Thursday, May 20, 2021

Deutsche Telekom targets annual growth in the 3-5% range

Deutsche Telekom plans to accelerate its overall growth rate, saying it now believes it can attain annual growth in the 3-5% range.

“We step up our efforts,” said CEO Tim Höttges. “We want to outperform the strong development of the last few years and lead the Group into the future with sustainable growth.”

Some highlights from the company's Capital Markets Day event:

  • Deutsche Telekom wants to be a leader in terms of customer experience – in mobile communications, in the fixed network, and in convergent product packages. The Group wants to increase the number of households using product packages that combine fixed network and mobile communications in Germany, the Europe segment, and the Netherlands to over 10 million. In the United States, T-Mobile US is set to continue industry-leading customer growth.
  • Deutsche Telekom wants to be the leading digital enabler in the B2B market with integrated software-based solutions. On this basis, revenues with business customers in the Germany and Europe operating segments are to rise by an average annual growth rate of around 2 percent to 2024. In the United States, T-Mobile US wants to double its share of the business customer market.
  • Deutsche Telekom will become climate neutral in terms of its own emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by as early as 2025. From 2040, 10 years earlier than the original target, this will apply to the entire value chain (Scope 1, 2 and 3). The compensation for Board of Management members already contains components based on targets such as reducing energy consumption and emissions. 
  • The percentage of customers in Germany who can book a pure fiber line (FTTH) from Deutsche Telekom is to increase from the current level of around 5 percent to more than 60 percent by 2030. To this end, the build-out will be continuously driven forward. From 2024, more than 2.5 million FTTH lines are to be added per year. The 5G mobile communications standard is to cover 97 percent of the population in Germany by 2024.
  • Deutsche Telekom will continue to digitize its business at all levels. This will fundamentally transform areas such as network technology, IT, and operations, increase agility and productivity, and cut costs.

NTT envisions a Space Integrated Computing Network

NTT is collaborating with SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings on the prospect of space-based computing infrastructure.

The space integrated computing network is a novel infrastructure to be built by combining NTT's network/computing infrastructure and SKY Perfect JSAT's space assets/business. It integrates multiple orbits from the ground to HAPS floating at high altitude, Low Earth Orbits and Geostationary Orbits. In addition, they are connected to the ground by an optical wireless communication networks to form a constellation, and distributed computing enhances various data processing. It also provides access to terrestrial mobile devices for ultra-wide service coverage.

Windstream connects to Telxius cable landing station in Boca Raton

Windstream Wholesale has connected its core network to the Telxius cable landing station in Boca Raton, Florida. The facility is the terminal station for the South America-1 (SAm-1) cable system owned by Telxius. Windstream Wholesale has existing connections to Telxius’ landing stations in Jacksonville, Florida, and in Virginia Beach, the landing point of the next-generation Dunant and Marea subsea cable systems.

With a reach of nearly 25,000 kilometers, SAm-1 is a subsea fiber-optic cable ring on the seabed surrounding Latin America, and it is the fifth longest submarine cable system in the world. It has fiber route extensions to Ecuador, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, in addition to the trans-Andean and trans-Guatemalan terrestrial backbones. It also interconnects the American coasts of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Pacific. Boca Raton is its northernmost landing point.

“We are excited to expand our highly successful partnership with Telxius,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president of Windstream Wholesale. “Our collaboration with Telxius is providing customers with ultra-high capacity connectivity and diversity options coast to coast to major peering locations throughout the U.S., Latin America and beyond.”

“We are proud to be extending our collaboration with Windstream Wholesale with the addition of Boca Raton to their network, which is already connecting our landing stations of Jacksonville and Virginia Beach to all international hubs in the U.S. like Miami, Richmond and Ashburn,” said Enrique Valdés, sales vice president, Northern Region, Telxius Cable.

ADVA introduces low-power edge demarc for 10GbE

ADVA launched a new compact, low-power edge demarcation solution for 10 Gbps Carrier Ethernet services. 

The ADVA FSP 150-XG108 Series offers simple operation and network integration with zero-touch provisioning. Its compact design caters for space-restricted applications and its redundant power supply ensures high availability. The ADVA FSP 150-XG108 Series is also well prepared for emerging timing requirements with hardware-assisted BITS, PTP and SyncE synchronization.

“Today’s MNOs need to be able to seize new revenue opportunities and grow capacity without worrying about increased energy consumption or rack space eating into profitability. That’s where our FSP 150-XG108 Series hits the sweet spot. It provides a quick and seamless way to deploy high-bandwidth Carrier Ethernet services without major cost,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA. “Our FSP 150-XG108 Series is engineered for the practical challenges of meeting cloud and 5G demand. It consumes very little power and supports both 1Gbit/s and 10Gbit/s interface speeds in a 1RU footprint. What’s more, with its temperature-hardened design, our FSP 150-XG108 Series removes the need for expensive air-conditioning.”

