Deutsche Telekomwatch
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November 2018: 58pp
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Executive brief

Group: Deals [p.6]

  • DTCP adds two more tech stakes to the pile
  • Access 4.0 still on agenda, as DT makes partner cash injection
  • Table: Telekom Innovation Pool overview

People [p.10]

  • DT revamps tech division for flexibility and focus
  • Table: People movement highlights

Supply chain [p.14]

  • Orange seeks DT piggyback on content, elsewhere

Group Development [p.17]

  • DT set to meet EC halfway on Dutch buyout

Technology & Innovation [p.19]

  • Deutsche Telekom welcomes growing TIP 'maturity'
  • DT tightening TIP ties
  • Table: TIP top-ups at a glance
  • Terragraph gets airing in Hungary, RFI in pipeline
  • DTCP joins TIP as ecosystem warrior
  • MobiledgeX attracts SKT, approaches TIP

Telecom infra Project [p.27]

  • TIP faithful and followers gather in London

Germany: Network [p.30]

  • TDE targets more business parks with fibre

Partnerships [p.30]

  • Telefónica to use TDE fibre to support 5G
  • Growing rapprochement between rivals
  • Telefónica willing to work with everyone

Products and services [p.33]

Europe: Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier [p.35]

  • ICSS becomes 'Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier'

Systems Solutions: Deals [p.38]

  • Toll4Europe gains Shell as new shareholder
  • DT at Road Charging crossroads
  • Toll Connect controversy rumbles on

Partnerships [p.41]

  • T-Sys-SAP collaboration goes Platinum
  • Table: T‑Sys's “re-defined” portfolio structure
  • Pallet-tracker comes off Open IoT Labs' production line

USA: Commercial [p.47]

  • Team of Experts to extend beyond USA

Network [p.49]

  • Sprint, TMUS align handset and network demands
  • From rivals to friends

Supply chain [p.50]

Further reading

Index

A

Acacia Communications 15
ADVA Optical Networking 22
Africa 13
Airrays 24
Alphabet
- Google
- Android 9
Amazon.com Inc. 27, 50
Americas
- Canada 9, 23
- Latin America 23
- United States of America (USA) 8, 13, 15, 18, 22, 25, 36, 46, 47, 50, 54
-- Government 50
-- States
--- New York 54
Apache Foundation 26
Apple 50
- iOS 9
Aricent Inc. 21, 23, 51
Asia-Pacific
- Australia 15
- China 15, 21, 50
-- Government 54
-- Province/Municipality/Region
--- Shanghai 44
- India 6, 8
- Japan 31
- South Korea 24, 31
AT&T 13, 50
Axiata Group Bhd (TM International)
- Cambodia (TM International (Cambodia) Co. Ltd./hello) 14

B

Bharti Group 23
- Bharti Airtel 23
Bloomberg L.P. 54
BT Group 22, 23, 24
- EE 13

C

CenturyLink Inc. 50
China Telecom 21
Ciena Corp. 22, 36
Cinco Capital 24
Cisco Systems 8, 13, 22, 51
Comarch SA 8
Comcast Corp. 50
CommScope Inc. 31
Cox Communications Inc. 50
Crown Castle International Corp. (CCI) 51

