Friday, March 3, 2023

Nokia and Indosat enter private wireless agreement

Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch an advanced enterprise campus private wireless network in key regions across Indonesia. 

As part of the MoU, the Nokia private wireless solution will be deployed in East and Central Java, Sumatera and Kalimantan. 

Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, said: “IOH is a purpose-driven company to connect and empower the people of Indonesia by accelerating the nation’s digital transformation through our key strategy focusing on a partnership-first approach. Our collaboration with Nokia, the leader in private wireless, is critical to pursue this purpose. Digital transformation is the cornerstone of our plan to maximize Indonesia’s potential, maintain and grow our customer trust, strengthen our core business, and contribute to Indonesia’s digital economy in the future.”

Intelsat completed testing of its electronically steered array antenna

Intelsat completed inflight testing of its new electronically steered array (ESA) antenna designed for global streaming of Wi-Fi service aboard airlines.

Intelsat’s ESA is the only commercially available antenna in the aviation industry that can operate between low Earth orbit satellites and geostationary satellites.

In early 2023, Intelsat successfully demonstrated the new system to global airlines on the company’s Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet outfitted with the new antenna and inflight Wi-Fi system. With peak inflight download speeds exceeding 275Mbps, airline customers were able to participate in live virtual meetings, stream media and stay connected without interruptions.

By using the Intelsat and OneWeb satellite networks together, Intelsat can offer the benefits of LEO’s low latency along with the redundancy GEO provides to address network hotspots that LEO networks on their own cannot address. Whether aircraft are flying polar regions or over the most populated cities in the world, the ESA antenna will offer seamless coverage from takeoff to touchdown.

“After installing the system in December, we’ve been hard at work perfecting this new technology and have taken some of the world’s leading airlines for test flights. An antenna without moving parts, that is much smaller than its predecessors, enables airlines to compete in the marketplace, delight their guests and have confidence that Intelsat’s multi-orbit antenna will provide the best performing inflight connectivity experience in the market,” said Jeff Sare, president of Intelsat Commercial Aviation.

Orange and Vodafone to cooperate on rural Open RAN across Europe

Orange and Vodafone agreed to build an Open Radio Access Network (RAN) with RAN sharing in rural parts of Europe where they both have mobile networks. 

The first commercial sites to be deployed under this agreement are planned to start this year in a rural area of Romania, near Bucharest.  

The operates are currently working to individually select strategic vendors for this initial build phase.

MichaĆ«l Trabbia, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Orange, said: “Orange is excited to co-operate with Vodafone on a first open RAN sharing deployment in Romania, which is a significant milestone on the road to wide-scale open RAN adoption across Europe. It is a major step towards agile and fully-automated networks, unleashing the potential of virtualization and AI to boost performance while driving both infrastructure and operational costs down.

“In particular, Open RAN is a great opportunity to take network sharing to a whole new dimension, with even higher operator differentiation thanks to the ability for each of the partners to tune its network more independently according to its promises towards its own customers.”

Tele Columbus deploys Juniper’s Cloud Metro and NEC’s xHaul

Tele Columbus AG, one of Germany’s leading fiber network providers, has selected Juniper’s Cloud Metro infrastructure and NEC’s xHaul transformation services, for a new converged interconnect network (CIN). 

Tele Columbus wanted to build its new network and migrate services in a phased approach. The initial phase—data centers, network core and metro network—is underway, with plans to connect the first tranche of subscribers in the first half of 2023.

The deployment will include Juniper Networks ACX7000 Family products.