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German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom posted quarterly results showing core profits up 9 percent thanks to strength in the United States and modest increases in its home market. The company moved up its 2017 outlook for core profit to around €22.3 billion ($26.4) from a previous 22.2 €billion.

T-Mobile US, the third largest mobile operator in the United States, contributed to Deutsche Telekom’s rise in profits, as it maintains a 64 percent stake in the company. T-Mobile recently said it added over a million customers for the 17th quarter in a row, boosting confidence for Deutsche Telekom.

The US operator is reportedly seeking a merger with the fourth ranked mobile operator in the country, Sprint Corp., in a deal that could dramatically alter the US telecommunications market into three huge players, including AT&T and Verizon. However, Sprint’s majority owner, Japan’s SoftBank, is also considering a merger with cable communications provider Charter, Reuters recently reported.

T-Mobile’s possible tie-up with Sprint has seen Deutsche Telekom’s stock rise and fall, gaining up to 12 percent in May when the speculation began, but then tumbling down 4.4 percent in the year to date after no deal emerged. Overall, the company’s revenue increased to €18.89 billion, topping the high end of forecasts by 10 analysts polled by Reuters.

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Deutsche Telekom is joining the Industrial Data Space Association (IDSA). Industrial Data Space has set itself the goal of advancing the general conditions for a digitally connected economy and to establish secure, effortless exchange of data. The initiative was founded by several German federal ministries and representatives from the worlds of research and industry.

Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, cloud computing: The automation and interlinking of all areas of life and work is creating new business models and changing corporate culture across all sectors. Exchanging data is the foundation for this interaction among services, such as predictive maintenance of machines or real-time shipment tracking. However, the rise of data as industry’s new raw material makes clear governance rules on secure data use and a cross-sectoral, cross-company technical standard essential.

The Industrial Data Space Association was founded in 2016 with this in mind. It has set up a virtual data space to support the secure exchange of data and simple linking of data in business ecosystems on the basis of standards and by using joint governance models. Members retain ownership of their information, only making it available to trustworthy certified partners, and can define data privacy requirements.

“Companies must be in a position to decide the conditions under which they make their data available to partners,” underscores Lars Nagel, Managing Director of the Industrial Data Space Association.

Security plays an important role here. Deutsche Telekom recently created “Telekom Security,” a new security unit bundling the entire Group’s security expertise. Approximately 1,200 experts work to protect infrastructure and customers’ systems. Moreover, Deutsche Telekom is constantly developing new security solutions in collaboration with renowned partner companies and also expanding its own security systems to detect and repel new sorts of hacker attacks.

The Group guarantees the maximum possible level of security in the cloud, in particular through a growing range of German cloud solutions, operating at highly secure twin data centers in compliance with the country’s strict data security rules. All of this makes Deutsche Telekom a perfect fit for the initiative.

“Digitization is a matter of trust. Our security experts work around the world to ensure that our customers’ data and IT infrastructure receive the best possible protection so they can embrace new digital business models with confidence,” says Anette Bronder, Director of Digital Division and Telekom Security at T-Systems. “We are pleased to support this initiative and to bring our know-how to the table to protect sensitive information and infrastructure.”

With Deutsche Telekom's membership the Industrial Data Space Association has scored another important success. “The Industrial Data Space’s work is possible thanks to its members. The more companies feed in their expertise and requirements for a secure and effortless exchange of data, the more successfully it can be implemented,” says Lars Nagel.

Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, presented to Chancellor Angela Merkel, as part of her traditional CeBIT tour, a technology that can help beekeepers protect their bees.

The narrowband wireless technology NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) transmits the data collected by intelligent sensors, straight from the beehive to the beekeeper. This data includes temperature, air humidity, air pressure, beehive weight (how full the combs are) and activity of the bees. The beekeeper simply needs to look at their smartphone or tablet app to find out whether their bees are healthy. 

The example shows that digitization can even make an important contribution to preserving a species. A beehive is the world's smallest industrial plant with 40,000 workers on half a square meter. As with Industry 4.0, sensors and Narrowband-IoT continually monitor and provide timely assistance before a bee colony is damaged. NB-IoT already offers a wide range of possibilities and the technology is being further developed rapidly.

This technology is important because “bees are dying” says research. According to figures from the German Beekeepers' Association, the number of bee colonies has fallen in Germany alone from 2.5 million in 1952 to less than one million today. Winter also keeps taking its surprisingly heavy toll on the bee colonies, alarming the public in the process. A ten percent depletion is seen as the norm.

Surveys conducted among beekeeping businesses revealed average losses of around 30%. The exact causes of bee mortality are unknown; possible causes include the use of pesticides, monotonous landscapes, lack of food sources, the loss of the natural habitat of the animals, and parasites such as the varroa mite. 

