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Five things to watch February 17: Bharti Airtel deploys Oracle Fusion Cloud, Vodafone Germany boosts WiFi offering, T-Mobile expands 5G home internet

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Bharti Airtel deploys Oracle Fusion Cloud

Oracle has teamed with Bharti Airtel to digitise and simplify its finance, planning and supply chain process.

Bharti will use Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain and Management (SCM) as part of the new agreement.

The implementation will expand Airtel’s Oracle Cloud footprint following the carrier’s recent move to Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) to support its employees and associates.

Shailender Kumar, senior vice president and regional managing director of Oracle India, said: At Oracle we are committed to helping every customer navigate market challenges, stay ahead of the curve in innovation, and adapt digital strategies to future-proof their business.

“With Oracle Cloud Applications, Airtel will be able to leverage the latest technology and innovation to meet shifting customer expectations and revamp their business operations.

“We're proud to be a partner with Airtel and look forward to supporting their next phase of growth."

Vodafone Germany to boost WiFi 6 offering

Vodafone Germany will deploy CommScope’s Touchstone TG6442 DOCSIS 3.1 cable to deliver WiFi 6 to millions of subscribers

The TG6442 gateway supports high split to meet demand for increased upstream capacity for applications such as video conferencing.

“CommScope has been instrumental in delivering truly innovative gateways to our customers,” said Markus Delfs, head of group hardware solutions at Vodafone.

“By deploying the TG6442 cable gateway, we continue to rollout high-speed gigabit services, improve our customers’ Wi-Fi and provide them with the connectivity they have come to expect.”

CGI brings next-gen broadband to Alaskan market

Alaska’s largest telecoms company CGI is using Harmonic’s CableOS to bring next-gen broadband to the state.

The platform enables GCI to deliver ultra-fast, reliable and sustainable broadband services to subscribers while establishing growth paths for the future.

Gil Katz, senior vice president, cable access business operations at Harmonic said: "The arctic climate and rugged terrain in Alaska can make infrastructure deployments challenging, and GCI needed a solution that would allow simpler network upgrades.

CableOS powers 4.8 million cable modems for a number of fibre operators worldwide, including the largest operators in North America and Europe.

T-Mobile expands 5G home internet access

T-Mobile has announced it has expanded access to its 5G home internet access to 62 towns and cities across Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Across the three states more than three million people still have no access to traditional home broadband but this development will see it offered to five million homes in the area.

As part of T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint, the carrier has committed to making fixed wireless internet an option for Americans, with more than 30 million households eligible for T-Mobile internet nationwide.

“T-Mobile Home Internet has expanded access in Kentucky, bringing our state a real competitive option for broadband where many households are still left without any option or any good option. T-Mobile’s investment in our communities is helping thousands of customers stay connected at a time when it matters most,” said Kentucky state representative Mary Beth Imes.

Openreach deploys VIAVI testing solution across full fibre network

Openreach and Viavi Solutions will collaborate to automate testing quality and speed of Openreach’s full fibre broadband network.

This will be done using virtual performance monitoring system Fusion.

Fusion will effectively deliver an on-demand “speedometer” showing near real-time views of the speeds that end users can achieve.

This is the first time that proactive network testing of end user speeds has been deployed in fibre access networks across the UK independent of the customer’s connection.

Trevor Linney, network technology director at Openreach said: “As the country’s largest digital infrastructure provider, we recognise that service and broadband reliability has become more integral to everyday life especially when millions of people switched to working and schooling from home.

“Last year, we saw our broadband usage more than double with 50,000 Petabytes (PB) of data being consumed across the country.”

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