Tag archive: 5G

In the news, Insights

Mobile Europe – 2018 predictions: Operators overhaul IoT approach as certainty grows on 5G

Unsurprisingly 2018 is expected to bring greater certainty around what 5G will look like. According to Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of consultancy firm Northstream, the standard is now likely to come to market earlier than was expected a year ago as standardisation is making good progress. Trials will not demonstrate anything spectacular, says Nordstrom, with the […]
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Published January 9, 2018 in , , , , .


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Dagens Industri – Ericssons konkurrent skruvar åt pengakranen

”5G kommer inte att skapa tillväxt på telekommarknaden. Operatörernas investeringar kommer att ligga kvar på ungefär samma nivå som i dag. Därför är Huaweis besked nog en anpassning till rådande marknadsläge med hård kostnadskontroll”, säger Bengt Nordström, grundare av konsultföretaget Northstream. Teleoperatörerna är de som driver 5G-nätet och senare säljer tjänsterna till slutkunderna. Deras investeringsvilja […]
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Published January 2, 2018 in , , , , .


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Telecoms.com – Ten telecoms predictions for 2018

3. 3.5 GHz will be the primary band for 5G Telecoms consultancy Northstream believes the 3.5 GHz band occupies the 5G sweet-spot. The mmWave band, popular for pre-5G FWA deployments, presents challenges with mobility support and providing consistent user experience, while sub-1 GHz spectrum is occupied with previous generations of mobile technologies and is not […]
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Light Reading – Cloudy With a Chance of Automation: Telecom in 2018

There has already been a wave of hype — and by no means a millimetric one — about the very high frequency bands that operators could use to support 5G services. In 2018, though, the industry will get over its fascination with so-called millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum and start to focus its efforts on the far […]
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Published December 18, 2017 in , , , , .


Predictions

#2 – Put mmWave and low band on hold – 3.5 GHz will be the primary band for 5G

Both the mmWave and sub-1 GHz spectrum bands, which are viewed as candidates for 5G deployment, have certain challenges and limitations. The mmWave band, popular for pre-5G FWA deployments, presents challenges with mobility support and providing consistent user experience. Sub-1 GHz spectrum is occupied with previous generations of mobile technologies and is not suitable to […]
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Published December 8, 2017 in , .


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Light Reading – Let’s Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services

The divide between operators and their vendors is perhaps no surprise. If suppliers can persuade the market that 5G will buoy telco revenues, networks will be rolled out more quickly, to the benefit of those same suppliers. The comments from Wibergh and Patterson reinforce the view this will not happen. “Operators will upgrade 12% to […]
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Published November 23, 2017 in , , , , , .


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Telecoms.com – Don’t hold your breath for 5G new revenue streams – Northstream

In an interview with Telecoms.com Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of telecoms consultancy Northstream, warned that not only is 5G likely to roll out slowly, but the benefits to CSPs will be mainly in the form of efficiencies rather than sexy new revenue streams. “We are at a paradigm shift in the telecom industry where we, for […]
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Light Reading – Vodafone CTO: 5G Is Overhyped & It’s Mainly About Cost

“There is little to support the idea that enhancing networks with 5G will increase revenues,” says Bengt Nordström, the managing director of the Northstream consulting group, pointing out that telco revenues in western Europe have been declining since 2008 despite the rollout of higher-speed technologies. “For me 5G is about efficiency,” adds Nordström. “It is a tool […]
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Published November 23, 2017 in , , , , .


Engagements, Sourcing, Strategy

Vendor 5G readiness evaluation

Northstream assisted a European mobile operator to assess vendors’ readiness in their 5G offering, as part of the radio network RFQ evaluation. Based on direct input from all involved vendors, Northstream individually and comparatively assessed the respective vendors’: current product offerings in terms of upgradability and reusability in the evolution to future 5G network; clarity […]
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Published September 28, 2017 in , , , .