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Consumers really do want 5G, don’t they?

Gigabit speeds. MIMO. Spectrum. Trials. Verizon. Fixed wireless. Korea. Operator-vendor partnerships. Whoever is working in telecom these days will no doubt agree that, on any given day, it is next to impossible to avoid reading some new headline about some “major development” in 5G somewhere in the world. Most recently, we have even been made […]
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Published June 13, 2018 in , .


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Telecoms.com – Traditional operators are incapable of digital transformation

Bengt Nordstrom of telecoms consultancy Northstream identified the key cultural challenge as the move to a customer-centric mindset. “A digital transformation project must always start with a customer and business process mindset,” he said. “For instance, how would we like to serve our customers in the future? How would they like to buy and consume […]
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Total Telecom – 2 M&A in 2018 – T-Mobile and Sprint merger is just the beginning

“The European market is long overdue for consolidation. As Europe continues to take its cues from the US, this might lead regulators to recognise the opportunity these mergers present to the market and approve consolidation in the EU,” said Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of Northstream. Whether or not the European Commission relaxes its rules on consolidation, […]
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Published May 3, 2018 in , , , , , .


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Light Reading – T-Mobile, Sprint Close to Merger Deal – Reports

Judging by experience, the rollout of a next-generation mobile technology is unlikely to boost service revenues for operators. As a result, operators in many countries will probably take around seven years to build nationwide 5G networks, according to Bengt Nordström, the CEO of the Northstream consulting group. Moving any faster might lead to a sharp increase in […]
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Published May 3, 2018 in , , , .


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Light Reading – Telco IoT in 2018: Firework or Flop?

Despite the bullish sentiment that has long surrounded it, IoT continues to underwhelm, as far as most operators are concerned. Data gathered by Northstream, a Swedish consultancy, and shared with Light Reading in late 2017 showed that IoT revenues as a percentage of total sales were just 1.59% for Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), 1.18% for Verizon Communications […]
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Published April 18, 2018 in , , .


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Total Telecom – 4 5G Fanfare – Will overpaying for spectrum come back to haunt the UK’s big 4?

“The 3.4GHz spectrum band is hugely important for 5G, as it lets operators add extra capacity to their existing networks without having to add many new base station sites. This explains why the operators’ bids for this band were so much higher than expected,” he said.  Despite the necessity of investing in spectrum, Nordstrom fears […]
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Published April 18, 2018 in , , , , .


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Light Reading – UK’s £1.4B ‘5G’ Auction Looks Bad for Industry

The 3.4GHz spectrum band is hugely important for 5G, as it lets operators add extra capacity to their existing networks without having to add many new basestation sites,” said Bengt Nordström, the CEO of the Northstream consulting business, in emailed comments. “This explains why the operators’ bids for this band were so much higher than expected.”… In […]
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Published April 18, 2018 in , , , , , .


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The Telegraph – O2 splashes £500m in 5G spectrum auction to remove obstacle to blockbuster float

Bengt Nordstrom of consultancy Nordstream said: “The 3.4GHz spectrum band is hugely important for 5G, as it lets operators add extra capacity to their existing networks without having to add many new base station sites. This explains why the operators’ bids for this band were so much higher than expected. “That operators paid higher than […]
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Published April 6, 2018 in , , , .


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Telecoms.com – UK 5G auction: O2 and the state win, Three and consumers lose

“That operators paid higher than expected prices is good for HM Treasury but not so good for consumers, as it leaves the operators with less money to invest in their 5G networks and services. In today’s market, operators are capex constrained,” said Bengt Nordstrom of telecoms consultancy Northstream. “It would have made more sense for […]
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Published April 6, 2018 in , , , .