D

Daimler AG 38, 39
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 23
Deutsche Telekom 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53
- Corporate
- Headquarters 8, 15, 24, 25
- Deutsche Telekom Capital Parrtners
- Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments
-- Skorpios Technologies (see separate) 9
- Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 6, 8, 9, 12, 18, 24, 52
-- BENOCS 7, 8
-- Deutsche Sportwetten 8
- Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments 8, 9
-- ZenMate (see separate) 9
- Digital Media Audience Products 8
-- emetriq 8
-- Fornova (see separate) 18
-- Kumukan 8
-- Lite Elements 8
-- Morphisec (see separate) 18
-- Motionlogic 8
-- Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena) 8
-- SafeBreach (see separate) 18
-- SoundCall 8
-- SureNow 8
- Telekom Innovation Pool 7, 8, 25
-- MobiledgeX 20, 22, 25, 26, 51, 52
-- The Digitale 8
-- Trust2Core 8
- Europe
-- Czech Republic 12, 36
-- Hungary (see Magyar Telekom) 12, 22, 23, 36
--- International Carrier Sales & Services (ICSS) 11, 35
-- Netherlands 12, 17, 18
-- Poland (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa/PTC) 12
-- UK (EE) 13
- European Aviation Network 36
- Executives
-- Al Saleh, Adel 42
-- Calian, John 11
-- Chupalov, Igor 13
-- Clauberg, Axel 15, 19, 26, 52
-- Goldenits, Walter 7
-- Höttges, Timotheus 13, 17, 25, 30, 39
-- Jacobfeuerborn, Bruno 12
-- Kahan, Irit 12
-- Kyllesbech Larsen, Kim 12
-- Leukert, Peter 12
-- Nafziger, Rolf 35
-- Nemat, Claudia 10
-- Rekasi, Tibor 12
-- Rickmann, Hagen 30
-- Schulte-Sprenger, Bernd 12
-- Sievert, Mike 47, 49
-- van der Walt, Mardia 11
-- van Lammeren, Tisha 12
-- Wössner, Dirk 32
- Ex-executives
-- Snoep, Marieke 12
- Germany 7, 8, 11, 12, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33
- Investments
-- Magyar Telekom (see separate) 12, 22, 23, 24, 36
- Product and Innovation
-- hubraum 9, 18
-- Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) 11, 12, 18
- Products and services
-- EntertainTV 33
-- immmr 8
-- QIVICON 26, 27
-- Smart Speaker 27
- Strategy
-- Connected Home 12
- Systems Solutions 13, 37, 53
- Telekom IT 11
- T-Systems 8, 12, 13, 38, 41, 43, 44, 53
-- Detecon 44
-- Deutschland 13
- Satellic 39
- South Africa 13
- Toll4Europe 38, 39, 53
- Technology
-- 5G
-- haus 22
-- Toll Collect 38, 39, 40, 53
- USA 13, 22, 33, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 54
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 6, 7, 8, 9, 18, 24, 52
Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments 8
DSP Group 27

E

Emblaze Group
- European Telecom 13
Ericsson 10, 12, 51
Europe
- Austria 39
- Belgium 24, 39
- Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 13
- Croatia 8
- Czech Republic 36, 53
- France 14, 24, 39
- Germany 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 39, 40, 41, 53
-- Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 31, 53
-- Government 39
- Hungary 8, 12, 23, 24, 36, 53
- Netherlands 17, 52
-- Ministry of Economic Affairs 18
- Poland 39
- Portugal 31
- Spain 31
- Sweden 8, 12, 17
- Switzerland 25
- Turkey 23
- United Kingdom (UK) 13, 15, 23, 24, 31
-- Office of Communications (Ofcom) 31
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) 13, 17
European Union 38, 52
European Commission 17, 18

F

Facebook 22, 23, 24, 26
- Telecom Infra Project 19, 26, 52
Fireglass 18
Fornova 18
France Télécom 13, 17
- Orange 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 27, 52
- UK (see EE, DT) 13
Fraunhofer Institute 27, 43

G

Goldman Sachs 47, 49, 51, 54
Green Party 40
GSM Association
- Mobile World Congress 21, 25
GSM Association (GSMA) 22

H

Hamburg Port Authority 43
Hewlett-Packard 22
High-Tech Gründerfonds 24
Huawei Technologies 15, 44

I

Infinera Corporation 22
Inmarsat 36
Intel 22, 23, 26

K

KPN 12, 18
- E-Plus 33

L

LivePerson 48

M

Magyar Telekom (see DT) 12, 22, 23, 36
Market segments
- Machine-to-machine (M2M) 35
- Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) 36
Mavenir Systems 21, 23
MetroPCS Communications Inc.
- Carter, Braxton 48, 51
Microsoft 13
Middle East 13
- Israel 9, 12, 18
Morphisec 18
MTN 23

