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The New York Times – China’s ZTE, Saved by U.S., Has a Checkered Past and Shaky Future

With this week’s deal to replace near-fatal American sanctions on the telecommunications giant with a $1 billion fine, the company will be able to get back to making smartphones and network equipment. Barred from buying American-made components for the past two months, it halted operations and will now have to mend relations with customers. It will also […]
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Published July 5, 2018 in , , , .


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Computer Business Review – “Fiendishly Complicated” 5G Networks: Exciting, Expensive, Ever Coming?

Operators see three main use cases/routes to monetisation: 1) enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB); 2) ultra-reliable low latency IoT and 3) fixed wireless access (FWA). Yet as a report from independent telecoms consultancy Northstream shared with Computer Business Review put it this week: “The 5G use cases discussed in the industry will likely bring no (or very small) […]
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Published July 5, 2018 in , , .


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Total Telecom – International trade wars threaten to spark a 5G arms race – but is Europe even in the running?

Regardless of how quickly The UK can launch 5G, the general consensus is that Europe will struggle to bring 5G to market before the latter half of 2020 or even 2021. “5G it will be a phased introduction. It will begin in 2020 and then over the next 7 years or so it will reach […]
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Published July 5, 2018 in , , , , , , .


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Light Reading – DT’s Epic Undershoot Reflects Transformation Woes

Using vendors as a punching bag has become standard practice for operators in recent years. Yet Deutsche Telekom’s managers must take some of the blame for the recent failure. There is no doubt they massively underestimated how difficult the all-IP and pan-net initiatives would be. “The top-down project is seldom rooted in the realities of […]
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Published July 5, 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 , , , , .