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nbn Australia has extended its partnership with Nokia for the deployment of the first G.fast-capable Distribution Point Units (DPUs) onto its network.

nbn has deployed the technology to support the cost-effective evolution of its Fiber-to-the-Curb (FTTC) network to meet customer demand for broadband services using existing copper lines.

Nokia is one of nbn's original strategic partners and has developed a DPU solution uniquely designed for Australian conditions and nbn's requirements. The dual-mode units are currently delivering services in VDSL2-mode and provide nbn the ability to remote activate 212Mhz G.fast when they choose to launch higher bandwidth services. nbn will be the first operator in the world to deliver 212Mhz G.fast via in-ground DPUs, typically around 40 meters from customer premises. By using 212Mhz spectrum, nbn will be able to effectively double the capacity of G.fast and achieve close to 2Gbps aggregate upstream and downstream speeds. Nokia also provides nbn with crucial Software Defined Access Network (SDAN) management capabilities that help to streamline processes and improve customer experiences over its multi-vendor FTTC network.

Nokia has a long history of keeping nbn at the cutting edge of broadband access technologies and understanding how to evolve its networks for emerging and future demand. This has included trials of G.fast and XG-FAST for copper networks, Universal NG-PON for fiber networks and Full Duplex DOCSIS (XG-Cable) for HFC. A 2018 G.fast lab trial with nbn delivered speeds of 1.1 Gbps down and 400 Mbps up over a 70 meter copper cable.

Peter Ryan, Chief Network Officer, NBN
Nokia is a long-standing strategic partner for nbn and has played a key role helping nbn meet our deployment goals and understand our options for network evolution.

Zoltan Loteiner, Head of Ocenia, Nokia
Nokia is very proud to have been part of this journey and to employ our unique insight to help nbn best plan its future network evolution. nbn has the benefit of open evolution pathways in each of its network domains and the deployment of G.fast is a key milestone in the capability of its FTTC network.

Communication Service Providers (CSPs) are looking at universal CPE (uCPE) platforms to consolidate the number of hardware platforms used at the customer premise, to allow efficient service delivery and management and, most importantly, because uCPE provides a clear economic advantage. CSPs have a host of considerations when selecting a uCPE platform, including latency, packet processing, core throughput and resiliency, in addition to management and operational aspects such as Service Function Chaining (SFC).

This report, written by Heavy Reading for Enea, is a valuable help to CSPs for understanding how to evaluate a uCPE platform, from cost structure to functionality perspectives.

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Realising the 5G vision necessitates networks to embrace artificial intelligence in order to truly deliver low latency and high reliability. The ability for networks to predict is integral to all things 5G. As both the volume and speed of data increases, networks need to become far more proactive and anticipatory to optimise network performance and customer experience.

In this paper, we explore a selection of use cases which highlight the role of machine learning in the realisation of 5G networks.

  1. Customer Journey Analytics
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NTT DOCOMO announced that it will begin operating DOCOMO 5G Open Lab GUAM as a 5G technology verification center in Guam next spring. The official opening date will be announced later.

The facility, DOCOMO's first overseas verification center, will be available for use by the more than 1,900 partners participating in the DOCOMO 5G Open Partner Program, which provides global businesses and organizations with the latest 5G information, test environments and opportunities for partner workshops. Program partners will be able to connect devices and services free-of-charge to the lab's 5G base and mobile stations and other equipment. Once the test environment is extended to outdoor locations during or after next summer, DOCOMO will also assist partners with their outdoor verifications.

DOCOMO 5G Open Lab GUAM will enable partners to conduct fast, cost-effective testing of new services designed for U.S.-market technical and regulatory conditions and implemented in part with outsources devices and technologies. By offering a 5G test environment set up under U.S. conditions, DOCOMO 5G Open Lab GUAM will facilitate prompt, flexible and accurate verifications of equipment, systems and even advanced technologies for applications such as drones and autonomous vehicles.

DOCOMO already operates 5G open labs in Tokyo and Osaka, and will launch a third domestic lab in Okinawa, Japan in December 2018.

Going forward, DOCOMO will continue collaborating with enterprises and other partners from diverse industries to create innovative 5G services that will be used on DOCOMO's forthcoming 5G commercial network in Japan, which is expected to launch in 2020.

Telia Carrier announced that it has been selected as fiber backbone provider by The Quilta national coalition of nonprofit regional research and education networks representing 40 networks and more than 900 educational institutions in the U.S.  

The recent contract continues more than eight years of successful partnership between the two organizations. Telia Carrier is providing IPv4 and IPv6 performance, scale and flexibility demanded by The Quilt infrastructure providers for their IP Transit service, delivering more than 300Gbps of Internet capacity to its members and connecting more than 20 unique universities and regional networks.

The Quilt allows its members to take advantage of Telia Carrier’s reach, reliability and service diversity, with several utilizing the company’s Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection to provide the highest standards of protection to end users and their critical applications. The Quilt’s research and education networks also have access to the company’s Cloud Connect service, enabling them to connect directly to cloud service providers however and whenever they want.

Stephen Hartman, Telia Carrier
The Quilt participants have a reputation for combining leading edge experiences and influencing the US information technology infrastructure agenda. Telia Carrier appreciates The Quilt’s continued support and trust, which reinforces the value of our reliable network services and extensive geographic reach in the North American market and beyond.

Telkom Kenya announced the appointment of Mugo Kibati as its new CEO, taking over from Aldo Mareuse.

Kibati is the immediate former Group CEO of Sanlam Kenya PLC and has held other senior leadership positions in both the public as well as the private sector, including being the founding Director General of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Secretariat and serving as Group Managing Director and CEO at East African Cables PLC.

He is an Electrical Engineer and holds a B. Tech (Electrical Engineering) Degree from Moi University (Kenya), a Master of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University (USA). 

Aldo Mareuse, Ourgoing CEO, Telkom Kenya
Since joining the company three years ago, we have made significant progress in the transformation journey initiated following the change in ownership. I would like to thank both management and staff for their dedication to the mission and incredible level of hard work put in to get us this far. 

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