N

Nokia 23, 36, 51
NTT 22, 41
Nuance Communications Inc. 27

O

Open Handset Alliance (OHA)
- Android 9
Opera Software 9
Osram 26

P

Parallel Wireless 23
Partner Communications, Israel 13

Q

Quantum Corp. 25

R

Ranovus 9
Red Hat 12
Royal Dutch Shell plc 38, 53

S

SafeBreach 18
Salesforce 13
SAP 41, 42, 43, 53
Skorpios Technologies 9
SK Telecom 11, 23, 24, 25, 52
Sonae SGPS 9
Sprint Corporation 49, 50, 54
Starbucks Corp. 13
Swisscom 6

T

Target Corporation 42
Technology
- 2G 31
-- GSM 22
- 3G 31, 32
-- Evolved HSPA (HSPA+/I-HSPA)
-- MIMO 50
- 4G 22, 26, 31, 32, 33, 50, 51
-- Long Term Evolution (LTE) 23, 26, 36, 49
- 5G 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33, 35, 50, 51, 53
- Blockchain 11
- CRM 6, 8, 52
- CWDM 22
- Ethernet 23
- Fibre 7, 23, 30, 31, 32, 33, 51, 53
- FTTH 53
- IP 7, 15, 19, 26
- IPTV 33
- Linux 21
- M2M 35
- Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) 43
- NGN 33
- OpenStack 21, 44
- RAN 12, 20, 21, 23
- R&D 7, 11, 12, 14, 24, 25
- Spectrum 31
-- 700 MHz 18
-- 2100 MHz 18, 52
Tele2 17, 18, 52
- Netherlands 17
Telecom Italia 23
- Telecom Italia Mobile 22
Telefonica Group 19, 20, 22, 23, 32, 33, 36, 53
- Europe
-- Czech Republic 36
TeleManagement Forum
- TM Forum 12, 13
Telstra 23

V

Venfin Ltd
- Tracker Network (Proprietary) Limited (TRACKER) 43, 52
Verizon Communications 21, 50
VINCI Group
- Cofiroute, S.A. 39
Vodafone 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 33, 36
- Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region (AMAP)
- India 23
- Europe Region
-- Czech Republic 36
-- Germany 33

Z

ZenMate 9
ZTE Corp. 15

  • DT expands backing for initiative with new trials and funding schemes.
  • Clauberg warns against unnecessary proliferation of open source industry groups, though DT is behind many of them.
  • Closer collaboration between DT-backed ORAN and TIP’s OpenRAN on the cards.

Axel Clauberg, Vice-President of IP End-to-End & Infrastructure Cloud at Deutsche Telekom (DT), lauded progress made by the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) – the open source network infrastructure project he oversees as Chairman. In a blog post published to coincide with the third annual TIP Summit, Clauberg claimed that many of the technologies being worked on by TIP were now “closer to maturity.

As part of a wider TIP update, he flagged five project groups as having technology trials taking place with operators:

  • mmWave Networks.
  • Open Optical Packet Transport.
  • OpenCellular.
  • OpenRAN.
  • vRAN Fronthaul.

“In addition to these trials, three leading operators – Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, and Vodafone – have demonstrated the potential for flexible tech to improve network speeds, capacity, and efficiency by announcing that they have started request for information [RFI] processes to investigate how they can adopt TIP technologies, which are supported by a growing ecosystem of vendors and manufacturers. ” – Clauberg.

In his keynote at the TIP Summit ’18, Clauberg’s message was that output from TIP’s various project groups had increased considerably since the previous event, and that more technologies were moving beyond the “concept stage”. He told attendees that, if all goes to plan, the industry should see the first commercial deployments of TIP-developed technology during 2019. Mass-market rollouts are slated for 2020.

Perhaps not unrelatedly, there was a hint in Clauberg’s speech of a less combative stance towards established vendors in the way TIP’s operator backers are seeking to develop new technologies – something that has also been evident in the tone of some other DT executive comments over the course of the last year (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #71).

“Our industry is actually desperate for more innovation. We definitely need to accelerate the pace of innovation. I [am not saying] that traditional vendors don’t do enough on innovation. However, as a community, we can be much, much better – bringing people from the established vendors, from startups, from systems integrators, from internet companies, and from the telcos, together to collaboratively work on the telecoms infrastructure. That’s what we do within TIP. ” – Clauberg.

