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Mobile Europe – CTO of the Year Roundtable: the hype and the glory

Bengt Nordström, CEO at Northstream, and a judge for CTO of the Year, talks about redundancy programmes within operators, and the challenge for veterans of the industry to change horses. “There’s not that many places to find a new job, so you better stick with what you know,” he says. “It makes us protective of […]
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Published October 18, 2018 in , , .


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Total Telecom – 5G’s false dawn

“The launch of 5G will be a phased introduction. It will begin properly in 2020 and then over the next 7 years or so it will reach more comprehensive population coverage,” said Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of Northstream. “The introduction of 5G will vary from region to region. China and the US are investing more – […]
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Published September 10, 2018 in , , , .


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S&P Global – Push for scale, convergence and PE interest drives Nordics telecoms M&A

For Bengt Nordström, CEO of mobile industry consultancy Northstream, the market’s maturity combined with slower revenue growth adds a strain on operators, who are in need of network investment to meet the skyrocketing demand for data. “When you have this much pressure on networks but revenues are not growing, that is pushing the market in […]
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Published September 7, 2018 in , , , .


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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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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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