

Belgacom Group
- Belgacom Mobile NV/SA (Proximus) 10
Bharti Group 30
- Bharti Airtel 30
Blinkist 12
BT Group 9, 10, 27
- BT Global Services 9, 10
- EE 10, 26, 27

C

Capgemini 15
CenturyLink Inc. 9, 15
China Mobile 30
China Telecom 30
Cisco Systems 9, 14, 52, 53, 60
Cloudera, Inc. 49
Cloud, The 20
Comarch SA 9
Contiamo 12
Crown Castle International Corp. (CCI) 54, 55, 60
CTIA 57

D

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 14
Deutsche Post 11
Deutsche Telekom 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60
- Corporate
-- Headquarters 16, 30, 34, 48
- Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners
-- Mojio (see separate) 37
-- Motionlogic 49
-- Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena) 9, 10, 24
-- Telekom Innovation Pool
--- MobiledgeX 23, 24, 25, 58
- Europe
-- Austria 7, 11, 40, 41, 42
-- Bulgaria (see OTE) 15
-- Croatia (Hrvatski Telekom) 11, 13, 15, 42
-- Czech Republic 11, 14, 46
-- Hungary (see Magyar Telekom) 11, 14, 42, 46
-- International Carrier Sales & Services (ICSS) 46
-- Montenegro (see Magyar Telekom) 15
-- Netherlands 6, 7, 8, 14, 16
-- Poland (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa/PTC) 14, 43, 46
-- Slovakia (Slovak Telekom/T-Mobile) 11, 14, 15
-- UK (EE) 10, 26, 27
- European Aviation Network 56
- Executives
-- Ashouriha, Arash 18
-- Bierwirth, Andreas 41
-- Buchholz, Frank 14
-- Clauberg, Axel 22
-- Dalla Riva, Monica 13
-- Dannenfeldt, Thomas 36
-- Fernandes, Carlos 13
-- Gerhards, Markus 13
-- Gopalan, Srini 42
-- Hagspihl, Michael 29, 36, 38
-- Höttges, Timotheus 29, 36, 42
-- Ljusev, Nikola 43
-- Lukec, Marco 14
-- Melles, Manuel 13
-- Munhoz, Ideval 46
-- Oliveira, Luciano 13
-- Patel, Sunit 15
-- Ray, Neville 52
-- Rekasi, Tibor 42
-- Seaton, Sean 13
-- Seserko, Mirela 13
-- Sievert, Mike 15, 53
-- Stanko, Jan 14
-- Weiss, Thorsten 14
-- Wössner, Dirk 32
- Ex-executives
-- Gabric, Ivan 15
-- Snoep, Marieke 14
- Germany 14, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 58, 59
- Investments
-- Magyar Telekom (see separate) 11, 14, 42, 46
-- OTE (see separate) 11, 15, 37
- Product and Innovation
-- hubraum 11, 12, 21, 25
--- Blinkist (see separate) 12
--- Contiamo (see separate) 12
--- Devicehub.net (see separate) 12
--- Ecoisme (see separate) 12
--- Excalibur (see separate) 12
--- Flexperto (see separate) 12
--- Frestyl (see separate) 12
--- Koala Metrics (see separate) 12
--- M2MGO (see separate) 12
--- Omnipaste (see separate) 12
--- Reputami (see separate) 12
--- Salonmeister (see separate) 12
--- Stylemarks (see separate) 12
--- Thapir (see separate) 12
- Products and services
-- EntertainTV 28, 35, 36, 37, 38, 59
-- MyWallet 47
-- Smart Connect 13
-- Smart Speaker 28, 29, 58
- Systems Solutions 14, 15, 44, 60
-- T-Systems 10, 14, 15, 25, 27, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 60
--- Detecon 49
-- Telekom Security 14, 15
- USA 10, 15, 29, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60
Devicehub.net 12
DHL Worldwide Express 11

