• Long-awaited cloud telco platform re-surfaces as enabler for HT’s new top-of-the-range broadband offering.
  • Deutsche Telekom remains silent on when TeraStream set to expand to new NatCos.

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) finally flagged commercial deployment of TeraStream technology — the cloud-based broadband system it has been developing, on behalf of Deutsche Telekom (DT), since at least 2012.

The Croatian NatCo said TeraStream is underpinning a symmetrical 1Gbps residential broadband offering enabled during March 2018 in some districts of Karlovac, Split, and Zagreb.

Over the platform, HT is offering a “basic” service, featuring 500Mbps downstream and 250Mbps upstream, but said users can upgrade to the headline 1Gbps capability if they wish, via its My Telekom portal.

The NatCo claimed to be achieving extremely low ping response times of just two-three milliseconds via the TeraStream-based system. It also stressed 4K and the multi-screen viewing of its MAXtv service, and cloud gaming, as key applications of the new offering.

A long and winding Stream

DT has traditionally been coy over TeraStream and its main facets, but describes the technology as a software-defined network (SDN)-based “IP network concept” for “drastically simplified” delivery of next-generation internet access, TV, and voice services.

It has been presented as a key element in DT’s “Superior Production Model”, geared towards reshaping its network and enabling repeatable service delivery across all its markets, alongside All-IP Transformation (PSTN replacement), Pan-European Network (service management), and Integrated Network Strategy (access upgrade) initiatives. However, as with many of its sister programmes, progress has been slow, and seemingly tied in with DT frustrations with complexities around implementation and management of vendor SDN and virtualised network systems (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #61 and passim).

Cisco Systems has long been presented as HT’s main technology associate on TeraStream, but, in its latest release, the Croatian NatCo highlighted that “numerous partners — Nokia, Cisco, Combis, Juniper, Ericsson, Inteno, and others — have been involved in the realisation of this project”. Chip vendor Cortina Systems, now owned by Inphi Corporation, was also previously highlighted as a TeraStream enabler.

HT ran the first field tests of TeraStream back in 2012 and was then given a green light to begin more extensive trials. The NatCo subsequently highlighted telemedicine and IPTV use-cases in its development work, and, in the latter case, flagged a pilot of Cisco’s Videoscape content delivery technology in 2014.

Watch this space

DT has repeatedly raised the prospect of TeraStream trials in other European countries, beyond Croatia. At February 2015’s Capital Markets Day, DT flagged ambitions to “scale up” what it called “customer experience differentiators”, such as TeraStream, in the period to 2018 (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #16, #19, #25, #30, and #41).

Nonetheless, it has yet to flag follow-up, and HT confirmed it had become the first operator within DT to commercialise TeraStream with the new high-speed broadband service’s launch. Cosmote Greece and Magyar Telekom have introduced some products based on an alternative Broadband Network Gateway system, billed as a “preliminary stage” for TeraStream, but have not yet indicated plans to adopt the latter platform. It is also unclear whether elements of TeraStream feed into the Access 4.0 virtualised network system that has since been piloted by Telekom Deutschland (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #33 and #68).

It will be interesting to see if DT is in position to progress some of these initiatives further now it is approaching its next Capital Markets Day (in May 2018), and lining up a more aggressive fibre-to-the-home approach in Germany and other European markets (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #71).

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Contents

EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Deals

SoftBank succumbs on Sprint-T-Mobile US merger [p6]

  • Table 1: People movement highlights

Supply chain

Data spinout secures key role in media buying [p10]

  • Agencies lose influence

Group Development

KNIPPR set for June shutdown [p12]

  • Screen return likely

Technology & Innovation

Decline in DT’s traditional R&D budget continues [p13]

  • Here comes DTCP
  • Table 2: Ups and downs of Group R&D expenditure

Google could supplant Nokia as EAN partner [p14]

  • A pre-take-off downer for EAN

DT joins TEAC club to disrupt network suppliers [p14]

  • Table 3: Eins, zwei, drei. First batch of startups to join DT’s TEAC in Germany
  • TEAC your startups well
  • Paris, London, Seoul, Berlin