Kaloom lands new funding for its Unified Edge

Kaloom, a start-up based in Montreal, has secured additional capital for its fully programmable and automated cloud-native edge center networking software solution. 

Kaloom's Cloud Edge Fabric is an automated and programmable network fabric with built-in support for network slicing featuring an embedded multi-Terabit per second (Tbps) 5G UPF that is a highly performant, scalable, low latency cloud native solution. Coupled with the Unified Edge solution, which integrates Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform into the Cloud Edge Fabric, the solution can streamline and optimize resources at the edge.

Kaloom said it is in active Proof of Concept (PoCs) trials with over 10 tier-one global communication service providers. In April, Kaloom announced an expanded partnership with Telenor and the integration of its 5G packet core UPF within Telenor’s larger ecosystem of integrated partner solutions.

The new funding brings the total amount raised by Kaloom to US$32.5 million, Series A. As a part of new financing, Alternative Capital Group (ACG) has become the majority shareholder of Kaloom. 

Kaloom also announced the appointment of Stéphane Boisvert as Kaloom’s President. Boisvert has held executive positions with Pivotal (Acquired by VMware), Bell, Sun Microsystems and IBM. 

Kaloom’s founder, Laurent Marchand, will retain his role of Chief Executive Officer and focus more on accelerating innovation and feature velocity to serve the market demands. 

“The investment from ACG is a vote of confidence for Kaloom’s disruptive solutions and business model,” said Boisvert. “If you look at what Kaloom is doing with its software defined architecture, Kaloom is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. It would require a company to turn its business model upside down to replicate Kaloom’s technology and business model. I am looking forward to working with the phenomenal leadership team to bring to market a truly programmable, networking fabric, which is disrupting how differentiated services will be delivered from the 5G enabled cloud edge.”

Immuta raises $90 million for cloud data access control

Immuta, a start-up based in Boston, announced $90 million in Series D funding for its cloud data access control.

Immuta provides a single place for data teams to automate data across control across their entire cloud infrastructure. In its last fiscal year, Immuta grew worldwide bookings by more than 115%, doubled its full-time headcount, and expanded its global base of customers including Aon, Credit Suisse, Daimler, Flatiron, IAG, S&P Global, and US Army. The company was founded in 2015.

The Series D funding round includes new investors Greenspring Associates, March Capital, NGP Capital, and Wipro Ventures, as well as participation from existing investors Ten Eleven Ventures, Intel Capital, DFJ Growth, Dell Technologies Capital, Citi Ventures, and Okta Ventures. This brings total capital raised to $169 million.

“We’ve entered a new era in data and analytics fueled by ubiquitous cloud storage, new cloud data management tools, and the rise of DataOps,” said Immuta’s CEO Matthew Carroll. “In this new environment, data teams are challenged to provide secure, scaled access to thousands of cloud data products while maintaining strong security, privacy protection, and auditability. Traditional methods of data access control don’t work, don’t scale across cloud compute platforms, and can limit data utility. Immuta’s platform solves this problem elegantly without requiring data to be moved, copied, or manually provisioned. This new funding will accelerate innovation and GTM expansion so we can deliver our platform to more customers as we lead the charge to define the future of cloud data access control.”

Keysight appoints an Intel exec to its Board

Keysight Technologies appointed Michelle J. Holthaus to its Board of Directors. 

Holthaus has served as executive vice president and chief revenue officer at Intel Corporation since September 2019 where she leads Intel’s global sales, marketing and communications functions. She previously served as senior vice president and general manager of sales and marketing from July 2018 to September 2019, as corporate vice president and general manager of sales and marketing from September 2017 to July 2018, and as division vice president and division general manager of sales and marketing from February 2016 to September 2017. She has been with Intel since 1996 and has held a variety of roles within the products and marketing areas.

“I am excited to welcome Michelle to Keysight’s Board. Michelle brings a wealth of relevant experience and expertise across key areas of the communications and technology industries, including deep customer and supplier insight,” stated Ron Nersesian, chairman and CEO of Keysight. “The Keysight Board and I are looking forward to working with Michelle and having her perspective as we execute our strategy and create further value for stakeholders.”

NTT Ltd. integrates cloud infrastructure for Indonesia's XL Axiata

NTT Ltd. is integrating solutions from VMware, Cisco, F5, Check Point, Dell, Veeam, and McAfee into a unified IT cloud infrastructure for Indonesia's XL Axiata. This enables Axiata to consolidate its end-to-end components, such as servers, storage, networks and security, which automating its provisioning processes and repetitive IT service requests. Upon project completion, NTT provided post-implementation support and ensured a smooth transition phase by shadowing an appointed Managed Services team members.