E

Ecoisme 12
Emblaze Group
- European Telecom 19
EMC
- VMware 14, 15, 20
Ericsson 24, 52
Etisalat 13
Europe
- Albania 11
- Austria 13, 40, 41, 42, 59
-- Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs (RTR) 13, 41
- Belgium 46
- Bulgaria 15
- Central Europe 14
- Croatia 12, 13, 37, 42, 59
- Czech Republic 12, 15, 42, 46
- France 46
- Germany 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 21, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 46, 47, 49, 59
-- Government 16
- Greece 37
- Hungary 11, 12, 37, 42, 46, 59
- Italy 9, 46
- Macedonia 11, 43, 59
- Montenegro 15
- Netherlands 6, 7, 8, 12, 58
- Poland 12, 14, 43, 46, 59
- Portugal 12
- Romania 12, 37
- Scandinavia 9
- Serbia 11
- Slovakia 12, 15, 37
- Slovenia 42
- Spain 9, 46
- Sweden 37
- Turkey 58
- United Kingdom (UK) 9, 10, 15, 16, 26, 27, 58
European Telecommunications Standards Institute 19
European Union 29, 58
- European Commission 6, 7, 8
Excalibur 12

F

Facebook 22, 37, 57, 59
- Telecom Infra Project 22, 58
Flexperto 12
France Télécom
- Orange 10, 14, 26, 29, 30, 34, 58
-- Poland (see Telekomunikacja Polska) 14
- UK (see EE, DT) 10, 26, 27
Fraunhofer Institute 34, 49
Frestyl 12

G

Gogo 56
GSM Association
- Mobile World Congress 20, 22, 25, 30, 58
GSM Association (GSMA) 23, 25, 58

H

Hewlett-Packard 14, 21
Hrvatski Telekom (see DT, Croatia) 11, 13, 15, 42
- Combis d.o.o. 15
Huawei Technologies 20, 41

I

IBM 49
Intel 11, 25

J

JPMorgan Chase 14

K

KfW Bankengruppe 11
Koala Metrics 12
KPMG International 49
KPN 7, 8, 9, 14, 15

L

Liberty Global
- UPC Austria 7, 11, 15, 41
Liberty Global Inc. 15
- UPC Broadband 7, 11, 15, 40, 41
LivePerson 57

M

M2MGO 12
Magyar Telekom (see DT) 11, 14, 42, 46
- Macedonia (Makedonski Telekom/T-Mobile) 11, 43
- Montenegro (Crnogorski Telekom) 15
- T-Home Hungary
-- E2 Hungary 42
- T-Systems Hungary 14
Market segments
- Business process outsourcing (BPO) 45
- Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) 19
- Multinational corporations (MNCs) 9
- Over-the-top (OTT) 35, 36, 37
MetroPCS Communications Inc.
- Carter, Braxton 15, 55
Microsoft 14, 15, 47
Middle East 14, 15
- Israel 11, 12
- United Arab Emirates 42
Mojio 37

N

Netflix 36, 37, 59
Nokia 25, 52
NTT 30
Nuance Communications Inc. 29, 34

O

Omnipaste 12
Open Handset Alliance (OHA)
- Android 35, 37, 56
Optima Telekom 13
Oracle 15
Orchestration Inc. 19
OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 11, 15, 37
- Bulgaria (Globul) 15
- Cosmote 37, 59
- Albania (Telekom Albania) 11
OTP Bank
- PortfoLion Kockázati Tokealap-kezelo Zrt 11

P

PPF Group 11, 15
PricewaterhouseCoopers 15
Publicis Groupe 56

Q

Quantum Corp. 46

R

Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) 11
Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
- Reliance Communications (RCom) 9
Reputami 12
RTL Group 37
RWE AG 42

S

Salonmeister 12
Samsung 24
Singapore Telecom 30
SK Telecom 9, 25
Slovak Telekom (see DT, Slovakia) 11, 14, 15
Sprint Corporation 15, 29, 52, 53, 55, 56
Stylemarks 12
Sunrise 9, 10