Cracking the open source code

GERMANY

Partnerships

More content allies sign up to StreamOn [p17]

  • The big mo

Verimi goes live in Germany [p18]

  • DT watchful
  • Not a zero sum game
  • Table 4: Verimi ‘green button’ service providers at launch

EUROPE

Croatia

Six years later, TeraStream breaks cover [p22]

  • A long and winding Stream
  • Watch this space

Ericsson Nikola Tesla flags another Croatian mobile win [p24]Czech Republic

Czech hybrid broadband service gets a refresh [p25]

  • A stopgap

Greece

OTE uncaps another Coca-Cola HBC IT project [p26]

  • Love-hate relationship

SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS

Strategy

T-Sys performs its own digital transformation [p29]

  • All the toys
  • Al-Saleh just warming up, with more dramatic moves likely in offing

Microsoft backs T-Sys’ digital game-plan at Messe [p31]

  • Microsoft: public friend number-one?
  • IoT at Messe: announcements and re-announcements
  • DT doesn’t make a stand at CeBIT

Contracts

Mixed messaging as T-Sys nets Sparda “mega” IT deal [p34]

  • T-Sys evidently still captivated by IT outsourcing

USA

Strategy

FCC ignores TMUS red flag on mmWave conditions [p36]

  • Figure 1: Nationwide split of available mmWave spectrum
  • Things troubling TMUS
  • It’s also the economics, stupid
  • What’s all the UMFUS about?
  • Table 5: Auction 101: 28GHz frequencies under the hammer*
  • Table 6: Auction 102: 24GHz frequencies under the hammer*
  • Scheme needs fresh air

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Index

A

Africa 34
Airrays 15
Alcatel-Lucent 9, 14
Allianz 18
Alphabet 14
– Google 14, 18
América Móvil 9
Americas
– Canada 12
– United States of America (USA) 6, 7, 14, 35, 37, 38
– – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 36, 37, 38, 39
– – Government 7
Apigee Corp. 14
Asia-Pacific
– China 7, 18
– Japan 7
– South Korea 15
AT&T 7, 9, 17, 36, 37
Axel Springer AG 18

B

BT Group 6, 15
Business Connexion 9

C

Capgemini 9
CeBIT 31, 33
Cinco Capital 15
Cisco Systems 8, 23
Cloudera, Inc. 10
Coca-Cola 26
Cortina Systems 23

D

Daimler AG 18
Deutsche Bank 18, 19
Deutsche Telekom 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39
– Corporate
– – Headquarters 15
– Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 13, 15
– – emetriq 10
– Europe
– – Austria 8, 22, 25
– – Croatia (Hrvatski Telekom) 17, 22, 23, 24
– – Czech Republic 22, 25
– – Greece (see OTE) 17, 23
– – Hungary (see Magyar Telekom) 8, 23
– – International Carrier Sales & Services (ICSS) 8, 23
– – Montenegro (see Magyar Telekom) 24
– – Netherlands 8, 12, 17
– – Poland (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa/PTC) 8, 17, 24
– – Slovakia (Slovak Telekom/T-Mobile) 25
– European Aviation Network 14
– Executives
– – Al Saleh, Adel 29, 31
– – Arnold, Heinrich 29
– – Chocholek, Mariusz 8
– – Clauberg, Axel 15
– – Czajkowski, Pawel 8
– – Höttges, Timotheus 7, 31
– – Janssen, Uwe 15
– – Klingenburg, Peter 29
– – Legere, John 6
– – Lorenz, Arndt 29
– – Lorenz, Peter 29
– – Markowski, Piotr 8
– – Metzger, Hansjorg 9
– – Nafziger, Rolf 23
– – Pabst, Magnus 9
– – Ray, Neville 7
– – Rekasi, Tibor 8
– – Sievert, Mike 7
– – van der Walt, Mardia 8
– Ex-executives
– – Arnoldner, Thomas 9
– Germany 6, 10, 17, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26
– – T-Online 10
– Investments
– – Magyar Telekom (see separate) 8, 9, 23
– – OTE (see separate) 26
– Product and Innovation
– – hubraum 6
– – Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) 19, 29
– Products and services
– – Connected Car 25
– – StreamOn 17
– Systems Solutions 28
– – T-Systems 8, 9, 10, 19, 26, 29, 31, 33, 34
– – – Detecon 29, 30
– – – South Africa 9
– – – Telekom Security 19, 33, 34
– Technology
– – BNG (Broadband Network Gateway) 23
– – TeraStream 22, 23
– Toll Collect 33
– USA 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 17, 19, 36, 37, 38
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 13, 15

