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Financial Times – European telecoms brace for losses as roaming charges end

A mixture of European officials, lobbyists and politicians will gather in the opulent 17th-century Upper Barrakka Gardens in the fortified Maltese capital of Valletta to toast a long-awaited success on Thursday evening: the end of mobile phone roaming charges in the EU. The shindig overlooking the Mediterranean marks the culmination of a decade of wrangling between telecoms […]
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Published June 15, 2017 in , , , .


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Telecoms.com – Telcos are a commodity and not innovative; so what?

While the world is worried about the trend of commoditization, a former Ericsson and Smartone telecoms industry heavyweight is asking what the big deal is. Bengt Nordström, now CEO of consultancy Northstream, can boast of a more hands-off view on the telco landscape, and questions what the panic is all about. Yes, the telcos are […]
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Published June 7, 2017 in , , , , .


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Sveriges Radio – Stockholm är tredje snabbaste länet på mobilsurf

Det går allt snabbare att surfa med mobilen i Sverige, men det är stora skillnader inom landet. På Gotland surfar du nästan dubbelt så fort som i Blekinge. Bengt Nordström, vd på telekomanalysbolaget Northstream, säger att kapaciteten vi har i Sverige räcker långt. Men i orter med lägre hastighet är marginalerna mindre. – Med de […]
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Published June 2, 2017 in , , , .


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Light Reading – Orange Sees ‘Peak’ Capex in 2018/19, Ups 2017 Guidance

While European operators such as Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) have warned investors that spending on 5G rollout across Europe could amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, not all analysts are convinced the arrival of 5G will trigger a surge in operator spending. The use of lower spectrum bands — providing better wide-area […]
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Published May 31, 2017 in , , , .


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Mobile Europe – Proximus, VEON execs win CTO of the Year awards

VEON’s Yogesh Malik and Proximus’s Geert Standaert scooped the awards at Mobile Europe’s CTO of the Year event on Wednesday evening. The judging panel for this year’s awards comprised Graeme Neill, Mobile Europe Editor, Marc Smith, Group Editor of Mobile Europe and European Communications, Kester Mann, Principal Analyst at CCS Insight, Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of […]
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Published May 29, 2017 in , , , , .


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Light Reading – Open Sores: Are Telcos on a Collision Course With Vendors?

It is already clear that open source and the technologies surrounding it will up-end parts of the telecom industry. What remains uncertain is whether it can address some of the particular needs of the telecom sector, and just how much upheaval it will cause. The prospect of AT&T as a global technology vendor — or […]
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Published May 29, 2017 in , , .


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European Communications Magazine – IoT business models continue to challenge industry thinking

Bengt Nordström, CEO at consultancy Northstream, chimes with Mackenzie on revenue share from connectivity – setting it at 10-15 percent of the total – but suggests the opportunity for operators, in general, may have been over-stated, or misread. Even the largest and most advanced can look forward to taking only five percent of their revenues, […]
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Light Reading – Is T-Mobile’s 5G Plan Just a Pipe Dream?

John Legere, the belligerent, potty-mouthed boss of T-Mobile US, is famous for ranting about his bigger rivals’ shortcomings. He is also quick to pounce on any opportunity for self-promotion, and justifiably regarded as something of a marketing genius. “Every time he says something it sounds fantastic,” says Bengt Nordström, the CEO of the Northstream market-research […]
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Published May 4, 2017 in , , .


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Computer Sweden – Operatörerna jagar nya intäkter när gamla affären tryter

– Den övergripande trenden är att man går från en tal- och meddelandecentrisk marknad till en datacentrisk marknad. Under de senaste åtta åren har det varit fallande i Europa, med minskade intäkter för operatörerna. Nu börjar det finnas tecken på att det stabiliserats. Det kanske inte ökar, men ligger i alla fall ganska platt intäktsmässigt, […]
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Published April 28, 2017 in , .