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Light Reading – DT’s Epic Undershoot Reflects Transformation Woes

Using vendors as a punching bag has become standard practice for operators in recent years. Yet Deutsche Telekom’s managers must take some of the blame for the recent failure. There is no doubt they massively underestimated how difficult the all-IP and pan-net initiatives would be. “The top-down project is seldom rooted in the realities of […]
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Published July 5, 2018 in , .


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Light Reading – Telco IoT in 2018: Firework or Flop?

Despite the bullish sentiment that has long surrounded it, IoT continues to underwhelm, as far as most operators are concerned. Data gathered by Northstream, a Swedish consultancy, and shared with Light Reading in late 2017 showed that IoT revenues as a percentage of total sales were just 1.59% for Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), 1.18% for Verizon Communications […]
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Published April 18, 2018 in , , .


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Light Reading – Huawei Dwarfs Ericsson, Nokia on R&D Spend in 2017

Telcos including Vodafone Group plc and NTT DoCoMo Inc. have also said they do not expect capital expenditure to rise as a percentage of sales with the rollout of 5G networks. Unless sales increase dramatically, bucking the trend of the last few years, the implication is that most operators will take around seven years to build out nationwide […]
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Published April 6, 2018 in , , , .


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Light Reading – Sweden’s Tele2 to Swallow Com Hem in $3.3B Deal

“Kinnevik invested in Com Hem last year and it was expected this would lead to an ultimate acquisition of Com Hem,” says Bengt Nordström, the CEO of the Northstream consulting and market research business. “Now they have established themselves as a clear number two in the Swedish market [behind Telia] with a fully convergent offering.” […]
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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 , , , , .


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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 , , , , .


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Light Reading – Deutsche Telekom touts Europe’s first “5G” connection

Deutsche Telekom claims to have turned on Europe’s first 5G connection on a commercial network in Germany in a technology demonstration that hints at the nature of its next-generation mobile broadband plans from 2020 onwards. …. Nevertheless, a number of industry watchers do not think Europe will have widespread 5G networks in place for many […]
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Published September 12, 2017 in , , , .


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Light Reading – How Much Will 5G Cost? No One Has a Clue

Software could have a massive impact. If one sensibly assumes that deployments based on millimeter wave spectrum (very high frequencies) will be limited to hotspots like airports and shopping malls, then many operators may already have much of the physical infrastructure in place. The growing software “upgradeability” of today’s network technologies could make the transition […]
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Published June 16, 2017 in , , , .


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Light Reading – Orange Sees ‘Peak’ Capex in 2018/19, Ups 2017 Guidance

While European operators such as Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) have warned investors that spending on 5G rollout across Europe could amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, not all analysts are convinced the arrival of 5G will trigger a surge in operator spending. The use of lower spectrum bands — providing better wide-area […]
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Published May 31, 2017 in , , , .


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Light Reading – Open Sores: Are Telcos on a Collision Course With Vendors?

It is already clear that open source and the technologies surrounding it will up-end parts of the telecom industry. What remains uncertain is whether it can address some of the particular needs of the telecom sector, and just how much upheaval it will cause. The prospect of AT&T as a global technology vendor — or […]
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Published May 29, 2017 in , , .