Colony Capital Invests in DataBank, Has Big Plans in Digital Infrastructure

Data Center Frontier | January 09, 2020

The investment firm Colony Capital intends to be an active player in the data center sector in 2020 and beyond. In a sign of its interest in edge computing, Colony said this week that it will invest $185 million in colocation provider DataBank, purchasing equity positions from two existing investors. The deal is part of Colony Capital’s sharpened focus on digital infrastructure. Colony is a leading example of how the data center industry has become a magnet for large global investors. The firm is selling much of its industrial real estate holdings, and reinvesting that capital in digital infrastructure, including cell towers, data centers, fiber and small cell antennas.

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The “Open Cloud Infrastructure: The Market Perspective” infographic brings together polling and survey data from an in-person ONUG attendee base and online sample of over 400 IT business leaders. It illustrates a narrative of the industry directly from IT business leaders, rather than vendors with a vested interest in championing one technology. The results continue to stress the need for a revolutionary enterprise IT transformation toward open cloud infrastructure.

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The “Open Cloud Infrastructure: The Market Perspective” infographic brings together polling and survey data from an in-person ONUG attendee base and online sample of over 400 IT business leaders. It illustrates a narrative of the industry directly from IT business leaders, rather than vendors with a vested interest in championing one technology. The results continue to stress the need for a revolutionary enterprise IT transformation toward open cloud infrastructure.

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A new Ericsson-Telenet RAN alliance, Belgium is getting ready for 5G.

Ericsson | March 15, 2021

Ericsson has been chosen by Telenet as their 5G radio access organization (RAN) supplier, bringing wide-arriving at advantages of 5G to Belgium. As a component of their extended association, Telenet will utilize Ericsson's innovation initiative to modernize their current organization, just as convey essential 5G availability. This most recent agreement incorporates the full modernization of Telenet's current RAN (2G/3G/4G) with Ericsson Radio System items and arrangements and the organization of 5G innovation across the country. Telenet's clients will profit by advances whose maximum capacity will be released with the rollout of 5G, like AR, VR, and IoT applications. Micha Berger, CTIO Telenet, says: "We are just before a following stage in our mechanical development. 5G is far beyond a radio innovation framework - it is the motor for development and openings for alternate methods of working, computerization and investigation. However, similarly as with any cutting edge everything begins with building up an elite organization. Picking the correct providers and accomplices is urgent. I'm along these lines satisfied to have the option to cooperate with Ericsson to carry out a future-evidence portable organization in Belgium that will give all our private and expert clients with the most ideal client experience. This organization and participation between parties is novel and will keep us at the core of development with front line innovation." As per a 2021 Analysys Mason report investigating the expenses and advantages of 5G topographical inclusion in Europe, there is potential EUR 250 billion advantage for European GDP through a full rollout of 5G.

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Comviva to offer Next-Generation BlueMarble Solution on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications

Comviva | January 14, 2022

Comviva, the global leader in mobility solutions, announced a collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to deliver its next-generation BlueMarble solution on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. The integrated solution shall power digital transformation for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) globally in the 5G and Edge era. Comviva's BlueMarble, which is now ready to run on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications, enables CSPs to modernize their business platforms without having to go through large complex transformation cycles. Offering a complete digital customer lifecycle from discovery, shopping, ordering, and billing to payment and care, the solution is designed to provide a digital platform with ready-to-configure microservices and flexible user interface components to enable a new-age customer experience across different channels, as well as a scalable and agile market solution for CSPs to monetize infrastructure and accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. "5G introduces fundamental changes to the way Business Support Solutions work for evolving digital services. It is essential for CSPs to embrace Cloud native technologies that provide differentiated competitive advantage for supporting new revenue models. Our BlueMarble solution is 5G native and now ready to run on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. The integrated solution is designed to empower CSPs with a future proof next-generation platform for rapid transformation and monetization of existing network infrastructure as they prepare for 5G evolution." Manoranjan 'Mao' Mohapatra, Chief Executive Officer at Comviva This collaboration is in line with Comviva's parent company, Tech Mahindra's NXT.NOW™ charter, that focuses on investing in emerging technologies and solutions that enable digital transformation and evolving needs in the 5G era. Tech Mahindra is part of IBM's partner ecosystem collaborating on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications to help network equipment providers, independent software vendors (ISVs), software-as-a-service providers, and hardware partners accelerate business transformation by unlocking the power of 5G and edge. The IBM Cloud for Telecommunications is engineered to integrate advanced AI and automation processes at the edge and speeds services deployment while simultaneously reducing overall costs. Bill Lambertson, Vice President and Distinguished Industry Leader for IBM Global Telecommunications, said, "We are excited to bring together Comviva's BlueMarble order capture solution with IBM's Sterling Order Management using Telco standard TM Forum Open APIs that are enabled on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. We look forward to extend this API driven integration on joint client engagements." Mahadev Subramaniam, IBM Global Business Unit Head at Tech Mahindra, said, "5G is a significant part of our portfolio and growth agenda. A frontrunner in this domain, we have been making sustained investments to expand our 5G capabilities, and in the process, strengthen the ecosystem. This collaboration is a testimony to our long-standing alliance with IBM. In line with our CloudNXT.NOWTM framework, the work with IBM is aimed at generating new revenue streams from 5G and solidifying our vision to further scale our IBM ecosystem." This collaboration aims to allow Tech Mahindra and IBM to establish a standards-based integration of new Telco solutions with clients' existing systems using TM Forum APIs enabled on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. Comviva's BlueMarble solution implements these APIs to help enable agile adaptation, as well as the ability to address specific client needs, such as integrating solutions from IBM and its partner ecosystem. Additionally, the BlueMarble solution can integrate with IBM's Sterling Order Management to offer clients a choice of billing solutions.

