Insights by Northstream

#1 – Mobile Edge Computing will go on hyper scale dating

Edge computing in the telecom world has been maturing in recent years but no major deployments have yet taken place. The B2B demand is now here as enterprises are showcasing edge computing use cases. The enterprise customers are now asking for private network solutions where edge cloud is a necessity. As many enterprises have started to transfer their systems to be run on public […]
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#2 – 5G will be open for Business

So far, 5G has been made available to consumers in many parts of the world with, if not revolutionary, then at least substantially improved user experiences. 5G for the enterprise markets, on the other hand, has so far been an attractive but elusive promise that seems yet to materialize.  However, we believe this will change […]
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#3 – eSIM and global IoT: finally meant to be

eSIM/eUICC offers substantial benefits to enterprise IoT customers in terms of flexibility and increased ease of multi-country IoT deployments. However, adoption has been somewhat slow since the ecosystem around eSIM was not sufficiently developed in the first years after the standard became available. Recently, the technological and commercial capabilities have been maturing, making it easier […]
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#4 – When classic revenues stagnate, find different seeds to cultivate

Adapting to a new industry standard of flat revenues, Operators are venturing outside of the connectivity service space to find new revenue streams. Operators are exploring monetizing in-house capabilities, embracing new partnerships and/or acquiring to diversify their services. But there is no magical and simple solution to this complicated problem, instead Operators need to address […]
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#5 – Smart buildings kicking in doors

Already with a foot (and fiber) in the door, many operators have turned to smart buildings and homes as a promising vertical to offer connectivity and smart services beyond their existing offerings. Despite digitalization slowly entering the building, real estate, and construction space, those companies have historically been conservative in their adoption of technology backed up by comfortable margins – until 2020 and CoVid-19. With the new age of working and an increased focus […]
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IoT Predictions 2020

Together with Telenor Connexion we have identified a trend for 2020 and beyond: IoT will play a positive enablement role in fighting climate change. IoT will not only drive the connected economy but will be an important enabler for a more sustainable and responsible connected economy. Under rising pressure from society, customers, and regulators, businesses are […]
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Connectivity Technologies for IoT

(Updated Edition, 2018) Selecting the most suitable connectivity technology is one of the critical decisions that a company needs to make in its Internet of Things launch strategy. But making the choice is challenging with a wide range of technologies available for IoT, such as traditional cellular 2G/3G/4G, Low Power Wide Area, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and […]
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#1 – Forget about data packages, 5G will bring speed-based price plans to mobile

2020 will see the currently mostly limited 5G launches ramping up, thus bringing extensive additional capacity to mobile networks. This, in turn, will enable operators to gradually get rid of data buckets in their range of offered plans. As most 5G plans become limitless in data, we anticipate that providers in 2020 will begin to […]
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#2 – Operators enter closer relationships with their outsourcing partners – enabling radical transformation across the entire value chain

Multiple trends are pushing operators to change the way they are working and deliver value to their customers. The increased demands on customer experience and fast time-to-market is causing them to embrace agile ways of working, DevOps delivery models, and analytics-driven decision making. However, these trends are not only affecting operators, but also other players […]
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#3 – Gaming and 5G: Game on!

The gaming industry has seen tremendous growth in the past years. Mobile gaming, which accounts for nearly half of the game revenues, is facing evolving business models as more cloud gaming and Netflix-type of subscription services are starting to appear. The improved capabilities of 5G networks will further enable this type of game consumption as […]
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