The CeBIT partner country Japan is also familiar with bee mortality and is getting to grips with this phenomenon in an unconventional way. As part of the Ginza Honey Bee Project, 300,000 bees and eight beehives got a new home on a Tokyo office tower in the Ginza shopping district.

Cities offer bees greater protection, with fewer natural predators in the urban environment than in the countryside. In the very first year, the high-rise bees produced 440 kilograms of honey, which is now sold as Ginza honey in the local department stores or is even used as a cocktail ingredient in a local bar. Even local confectioners have got a taste for the urban honey, with commercial imitators setting up in over 70 locations in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Japanese researchers are already thinking about a world without insect pollination and developed a mini-drone as a bee substitute at the start of the year. Despite this and similar inventions worldwide, bees are indispensable.

The almond industry in California alone needs 1.8 million hives with around 35 billion animals so that three billion almond tree blossoms can sprout every year. With a current price of 100 dollars per drone, the technical alternative is an expensive undertaking.

Published in Internet of Things

During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zain Group, a telecom operator present in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announced that it has joined the Telecom Infra Project, (TIP), an initiative co-founded by Facebook, Intel, Nokia, SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and others in 2016.

The primary aim of TIP is to bring mobile operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies together to collaborate on the development of new technologies and reimagine traditional approaches to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure. Operators and the broader telecom industry need to collaborate, be more flexible, innovative and efficient, and TIP looks to help achieve this goal.

As a pioneer in telecommunications in the Middle East and Africa, Zain brings vast expertise and resources to the initiative as it will leverage its regional footprint and experience in network deployments across challenging territories to support TIP.

TIP is exploring new approaches and technologies across these initial focus areas: access, backhaul, and core and management. The projects within these areas utilize the unique engineering and operational expertise of each member, focusing on developing new technologies and exploring new approaches to deployment in both developed and emerging markets. Each member contributes to the area of its expertise, while learning from others so that together all parties can collaborate and build better, faster, more efficient systems.

Commenting on becoming a part of the TIP initiative, Scott Gegenheimer, Zain Group CEO said, "It could be argued that scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet the ever-increasing demand for broadband data is not moving as fast as it needs to ensure customers receive the mobile experience they demand and deserve. Zain recognizes there isn't a single solution for this, and that no one company can tackle the problem alone. We firmly believe collaboration in innovation will drive efficiencies in our business and we are keen to be part of such prime opportunities wherever they may arise."

Gegenheimer continued, "Being a staunch advocate of the expansion of connectivity for all, Zain fully appreciates the power the internet has to enhance and empower the communities it serves. There are 4 billion people in the world who still don't have a data connection and we commend Facebook and the other founding companies for kick-starting TIP. We have high expectations that this initiative will result in bridging the digital divide by greater inclusion, and call on for more of our regional and industry peers to join us in this initiative."

Since the launch of TIP in February 2016, the initiative has achieved numerous milestones including the creation of 'TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers' that incubate local talent around the world and accelerate product development through support from leading global and local investors.

A 'People and Process Project Group' was also created in order to develop and share cultural and process transformation best practices that can improve operators' key metrics. In addition, Facebook contributed Voyager, the industry's first white-box transponder and IP/MPLS routing solution that was successfully tested. Furthermore, Facebook's OpenCellular designs and schematics are now fully open source within TIP to accelerate the industry's ability to provide wireless access in remote areas of the world.

Driving a faster pace of innovation in telecom infrastructure is necessary to meet new technology challenges and to unlock new opportunities for everyone in the ecosystem. Flexibility will be key in everything TIP does though and the goal is to allow mobile network systems to evolve without having to start over.

Published in Telecom Operators

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom, which has a stake in Britain's BT, saw its profits fall for 2016, because of BT's loss in value after the Brexit vote. Deutsche Telekom's profits were down 18 percent to 2.67 billion euros ($2.8 billion), according to the company's results. This pales in comparison to analyst predictions of 4.54 billion euros.

Deutsche Telekom's 12 percent stake in BT was the main reason behind the company's 2.2 billion euro loss which was a "result of declines in the BT share price and in the pound sterling following the Brexit referendum," said Deutsche Telekom. Britain's June vote to leave the European Union affected the global markets sparking uncertainty.

Deutsche Telekom has insisted that the fall in profits won't affect its payout of shareholder dividends, which it plans to increase by 5 euro cents to 0.60 euros per share. Operating, or underlying profit at the group slightly outpaced its own forecasts, adding almost 8.0 percent to reach 21.4 billion euros.

Thanks to its American unit T-Mobile USA, Deutsche Telekom saw its revenues increase 5.6 percent in 2016 to over 73 billion euros - more than analysts predicted. The unit alone added 8.2 million customers last year in the teeth of a highly competitive and saturated US mobile phone market. T-Mobile USA's revenues grew 16 percent to $37.3 billion, while profits doubled to $1.5 billion.

