5G Momentum Index - July 2018


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EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP: BEE revamp further erodes Group's Vodacom holding [p.6]

  • Vodacom seeks credit from bigger, more international BEE scheme
  • One hurdle cleared to a more amenable regulatory environment?
  • BEE obligations impacting partner ecosystem, too

Tunisie Telecom joins Partner Markets family [p.8]

  • Out of the comfort zone
  • Afrimax drops off the map; Iranian questions rising
  • Table: People movements

Group Technology: Vodafone lays down OpenRAN gauntlet to vendors [p.13]

  • Early days
  • Also RANs
  • TIP-backed Voyager sets sail in Spain
  • What's all the fuss about?
  • Table: Supplier participation comparison, next-generation RAN initiatives

EUROPE:  Region Vodafone roams and explores enterprise IoT growth [p.17]

  • Economies of scale
  • Beyond IoT connectivity
  • Maschinennetz gears up

Germany: VfD tests 5G SA base station with Ericsson, EMITE [p.21]

  • Testing, testing

Greece: VfGr firms up CYTA wireline add-on [p.22]

  • A useful, but potentially tricky, wireline add
  • Lots of loose ends

UK: VfUK dims Project Beacon in London [p.24]

  • Active withdrawal, passive resistance
  • Beacon gets fuzzy beyond London

VfUK puts 5G on trial [p.26] Africa, Middle?East?& Asia-Pacific Region Egypt Fixed-line expansion talks back on [p.29]

  • Froment-Curtil revies VfEg's fixed-line fantasy

India: Amdocs highlights billing revamp progress [p.30] New Zealand VfNZ primes for fibre assault with Vocus [p.31]

  • Not-so-fab four?

Vodacom Group: Tanzanian share buyout looks to move on a step [p.33]

  • A long conversation nears closure
  • Figure: Vodacom Tanzania, post-listing shareholder structure

Network supplier switch-out disrupts VdSA [p.34]

  • On a bad run

Mobecom SwitchedONBenefits tie-up expanded [p.35]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Symbols 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 17

A

Accenture 9, 10
ADVA Optical Networking 15
Africa 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 28 
- Congo 35

- Egypt 29

- Ghana 30, 32

- Kenya 6, 32

- Morocco 8

- North Africa 8, 9

- South Africa 6, 7, 11, 17, 19, 34, 35

-- Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) 6, 7

-- Competition Commission 33

-- Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) 7, 35

- Sub-Sahara 8, 9

- Sudan 8

- Tanzania 33

- Uganda 9

- Zambia 9

Afrimax Group 8, 9
AIG 7
Alfa Group
- Altimo (Alfa Telecom International Mobile)

-- Turkcell (see Curkurova/TeliaSonera/separate) 32

Almadar Aljadeed (Al-Madar) 8
Amazon.com Inc. 25
Amdocs 14, 30
Americas
- Canada 11

- Latin America 9

- USA 9, 17, 23, 26

Analysys Mason 18
Aricent Inc. 14
Asavie 19
Asia-Pacific 9, 23, 26
- Australia 17, 29, 30, 31, 35

-- National Broadband Network (NBN) 29

- China 14, 29

- Fiji

-- Commerce Commission 31
- India 10, 30
-- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) 29

- New Zealand 10, 31, 32

-- Commerce Commission (New Zealand) 31

- Singapore 23, 32

AT&T 14

B
Bharti Group
- Airtel 32

BT Group 13, 25

C
Caldera 10
CeBIT 18, 19
China Mobile 14
Ciena Corp. 14
Cisco Systems 14
Cukurova Holding
- Turkcell (see Altimo/TeliaSonera/separate) 32

Cyprus Telecommunications Authority
- CytaHellas 22, 23

CyTA 22, 23

D
Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange 33
Dell 7
Dell Technologies 7
- Dell EMC 7, 19

Deutsche Bahn 17, 19
Deutsche Telekom 14, 17
- Europe

-- Austria 17

-- Greece (see OTE) 22

-- UK (EE) 11

- Investments

-- OTE (see separate) 22

Device Insight 19

E
EE (see DT, FT) 11
EMC 7, 19
Emirates Airlines 8
Ericsson 11, 19, 21, 26, 34
Ernst & Young 9
Europe 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 26
- Austria 17

- Croatia 17

- Cyprus 22

- Czech Republic 17

- France 10

- Germany 7, 10, 17, 18, 19, 21

-- Länder

--- Berlin 19

--- North Rhine-Westphalia (Düsseldorf) 7, 19, 21

- Greece 17, 19, 22

-- Government 22

-- Hellenic Telecoms and Post Commission (EETT, Greece) 22

- Hungary 17, 23

- Ireland 17, 19

- Italy 7, 10

- Netherlands 17

- Poland 17
- Romania 23
- Scandinavia 11

- Spain 7, 15, 17, 21, 23

- Sweden 11
- Switzerland 18, 32
- Turkey 10, 11, 32

- United Kingdom (UK) 7, 11, 13, 15, 24, 25, 26

-- Office of Communications (Ofcom) 26

European Union 9, 22
- European Commission 26

F
Facebook 13, 15
Fortinet 23
Fujitsu 14

G
Google
- Android 32

GSM Association (GSMA) 17
- Mobile World Congress 14, 21

H
HiWEB 9
Huawei Technologies 18, 19, 21, 29
Hutchison Whampoa
- Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd (VHA, (see Vodafone) 10, 29, 30

