In today’s news roundup, the latest cell tower fundraisers, a look at the potential operational cost savings from network automation (courtesy of Nokia and Analysys Mason), and bad news for Ericsson and Nokia in China.

IHS towers, which manages more than 30,000 cell towers in Africa (Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Peru) and the Middle East (Kuwait only), is benefiting from the neutrality of passive infrastructure market heating up with a planned IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. With a potential price range of $ 21.00 to $ 24.00 per share, the stock tranche on offer could gross up to $ 540 million for the company and its shareholders (including African operator MTN) and an overall valuation of more than $ 7 billion While it’s barely profitable right now (only $ 77 million in profit in the first six months of this year, Reuters notes). Let’s see if anyone thinks the investment is worth it and whether the IPO actually happens, as the company sought a public listing in 2018 but then didn’t go ahead.

Nokia has worked with the research house Analysis Mason to quantify the benefits of network optimization and found in a new study that IP network automation can save operators 65 percent of operating costs. The work is based on evidence from operators worldwide and comprises 60 data points. It focuses on the operator’s service fulfillment, network lifecycle management, and the network and service assurance processes implemented on a network automation platform, in this case the Nokia NSP, the domain controller for cross-vendor IP, optical, and microwave networks that enables operators to do a number of network management processes. The study shows that cost avoidance in the domain controller is a combination of various factors. Process automation, for example, reduces the time required for manual work by up to 68 percent, which reduces the time required to introduce new services by up to 88 percent. Less manual tasks lead to fewer human errors and greater predictability of results. In the meantime, using standardized scenarios will reduce the incidence of lost orders and other issues that require manual correction. In fact, the time it takes to process errors is reduced by up to 85 percent. In addition, the mean time to repair (MTTR) can be improved by 71 percent by automating alarm correlation and root cause analysis. Larry Goldman, Chief Analyst and Project Director at Analysys Mason, commented, “Our study shows clear advantages at the domain level and we strongly recommend that operators automate network management processes for their IP services. Network automation will be crucial to enable future business models based on network slicing. “

China mobile device Western providers completely marginalized and abandoned when placing orders for the 5G core platform Ericsson and Nokia without even a fraction of the $ 2.22 billion business: According to the South China Morning Post, citing a statement released by the operator, Huawei and ZTE shared the booty. Huawei received a 6.4 billion yuan deal for devices and 1.08 billion yuan for professional services, while ZTE’s technology deal is 6.57 billion yuan and professional services business is worth 891 million yuan. Ericsson noted earlier this year that it was expected to be in China due to geopolitical ramifications, and it has certainly been for the past six months.

The MVNO model and the providers of IoT platforms are certainly made for each other, as they offer globally ambitious IoT service providers an opportunity to expand their reach. IoT connectivity platform provider Wireless logic has signed an “IoT-focused” MVNO agreement with BT Wholesale, with which Wireless Logic has its own global network developed for the IoT with a coverage of BTEE cellular network. The resulting offering should appeal to companies looking to deploy fleets of IoT devices in the UK, according to Wireless Logic. BT’s 5G roadmap includes plans to deliver high performance 5G solutions across the UK and a goal of “5G everywhere” by 2028.

It looks like some European airlines are missing a trick when it comes to maximizing their revenue. A new report on behalf of the Ethernet and Edge specialist WHEEL from Tel Aviv and conducted by Global Surveyz shows that service providers take an unacceptable 60 days or even longer to connect to a customer’s new business location. Customers are frustrated and turn their feet and purses to competing suppliers who can put on their skates and make connections in a matter of weeks or less. Fifty-six percent of respondents to RAD’s blind survey said the operator’s leisurely responses to meeting their connectivity needs cost them money, and of course the delays affect carriers themselves when business goes elsewhere. Talk about a no-win situation. The RAD survey doesn’t address the reasons why connections are so slow, but it does show that 100G Layer 2 business services have become mainstream. 98 percent of respondents see 100G L2 services available today or expect them to be available within 12 to 24 months. The reason is obvious: companies are demanding more access to cloud services and ultra-high bandwidth communication, and what used to be reserved for large carrier-to-carrier services has now become a central part of mainstream business communication. Ilan Tevet, VP of Marketing and Business Development at RAD, said: “This survey gives the CSP a clear voice. Long time to payout is a real problem that costs carriers and customers money in a highly competitive market. In addition, CSPs need flexibility to meet the growing demand for bandwidth. ”Business demand for bandwidth is growing phenomenally, as is interest in wireless landline access, both 4G LTE and 5G. In addition, the contact-free, interference-free instant-on connectivity, which is supplemented by cellular communications, minimizes time-to-value for both companies and CSPs.

More baby unicorns have been spotted in the sunlit clearings of the vast highlands of the global telecommunications landscape, a haven of peace, love and understanding. The latest of the fabled beasts to be identified are IoT unicorns, a shy species only now emerging from the undergrowth to bask in the steaming warmth pumped out by the hype machines. As the IoT is finally becoming a reality and part of the mainstream digital communications environment that will be used everywhere, Global data‘s “Unicorn Prediction Model” was used and provided a list of 25 IoT startups with the potential to quickly reach a valuation of more than 1 billion US dollars. In other words, more unicorns might be born soon. They breed like rabbits! GlobalData’s latest report, Future Internet of Things (IoT) Unicorns – October 1, 2021, shows that the IoT industry invested $ 6.4 billion in 268 stores worldwide in the second quarter of this year. During this period, Asia-Pacific accounted for 48 percent of the total VC business volume, followed by North America (mainly USA) with 34 percent. Potential unicorns include Everactive, Mediagate, Mocana and SpanIO. Everactive, based in the USA, offers end-to-end IoT-based energy harvesting solutions for companies to enable cost-effective, durable and intelligent instrumentation for industrial companies. Medigate works as a security and asset management platform for medical devices and offers services for threat detection and attack prevention for all connected medical devices in networks of health care providers. Mocana is an IoT security solutions provider that protects IoT devices, operating technology, business-critical systems and industrial infrastructure. The company’s on-device cybersecurity software and lifecycle management platform enable industrial manufacturers and companies to build tamper-proof self-defense systems. Finally, Span.IO offers intelligent hardware and software solutions for decentralized energy resource management. The company develops core products to enable the rapid adoption of renewable energies and to provide an intuitive user interface for the home. The IoT market is expected to reach $ 1 trillion by 2024, with 74 percent of that being corporate IoT and the remaining 26 percent being consumer. It will be interesting and educational to watch how many baby unicorns actually make it to maturity and get the full curvy horn.

A security breach admission by Syniverse could have dramatic consequences … The company that provides international messaging platform services to the world’s major telecommunications companies and corporations has admitted that hackers have had access to its platform for years and 235 customers have ceased activities and that the credentials of some have been “influenced”. The admission comes at a sensitive time as Syniverse is listed on the stock exchange through a merger with a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) valued at $ 2.85 billion. The confession was made on September 27 by SPAC, a designated M3 Brigade Acquisition II Corp. (NYSE: MBAC), filed with the SEC, advising that the unauthorized access began in May 2016, “no additional action, including customer notification, is required at that time” and that “no evidence of intent was found.” To disrupt the operation or that of its customers, and no attempt has been made to monetize the unauthorized activities “. This is a severe blow to a company that admits that its success depends on the “ability, reliability, and security of its networks and platforms.” Let’s see if this rating holds up. For more information on this story, check out this story by Vice.

Of course, when it comes to security, there are many considerations for digital services and networks businesses, including Domain Name Server (DNS) issues, which are the primary culprits Facebook The Empire’s problems on Monday, the BBC notes.

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