What’s up with… TIM, Virgin Media O2, Meta, Private Networks

In today’s industry news roundup: TIM (Telecom Italia)’s planned split in two would impact half of its domestic workforce; UK healthcare sector attracts more private 5G stocks; Dutch U-turn for Meta; And much more !

About half of Telecom Italy (TIM)Italy’s staff – some 21,000 employees – are set to become part of the NetCo division which apparently has no long-term future at the Italian national operator, reports Reuters. As part of CEO Pietro Labriola’s current industrial plan, TIM will be split into two separate entities, ServCo and NetCo. ServCo, which includes TIM’s mobile and digital business units, will remain central to TIM’s future business, while NetCo, which will include the fixed line access network assets and Sparkle (the international business unit), will be dismantled and unloaded, with fixed line assets to be merged with Open Fiber in a controversial move that struggles to garner the full support of TIM’s largest shareholder, Vivendi (as Previously reported).

O2 Blank Media joined the growing list of network operators who see the UK healthcare sector as a prime prospect for their private 5G network aspirations. The British operator’s business arm, Virgin Media O2 Business, has activated what it calls the UK’s first 5G-enabled hospital with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as part of ongoing trials by NHS Digital. “The private 5G network provides dedicated connectivity for critical digital health use cases for clinicians and patients,” according to the operator. “The trials investigate the efficiency, safety and security benefits of using 5G-connected smart technologies in NHS hospitals – including IoT [internet of things]AR [augmented reality] and AI [artificial intelligence]“, he adds in this press release. Earlier this year, Verizon Business identified healthcare as a leading vertical for its international private networks as it hit a do business with a Visionable health technology specialistJuniper Networks and Capgemini to trial a private 5G network at a facility in South East England. BT Enterprise also highlighted the work it does developing digital services and technologies for the NHS.

Meta met its match in Zeewolde… Facebook parent company Meta has abandoned plans to build a large data center in the Zeewolde region of the Netherlands following local and national opposition on a diet. You can read about Meta’s U-turn in this Dutch report and see our previous coverage of this development here.

The national operator of the Republic of Ireland Eir entered into an agreement with InfraVia Capital Partners whereby the infrastructure investor will take a 49.99% stake in Fiber Networks Ireland, a subsidiary of the Eir group. As a result of this agreement, Fiber Networks Ireland has secured €765 million in funding which will enable it to “accelerate the pace of expansion of its fibre-to-the-home broadband network. When completed, this network will serve 84% of the country’s homes and businesses, meaning Ireland is set to become one of the most fiber-connected countries in the world,” according to the telecom operator. .

Chinese mobile operators added 275,000 5G base stations in the first five months of this year to bring the total across the country to 1.7 million, according to the country’s latest statistics. Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). As a result, almost 17% of base stations in the country are now 5G-enabled. MIIT also reported that China’s communications sector generated revenue of 665 billion yuan ($99.2 billion) in the first five months of 2022, an increase of 8.5% over the same. period a year earlier. For more details, see this report from the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

A failure of the voice platform caused a service interruption for more than 39 million customers of the giant Japanese operator KDDIName on weekends, with service restored after 40 hours of downtime, reports the Japan Times.

germany Umlautwhat was acquired by Accenture last yearopened its 5G Campus Lab, a private Open RAN network that “allows companies in all industries to more quickly design, test and implement ultra-high-speed, low-latency connectivity solutions without having to invest in construction of their own network” – Read more.

Telecoms industry veteran Mike Short will step down at the end of 2022 as the UK government’s chief scientific adviser Department of International Trade (DIT) and helps DIT find a successor. You can read more about the role in this LinkedIn post from Mike – but do not delay because the deadline for submitting applications is July 31.

– Staff, TelecomTV

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