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Smart city is no longer just a topic about the future. Many ‘smart’ / digital services are already operational today, ranging from public transport logistics, parking surveillance, traffic management, waste control, etc. They are, however, mostly deployed on top of existing communication backbone (mobile and fixed networks), built primarily for serving residential and B2B legacy communication needs. […]
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Published January 29, 2019 in , , .


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Light Reading – AT&T, Time Warner Shed 11K Workers in First 9 Months of 2018

Analysts are skeptical of Deutsche Telekom’s claim. “The idea of merging two companies without it resulting in redundancies is quite remote,” said Bengt Nordström, the CEO of the Northstream consulting business, during an interview with Light Reading late last year. “In theory, it should be one network and one organization. You don’t need two core network managers.” […]
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Published January 14, 2019 in , , .


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Telecoms.com – A bunch of telecoms predictions for 2019

Fixed Wireless Access put the revenue back in 5G – Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of Northstream Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) has evolved into a separate 5G use case, especially by Verizon in the US. Of all the suggested 5G use cases – including eMBB and mIoT – it is FWA that provides the most tangible revenue growth opportunity […]
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Published December 21, 2018 in , , , , , , .


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Bloomberg – Samsung’s 5G Network Grab Gets Boost With Huawei, ZTE Under Fire

Bengt Nordstrom, head of telecom consultancy Northstream, believes Samsung will struggle to gain the global position needed to support the hefty costs to research and develop the tech that drives 5G networks — despite its technological prowess and financial firepower. Nordstrom argues that Samsung is chasing a mature market with little growth, where global scale […]
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Published December 20, 2018 in , , , , , , , .


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Bloomberg – Huawei Hemorrhages Allies in Europe on Growing Security Concerns

“It’s been a week of negative announcements and indications from the biggest markets in Europe — the U.K., Germany and France,” said Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of telecom consultant Northstream. The continent’s biggest carriers will now be “extra cautious” of buying equipment from Huawei, Nordstrom said. (…) Dropping Huawei in Europe wouldn’t be easy. Most carriers […]
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Published December 17, 2018 in , , , .


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Light Reading – ZTE’s Future at Stake as Venezuela Deal Attracts US Scrutiny

While ZTE’s run-in with US government authorities has created uncertainty in the market, the Chinese vendor could also lack the R&D might to challenge its bigger rivals in future, says Bengt Nordström, the CEO of analyst firm Northstream. “You can’t just rip them out of the network, but the long-term direction is that they may […]
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Published December 10, 2018 in .


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Light Reading – IoT Boom Won’t Pay Off for Mobile Operators

So what are the technologies that will account for most of the IoT connections growth? “Most of it is about narrowband, short-range applications where cellular technology is not really that competitive,” said Bengt Nordström, the CEO of analyst firm Northstream, during a conversation about IoT several days before Ericsson published its latest report. “The more […]
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Published December 10, 2018 in , , , .


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Light Reading – EC Signs Off Tele2, T-Mobile Merger in Netherlands

Bengt Nordström, the CEO of consulting company Northstream, says European regulators have for a long time been too consumer-focused in their policymaking, leaving European markets with too many small players. “We have consistently invested less [than US operators] in network upgrades over the last five to seven years and have continued to invest less because […]
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Published December 10, 2018 in , , , , , , .