Deutsche Telekom kicked off marketing of virtualised, shared network services under the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance, although its first foray looks experimental and selective.

  • T-Systems targets home market businesses with corporate network offering.
  • Equinix joins ngena partner roster, developing data centre platform.

T-Systems (T-Sys) became the first provider to release software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) services based on the cross-operator, automated connectivity platform developed by the Deutsche Telekom (DT)-backed Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena).

The unit’s Telecommunications Division began marketing a “Smart SD-WAN powered by ngena”-based corporate network offering in September 2017, utilising the “virtualised” infrastructure-sharing setup formed by DT and ngena’s various partners. Beyond DT, the organisation’s other named members include: Altice — with Portugal Telecom and SFR; CenturyLink; Inmarsat; Neutrona Networks; PCCW Global; Reliance Jio Infocomm; SK Telecom; and Telstra, although ngena claims to have attracted more than 20 partners in total.

T-Sys — a provider of the traditional communications services that ngena has vowed to supplant with more agile and flexible offerings — presented the new, virtualised offering as “supplementary” to its “classic” IP virtual private network service IntraSelect. It will initially be targeted at German enterprises via three access variants (XS, S, and M) — whose branding, at least, suggests a level of partitioning from T-Sys’s largest customers.

ngena did not reveal whether the T-Sys offering had full functionality across its members’ networks, or when other partners will follow the unit’s lead. The initiative has been in gestation for some time, having been unveiled at February 2016’s Mobile World Congress (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #51), and continues to give the appearance of being primarily DT-led, despite growth in its partner base since the event. DT held a 49%-stake in ngena when it was announced in 2016, and it is not clear to what extent this may have been diluted.

Marcus Hacke, Managing Director of ngena, recently indicated that partner marketing of services had now begun, following the launch of its platform in July 2017 — and that, as a result, ngena’s “business really will start beginning of next year [2018]”. New, shared security and access services are also in the pipeline, Hacke told Telecom TV.

Equinix comes on board to expand reach

Separately, it was announced that hosted service provider Equinix has joined ngena’s technology ecosystem, alongside:

  • Cisco Systems, which had a central role in originating the project, following its 2014 acquisition of network orchestration player Tail-F Systems; and still describes itself as ngena’s “end-to-end” enabler.
  • Comarch, which is now described as a “core technology partner” of the grouping.

To support ngena’s geographical reach, Equinix said it will deploy colocation services across its international network of around 180 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres.

Additionally, the ngena network’s “control function” will be located within Equinix’s Frankfurt IBX, and ngena will market the provider’s Equinix Cloud Exchange cloud connectivity offering within its service portfolio.

Image: © Deutsche Telekom.

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Strategy

DT exec vents frustration at lack of NFV progress [p6]

  • Lifecycle lessons learned
  • NFV orchestration
  • People, processes, procurement
  • Table: People movement highlights

Technology & Innovation

Group on hand as TIP seeks to power European startups [p12]

  • Network AI is DT’s next focus
  • Eyes wide open

Deutsche Telekom UK looks to AI future [p13]

  • Table: hub:raum investment portfolio, to 2017
  • Table: DT’s search for intelligent conversation: combining AI with chatbots
  • Bits and bots
  • Outrider DTUK hanging on in there

Supply chain

DT cost drive brings change in facilities partner [p17]

  • Big deals, big consequences
  • Table: Partner/supplier people movement highlights
  • More work for less money

GERMANY

Products and services

TDE adds 4K and original content to EntertainTV [p20]

  • Three-million mark reached, but TV uptake still off target
  • TDE adds new exclusive content, including its first-in-house series
  • Other recent TV content moves

EUROPE

Croatia

HT pins TV platform flag to Zenterio mast [p24]

  • Tapped into XPan-Net

Poland

TMPL bumps up LTE max to ‘395Mbps’ [p25]

  • Network pointers

1800MHz spectrum up in air as 2007 auction annulled [p26]

  • Annulled in August…
  • …reopened in September

Slovakia

ST makes 3.7GHz breakthrough in Bratislava [p28]

  • Long and binding road to 3.7GHz
  • Stepping up to the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz plate

SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS

People

DT reaches beyond borders for Clemens successor [p31]

  • Sea change could disrupt T-Sys partner roster
  • A demolition man with connections
  • Figure: DT Board of Management responsibility split, pre-2016 and post-2018 changes

Products and services

T-Sys dips toe in ngena’s shared network pool [p35]

  • Equinix comes on board to expand reach

USA

Deals

TMUS takes full ownership of regional venture iWireless [p38]Network

TMUS pushes on 3.5GHz testing with Ericsson, Nokia [p39]

  • Regulatory tide turning on 3.5GHz?

