The eighth edition of the Monty Mobile Roaming, VAS and SMS (RVS8) conference took place in Dubai last week. The annual telecoms event hosted an audience of leading professionals in the telecoms industry including, operators and other service providers from around the world. The conference comprised of an exclusive program of workshops focusing on innovative products and services created and developed by the Monty Mobile Team.
Monty Mobile was founded in 1998 as an open connectivity SMS hub and roaming broker. Since then, the company has worked hand in hand with worldwide mobile operators to help support the flow of data, voice and SMS across international markets. In recent years, Monty Mobile has expanded to become one of the most successful players in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region within the telecommunications business. In their quest for innovation and excellence, Monty Mobile extended their portfolio to include a wide range of VAS and Mobile Advertising Products and services.
The RVS8 event featured a range of speakers introducing products and services to promote development and collaboration.
The UK’s Underground Infrastructure Is Better Protected Than Ever
71 percent of all digging work that takes place in the UK is now preceded by a thorough search for pipes and cables, according to Digging Up Britain 2020. The report by LSBUD, which provides a free to use, online asset search facility, reveals that a record 2,832,027 enquiries were registered on its collaborative portal in 2019, a 10 percent increase on the previous year, and almost double that of just five years ago. In essence, a search was placed every 3.7 seconds during a typical working day.
Richard Broome, Managing Director of LSBUD, comments: “We have reached a ‘tipping point’ in terms of safe digging – both for the UK’s underground pipes and cables, and those who dig near them. Our data suggests asset searching on the LSBUD portal has rapidly become second nature for people. It’s now a standard step in the vast majority of excavation projects. This is clearly very good news for asset owners such as telecoms companies as the last thing they need is a spade or digger hitting their networks.”
Telecoms companies were the most active users of the LSBUD service in 2019. Of the 2.8 million searches, telecoms operators and their contractors were responsible for 911,455, some 32 percent of the total.
The large amount of activity within the telecoms sector is likely due to the ambitious targets put in place by Theresa May and her Government, who promised 15 million homes to be connected to full-fibre broadband by 2025, and a nationwide network to be in place by 2033. Boris Johnson continued this pledge, stating he wanted ‘gigabit-capable broadband’ nationwide by 2025, as well as a clear industry focus on 5G rollout.
Richard Broome adds: “Given these ambitions at Government-level, I think it is fair to say telecoms will continue to top the charts in terms of searches for a while to come.”
Whilst the telecoms sector conducted 3.5 percent more searches, its share of the overall pie fell by two percent. This is due to a major surge in usage of the portal by private individuals, whose searches increased by 10 percent in just 12 months. There was also a 42 percent jump in agricultural projects. This suggests that the awareness of safe digging practices is growing not just among core construction and contractor communities but also amongst the wider general public.
Digging Up Britain 2020 also identifies a change in asset owners’ behaviour. 2019 saw more telecoms and other utility companies using the data generated by the portal to manage risk, futureproof their networks, and better identify areas of potential weakness. Utilities are increasingly using historical data to predict who is likely to work within the vicinity of their network, the type of work they are going to do, when they are going to do it and the exact locations.
“Risk management is a critical activity within a modern utility, and our data appears to be playing an important role in this”, adds Richard Broome.
Digging Up Britain 2020 not only analyses the volumes but also the type of digging work taking place. It reports that ‘emergency searches’ increased by 59 percent on the previous year and 197 percent on two years ago with 316,922 searches deemed as urgent in 2019.
This trend is not an issue for the LSBUD collaborative portal, which deals with search requests in minutes, but it may present a challenge to asset owners such as telecoms companies handling search enquiries themselves. Some can often take up to 28 days to provide information about their networks. The increase in ‘emergency’ requests will put huge pressure on these timescales and the companies’ enquiry teams.
Digging Up Britain 2020 also outlines the type of work which is taking place. Similar to previous years, utility works top the list with more than 2.15 million searches, a six percent jump on last year. In addition to the rise in agricultural activity, highways projects grew by 17 percent in 2019, prompting 421,452 searches. Searches for domestic building projects were up by 54 percent. Planning applications also saw an enormous jump, increasing by 825 percent.
Richard Broome concludes: “Clearly there’s a lot of excavation activity taking place right across the country, but the good news is that this is routinely accompanied by a thorough search before a spade hits the ground. We’ve enquiries going through the portal every few seconds. So, I’d urge any telecoms companies who have yet to do so, to make sure their own assets are visible in these millions of searches by sharing their information through the collaborative portal.”
Telstra unveils world-first Enterprise-grade 5G solutions
14 July 2020: A faster and more agile future for Australian business has arrived, with Telstra launching a world-first suite of Enterprise-grade 5G solutions.
Telstra Enterprise customers are the first in the world to be able to purchase and deploy Cradlepoint 5G wireless network edge solutions – a series of adaptors and routers engineered to deliver the speed, security, reliability and manageability required by Enterprise 5G customers. Combined with Telstra’s 5G network and Enterprise Wireless service, they complete one of the world’s most comprehensive Enterprise 5G solutions, providing a real alternative to fixed connections for organisations.
Telstra Enterprise Group Executive Michael Ebeid said customers within Telstra’s 5G network footprint would be able to take advantage of the game-changing benefits 5G can bring to their operations.
“5G’s faster speeds, lower latency and greater network capacity has the potential to unlock a host of innovations and market opportunities – really revolutionising how organisations operate,” Mr Ebeid said.