However, in Europe, the company's revenues in Germany and the rest of the region fell as its fixed-line phone business continues to decline. Looking ahead to 2017, Deutsche Telekom aims to increase revenues to achieve an operating profit of around 22.2 billion euros -- 4.0 percent higher than 2016's figure.

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China Unicom and Deutsche Telekom announced a strategic partnership at Mobile World Congress 2017. From now on, both firms will jointly enhance their M2M competencies and promote the expansion of existing and new technologies such as NarrowBand IoT and the expansion of IoT platforms, with the goal to lay a firm foundation for continued growth and joint business opportunities in Europe and China.

The cooperation allows customers from Deutsche Telekom to equip and manage devices with M2M connectivity also in China and manage this connectivity via the same portal that they use for Europe and other regions. China Unicom customers will experience the same benefits on the China Unicom portal when they are offering M2M products and solutions in Europe.

This move is important because the demand for global M2M connectivity is increasing. According to the GSMA, China will account for 39 percent of all global cellular M2M connections by 2020, representing by far the largest M2M market. German technology and service companies are already investing heavily in tapping the potential of the emerging Chinese M2M and IoT markets.

On the other side, Chinese Internet and technology companies have entered the field of IoT through wearable intelligent terminals, smart home, mobile health care, and many other businesses, and are eager to offer their services also in Europe. The interconnection of the Deutsche Telekom and China Unicom platforms will offer simple access for German and Chinese M2M customers to the other respective network.

"With this agreement, we take a next step toward greater developments in the area of M2M connectivity for our customers. Our partnership with China Unicom accelerates business opportunities and paves the way for new services and applications for our globally operating customers," said Claudia Nemat, Member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management, Technology and Innovation. "Not only will this partnership underline both our technological advances but we will also be able to learn from one another. We are looking forward to exchanging ideas and sharing experiences."

"We believe this is a good time for China Unicom and Deutsche Telekom to cooperate both technologically and commercially to jointly explore the Business opportunity in both China and Europe," said Mr. Yimin Lu, President of China Unicom. "China Unicom looks forward to future development of M2M connectivity that we will be able to offer our customers operating globally through this partnership with Deutsche Telekom. By creating synergies, we intend to shape the pathway towards future M2M connectivity as the leading global provider."

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Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite communications provider, has announced a key infrastructure milestone for its European Aviation Network (EAN), following the successful test and validation of the EAN Satellite Access Station (SAS).

As the first solution in the world to integrate connectivity from a satellite, operated by Inmarsat, and a LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom, EAN will provide a true in-flight broadband experience for millions of airlines passengers traveling throughout Europe.

The SAS is located in the Greek town of Nemea and operated under an agreement with OTE, the largest telecommunications provider in Greece and member of the Deutsche Telekom Group, engineers undertook rigorous performance and stability tests to verify the SAS’s capabilities to serve as a reliable and robust gateway between Inmarsat’s S-band satellite and the internet.

“The European Aviation Network offers a broadband experience like no other in the sky by combining satellite coverage with additional capacity from the ground network,” said Federik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.

“Passengers can connect using their personal devices for internet browsing, video streaming, gaming and other online services. There are also important cost and operational benefits for airlines, as the EAN system is highly compact and weighs only a few kilos.

“The results of infrastructure testing at the satellite access station in Nemea, conducted with our partners Cobham SATCOM and OTE using a satellite simulator, have exceeded expectations and reinforced our confidence prior to the scheduled launch of our S-band satellite in the middle of 2017. We remain on track for EAN’s service introduction later this year.”

The SAS consists of a 13-metre antenna that provides feeder links to the satellite, a radio frequency dub-system and a radio access network provided by Inmarsat partner Cobham SATCOM.

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The European Aviation Network (EAN) has taken to the skies. Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, together with their technology partners Nokia and Thales have successfully conducted a program of test flights in the UK. This is a major milestone in the development of EAN, the world's first integrated satellite and air-to-ground network dedicated to providing a true in-flight broadband experience for the European aviation industry and for millions of passengers travelling across Europe.

EAN is planned for introduction in mid-2017. The flights serve to test the performance of the EAN system including the onboard equipment being provided by Thales and the ground network provided by Deutsche Telekom and Nokia.

As a precursor to the test flight series, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia jointly achieved the first EAN live over-the-air connection, in Nokia's Stuttgart laboratory. There, all components of the LTE ground network were thoroughly tested and validated. The first live connection in the field was accomplished in a broadband video conference with both parties connected via the dedicated EAN LTE mobile network.

"We are happy that we achieved a major milestone in building the European Aviation Network. With these successful tests we once more underline our goal to be the leading European telecommunications operator," said Claudia Nemat, Board Member Europe and Technology at Deutsche Telekom.

