Five things to watch May 18: Aryaka names new CRO, 5G-enabled sales to surpass €400bn by 2030 and Alibaba Cloud joins AMS-IX Hong Kong

Five things to watch May 18: Aryaka names new CRO, 5G-enabled sales to surpass €400bn by 2030 and Alibaba Cloud joins AMS-IX Hong Kong

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Aryaka names Ian McEwan new CRO

Aryaka has appointed Ian McEwan as the company’s new chief revenue officer (CRO).

In his new role, McEwan will be responsible for expanding the company’s business, services and global markets. In addition, he will be charged with steering the company to new revenue streams and accelerated levels of profitability.

“Ian is a highly competitive senior sales and P&L business leader with a successful track record in cyber security and SaaS-based solutions, small to medium and large enterprise sectors,” said Matt Carter, CEO at Aryaka.

“He also brings with him a broad range of business development and channel experience and a collaborative approach to successful business and sales leadership. We are pleased to promote Ian into this new role.”

Prior this role, McEwan served as senior vice president and general manager for Aryaka EMEA. Prior to Aryaka, Ian was managing director and vice president of sales EMEA & APAC at Binary Tree.


5G-enabled sales to surpass €400bn by 2030
According to a report by OMDIA, commissioned by Orange, by 2030 across the five markets there will be roughly €407 billion in 5G-enabled sale.

The report entitled, 5G economic, employment & emissions impact in 2030, examines 5G in terms of enabled sales, employment and avoided greenhouse gas emissions across France, Spain, Belgium, Poland and Romania.

Of the €407 billion, 25% of this will be seen in the manufacturing industry, it will also lead to the creation of over one million jobs.

In addition, 33 megatons of GHG emissions will be avoided by 5G uses in all sectors of the economy through the reduction of emissions and increased efficiency in energy consumption.

The Omdia study quantifies the impact of 5G at 10 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent avoided, or the equivalent of the cities of Paris and Marseille

Lastly, the report forecasts that by 2030, in manufacturing alone, 5G-enabled sales will top €100 billion, with 5G-enabled sales will representing 3.3% of total sales in all five countries in 2030.


Neos Networks rolls out Blue Planet for service delivery automation

Neos Networks is deploying software from Blue Planet for better end-to-end visibility across its network and improved flexibility to meet changing demands.

Specifically, Blue Planet enables Neos Networks to automate service provisioning across its multi-vendor, multi-layer transport network, which spans more than 24,000km, over 477 PoPs and 90 data centres.

Neos Networks is deploying the Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) to automate on-net end-to-end provisioning across its multi-vendor Layer 1 and Layer 2 networks – as part of its goal to provide premier connectivity solutions to UK businesses.


CSG and MTN extend digital ecosystem partnership

CSG has announced a multi-year extension to its long-standing relationship with MTN South Africa.

“MTN is at the forefront of a technological revolution, driving innovation that is reshaping the mobile experiences in South Africa,” said James Kirby, head of CSG’s EMEA business. “We look forward to continuing this iterative journey with MTN and executing on our strategy to digitally transform their business.”

Under the terms of this new agreement, CSG will grow and enhance MTN’s digital ecosystem. This includes migrating MTN’s enterprise and consumer customers to a new end-state systems architecture that will drive future growth and enable rapid delivery of innovative products and services.

“Continuous investment in advanced technology is critical to MTN delivering a superior customer experience, while providing the agility needed to foster growth and innovation in today’s digital economy," said Phinda Ncala, IT executive at MTN South Africa. "As our trusted technology provider for well over a decade, we work with CSG to help lead our digital evolution and accelerate our journey to becoming a fully digitalised operator."


HGC and AMS-IX welcome Alibaba Cloud to AMS-IX Hong Kong

HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) confirms that AMS-IX Hong Kong (AMS-IX HK), a joint development by HGC and Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), has welcomed Alibaba Cloud as one of its members.

“Our exchange in Hong Kong has seen remarkable growth last year in traffic and in the number of connected networks,” said Onno Bos, sales director of AMS-IX. “Alibaba Cloud connecting to the exchange will not only enhance their connectivity, but it also enables existing customers on the Hong Kong platform to connect to global destinations.

This new addition enables AMS-IX HK members, including OTT providers, internet content providers, internet service providers, content delivery networks, public cloud providers and digital media providers, gaming companies, to access routes and content from Alibaba Cloud through private or public peering.

“We are thrilled to have broadened our AMS-IX Internet Exchange portfolio further with Alibaba Cloud. As a result of the growing number of connected parties, AMS-IX Hong Kong reached a new traffic peak of 82.42 Gbps with a total connected capacity of 545 Gbps as of May 2021,” said Cliff Tam, vice president of global data strategy and international business at HGC.

“Users in Asia can access extensive local and international internet networks via a single platform with a capacity of up to 100Gbps to cope with the skyrocketed internet usage. In the time ahead, AMS-IX HK will continue to deliver comprehensive Internet Exchange peering services, as well as to boost regional Internet traffic and develop Hong Kong into a major Internet Exchange hub in APAC, serving potential partners in Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, etc.”

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