I
Intel 14

L
Largo Ltd
- WIND Hellas 23

Liberty Global 23
- Virgin Media 11

M
Mahindra Group
- Tech Mahindra 14

Market segments
- Fixed broadband 22, 30

- Network-sharing 24, 25

- Outsourcing 34

- Small- to medium-size enterprise (SME/SMB) 19

- Value-added services (VAS) 17

- Voice 35
Middle East 8, 9
- Dubai 8

- Egypt 29

-- National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) 29

- Iran 9

- United Arab Emirates 8

Millicom International Cellular
- Tigo Ghana 32

Mirambo Ltd 33 MTN 11, 32, 34, 35
- Ghana (Scancom) 32

- South Africa 34, 35

N
National Geographic Society
- National Geographic Channel 11

NCR 9
Netflix Inc. 25
Nokia 14, 19
NTT 14

O
Oger Telecom
- Cell C 11, 34

Orange
- Orange 14, 35

- UK (see EE) 11

OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 22
- Cosmote 22

-- Greece 22

P
Poste Italiane 10

R
Raya Holding
- Raya Telecom 29

Red Hat 14 Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) 6

S
Safaricom 6, 10, 32
- M-PESA 11

Samsung 7, 14
Sky Network Television 10
Spotify Ltd 25
Sprint Nextel 11
Syntonic 32

T
Technology
- 2G 13, 25

-- GSM 17

- 3G 13, 25, 26

-- Evolved HSPA (HSPA+/I-HSPA)

--- MIMO 21
- 4G 13, 25, 29, 35
-- Long Term Evolution (LTE) 17, 19, 21, 29

--- LTE TDD 9
- 5G 21, 25, 26, 29
- AI 18

- Cloud computing 19, 21, 22

- Fibre 22, 23, 29, 31, 32

- IoT 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 30

- IP 13

- Linux 15

- Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) 17, 19

- OTA 21
- RAN 13, 14, 15
- R&D 7

- SIM 17, 18, 19, 25

- Smartphone 21, 32

- Spectrum 7, 17, 21, 24, 26

-- 800 MHz 19

-- 3500 MHz 26

- Tablet 21

- Telematics 9

- VDSL 22

Telecom Egypt 29
Telecom Infra Project 13
Telefónica Group 11, 13, 24, 25
- Europe
  -- UK 11, 24
TeliaSonera
- Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/separate) 32

Thebe Investment Corp. 6
Transnet 35
Tunisie Telecom 8, 9
Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/TeliaSonera) 32
Twenty-First Century Fox - Sky
-- Sky Italia 10

U
UPC 23
Usaha Tegas Group Holdings Bhd
- Maxis Communication, Malaysia 11

V
Verizon Communications 11, 32
- Verizon Wireless 11

Vocus Communications 31
Vodacom Group 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 19, 33, 34, 35
- Congo 35

- Group 6, 8, 11, 19, 33, 34

- Lesotho 11

- South Africa 6, 7, 11, 17, 19, 34, 35

- Tanzania 33

- Xlink Communications 19
Vodafone
- Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region (AMAP) 10, 28

-- Africa 7, 8, 9, 10, 28

-- Asia 9, 23, 26

-- Australia 17, 29, 30, 31, 35

--- VHA Pty. Ltd (see Hutchison Whampoa) 10, 29

-- Egypt 8, 29

--- Raya Holding 29

-- Ghana 11, 30, 32

-- India 10, 30

-- Kenya (see Safaricom) 6, 10, 32

-- Middle East 8, 9

-- New Zealand 10, 31, 32

-- Pacific 9, 23

-- South Africa (see Vodacom) 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 17, 19, 33, 34, 35

