Monday, September 11, 2023

Apple renews 5G modem supply deal with Qualcomm

Qualcomm Technologies confirmed that Apple has renewed an agreement underwhich it will continue to supply Snapdragon 5G Modem‑RF Systems for smartphone launches in 2024, 2025 and 2026. Terms and conditions of the new contract are similar to the previous agreement.

Qualcomm notes that the global patent license agreement, effective as of April 2019, remains unchanged.


Dell'Oro: Worldwide telecom equipment revenues remain stable

Worldwide telecom equipment revenues remained relatively stable in the first half of 2023, with variations in performance observed by region and technology, according to Dell'Oro Group's 2Q23 reports for all telecom infrastructure programs. Worldwide telecom equipment revenues across the six telecom programs tracked at the Dell’Oro Group*, were flat year-over-year (Y/Y) in the quarter and advanced 2% in the first half of 2023.

Worldwide telecom equipment revenues, excluding North America, increased by 7% in the first half, supporting the thesis that the telecom equipment market remains robust outside of the US.

In a blog posting, Dell'Oro's Stefan Pongratz notes that vendor rankings remained mostly stable between 2022 and 1H23, with a few exceptions. Ciena surpassed Samsung, and the gap between Nokia and Ericsson widened. Huawei continued to lead the global telecom equipment market, especially outside of North America, accounting for a significant portion of revenues.

Telesat signs with SpaceX for LEO constellation launch

SpaceX announced a multi-launch agreement to deliver the Telesat Lightspeed constellation to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

The contract covers 14 launches from both California and Florida on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to carry up to 18 Telesat Lightspeed satellites to LEO per launch. The launch campaign is scheduled to commence in 2026. Telesat anticipates offering global service beginning in 2027. 

The optically-linked Telesat Lightspeed network will provide multi-Gbps data links and highly secure, resilient, low-latency, enterprise-class connectivity anywhere in the world. MDA is serve as the prime satellite manufacturer for Telesate.

“SpaceX has been a trusted and effective launch provider to Telesat on our geostationary satellite programs and I am delighted that they will be supporting us with their highly reliable Falcon 9 rocket to deploy the Telesat Lightspeed constellation, the most ambitious program in Telesat’s 54-year history,” stated Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO.

“With growing demand for high-speed internet around the world, SpaceX is proud to launch and deploy Telesat’s Lightspeed constellation” said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. “Building upon our successful launch partnership to-date, we look forward to flying Telesat once again as they expand connectivity capabilities for their customers across the globe.”

Netcracker announces GenAI Telco

Netcracker Technology announced its new GenAI Telco Solution to help communications service providers (CSPs) harness their telecom data and knowledge in a secure and controlled way.

This includes support for specialized telco-centric scenarios such as Care Assistant, Agent Partner, Sales Assistant, Catalog Assistant and Digital Operations Technician.

With the GenAI Telco Solution, Netcracker has combined its extensive telecom IT domain leadership and expertise with AI technology innovations. The solution comprises a GenAI Telco Platform consisting of Knowledge Management to build, test and optimize telco-focused scenarios, such as customer care, business operations, sales and network operations. It also includes a GenAI Trust Gateway that integrates with the telco IT and data analytics environment, works in real time to create the best personalized prompts to ensure the highest quality GenAI interactions and obfuscates sensitive telco data, which ensures the highest levels of security and accuracy.

Netcracker has integrated its solution with the most popular commercial GenAI models, creating a unified approach enabling CSPs to choose their preferred combination of public and private models that best meets their business needs and maximizes return on investment. Netcracker has also created powerful out-of-the-box use cases for each area of the telco business to speed up adoption and realize benefits quickly.

“The telco industry is extremely complex, and extracting value from its valuable yet highly proprietary data requires an in-depth understanding of the entire telecom business,” said Roy Chua, Founder and Principal Analyst at AvidThink Research. “Netcracker is in a strong position to fill that important role with its new solution, which will broaden the scope and usefulness of generative AI technology across all telco domains and make it securely accessible.”

“Netcracker’s GenAI Telco Solution enables service providers to securely tap into their telco data and maximize the value from multiple GenAI models and platforms,” said Bob Titus, CTO at Netcracker. “When leveraging enterprise telco data with GenAI, it is crucial to address the data privacy, security and quality concerns. Our solution and library of interaction models allow service providers to quickly generate tangible business value from GenAI for their customers and their internal operations.”

New Zealand's Spark picks Arista for private cloud

Arista has been appointed by Spark as a private cloud networking provider to support Spark’s data centre networking services for a new private telecommunications cloud platform.

The new private cloud network will host applications to service Spark’s mobile voice and data customers and support Spark’s 5G network rollout, supporting greater flexibility, reliability and scalability for software-defined networks and any underpinning systems.

The private cloud network will be built utilising Arista 7050X switches, the Arista 7358X4 series for high-density 100GbE and 400GbE for data-intensive and high-performance workloads, and the Arista 7280R platform for data centre interconnectivity, all managed via Arista CloudVision®, a turnkey solution for network-wide workload orchestration and workflow automation.

ATIS’ Next G Alliance partners with the Bharat 6G Alliance

The Next G Alliance, which is an initiative to advance North American wireless technology leadership, announced a collaboration with the Bharat 6G Alliance, which is an initiative of Indian industry, academia, national research institutions and standards organizations.

The MoU between the two organizations was signed by ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller and Chair Bharat 6G Alliance N.G. Subramaniam.

“Defining what it takes to deliver next generation wireless leadership is an audacious undertaking,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “ATIS has entered into collaboration agreements with Korea’s 5G Forum, Japan’s Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium and Europe’s 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA). We see the agreement with Bharat 6G Alliance as a critical link in advancing both organizations’ objectives in the development of the global 6G mobile wireless ecosystem.”

“India has a vision for the empowerment of the society at large with sustainability as its core, and the next generation 6G will further enhance the quality of life in this planet. This would entail focused, open and collaborative research amongst nations, dedicating resources to contribute to national, regional and global standards and developing products meeting those exacting standards. The MoU with Next G Alliance is an important step in this direction.” said N.G. Subramaniam, Chair of Bharat 6G Alliance.