E

Ericsson 12, 23, 24
– Croatia (see Ericsson Nikola Tesla) 24
Ericsson Nikola Tesla d.d. (see Ericsson) 24
Espial 12
Europe
– Austria 9, 22, 33
– Belgium 12, 15
– Croatia 9, 22, 23, 24
– Czech Republic 22, 25, 33
– France 15
– Germany 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34
– – Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 17, 19
– Greece 26
– Hungary 8
– Macedonia 9
– Montenegro 24
– Netherlands 6, 12
– Poland 8, 24
– Romania 17
– Slovakia 25
– Switzerland 8, 9
– Turkey 17
– United Kingdom (UK) 15
European Union 17, 18, 19
– European Commission 18

F

Facebook 12, 14, 18
– Telecom Infra Project 14
Fon 6
France Télécom
– Mobistar 12
– Orange 12, 15, 17
Fraunhofer Institute 32
Fujitsu 9

G

Giesecke & Devrient 18
Gogo 14
GSM Association
– Mobile World Congress 30, 31, 32
GSM Association (GSMA) 18, 19

H

High-Tech Gründerfonds 15
Hrvatski Telekom (see DT, Croatia) 17, 22, 23, 24
– Combis d.o.o. 23
– MAXtv 22
Huawei Technologies 25, 31

I

ImageWare Systems 19
Infosys Technologies 9
Inmarsat 14

J

JIBE Inc. 14

K

KPN
– BASE 12

L

Lufthansa 18

M

Magyar Telekom (see DT) 8, 23
– Executives
– – Mattheisen, Christopher 8
– Montenegro (Crnogorski Telekom) 24
– T-Systems Hungary 8, 26
Market segments
– Machine-to-machine (M2M) 31
– Over-the-top (OTT) 12
– Value-added services (VAS) 25
MetroPCS Communications Inc. 7
Microsoft 29, 31, 32
Middle East 34
Mindshare 10

N

Neustar 10
Nokia 14, 23

O

Objective Partners 10
OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 26
– Cosmote 17, 23
– – Greece 17, 23

P

PPF Group 33

R

RTL Group 17

S

Salesforce 29
SAP 26, 29, 30, 31, 32
Singapore Telecom 17
SK Telecom 15
Slovak Telekom (see DT, Slovakia) 25
SOFTBANK CORP. 6, 7
– Son, Masayoshi 7
Sprint Corporation 6, 7, 36
– Boost Mobile 7
Swisscom 17

T

Technology
– 2.5G 7
– 2G 7
– – GSM 18, 19
– 4G
– – Long Term Evolution (LTE) 14, 25, 32
– 5G 7, 8, 9, 14, 32, 36, 37, 38
– Blockchain 19
– DSL 25
– Fibre 12, 23, 25
– IP 15, 23
– IPTV 12, 23
– M2M 31
– MMS 29, 30
– Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) 32
– OpenStack 15
– R&D 13, 15
– SDN 23
– Spectrum 36, 37, 38, 39
– – 1800 MHz 12
– – 2100 MHz 12
– – 2600 MHz 12
– Telemedicine 23
– Web Services 14
– W-LAN 6, 14, 17
Tele2 12
– Netherlands 12
Telefonica Group 18
– Europe 22
Telekom Austria 8, 9
– Austria
– – A1 8
Telenet 12
Telkom South Africa 9
Twitter Inc. 22

V

Value-added services 25
Verimi 18, 19
Verizon Communications 36, 37
Virgin Group
– Virgin Mobile 7
Vodafone 8, 17, 18, 19, 22
– Europe Region
– – Czech Republic 22
– – Germany 17, 18, 19
– – Hungary 8

W

WPP 10

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Report: #72
Published: April 2018
Next report: May 2018
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