"The EAN allows us to offer our customers outstanding connectivity services not only on the ground but also in the sky. The new technology based on LTE standard makes sure that EAN is flexible for any further technology developments in the future. Deutsche Telekom's aim is to drive technology leadership to bring best network experience to our customers."

Leo Mondale, President of Aviation, Inmarsat said: "EAN is progressing extremely well, both on the ground as well as in the air, to achieve the world's first integrated service providing true in-flight broadband experience. The actual performance and quality of the in-flight datalink exceeds design expectations and is truly game changing for European airlines.  We look forward to further successful testing milestones working with all the EAN partners to bring together this integrated system."

To achieve EAN's live connection of the LTE ground network, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have adapted Nokia's LTE base stations and Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to the frequency used for EAN, provided by Inmarsat, and built a specific base station antenna to cover the sky. The LTE ground network for EAN differs from "normal" LTE networks as it needs to work at speeds of up to 1,200 km/h, at cruising altitudes requiring cells of up to 150 km.

Nokia will manage the operations for this advanced network from its global delivery centre in Romania.  In addition to the live network, Nokia and Deutsche Telekom set up a full end-to-end ground network reference system in Stuttgart, Germany, including all components and integrated on-board equipment from partner Thales, to prepare for technical challenges, for example compensation of the Doppler effect due to high aircraft speeds. 

The flight trial tested the performance of the onboard equipment being provided by Thales and the ground network provided by Deutsche Telekom and Nokia. Tests were performed to see if the network could successfully attach to the ground system, which it did at all four test sites located in the south west of the UK.

The systems performed multiple successful handovers between sectors and cell towers, and maintained a stable connection. The transfer of data to and from the aircraft was also tested. The outcomes have exceeded expectations for this early flight trial and provided valuable data for the development teams.

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Nokia Bell Labs, Deutsche Telekom T-Labs and the Technical University of Munich have achieved unprecedented transmission capacity and spectral efficiency in an optical communications field trial with a new modulation technique. The breakthrough research could extend the capability of optical networks to meet surging data traffic demands.

The demonstration shows that the flexibility and performance of optical networks can be maximized when adjustable transmission rates are dynamically adapted to channel conditions and traffic demands. As part of the Safe and Secure European Routing (SASER) project, the experiment over a deployed optical fiber network of Deutsche Telekom achieved a net 1 Terabit transmission rate. This is close to the theoretical maximum information transfer rate of that channel and thus approaching the Shannon Limit of the fiber link.

The Shannon Limit was discovered in 1948 by Claude Shannon, Bell Labs pioneer and the "father of information theory."

The trial of the novel modulation approach, known as Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS), uses quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) formats to achieve higher transmission capacity over a given channel to significantly improve the spectral efficiency of optical communications.

PCS modifies the probability with which constellation points - the alphabet of the transmission - are used. Traditionally, all constellation points are used with the same frequency. PCS cleverly uses constellation points with high amplitude less frequently than those with lesser amplitude to transmit signals that, on average, are more resilient to noise and other impairments. This allows the transmission rate to be tailored to ideally fit the transmission channel, delivering up to 30 percent greater reach.

The research is a key milestone in proving PCS could be used in the future to extend optical communication technologies.

It was 50 years ago when optical fiber was introduced. With the promise of 5G wireless technology on the horizon, optical transport systems today continue to evolve to help telecommunications operators and enterprises meet network data traffic growing at a cumulative annual rate of up to 100 percent. PCS is now part of this evolution by enabling increases in optical fiber flexibility and performance that can move data traffic faster and over greater distances without increasing the optical network complexity.

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Infinera has joined the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to help accelerate the pace of innovation in telecommunications infrastructure. Co-founded by Facebook and operators such as Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom, TIP is an engineering-focused initiative driven by operators, infrastructure providers, systems integrators, and other technology companies that aim to reimagine the traditional approach to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure.

TIP brings together leading industry innovators to collaborate to develop new technologies and rethink approaches to deploying network architecture that leverage advances in the technology and an open approach to development. TIP will explore new approaches and technologies across three initial focus areas: access, backhaul and core and management. The project groups within these areas will leverage the unique engineering and operation expertise of members. Infinera will contribute its expertise in developing and deploying innovative packet optical technologies and solutions for all three areas globally. Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks enable telecom network infrastructure to scale, while simplifying optical network operations and accelerating service innovation.

“We are delighted to join TIP and look forward to collaborating with Facebook and other industry leaders to define the future of telecom networks,” said Ashoka Valia, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Infinera. “With this collaboration, Infinera’s leadership in technology innovation and large-scale photonic integration can play an even greater role in solving the future connectivity requirements of networks across the globe.”

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