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Frost & Sullivan lauded Openet for its 5G, Open and Cloud-native BSS for Service Providers.

prnewswire | November 03, 2020

Based on its recent analysis of the global digital business support system (BSS) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Openet, an Amdocs Company, with the 2020 Global Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. The company's open source and cloud-native BSS for communication service providers (CSPs) is a testament to its innovative product architecture, proven implementations, and commitment to product enhancements. "To address the volume, latency, and dynamic needs of 5G applications, Openet products are built using cloud-native principles and are designed to be distributed. They can support flexible deployments at the core and edge. This flexibility allows operators to monetize different features of the network, such as quality of service and latency and explore new opportunities in B2B, IoT, smart cities, and Industry 4.0," said Vikrant Gandhi, industry analyst. "Openet's 5G policy and charging functions are integrated into the service catalogs of existing BSS stacks and the 5G network and provide a 5G Value Plane that links the IT and business functions in CSPs to 5G networks. The Openet 5G Data Bridge facilitates conversion from 4G to 5G and vice versa whereas the Openet Data Fabric aids the integration of all data sources into a common format and processes it to deliver purposeful data sets for specific business needs." Openet demonstrates its expertise in 5G solutions with the introduction of its Evolved Charging Suite, a cloud-native, real-time system that enables distributed 5G charging. A truly agile system, the suite offers the monetization flexibility and performance characteristics for 5G and hybrid 4G/5G environments that customers desire. The suite supports new business models and hybrid 4G/5G deployments to help CSPs migrate efficiently to full 5G core deployments. In addition, the Openet Policy Controller includes various editable blueprints, which are out-of-box policy templates for automated service and slice lifecycle management. Openet employs an extensive library of reusable microservices to deliver superior product configurability and accelerate speed to market. Its microservices based offerings can be monetized according to CSPs' preferred commercial models to deliver pricing flexibility and greater value. Significantly, Openet has enabled phased delivery of large digital BSS projects so CSPs can rapidly expand and innovate, while seamlessly updating existing platforms and components. Furthermore, strategic partnerships with leading cloud providers, including AWS and Microsoft Azure, ensure that Openet's virtualized solutions can be deployed universally. "By implementing Openet's solutions, CSPs have achieved more than 40 percent reduction in time to market for new service offerings. They have also generated an approximate 30 percent hike in offer uptake and experienced a double-digit increase in mobile data revenues," noted Gandhi. "Overall, solution flexibility, thought leadership, and speed to market set Openet apart in a competitive industry and are helping it identify and address customers' unmet needs." In August 2020 Openet was acquired by Amdocs. With a shared commitment to open, microservices based, cloud-native technology Amdocs and Openet are working together to accelerate the move to the cloud and are enabling CSPs to be able to generate new 5G revenues, open new markets and deliver a richer 5G experience to their customers. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in devising and implementing a robust growth strategy. The recipient exemplifies innovation in products and technologies, leadership in customer value, and speed in response to market needs. The award benchmarking process evaluates emerging market players and recognizes the best practices that position them for future growth excellence. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry. About Frost & Sullivan For over five decades, Frost & Sullivan has become world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success. Contact us: Start the discussion. About Openet Openet, an Amdocs company, is a leading software and services provider to communications companies. Our deep domain expertise & understanding of complex systems, underpinned by the tenacity and determination of our people, enable us to radically transform how our customers do business, providing best in class digital and 5G business support systems. In an industry where the only constant is change, our open and innovative technology is built for change. For the last 20 years we have helped the world's most innovative communications companies manage and monetise their business and evolve from communications companies to digital service providers. This gives our customers the power to enter new markets, open new revenue streams and increase profitability. About Amdocs Amdocs' purpose is to enrich lives and progress society, using creativity and technology to build a better connected world. Amdocs and its 25,000 employees partner with the leading players in the communications and media industry, enabling next-generation experiences in 85 countries. Our cloud-native, open and dynamic portfolio of digital solutions, platforms and services brings greater choice, faster time to market and flexibility, to better meet the evolving needs of our customers as they drive growth, transform and take their business to the cloud. Listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Amdocs had revenue of $4.1 billion in fiscal 2019.

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