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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 , , , .


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Light Reading – Huawei Dwarfs Ericsson, Nokia on R&D Spend in 2017

Telcos including Vodafone Group plc and NTT DoCoMo Inc. have also said they do not expect capital expenditure to rise as a percentage of sales with the rollout of 5G networks. Unless sales increase dramatically, bucking the trend of the last few years, the implication is that most operators will take around seven years to build out nationwide […]
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Published April 6, 2018 in , , , .


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Capacity Magazine – UK’s 5G spectrum auction raises £1.4bn

According to Bengt Nordstrom, the CEO of telecoms consultancy Northstream, the fact that operators paid “higher than expected” amounts for the spectrum could have a negative impact on consumer experience as it may impact further investments in 5G infrastructure. He said: “The results of the auction confirm our view that the mobile industry has passed […]
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Published April 6, 2018 in , , , , .


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Mobile Europe – O2 deemed winner, Three loser of UK spectrum auction

The auction surprised some onlookers by concluding sooner and raising more money that was originally expected, at £1.4 billion. Bengt Nordstrom, CEO at Northstream, 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 […]
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Published April 6, 2018 in , , , .


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The Economist – Ericsson and Nokia are now direct rivals. How do they compare?

A better approach would be to remember what made the European mobile industry strong in the first place, says Bengt Nordstrom of Northstream, a telecoms consultancy. When 2G (or GSM, as it was called back then) was introduced in the late 1980s, many European countries and operators signed up to a memorandum of understanding, agreeing […]
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Published March 9, 2018 in , , .


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Capacity Magazine – Smart Routes to Smart City Business: Why Carriers Must Court Partners

Bengt Nordström, CEO of strategic consultancy Northstream, believes carriers need to carve out their markets quickly if they don’t want to be pigeonholed or left behind. For Nordström, pragmatic areas to focus on include network adaption, particularly encompassing indoor coverage and developing platforms that enable services. They should look to others who are leading the […]
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The Register – Work continues on 5G, shame no one’s sure what it’s for yet

The industry discussion around 5G verticals is likely to go on for another couple of years and that’s regardless of the bigger issue of national rollouts. Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of consultancy Northstream, told us: “It will take some time before those discussions turn into tangible product specs and business cases. I’m not trying to be […]
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Published March 9, 2018 in , , .