Predictions

#2 – Put mmWave and low band on hold – 3.5 GHz will be the primary band for 5G

Both the mmWave and sub-1 GHz spectrum bands, which are viewed as candidates for 5G deployment, have certain challenges and limitations. The mmWave band, popular for pre-5G FWA deployments, presents challenges with mobility support and providing consistent user experience. Sub-1 GHz spectrum is occupied with previous generations of mobile technologies and is not suitable to […]
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Published December 8, 2017 in , .


Predictions

#3 – Success will follow the brave who embrace the greenfield approach to BSS transformation

BSS transformation is a necessary, but also challenging endeavor for operators. The inherent difficulties associated with such a transformation have led many to prefer a step-by-step approach, which ultimately does not consider the holistic view and may even add to the complexity in the long run. To address these challenges and to maximize the impact […]
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Published December 8, 2017 in , .


Predictions

#4 – IoT drives AI to the edge

Although cloud-based AI has been taking the centre stage of media attention, there is another type of simpler and distributed AI emerging – edge AI, driven by the demand from various IoT applications. Running simpler AI on the device itself brings many advantages such as reducing data consumption and providing low latency for real-time decision […]
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Published December 8, 2017 in , , .


Predictions

#5 – Data trading will rise to make data great again

Thanks to digitalization and growing deployment of IoT, enterprises are collecting increasing amounts of data and looking for ways to generate more value from it, both by making it available to other companies but also by in turn getting access to the data generated by others. One way to efficiently achieve this is through data […]
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Published December 8, 2017 in , , .


In the news, Insights

Light Reading – Let’s Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services

The divide between operators and their vendors is perhaps no surprise. If suppliers can persuade the market that 5G will buoy telco revenues, networks will be rolled out more quickly, to the benefit of those same suppliers. The comments from Wibergh and Patterson reinforce the view this will not happen. “Operators will upgrade 12% to […]
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Published November 23, 2017 in , , , , , .


In the news, Insights

Telecoms.com – Don’t hold your breath for 5G new revenue streams – Northstream

In an interview with Telecoms.com Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of telecoms consultancy Northstream, warned that not only is 5G likely to roll out slowly, but the benefits to CSPs will be mainly in the form of efficiencies rather than sexy new revenue streams. “We are at a paradigm shift in the telecom industry where we, for […]
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Light Reading – Vodafone CTO: 5G Is Overhyped & It’s Mainly About Cost

“There is little to support the idea that enhancing networks with 5G will increase revenues,” says Bengt Nordström, the managing director of the Northstream consulting group, pointing out that telco revenues in western Europe have been declining since 2008 despite the rollout of higher-speed technologies. “For me 5G is about efficiency,” adds Nordström. “It is a tool […]
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Published November 23, 2017 in , , , , .


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European Communications – Opinion: Under-The-Top disruption has arrived, but it doesn’t have to be a threat to telcos

By Bengt Nordstrom, Co-Founder and CEO of independent telecoms business consultancy Northstream Over the past decade, telcos have faced tough competition and disruption from OTT players who’ve launched cloud-based voice and messaging services to rival the telcos’ own. While these services have eroded telcos’ traditional voice and messaging revenues, they’ve also bolstered the telcos’ primary […]
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Published November 23, 2017 in , , , , , , .


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Reuters – Exclusive – Orange is the new bank? Telecoms giant ventures into lending

Telecoms giant Orange launches its own bank on Thursday, aiming to win 25 percent of France’s online banking market by capitalizing on the rising use of smartphones to steal share from established lenders with inferior technology. … If Orange meets its target of 2 million customers in the next 6 to 10 years, it would likely […]
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Published November 23, 2017 in , , , .