DT tightening TIP ties

Alongside the prospect of greater go-to-market activity around TIP technology, it is evident that working ties between DT and TIP are becoming closer.

For all Clauberg’s enthusiasm about TIP’s progress, only one of the five project groups he mentioned – mmWave Networks  sees DT as playing a prominent role (see table). DT has often followed different paths to upend traditional supply chains through ‘disaggregation’ of software and hardware – the same aim of TIP – most notably in RAN virtualisation.

One avenue of closer collaboration is DT’s involvement with a new TIP project group called Edge Application Developer, which includes participation of MobiledgeX, the Group’s Silicon Valley-based edge computing platform spinout (see separate report).

Further, according to Light Reading, a closer partnership between TIP’s OpenRAN Project Group and the DT-backed ORAN Alliance is on the cards. Clauberg explained that Telefónica Group and Vodafone Group, two operators heavily involved with OpenRAN, have an incentive to pool efforts and base their work on the xRAN specification developed within ORAN.

“[Telefónica and Vodafone] have not done any specs from the ground up. They have not built architecture, but are looking at how the architecture specified by the ORAN Alliance could be built and deployed in a commercial way. In this area, TIP would do solutions integration and prove it is possible to build such an open RAN in real life. ” – Clauberg.

There already appears scope for cross-fertilisation between the two groups. Altiostar and Mavenir, original supplier members of the xRAN Forum (which was recently folded into ORAN – Deutsche Telekomwatch, #71), have emerged as leading candidates within OpenRAN to produce interoperable RAN solutions.

The xRAN Forum was founded on the desire to shake up operators’ RAN supply chain, and spurred on by possibilities opened up by technologists at Stanford University. Its mission is to develop an “open alternative to the traditionally closed, hardware-based RAN architecture” (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #65 and passim). To achieve this, it aimed to: untether the RAN control plane from the user plane; “modularise” the two systems; and introduce open interfaces to enable faster and wider applications development for both elements. In short, the goal was to boot out from the RAN, wherever possible, “static and highly proprietary” kit.

The ORAN Alliance was unveiled at the 2018 edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and continues on this disruptive path. A merger of the DT-backed xRAN Forum and China Telecom-supported C-RAN Alliance, ORAN aims to turn radio units into ‘white boxes‘ running open software. By using common, off-the-shelf hardware and merchant silicon, the idea is to minimise the use of proprietary hardware. Artificial intelligence and real-time analytics were also flagged as important, suggesting that ORAN has a much broader remit than its xRAN and C-RAN predecessors. Although the ORAN Alliance is open to all operators, not all industry big-hitters are on board. Notable absentees include Verizon Communications and Vodafone.

‘Control the fun’

Clauberg no doubt welcomes consolidation of the sort seen in the “open RAN” space. Prior to the TIP Summit, he warned against the time-wasting risk of duplicating research efforts through too many industry groups.

This may seem a bit like the pot calling the kettle black, with DT having helped drive growth of the tangled web of initiatives that has emerged over recent years – as well as perhaps reflecting how the Group is now seeking to direct how these various schemes evolve in the future. DT has thrown its weight behind various open source initiatives in recent years, including FD.io, Open Central Office Re-architected as a Datacentre, Open Daylight, Open Network Automation Platform, Open Networking Foundation, and OpenStack (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #58 and passim).

Neither is DT averse to striking out on open source and ‘cloud-native‘ projects that do not command, at least initially, broad industry support. In September 2018, DT and US-based Aricent announced the creation of an Open Source Edge software framework. It is designed especially for developers in the sphere of cloud-native multi-access edge computing technologies. The goal is to intersect with the deployment of 5G-enabled network edge facilities targeted at delivering ultra-low latency network applications (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #76).

Some industry-watchers saw a parallel between DT’s tie-up with Aricent and a recent launch of the Akraino Edge Stack, a Linux Foundation Project, of which DT is now closely aligned. The goals of Akraino, namely to build an “open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimised for edge computing systems and applications”, seem similar to the ones espoused by DT and Aricent.

For the full coverage of TIP Summit 2018 and further news from Deutsche Telekom’s involvement in the project (including a table outlining TIP top-ups at a glance), see the November release of Deutsche Telekomwatch.

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