Insights, Predictions

#1 – 5G still 6+ years away, but 4G gears up

Commercial deployments of fully standardized, standalone mobile 5G technology are not expected to happen before 2019-20. Although Verizon is set to begin piloting 5G in the form of fixed wireless access (FWA) towards the end of 2017, we expect mass 5G deployments to still be at least 6 years away. Until then, Northstream predicts that […]
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Published December 2, 2016 in , , , .


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#2 – Speech Recognition goes mainstream, but Europe is left in the dark

In 2017, Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) will approach maturity and go from hype to everyday life, from a niche market technology to mainstream adoption. It will have broad applications and a huge impact on both smartphone and IOT devices. However, in stark contrast to historical trends, Europe will trail behind the US and China in […]
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#3 – The NFV hype is over, now it will really take off

Northstream predicts a breakthrough and strong growth in NFV activities in 2017. The incentives for operator implementation are high as some new services (e.g. VoLTE) will benefit from virtualized network functions and some future ones (e.g. network slicing) are dependent upon them. As a result, NFV in 2017 will be driven by services such as […]
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#4 – Infrastructure vendors’ market shares stabilize and price pressure eases

Infrastructure vendors’ have had challenging years where profit margins have been squeezed and market shares redistributed as the 4G roll out swept across the world. For the coming years we see the bulk of network investments taking place in existing installation upgrades rather than new roll outs. We also believe that operators are keen to […]
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#5 – IoT makes waves, operator divergence emerges

Globally, operators’ IoT revenues as a share of total revenue have been increasing steadily over the last few years. Some operators are now generating up to 1% of their revenue from IoT services and Northstream expects that though most will remain under or around 1% in 2017, a selection of leading operators will succeed in reaching […]
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