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ADVA adds partners to extend Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem to disaggregated packet networking

Alpha Networks, Delta, Edgecore Networks, and UfiSpace are now part of the ecosystem.

ADVA (FSE: ADV) says it has paved the way for its Ensemble Harmony SDN/NFV platform to apply to white-box based disaggregated packet networking by adding relevant companies to its Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem. Alpha Networks, Delta, Edgecore Networks, and UfiSpace are now part of the ecosystem; each has white-box hardware platforms that are proven to interoperate with ADVA’s Ensemble Activator network operating system, according to ADVA.

Ensemble Activator, designed for use with bare-metal switches, is in trials with multiple mobile network operators, including Telefónica and Vodafone. ADVA sees Ensemble Activator as ideal for disaggregated cell site gateways (DCSGs), and the four new ecosystem members are active in the Telecom Infra Project’s DSCG project and related efforts (as is ADVA; see, for example, “Telecom Infra Project targets disaggregated cell site gateways,” “TIM Brazil, Vodafone announce suppliers for TIP Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway trials,” and “AT&T shows off Ufi Space white box cell site gateway router based on OCP specifications”).

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IHS Towers IPO seeks $7 billion valuation

Africa’s biggest independent tower company operates over 30,000 towers in five African countries, as well as in South America and the Middle East

Over the last few years, telecoms companies all around the world have been offloading their mobile tower infrastructure at an incredible rate. Investor appetite for this infrastructure is at an all-time high right now, allowing for enormous deals to take place, such as Spanish giant Cellnex buying all of CK Hutchison’s European towers earlier this year for around €10 billion.

Now, IHS Towers, Africa’s largest independent towerco, is set to join this flurry of activity, proceeding with an initial public offering (IPO) that would value the business at around $7 billion.

In the filing made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, IHS said it would seek a price between $21 and $24 per share, with intentions of offering 18 million shares itself, with a further 4.5 million to be offered by shareholders.

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Deploying fibre – how fast can you go?

Over the past few years, fixed UK telecoms players have shifted their investment strategy from the old copper network to much more flexible, reliable and capable fibre networks

Ofcom stated in the 2020 Connected Nations report that 5.1 million homes have access to full-fibre services, but this is only 18% of UK premises. On the other hand, the UK Government expects industry to reach 85% of premises by 2025, which is a lot of work to do over the next 4 years, with approximately 19 million premises still to be reached: an average of about 4.7 million premises a year.

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