“Telstra’s leading investment in our network coverage, coupled with these world-first Cradlepoint devices, give our customers a unique advantage. They can power a business’ cloud-based applications and remote working needs, without being connected to a fixed network.
“These past few months have proved that mobility and adaptability are vital for all businesses. The ability to quickly power up a fast, reliable and powerful connectivity solution, when and where you need it, can mean the difference of being up and running in hours, not weeks.
“With Cradlepoint and Telstra 5G, businesses can be online before the paint’s dry in a new office or before the trucks have arrived at a worksite. It’s also a powerful backup option for fixed networks.”
“The power of our 5G network rollout means wireless connectivity is a viable opportunity for a range of industries from construction to financial services to government.”
Telstra has developed rigorous selection criteria and testing to ensure that these solutions will perform in an enterprise scenario.
Telstra will be launching Cradlepoint’s new portfolio of 5G network edge solutions:
W2000 Series 5G Wideband Adapters – A choice of indoor or rugged outdoor integrated modem and antenna systems for 5G mobile access.
E3000 Series – All-in-one 5G-optimised edge routers for small to midsized branches requiring advanced routing, SD-WAN and advanced security functionality at full 5G speeds.
E300 Series – All-in-one 5G-ready edge routers for pop-up and smaller branch sites (to be launched later this quarter)
These 5G wireless edge endpoints will be powered by Telstra’s network and Enterprise Wireless service, enabling Enterprise customers in 5G coverage areas with the power of 5G while providing a host of powerful management tools. In non-5G areas, customers will switch to 4G/4GX coverage where available.
Purpose-built for LTE and 5G branch networking and controlled via the Cradlepoint NetCloud service, Branch, Mobile and IoT use-cases, all edge routers include cloud-based network connection management, routing and security as well as Telstra’s Managed Service, which includes professional services, device installation and setup, lifecycle management and service assurance.
Cradlepoint Chairman and CEO George Mulhern said the ground-breaking solutions represented a “clean sheet of paper” design.
“This week is the culmination of several years of work by Cradlepoint engineers to be first-to-market with 5G wireless network edge solutions specifically designed for the enterprise,” Mr Mulhern said.
“When it came time to select a launch partner, Telstra’s pedigree of innovation and industry firsts made them the obvious choice.
“Today is a huge milestone for Telstra, Cradlepoint and the industry, but it’s a huge win for Australian enterprise customers as they embrace 5G to disrupt the status quo and propel their businesses forward.”
Access to Telstra 5G is now rolling out across 47 cities and regional towns, with more than 1,500 5G sites now switched on and 10 million Australians who now live, work and pass through Telstra’s 5G network footprint able to experience the future of connectivity.
Telstra is continuing to roll out 5G coverage to more parts of Australia as part of its aim to have the largest, fastest, smartest and most reliable next generation network.
Simplifying the Enterprise Experience
The launch of the Cradlepoint series is a significant step in Telstra Enterprise’s broader plan to bring together its investment in 5G, simplified next generation plans, enterprise endpoints and managed services, providing a real alternative to fixed connections.
As part of its T22 strategy, Telstra is also radically reducing its Enterprise mobile plans to a suite of simplified and adaptive core offerings across its product range, from handheld phones to laptops, tablets and Enterprise Wireless solutions. Customers can complement their plans with a variety of add on modules that suit their needs.
Telia Carrier to Establish Secure Fibre Route from Norway
Stockholm, 13 July 2020 – Following a tender process, Norwegian Communications Authority has chosen Telia Carrier to establish a new secure route for electronic communication between Norway and abroad.
Today, most Internet traffic from Norway follows two paths through Sweden. In case of disturbances or in a worst-case scenario where all connections through Sweden are lost, Norwegian Communications Authority wants to expand the network infrastructure with a new secure, diverse route.
“With this agreement, we facilitate increased geographical distribution of traffic between Norway and abroad on a daily basis, and we also ensure that our national needs are taken care of should serious incidents occur that affect the existing international traffic to Sweden”, said Elise K. Lindeberg. Director, Security Department at Norwegian Communications Authority.
The new route will run from Oslo via Kristiansand to Esbjerg, Denmark where it will connect into the wider Telia Carrier pan-European network. The route will include two new PoP (Point of Presence) locations, independent of Telia Carrier’s existing PoPs, in the data center OS-IX (Oslo Internet Exchange) in Oslo and the hyperscale N01 Campus in Kristiansand, both owned by Bulk Infrastructure. Bulk is already well advanced in the planning of the new ‘Havsil’ subsea cable between Kristiansand and northern Denmark and aim to have the system ready for service end of 2021.
“The ‘Havsil’ cable will be the shortest route connecting Norway to continental Europe, and it improves diversity by avoiding the traditional fiber routes. I am very pleased to welcome a Tier one carrier like Telia Carrier to our sites where we jointly enable the Nordics with sustainable infrastructure” said Peder Nærbø, Founder and Chairman of Bulk Infrastructure.
The new route will also support existing and planned data centers in the South region of Norway with state-of-the-art connectivity to the European continent.
“At Telia Carrier we believe that connectivity underpins todays digitally enabled society, providing the building blocks for digital enablement, transformation and innovation. As the leading global Internet backbone provider, we have an important role to play in that, a responsibility that we take incredibly seriously. We are therefore honored to have been given the task of securing Norway’s access to Internet”, said Staffan Göjeryd, CEO at Telia Carrier.
The new route will be operational at the beginning of 2022.
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