TMUS gets 600MHz boost from Fox and Qualcomm [p42]

  • Tenant eviction remains a headache
  • NAB concerns
  • Qualcomm chips in
  • Beyond 600MHz

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Index

Symbols

3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 29

A

Africa 11, 31
Nigeria 11
Akamai Technologies 9
Alphabet
Google 7, 12
YouTube 20
Amazon.com Inc. 12
Americas
United States of America (USA) 31, 36, 37, 39, 40, 42
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 39, 40, 42, 43
– – States
Florida 31
– – – Illinois 38
– – – Iowa 38
– – – Nebraska 38
– – – New York 42
– – – Washington 39
Apple 12, 15
iPhone 15
Asia-Pacific 36, 40
Australia 38
– – China 7, 8
AT&T 8, 39

B

Blinkist 13
BT Group 11, 12, 15
BT Global Services 11
– – EE 11, 13, 15, 31
Bundesliga 20

C

CenturyLink Inc. 35
Český Telekomunikační Úřad (ČTÚ) 28
China Mobile 8
Ciena Corp. 8
Cinven 32
Cisco Systems 25, 36
Coca-Cola 26
Comarch SA 36
Contiamo 13
CTIA 40
Cyfrowy Polsat SA 26

D

DanubiaTel
SWAN 29
Dell 12
Deutsche Bank 38
Deutsche Telekom 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43
Corporate
Headquarters 12
Deutsche Telekom Capital Parrtners
Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments
Skorpios Technologies (see separate) 9
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 9, 32
Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments 9
Cuculus (see separate) 9
– – – Nominum (see separate) 9
Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena) 35, 36
Europe
Austria 11, 14
– – Croatia (Hrvatski Telekom) 11, 24, 25
– – Czech Republic 13, 28, 29
– – Greece (see OTE) 11
– – Hungary (see Magyar Telekom) 15, 24, 25
– – International Carrier Sales & Services (ICSS) 14
– – Montenegro (see Magyar Telekom) 11
– – Netherlands 11, 32
– – Poland (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa/PTC) 11, 15, 25, 26, 29
NetWorkS! 25
Slovakia (Slovak Telekom/T-Mobile) 11, 28, 29
– – UK (EE) 11, 13, 15, 31
Executives
Ashouriha, Arash 6
– – Clauberg, Axel 12
– – Clemens, Reinhard 11, 31
– – Dannenfeldt, Thomas 18
– – Daub, Daniel 11
– – Fiegl, Matthias 11
– – Grohs, Franz 11
– – Hagspihl, Michael 21
– – Höttges, Timotheus 20, 33
– – Knauer, Martin 11
– – Lenz, Peter 11
– – Lukaschik, Dirk 11
– – Nemat, Claudia 15
– – Nemeth, Christian 11
– – Radszuweit, Jens 11
– – Ray, Neville 39, 42
– – Saletovic, Danjin 11
– – Snoep, Marieke 11
– – Stettler, Roland 11
– – Tsokanis, Timos 11
– – van Damme, Niek Jan 21
– – Zesch, Maria 11
Ex-executives
Kral, Otakar 11
– – Rook, Ivo 11
Germany 14, 15, 20, 21, 24, 25, 29
Congstar 14
Investments
Magyar Telekom (see separate) 15, 24, 25
– – OTE (see separate) 26
Management Board 17
– – Product and Innovation
hubraum 13, 14
Blinkist (see separate) 13
– – – Contiamo (see separate) 13
– – – Devicehub.net (see separate) 13
– – – Ecoisme (see separate) 13
– – – Excalibur (see separate) 13
– – – Flexperto (see separate) 13
– – – Frestyl (see separate) 13
– – – Koala Metrics (see separate) 13
– – – M2MGO (see separate) 13
– – – Omnipaste (see separate) 13
– – – Reputami (see separate) 13
– – – Salonmeister (see separate) 13
– – – Stylemarks (see separate) 13
– – – Thapir (see separate) 13
Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) 14
Products and services
MagentaZuhause 20
– – Scout24 32
Systems Solutions 30
T-Systems 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 26, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38
Satellic 17
Technology
BNG (Broadband Network Gateway) 6
– – TeraStream 6
USA 29, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 9
Devicehub.net 13