-- Turkey 10, 11, 32

- Europe Region 10, 16

-- Cable & Wireless Worldwide 25

-- Czech Republic 17

-- Germany 7, 10, 17, 18, 19, 21

-- Greece 17, 19, 22, 23

--- Hellas On Line (HOL) 23

--- Victus Networks 23

--- Zelitron 19

-- Hungary 17, 23

-- Ireland 17, 19, 22, 23

-- Italy 7, 10

-- Netherlands 17

--- VodafoneZiggo 11, 17

-- Romania 23

-- Spain 7, 10, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25

-- UK 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 24, 25, 26

--- Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd 24, 25

- Executives

-- Bianco, Francesco 10

-- Broumidis, Haris 19

-- Colao, Vittorio 18, 26

-- Deegan, Colman 10

-- Joosub, Shameel 6, 33, 34

-- Kuisch, Eric 21

-- Lorilloux, Murielle 23

-- Paris, Jason 10

-- Petty, Scott 26

-- Stanners, Russell 10, 31

-- Tait, Jamie 10

-- Tenorio, Santiago 13

-- Vanoosthuyze, Frederic 10

-- Ventura, Gianluca 10

- Ex-executives

-- Combes, Michel 11

-- Davies, Andrew 11

-- Fry, Paul 11

-- Geldmacher, Jan 11

-- Marsh, James 10

-- Ofodile, Uche 11

- Group 8, 9, 10, 23

-- Partner Markets 8, 9, 22

--- Africa (Afrimax) 8, 9

--- Kenya (Safaricom) 6, 10, 32

--- United Arab Emirates (du) 8

-- Vodafone Automotive (formerly Cobra Automotive Technologies) 7, 9, 18, 19

-- Vodafone Carrier Services 8

-- Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE) 8, 9, 11, 23

-- Vodafone Ventures

--- Device Insight (see separate) 19

- Investments & Associates

-- Americas (see Verizon Wireless) 11

- Products

-- Business 30

-- Infinite 19

-- Liberty (Malta) 23

-- One 30

-- Red 14, 23, 25

-- V by Vodafone 7

Y
YeboYethu Ltd 6, 7

Z
Zain (MTC) 8

  • Group starts to look beyond non-standalone 5G.

Vodafone Germany (VfD) and Ericsson announced what they called a “realistic” laboratory test for a massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) antenna configuration on a 5G standalone (SA) base station, aided by over-the-air (OTA) testing equipment from Spanish vendor EMITE.

The test, claimed as a “first” by Ericsson and VfD, took place at the OpCo’s 5G lab in Düsseldorf, which purports to use a “real live” network, along with the prototype 5G base station, is supplied by Ericsson. Prototype end-user equipment was used in the test, but it was not clear which company supplied it.

The tests took place within the n78 band, a time division duplex-focused chunk of spectrum that spans frequencies between 3.3GHz and 3.8GHz.

For 5G purists, SA new radio (NR) is the real 5G deal. So far, industry has given more attention to non-standalone (NSA) 5G NR. This uses existing LTE radio and evolved packet core networks as an anchor for mobility management and coverage, but adds a new 5G radio access carrier – albeit without the full gamut of 5G capability – in a bid to help enable certain 5G use-cases to be targeted from 2019. The SA version does not require an LTE anchor network.

The first 5G NSA NR specifications, ratified by the 3rd Generation Project Partnership in December 2017, make use of both sub-6GHz and millimetre wave spectrum bands (Vodafonewatch, #161). In the run-up to the 2018 edition of Mobile World Congress, Vodafone and Huawei Technologies claimed to have completed the world’s first live data call to combine sub-6GHz spectrum with NSA 5G NR standards (Vodafonewatch, #163). The tests took place in Spain.

Testing, testing

Among the reported 5G SA test results were “end-to-end” latencies of below 3.5 milliseconds. EMITE suggested this level of performance is enough for superfast real-time gaming, accessing cloud data, robotics, hospital use-cases, and “virtual experiences” delivered through 5G applications. A single-user data rate of around 400Mbps, under outdoor-to-indoor “realistic fading”, was another recorded result.

Andreas Dorstel, Head of Vodafone Innovation Park Labs, was keen to underline the authenticity of the test network installed in the 5G Lab. “We can now test everything under real live conditions before rolling out in live networks”, he claimed.

Dr. Eric Kuisch, Chief Technology Officer at VfD, was equally effusive. With our radio chamber [supplied by EMITE] we can now ambitiously test the equipment and system technology that our manufacturers have delivered”, he said.

 

  • VfD opened the 5G Lab in Düsseldorf in May 2018 (Vodafonewatch, #165; see Colao foregrounds microwave and IoT in Vodafone’s 5G strategy). As part of the lab’s remit, next-generation devices are being put through their paces before deployment in Germany and Vodafone markets abroad. The scope of testing encompasses smartphones, tablets, and IoT sensors. The 5G Lab will apparently launch a certification programme, rubber-stamping devices deemed sufficiently robust to be worthy of the 5G moniker. It was not clear if other operators, besides Vodafone, might eventually avail themselves of the lab’s testing and certification services sometime in the future.

VfUK puts 5G on trial

Vodafone UK (VfUK) announced it will establish “5G trial areas” in seven UK cities: Birmingham; Bristol; Cardiff; Glasgow; Liverpool; London; and Manchester. Network rollouts in the cities are slated to start between October 2018 and December 2018. VfUK described the 5G effort as part of its strategy to support “Gigabit UK”, encompassing both mobile and fixed-line connectivity.

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