T

Technology
- 2G
-- GSM 23, 58
- 4G 41
-- Long Term Evolution (LTE) 32, 54
- 5G 7, 19, 20, 21, 25, 30, 32, 40, 41, 42, 43, 52, 53, 54, 58, 59, 60
- Billing 14
- Fibre 7, 22, 34, 41, 55
-- FTTH 34
- GPS 34
- IP 22, 35, 37
- IPTV 28, 35, 36, 37
- Linux 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 58
- Open-source 18
- OpenStack 20
- RAN 30, 32, 52
- SDN 52, 53
- Smartphone 47
- Spectrum
-- 700 MHz 41
-- 800 MHz 41
-- 900 MHz 41
-- 1800 MHz 41
-- 2100 MHz 41
- WAN 9
-- Web Services 34
-- W-LAN 38, 48, 59
Tele2 6, 7, 8
- Netherlands 6
Telefonica Group 25, 30, 58
Telekom Austria 9, 40
- Austria
-- A1 9, 30, 40
Telekom Austria Group
- Vipnet 15
Telekom Srbija a.d. 11
Telenor ASA 15
Telstra 30
Thapir 12

V

Value-added services 7
Verizon Communications 30
Vivacom (BTC) 11
Vodafone 13, 15, 20, 25, 30, 42
- Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region (AMAP)
- India 30
- Europe Region
-- Germany 13
-- UK
--- Cornerstone 11

W

Worldpay Group 10
WPP 56

Z

Zenterio 37, 59

  • DT firms up ties with Linux Foundation as part of open source push.
  • DT joins vanguard of operator efforts to steer suppliers towards cloud-native architecture.

Deutsche Telekom (DT) ramped up industry support for open source network software by formalising ties with the Linux movement. DT joined the Linux Foundation as a “Silver” member, and the Linux Foundation Networking Fund (LNF) as a “Platinum” member.

The LFN is overseen by the Linux Foundation, which purports to be the largest open source non-profit organisation in the world, and is responsible for several Linux-based networking projects, including some in which DT is already an active participant. These include Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Open Daylight, and FD.io (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #58 and passim).

In a blog by-lined to Arash Ashouriha, Senior Vice-President (SVP) of Technology Architecture & Innovation at DT – and published on the websites of both DT and the Linux Foundation – he approved industry direction-of-travel towards open source and open standards, underpinned by disaggregation of hardware and software. He embraced the ‘white box‘ mentality.

Ashouriha highlighted, too, what he saw as open-source usefulness in implementing DevOps, where software development is closely tied to operational business goals.

“From monolithic black box solutions, we are moving towards a modular, best-in-class, flexible and open ecosystem, including an automated lifecycle management in true DevOps style. None of the telcos can do this on their own – the success of this industry depends on collaboration… Existing projects like ONAP, FD.io, Open Daylight, as well as upcoming projects on edge computing and AI are important for our success.” – Ashouriha.

Linux leans on DT

There was a sense from DT’s elevation to Silver and Platinum status that the Linux Foundation was expecting big things in return.

Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking & Orchestration at the Linux Foundation, said he looked forward to witnessing DT’s work in “connectivity and service, integrated Gigabit networks, secure ICT solutions, and big IoT”. There was a further expectation from the LNF that DT will collaborate on “major industry challenges to transform all aspects of the network and accelerate open source deployments”. Particular emphasis was placed on Group contributions to new network technologies that enabled 5G services.

Ashouriha appeared in accord with this ambition. “Providing a standard platform for network automation and increased interoperability through the ONAP project is an area we’re especially keen on contributing to in support of our 5G activities”, he said. DT reiterated its intention to contribute to Casablanca, the next release from the ONAP initiative.

Ashouriha added that ONAP work will “complement our activities in ETS-ZSM [the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s Zero Touch Network and Service Management Industry Specification Group] to lead the industry towards a fully automated network and service management”.

The grouping focuses on 5G end-to-end network and service management and aims automate the execution of operational processes and tasks from delivery to deployment (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #67).

Contained excitement: DT looking beyond virtualisation

By creating closer ties with the LNF, DT is now arguably on the front line of growing industry efforts to migrate from virtual network functions (VNF) to cloud-native network functions (CNF), and employing “containerisation” on the back of Kubernetes software (the product of another open source Linux Foundation project).

Reflecting trends in operator thinking, which increasingly positions virtualisation as more of an enabler than destination, the Linux Foundation announced collaboration between LFN and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF is a sister organisation of the Linux Foundation. The partnership was unveiled at September 2018’s Open Networking Summit Europe and underlined growing operator demand for cloud native service implementation.

For the rest of this story, including analysis of cloud-native economics across the industry, see the full October issue of Deutsche Telekomwatch – click to get access.

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