Also in today's BBWN Bites: Cable One adds TierPoint exec to board, Safaricom CEO loses battle with cancer, ETSI adds 5G and networking features, and BT preps for mass layoffs.
Intelsat will augment Indonesia's broadband capabilities via a newly inked deal with Aplikanusa Lintasarta, a data communication and IT services provider that will use two Intelsat high-throughput satellites (the Intelsat 33e and Horizons 3e) to deliver data and voice services across the Asia Pacific and Pacific Ocean. The contract (for an undisclosed amount) will help the Indonesian government attain its goal of creating a "digitally inclusive society" within the world's fourth most populous country by 2023.
Openreach will replace at least some of ECI's poorly performing VDSL2 cabinets with Huawei equivalents, according to a couple of UK publications. There are more than 25,000 ECI cabinets in Openreach territory that could be swapped, testing found. ECI's rollout focused almost solely on cities, whereas Huawei's cabinets support both rural and urban deployments. In addition, the Chinese vendor's cabinets support G.INP, DSLAM and vectoring, and deliver higher speeds, testing showed. Is Openreach considering other vendors, given its apparent dissatisfaction with ECI? Does uncertainty about Huawei's network infrastructure role have any impact on its VDSL2 relationships in the UK? (See Huawei's Woes Equal Competitors' Boon.)
Mary Meduski -- president, CFO and board member at IT and data center service provider TierPoint -- was elected to Cable One's board of directors, effective immediately. The board now has nine members; Meduski will serve on the Audit Committee.
Safaricom mourns the loss of CEO Bob Collymore, who died at 61 after a long struggle against a fast-developing form of cancer, acute myeloid leukemia. In May, Safaricom expanded Collymore's contract another year, to August 2020, which would have marked his tenth year at the Kenyan service provider.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) added features in NFV Release 3 designed to make it 5G-friendlier. This includes support for network slicing, increasingly popular among service providers that want to converge networks or services on fewer networks, as well as multi-domain management -- attractive for today's services-oriented operators and the anticipated slew of new offerings 5G will generate.
On the Board
Leena Nair, formerly Unliver chief human resources officer among other roles, will join BT's board, beginning July 10.
On July 10, former Unliver chief human resources officer Leena Nair will join BT's board of directors as a non-executive director; she'll also join the remuneration, nominations and digital impact & sustainability committees. The UK incumbent is gearing up to shed about 13,000 employees as it looks to get leaner, meaner and more competitive with the fiber-deploying altnets spreading dissension across the British Isles.
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