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Light Reading – 5G Spectrum to Cost Less Than 4G, Says Expert

Technology innovation and the use of lower frequency bands could help to reduce the expense of 5G rollout, but there is a growing expectation that deployment will take a very long time, and that 5G will co-exist with more advanced versions of 4G LTE technology for many years. “Operators will buy kit that can largely […]
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Published March 14, 2017 in , , .


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Total Telecom – Operators are not innovative but that’s OK – consultant

Operators in the main lack the scale and culture to drive innovation that would meaningfully move their topline upwards, claimed telco consultant Bengt Nordström. Total Telecom asked him last week whether he had seen anything at Mobile World Congress that might change his mind, and he gave a typically frank response: “No. N-O. Full stop,” […]
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Published March 14, 2017 in , , .


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CNBC – The $3.5 trillion 5G opportunity is at ‘crossroads’ as telco industry clashes over path forward

A number of companies have earmarked 2020 as a year when 5G could potentially go mainstream, but not everyone in the industry is convinced. “I think we are probably at the peak of inflated expectations on 5G,” Bengt Nordström, CEO of Northstream, told CNBC by phone. “We are not doing ourselves any favors if we […]
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Published March 14, 2017 in , .


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Telecoms Tech – Opinion: IoT as a share of operator revenues will increase three-fold, at least for some

In essence, the Internet of Things (IoT) is an extension of the digitalisation trend that has been going on for years. In addition to regular digitalization procedures, such as automating processes or creating web-enabled platforms for services, companies are also equipping their machines, products, and factories with sensors and connectivity modules. We’ve seen similar trends […]
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Published February 17, 2017 in , , , .


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Bloomberg – Ericsson CEO’s Do-List: Reality Check, Then Hard Decisions

On the horizon for Ericsson and Ekholm is the fifth-generation mobile-network technology that is currently under development, and to keep from slipping further, Ericsson will need to prove its capabilities in developing products for the new standard. However, large-scale commercial deployment of 5G networks isn’t expected until 2020 and even then, it may not provide […]
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Published January 31, 2017 in , , , .


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European Communications – Placeholder CEO or master of detail? Börje Ekholm needs to show he’s the right man to save Ericsson

Ericsson’s largest shareholders are family-controlled investment house Investor AB and asset manager AB Industrivärden. Both make a virtue of the fact they are long-term stewards of their investments. But Bengt Nordstrom, CEO at Northstream Consulting, thinks that Ekholm could be “the right person at the right time.” He believes that Ekholm is intelligent and analytical, […]
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Published January 31, 2017 in , , , .


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Light Reading – DT, EE, Orange, Vodafone Open Up on 5G

By contrast, IoT presents a “greenfield” market for most operators and one in which 5G could evidently play a key role. In that respect, it seems far likelier to fuel sales growth. The question is: How much? Swedish consulting company Northstream predicts that most operators will in future generate no more than 1% of their […]
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Published January 31, 2017 in , , , .


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Light Reading – Growing Pains Will Force Telcos to Shape Up

Although the difficulty of growing sales is widely recognized in the industry, few would acknowledge that stagnation is an incurable malady. Most telcos still seem determined to unearth the next big growth opportunity, despite the probability it will never be found. “We are really in a business that needs to review the way it operates,” […]
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Published January 31, 2017 in .


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Light Reading – EE: New Tech Is Mobile Revenue Savior

High-profile analysts have expressed concern about the telco business case for 5G despite optimism the technology could unlock new service opportunities and spur economic growth. Bengt Nordström, the CEO of the Northstream consulting business, is doubtful that 5G will fuel a revenue increase for service providers, and thinks operators will invest in the technology to […]
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Published January 31, 2017 in , , .


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Light Reading – EE: New Tech Is Mobile Revenue Savior

High-profile analysts have expressed concern about the telco business case for 5G despite optimism the technology could unlock new service opportunities and spur economic growth. Bengt Nordström, the CEO of the Northstream consulting business, is doubtful that 5G will fuel a revenue increase for service providers, and thinks operators will invest in the technology to […]
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Published January 13, 2017 in , , , .