E

Ecoisme 13
Emblaze Group
European Telecom 6
EMC 12
VMware 12, 36
E.ON AG 9
Ericsson 8, 9, 12, 25, 39
Croatia (see Ericsson Nikola Tesla) 25
Europe
Austria 11, 17
– – Belgium 15, 17
– – Croatia 11, 13, 15, 24, 25
– – Czech Republic 8, 13, 28
Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) 28
Denmark 17
– – Finland 32
– – France 15, 21
– – Germany 8, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 32, 35, 36
– – Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 21
Greece 24, 26
– – Hungary 15, 24
– – Netherlands 6, 8, 11, 13
– – Poland 11, 13, 15, 25, 26, 29
Urząd Komunikacji Elektronicznej (UKE) 25, 26
Portugal 11, 13, 35
– – Romania 8, 11, 13, 24
– – Slovakia 8, 11, 13, 24, 28, 29
– – Spain 11, 35
– – Sweden 24
– – Switzerland 11, 21
– – United Kingdom (UK) 11, 13, 15, 31, 32, 40
European Telecommunications Standards Institute 6, 8
European Union 28, 29, 40
European Commission 29
Excalibur 13

F

Facebook 7, 12, 14
Telecom Infra Project 12
Flexperto 13
France Télécom
Orange 12, 15, 25, 26
Poland (see Telekomunikacja Polska) 25, 26
– – UK (see EE, DT) 13, 15, 31
Frestyl 13

G

Giga Information Group 20
GSM Association
Mobile World Congress 6, 20, 35
GSM Association (GSMA) 15, 39

H

Hellman & Friedman 32
Hewlett-Packard 8
Host Europe Group 32
Hrvatski Telekom (see DT, Croatia) 11, 24, 25
MAXtv 24
Huawei Technologies 7, 8, 12, 20, 24, 29, 32

I

IBM 8, 11, 31
IDEMIA 15
Inmarsat 35
Intel 8, 11
International Telecommunications Union 43
iPass Inc. 14
ISS Group 17

K

Koala Metrics 13
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts 32
KONE Corporation 32

L

LG Electronics 43

M

M2MGO 13
Magyar Telekom (see DT) 15, 24, 25
Montenegro (Crnogorski Telekom) 11
– – T-Systems Hungary 14, 26
Market segments
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) 7
MD7 18
Midas
Aero2 26
– – Centernet 26
– – Mobyland 26
Middle East 11, 31
Israel 13

N

National Association of Broadcasters 42
NEC 8
Netflix 20
Nokia 8, 9, 24, 25, 39
Nominum 9
Northgate Information Solutions Ltd 31, 32
NTT 8

O

Omnipaste 13
OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 26
Cosmote 11
Greece 11

P

P4 sp. z o.o. (Play) 26
Palo Alto Networks Inc. 11
PCCW 35
Portugal Telecom 35
Public Broadcasting Service 42

Q

Qualcomm 12, 42, 43
Quantum Corp. 12

R

Ranovus 9
Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
Reliance Communications (RCom) 35
Reputami 13
RTL Group 21

S

Salonmeister 13
Samsung 15
SAP 26, 32
ServiceNow 32
Skorpios Technologies 9
SK Telecom 12, 35
Sky
Sky Deutschland 20
Slovak Telekom (see DT, Slovakia) 11, 28, 29
Sony Corp. 29
Spotify Ltd 21
Sprint Corporation 11, 39
STRABAG SE
STRABAG Property and Facility Services (formerly DeTe Immobilien) 17
Stylemarks 13

T

Technology
2G 38
GSM 15, 39
3G 28, 29, 39, 40
Evolved HSPA (HSPA+/I-HSPA)
MIMO 25, 29
4G 15, 38, 43
Long Term Evolution (LTE) 25, 26, 29, 42
5G 28, 29, 39, 40, 43
– – FM 42
– – HD Voice 15
– – IMS 31
– – IP 6, 12, 35
– – IPTV 20, 24
– – Linux 7, 8
– – NFV 6, 7, 8
– – OpenStack 7
– – R&D 12, 13
– – RF 43
– – SDN 6, 7, 8
– – Smartphone 15, 29, 43
– – SMS 39
– – Spectrum 25, 26, 28, 29, 39, 40, 42, 43
450 MHz 26
– – 700 MHz 43
– – 800 MHz 25
– – 1800 MHz 25, 26
– – 2100 MHz 25
– – 2600 MHz 25
– – 3500 MHz 28, 29, 39, 40
WAN 35
– – W-LAN 14, 15, 29
Telefónica Group 8, 12, 15, 17, 28
Europe 28, 29
Slovakia 28
Telstra 35
Thapir 13

V

VERITAS Software Corp. 36
Verizon Communications 38, 39
Verizon Wireless 39
Viber Media 14
Vivendi
SFR (Société Française de Radiotéléphone) 35
Vodafone 6, 9, 11, 12, 17
Europe Region
Germany 17

Z

Zenterio 21, 24

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Report: #67
Published: October 2017
Next report: November 2017
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