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Killer telco blockchain use cases

The hunt for the killer telco blockchain use case

Our recent two part research programme identified thirty six potential blockchain use cases for the telecommunications industry, deep diving on eight of the use cases we felt had the most promise. Despite the breadth of the blockchain opportunity, people are still looking for the killer use case that will either significantly save costs or increase revenue. Part of the challenge …

5G Impact On Carbon Emissions

Will 5G facilitate or hinder our quest for a carbon-neutral future?

The introduction of 5G networks will act on global carbon emissions in 4 domains: Energy consumption of telco networks Energy consumption of devices “De-carbonisation” of energy supply Reducing energy demand from enterprises and consumers On the face of it, 5G promises to be a key enabler in our quest for a carbon-neutral future. In simple terms, due to much lower kWh/TB transmitted, 5G should outperform 4G …

Trump CSP cloud

Has Trump re-ignited CSPs’​ cloud aspirations?

Four years ago, we wrote a report on CSPs’ opportunity in sovereign cloud. Essentially, this argues that local operators are well-placed to offer global firms sovereign cloud services. Global concerns should be less exposed to often vaguely defined, discretionary powers of national authorities looking to act against them on the grounds of national security, data sovereignty and privacy. Not only …

NFV SDN Change the game

NFV and SDN change the game – but how should telcos play it?

This overview explains the essentials about virtualisation, NFV and SDN. Read more specialist research and articles on virtualisation and get in touch with our virtualisation specialists on our virtualisation hub. Network function virtualisation (NFV) is about taking the hardware-based network functions of the past and running them as software. Telecoms operators can replace expensive dedicated networking equipment with common off-the-shelf …

Investment in Edge Computing

Venture capital seems keen to invest in edge – data chart

Edge compute is proving attractive to investors. Our chart of the week looks at recent VC investment, highlighting four edge companies that have achieved increased backing. Investment houses want to tap into revenue growth and/or sustained income and believe edge could offer this. Packet alone has more than doubled capital injection in 2 yrs ($9.4m in August 2016 & $25m …

5g edge computing

Why 5G needs edge more than edge needs 5G

Our research shows operators in the US, China, Korea and Japan chase 5G most enthusiastically and back that enthusiasm with real investment. This is characterised by T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray: “We are all in on 5G. Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we’re making to bring customers a …

Propriety Vendors Dominate NFV

Proprietary vendors still dominate NFV – data chart

Is the industry on track to deliver NFV’s promise of truly open hardware and software platforms? Our chart of the week suggests not when based on recent performance. Telcos were supposed to deploy virtual network functions from multiple vendors on the same hardware. In reality, most deployments have been from single vendors supplying virtualised 4G mobile cores, primarily EPC and …

Edge computing readiness

How the telecoms sector views edge – data chart

Edge compute holds opportunities for telecoms so why don’t telcos chase it more? Our chart of the week looks at the sector’s edge readiness. The chart data comes from our recent edge compute webinar (December 2018). Surprisingly, 32% of respondents claim they’ve a commercial strategy. We think this is a generous reading of ‘commercial strategy’ or skewed by vendor answers. We …