Capacity Magazine – Smart Routes to Smart City Business: Why Carriers Must Court Partners

Bengt Nordström, CEO of strategic consultancy Northstream, believes carriers need to carve out their markets quickly if they don’t want to be pigeonholed or left behind. For Nordström, pragmatic areas to focus on include network adaption, particularly encompassing indoor coverage and developing platforms that enable services. They should look to others who are leading the way with the right kinds of ecosystem, such as AT&T in Dallas.

“The right strategy is not to exclude any particular type of players and industries, but to include platform providers, solution and service providers with innovative ideas, public sector parties which are developing smart city frameworks and/or providing investment,” Nordström says. In AT&T’s case, this means it can enable and offer different types of services rather than be limited to its own service offerings.

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