Five things to watch October 15: Dell unveils CSP offerings, DISH selects Spirent for 5G testing, Rogers 5G expands and KPN turns to Oracle

15 October 2021 | Saf Malik

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Here are the five things you need to know this morning, October 15, 2021, from around the world.

Dell Technologies unveils new offerings for CSPs

Dell Technologies has introduced its new telecom software, solutions and services to help communications services providers (CSPs) accelerate their open, cloud-native network deployments.

Dell says its new software modernises network deployment and management and its Bare Metal Orchestrator telecom software offers the scale to automate the deployment and management of servers across geographic locations to support ORAN and 5G deployments.

The company adds that the software will give CSPs the tools to discover inventory servers bring them online and deploy software. Bare Metal Orchestrator tells the targeted server what to do so that tasks can be completed quickly and efficiently.

Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager at Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business, said: “As server technology proliferates through increasingly open telecom networks, the industry sees an immediate and growing need for remote lifecycle management of a highly distributed compute fabric.”

“Bare Metal Orchestrator gives communication services providers an easier way to deploy and manage open network infrastructure while saving costs and time, allowing them to focus on delivering new and differentiated services to their customers.”

Colt and Telia among companies committed to TM Forum Pilot of Inclusion

Colt and Telia are among the companies that have committed to TM Forum’s Pilot of Inclusion and Diversity Score to drive top talent to telecoms.

The TM Forum has completed the trial of the Inclusion and Diversity Score (IDS) which aims to create a single, universal index which can be used to measure both diversity and cultural inclusiveness. 

Following a successful pilot with five companies which also include Accedian, Bain & Company and Rostelecom, IDS will now move to a beta phase with a broader set of organisations, ahead of a full launch in 2022.

“As an industry, we have made very little progress in driving real change when it comes to inclusion and diversity,” said Keri Gilder, CEO, Colt & Chair of TM Forum Inclusion & Diversity Council.

“We all know that we need executive support and data to drive decisions to drive change in our business.

“Although this is only the beginning of our journey, I truly believe that by having this metric in place, we can now set about actioning real change to ensure we have a healthy environment for the industry to attract and develop the talent that we require to drive the tremendous growth we are seeing and the innovation that we need in an environment for everyone to thrive.”

DISH selects Spirent for 5G core automated testing

Dish has selected Spirent Communications to test its 5G network core and validate its performance.

This will allow DISH to continuously integrate functionality into its 5G network and deliver edge solutions to both retail and enterprise customers.

DISH is partnering with AWS on cloud infrastructure and it is set to become the world’s first telecom company to run its service on the public cloud. Spirent’s solutions will allow DISH to realise greater agility of OpenRAN, cloud-native 5G network, according to the company.

“DISH is transforming the industry as it prepares to deploy 5G in a public cloud network and pioneer Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) technology,” said Doug Roberts, general manager of Spirent’s lifecycle service assurance business.

“Spirent understands the inherent challenges that come with building an open, secure network and supporting a new, first-of-its-kind delivery model.

“We’re excited to assist DISH in driving operational excellence across the entire lifecycle with industry-leading automation, coverage and analytics capabilities.”

KPN turns to Oracle to modernise operations

Oracle has revealed that it has been chosen by KPN to deploy its Oracle Fusion Applications programme for finance, supply chain management and human resources to help streamline the company’s business operations.

Dutch-based KPN has over six million customers on broadband and mobile in the Netherlands and has been diversifying its business towards digital services over the last few years. Oracle’s integrated cloud platform will enable KPN to optimise financial planning and forecasting while modernising its HR processes.

It will also “improve the employee experience and consolidate and streamline procurement and supply chain management”.

"Digitalisation is transforming how we work and live, and also offers significant opportunities to recover from the pandemic and address many of the social and environmental challenges we face,” said Chris Figee, CFO at KPN.

“KPN is transforming its business to support our customers in this new world, and this requires us to simplify and consolidate our operations to become more agile, more adaptable, and more flexible in what is a continually shifting environment.

“We believe Oracle can support us in this transformation.”

Rogers 5G expands to 11 new markets across Quebec

Rogers Communications has announced it has extended its 5G network to 11 new cities and towns throughout Quebec.

Rogers 5G is now available in the following areas:

  • Beaconsfield
  • Boucherville
  • Brossard
  • Dorval
  • Drummondville
  • Longueuil
  • Mascouche
  • Mont Tremblant
  • Saint-Constant
  • Saint-Lambert
  • Terrebonne

The network expansion is part of a long-term plan to bring 5G to Quebec and will see additional deployments in 2022.

“These are critical investments to keep Quebecers, wherever they may reside, connected to award-winning wireless technology that will drive innovation and prosperity across our province,” said Edith Cloutier, President of Québec, Rogers Communications. 

The company also recently announced an enhanced wireless network across more than 162 Quebec communities since January 2020 and plans to improve that to a total of 360 communities by the end of the year.