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Telco edge computing data centres: 3 approach factors

Telecoms operators want to build their network edges where there is demand. In other words, where there is a sufficient number of end-users or customers that will benefit from the capabilities that come with edge. In general, the approach has been to create a plan for a network of edge data centres that guarantees a maximum level of latency for …

MNO IoT security roles across the IoT stack

As part of our study IoT security: The foundation for growth beyond connectivity, we looked at the IoT security services of 12 MNOs to see what they are doing to address enterprise IoT security needs beyond that of secure connectivity. The architecture stack for an IoT solution can be simplified into four layers: Data collection (sensors, devices for data gathering), …

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Eight barriers telcos face in achieving network convergence

Network convergence is not a new concept and is one that has been consistently explored and often pursued by CSPs for many years. Convergence has been seen as a means of reducing costs and operational complexity while network divergence was used to support innovation, given the challenges with traditional appliance-based technologies. However, speed and specificity have been the major force …

Save energy and extend network coverage

Stratospheric Platforms Limited (SPL) has developed an alternative to traditional, terrestrial cell sites as a means of achieving network coverage in rural locations. The solution (Stratomast HAP) consists of a fleet of hydrogen-powered High Altitude Platform (HAP)-mounted antennas designed to provide 4G and 5G coverage to locations across the UK. Rural areas typically have poor mobile coverage because it is …

The Coordination Age Companies: First Release

The Coordination Age Companies: First Release

Which companies are bringing the Coordination Age to life, and how can the telecoms industry learn from or partner with them? This is the first report in a series outlining companies that we think are lighting the path on the journey to the Coordination Age. Its goal is to deepen understanding of the Coordination Age and to inspire innovation and …

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Vonage: What is Ericsson’s end game?

Rationale for acquisition In late November 2021, Ericsson announced it would purchase Vonage, a global cloud-based communications provider for $6.2bn. The acquisition is part of Ericsson’s expansion into the enterprise segment through Vonage’s communication platform as a service (CPaaS) offerings and follows on from Ericsson’s purchase of US-based Cradlepoint in late 2020. Cradlepoint’s enterprise solutions include wireless wide area networks …

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Edge computing forecast 2020-2030: 20 use cases

STL Partners has developed extensive expertise in edge computing, working with telcos and tech companies to identify their strategies and select suitable use cases. Based on our industry knowledge, we have developed an Edge computing market forecast model to estimate the size of the edge computing market over the next 10 years (2020-2030) in terms of revenue, broken down for …

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Top 10 telco cloud vendors

STL Partners recently updated (November 2021) its Telco Cloud Deployment Tracker, a our comprehensive database of live, commercial deployments of virtualised and cloud native network functions (VNFs and CNFs) and SDN technologies by leading telcos worldwide. It builds on an extensive body of analysis by STL Partners over the past eight years on NFV and SDN strategies, technology and market …

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Coordination Age: Digital Twin applications for building construction

The Coordination Age is all about making better use of new and connected technologies to improve the management of resources. There are few industries that need it more than construction, which: Generates 39% of industry CO2 emissions and where up to 30% of materials delivered to a construction site can end up as waste. Employs 10% of the global workforce, where there …

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No, the Metaverse is not the killer app for 5G

Let’s stop the next cliche before it even starts Most knowledgeable people now roll their eyes in derision whenever they hear the words 5G and autonomous driving (or robotic surgery) mentioned in the same sentence. But the mobile industry’s hypesters are always casting around for some new trope – and especially the mythical “killer app” that could help to justify …

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5G-aliser: Time to pump up the volume

What’s the 5G-aliser for? In early 2020, as a growing number of operators were launching commercial 5G services, it was clear that there were a wide range of factors that would affect the development of the market, from availability of spectrum and devices, to demand for high bandwidth services and private networks, and maturity of underlying technology and standards. To …

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Where are SPs in their roadmap to net zero?

The telecoms industry has a key role to play in reducing global carbon emissions, but as it stands there is huge variety in how close SPs are to achieving net zero. This article explores where SPs are in their sustainability journeys, and their key areas of focus moving forwards.  The telecoms industry has a key role to play in reducing global emissions  There are over eighty telecoms operators globally that turn over $1 …

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AT&T / WarnerMedia’s HBO MAX performance

In October 2016, AT&T announced it would acquire Time Warner and completed the acquisition in June 2018 for $85.4bn ($108.7bn including debt) branding the business as WarnerMedia. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which created real disadvantages in a number of areas, AT&T successfully launched HBO MAX in May 2020. Indoor restrictions affected its 5,550 retail store footprint, which would have been …

A role for telcos in public safety

The pandemic, environmental concerns and increasing incidence of natural disasters and social unrest are serving to focus public attention on what can be done to preserve health and ensure the safety of people and property going forward. STL Partners supports the position that telecoms companies are strongly placed to help address these concerns. The vision is that telcos can connect …

CSPs in Asia Pacific are generally more favourable to having converged edge infrastructure

The original concept for edge computing in the telecoms sector stemmed from network virtualisation efforts. CSPs were building distributed data centre-like facilities to support their network function infrastructure and consolidating network functions onto server infrastructure in place of functional hardware appliances. This meant there was spare capacity in those facilities to support customer applications and maximise economies of scale by …

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Where to use A3 for customer experience improvements

A3 (analytics, automation and AI) can be used to improve the customer experience and contribute financial value to telcos. Different types of A3 technologies are more or less important for enhancing different elements of customer experience. For example, analytics and machine learning (ML) can help to make sense of complex data, providing  insights into customer behaviour, preferences and experiences to …

Telco journey in reducing carbon emissions

There are over eighty telecoms operators globally that turn over $1 billion or more in revenues every year. As major companies, service providers (SPs) have a role to play in reducing global carbon emissions. So far, they have been behind the curve. In the Corporate Knights Global 100 of the world’s most sustainable corporations, only five of them are telcos …

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