Insights, Predictions

#1 – Telco IT goes from misunderstood synergy enabler to customer value creator

In 2019, the trend of IT and Networks integration will decline, taken over by more business-oriented IT functions. The trend was based on an overestimation of the potential synergies, which have proven hard to reach. While some parts of IT can benefit from being part of Networks, the main part, i.e., application development and maintenance, […]
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#2 – Operators to refine their ‘Cellular IoT strategy’ to better seize the global digitalization opportunity

In 2019, the telecom industry will be wiser about its role in the global digitalisation trend. It will be more apparent to operators that the Cellular IoT (CIoT) connectivity option is suited to certain use cases; the automotive and logistics verticals being among the most promising ones. We believe that operators will revise their CIoT […]
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Published November 30, 2018 in , .


Insights, Predictions

#3 – Operators will overcome the fear of eSIM, it’s time to get excited about the potential!

For long operators have been concerned with how eSIM will impact their businesses; would they lose the direct relationship with the end-user, or will they face increased competition from other connectivity providers. At the same time, with the introduction of GSMA based eSIM standard, eSIM has started to gain considerable traction among OEMs that offer […]
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Published November 30, 2018 in .


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#5 – A new category of operator owners arise with focus on sustainable cash generation rather than revenue growth

It has taken half a decade to get here, but with Europe on the doorstep of the next generation of mobile communications, we believe regulators’ arguments for sustaining four-player mobile markets in the interest of consumers have finally become too weak. Consolidation is a must in order to create sustainable operators with capital available to […]
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Published November 30, 2018 in , .


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Bonus 20-year prediction: Mobile networks come back to where it all began – a single network per market

This year, Northstream celebrates our 20-year anniversary. In our founding year, Nokia became the world leader in mobile phones, there were 100 million mobile subscribers globally, and Northstream was occupied with projects touching upon cutting-edge technologies such as WAP, i-mode, and WCDMA. To highlight this milestone, we want to raise our gaze from the one […]
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Published November 30, 2018 in , .