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News Nexst 2 2020


 

Prysmian Group is integrating its IT infrastructure with IBM Cloud and adopting a hybrid cloud strategy. Prysmian Group will migrate its SAP workloads to IBM Cloud to leverage higher value technology, including AI, IoT and human augmentation. The agreement with IBM also includes services for the management of the global Prysmian IT environment.

"The important acquisition of General Cable required focus on the integration of processes and the digitalization of products", says Stefano Brandinali, CIO and Chief Digital Officer Prysmian Group. "To tackle this challenging task we have chosen IBM as our global technology provider to help drive ongoing transformation within the organization."

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Stefano Brandinali

CIO and Chief Digital Officer Prysmian Group

 

Research carried out at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Huazhang University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, has shown that quantum patterns of twisted light can be transmitted across a fibre link that supports only one pattern. In practice, this could be used to support more secure data transfer over fibre networks relying on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).

 

According to data compiled by Point Topic, independent network providers (altnets) in the UK have increased their full-fibre coverage by 50 percent, to reach 1.2 million premises in 2019. The report links the growth of the altnet industry to the Government’s push for fibre. 

“The independent network operator sector has seen some fantastic growth from last year,” stated Annelise Berendt, principal associate at Point Topic. “It is clear from the report that independent operators are playing a significant role in helping the UK government reach their full-fibre targets.”

 

According to the latest report by GlobalData, the Netherlands is on its way to achieving the goals set by Digital Agenda for Europe. Findings of the Netherlands Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Report show that the country’s fixed broadband penetration is likely to reach 48 per cent by 2024. The Netherlands plans to cover the entire population with 100Mbps fixed broadband and provide ‘a vast majority’ of people with access to 1Gbps fixed broadband by 2023.

 

The Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF), a network of leaders from the world’s largest International ICT service providers, has published an open letter asking governments to assure ICT infrastructure and communications services are classified as ‘essential services’ for COVID-19 response. This is part of the recently launched ‘Keeping the World Connected’ advocacy campaign. The GLF considers it vital that ICT infrastructure and provision of ICT services should be designated an ‘essential service’ to avoid disruptions to global communications, ensure safety of operational staff, and continue customer service.

 

In its first worldwide 5G forecast, International Data Corporation (IDC) projects the number of 5G connections to grow from some 10 million in 2019 to 1.01 billion in 2023. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 217.2% over the 2019-2023 forecast period.

"Despite the fact that many of the more futuristic use cases involving 5G remain three to five years from commercial scale, mobile subscribers will be drawn to 5G for video streaming, mobile gaming, and AR/VR applications in the near term," says Jason Leigh, research manager for Mobility at IDC.