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Industry Updates

In the lead-up to Capacity Europe, we asked some of the speakers for their thoughts on where the industry is heading - setting the tone for a great couple of days, full of conversations and debates. 

Which technology or service do you think will change the wholesale landscape in the next 5 years and why?

Caroline Chappell
, Principal Analyst, 

"SDN will significantly change the wholesale landscape in the next five years because it will give customers unprecedented control and flexibility over their networks, impact pricing structures and generate new revenue opportunities." 


5G and SDN adoption in the next few years will drive key milestones in technology, media and telecommunication."

Ivan Mihaljevic, President, BCE NEXXIA:

Cloud services and emerging technology such as 5G will continue to make significant impacts in the wholesale telecom industry, both fuelling the demand for greater bandwidth. Cloud services will drive increasing bandwidth requirements, especially for data centre interconnection and data intensive applications, requiring extremely low latency, while 5G will require exponentially more bandwidth to support the increased volume of connections points."

Steve Wallage, Managing Director,

"No-one knows what the exact apps around IoT will be, but the technology offers amazing potential. 
While much of the focus is on the devices and edge network, it will have tremendous impact on the demand for very high bandwidth services."

Rajiv Datta, CTO, 

The importance of connectivity to our end customers is growing dramatically as the transition to the cloud gathers momentum. High bandwidth connectivity that offers agility and features aligned with this transition, such as on-demand/software-defined capability will be drivers of the market going forward."

Mardia van der Walt (Niehaus), SVP for International Carrier Sales & Solutions, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM:

"5G will be one of the keywords in the coming years. It will meet the demand of industries like Machine-to-Machine, E-health, Smart Metering etc. And I strongly believe the IoT will make big steps ahead and change people’s way of living and working. It is the wholesale industry challenge to find a way to enable all of these technology trends."

Max Roettgermann, Product Management Lead, IP & Peering International Carrier Sales & Solutions, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM:

Cyber attacks of all types are on the rise. Whilst I don’t wish to create fear, Security is a major topic these days and it will continue to be so into the future. We as wholesalers have to do our homework and deliver safe and reliable networks to our customers and to the world at large."

Dick Theunissen, President EMEA, EDGECONNEX:

Open compute infrastructure standards - like Open19, along with the next generation of Internet Exchanges and Distributed Ledgers. Server, storage and network platforms are converging and becoming commodities. These new "high performance service platforms" are designed to run customer workloads (regardless of whether it is an ERP platform or digital media transcoder) where, when and how they need it. Latency matters more and more - every day. These new platforms can be located in a next generation data center (they require far more power and cooling per rack than the traditional providers can manage) or at the emerging new edge of the network. Containers (sized to suite location and service) can provide proximity to content, storage and processing - as well as network aggregation  and cloud onramps - wherever the mobile and persistently connected community of end user customers  need them to be."


"The API ecosystem is very exciting. APIs enable new platforms and models to be created and global infrastructure to be used in new ways. I see APIs driving innovation not just in wholesale but in the entire ICT ecosystem."

Giuliano Di Vitantonio, CMSO, INTERXION:

"Customers are increasingly deploying a variety of 
workloads of varying types and sizes, supported by a network architecture that connects them in a timeley and cost effective way. These requirements can best be met by data centre providers capable of supporting a hybrid model spanning retail deployments and larger deployments in highly connected facilities, which is different from the traditional wholesale model."

Arnd Baranowski, Director & Co-Founder, OCULEUS:

"Artificial Intelligence enhancing the efficiency to manage and protect communication networks."


"SDN-NFV ! SDN will digitalize our way to sell and manage our network and NFV will change our way to design it."

Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, Senior Partner, 

"The increasing shift to the cloud and volume of data being generated, will make efficient handling and trading of data capacity the number one priority.

Eduardo Guardincerrri, CMO-International Wholesale Business, TELEFONICA:

"SDN/NFV, because it will bring efficiencies and new ways of providing services; IPX, because it will simplify the way we interconnect with QoS; and IoT, because Wholesalers have an important role to play in this area."


"It is an exciting time to be in the Communications industry and part of a wholesale organization that is helping our partners succeed in a very competitive market. There are several developments, including software defined networking, that will deliver the digital world in a simpler, more efficient and reliable way to customers across the globe."

Lior Levy, Head of Carrier Relations,

Improvement in Internet Connectivity in developing countries, alongside increased technology globally, will create greater competition for wholesale market."

UK Digital Minister to open Capacity Europe 2017

The UK Government’s Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, will open the largest annual meeting in Europe for the global carrier community next month.

Virtus unveils plans for London’s largest data centre campus

Virtus Data Centres continues its rapid expansion announcing plans for two new adjacent facilities on a single campus near Stockley Park, west London.

BSO enhances London to Tokyo route as FX traders demand lower latency

Global network provider BSO has optimised the speed across its London to Tokyo route as currency traders escalate their demands for faster trading.


GSMA finds $1.8 trillion IoT revenue opportunity for mobile network operators

GSMA finds $1.8 trillion IoT revenue opportunity for mobile network operators


BICS launches third fibre route from Marseille into Europe

BICS is deploying a third fibre route between Marseille and Paris to reduce latency and protect inbound voice and data traffic from Asia and the Middle East.


Deutsche Telekom launches "Europe's first" 5G network

Deutsche Telekom have partnered with Huawei to launch what the German operator is claiming to be the first 5G network to go live in Europe.

Interconnection bandwidth is expected to grow at a 45% CAGR to reach 5,000Tbps by 2020, dwarfing global IP traffic in both growth (24%) and volume (855Tbps), according to Equinix’s inaugural Global Interconnection Index.


UK to enshrine GDPR with data protection law revamp

The UK government has unveiled plans to overhaul the country’s data protection laws in a move that will bring rules more in line with the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Rule.


European colocation market to grow by 20% in 2017

London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam - the data centre hubs of Europe - are set to experience a 20% increase in new colocation supply in 2017.

View the Security Special Report 2017 

Contents include:

Is IoT threatening the internet? - With the volume of attacks on the rise and the emergence of the Internet of Things set to intensify the problem, now solutions are needed.

Keeping SMS revenue secure - Operators must find a way to boost their revenues from SMS, in  addition to protecting messaging traffic from abuse by spammers and fraudsters.

International security trends - In figures

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View the Cloud Special Report 2017 

Contents include:

Switching focus to the cloud - In a multi-cloud world, carriers who kept faith with the cloud look set to reap their reward

Navigating the clouds - Carriers have big choices to make. But how should they chart a path to the future?

Ten top cloud solutions - Cloud potential is vast, and so are the numbers of cloud practitioners. A look at some of the best.

Click here to view the full report

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