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27 July 2020

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news

By Wireless Watch Staff

Amdocs acquires former foe Openet

Amdocs has acquired Openet, an Ireland-based BSS supplier with which it previously tussled in court, for $180m. Openet has become the default 5G policy and charging supplier for Samsung and HPE core networks, and the firm made revenues of $140m over the past two years. It also has partnerships with NTT Data, AWS and Accenture, plus operator deals including those with BT, Iridium, VADSA, Bell Canada, Telkomsel and SaskTel.

Telstra chooses Nokia SON to support 5G automation

Australia’s Telstra is one of the most loyal customers of Ericsson, which supplies nearly all its equipment, but it has chosen Nokia’s SON solution, EdenNet Self-Organizing Network, to help centralize and automate network operations as part of 5G migration. The software will be used to automate Telstra’s RAN configuration management across 3G, 4G and 5G nationwide and a variety of legacy tools will be migrated. Nokia’s acquisition of Eden Rock gave it a leadership position in SON which it has maintained ever since, even as rivals like Cisco have defocused on the technology. Ericsson, by contrast, has never delivered strong performance in multivendor SON.

Synaptics makes second acquisition in as many weeks

Synaptics has acquired DisplayLink for $305m in cash, its second acquisition in a fortnight. DisplayLink makes chips for universal docking stations, also a target business for Synaptics, but the acquirer said it was mainly after the firm’s fundamental enabling technology in data compression, which could enhance several Synaptics products to support videocasting applications in consumer and enterprise environments.

Earlier this month, Synaptics bought a wireless IoT operation, along with the rights to some wireless IP, from Broadcom for $250m.

Qualcomm launches 5G C-V2X communication program for California

Qualcomm Technologies has announced a C-V2X direct communication program for California with the San Diego Regional Proving Grounds (SDRPG). The partners developed the program for use case research and testing of vehicle communications in realistic operating conditions. The program spans a three-mile corridor with commercial C-V2X roadside units (RSUs), featuring the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Platform installed along the highways and at traffic light intersections.

C-V2X is designed to be globally compatible with 5G and compliment other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including sensors, cameras, radar and LIDAR.

UK seeks Japanese replacements for Huawei

The UK has asked Japan to assist its 5G deployments after its government’s U-turn banning Huawei from supplying equipment to the country’s operators. Like other countries, the UK is reluctant to entrust 5G solely to Ericsson and Nokia and is seeking alternative suppliers, such as Japan’s NEC and Fujitsu.

HPE attracts eight supporters for open 5G lab effort

Eight companies are supporting a new 5G lab set up by HPE to develop, test and integrate open 5G solutions. The eight partners in the HPE 5G Lab are Affirmed Networks, Casa Systems, Intel, JMA Wireless, Metaswitch, Nokia, Openet and Red Hat.

Phil Mottram, general manager of communications and media solutions at HPE, said: “Governments and telecoms operators around the world are looking to open 5G technologies as an opportunity to move away from a number of vendors which have raised fundamental concerns around security, resilience and market diversification.”

But he added: “Despite multiple successful deployments, doubts still persist about the ability of open 5G technologies to truly replace the old way of building networks. With the launch of the HPE 5G Lab, telcos, solution vendors and national stakeholders can test innovative new solutions with confidence and ensure that they are ready for mass adoption.” HPE 5G Lab is in Fort Collins, Colorado.

South Korean MNOs to invest $22bn in 5G infrastructure by end of 2021

South Korea’s three major MNOs – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – have agreed to invest $22bn (KRW 25.7 trillion) over the next 18 months, to boost 5G infrastructure across the country. The aim is to enhance 5G quality in Seoul and six other large cities, including for railways, highways and venues. The government says 5G is at the heart of

Korea’s “digital new deal” and that it will work with the private sector “for a possible breakthrough in 5G network infrastructure to overcome the Covid crisis.”

Orange demonstrates slicing for critical apps in cloud-native 5G core

Orange has demonstrated a cloud-native 5G core network for mission-critical applications that can self-correct if service level agreement (SLA) parameters are broken. It does this by creating a new, dedicated network slice on-demand. The demo showed a robot fitted with a 5G radio and connected to management software over an open 5G core network, running cloud-native network functions from HPE and Casa Systems.