Bringing our clients deep industry knowledge

STL Partners has deep industry knowledge across a range of emerging growth areas for the telecoms industry. We work across a host of emerging technologies and customer verticals, including 5G, IoT, and artificial intelligence and how they drive growth within the Consumer and Enterprise segments.

Across our Research and Consulting businesses, STL Partners has also developed unparalleled expertise in three industry domains – Edge computing, Telco cloud, and Digital health. We bring years of tangible experience, coupled with a forward thinking mentality, to define how the industry can be successful and drive growth in these areas.

Edge computing

New technologies and demand for new applications means the time is ripe for edge. Consumers want low latency for content-driven experiences and enterprises require local processing for security and resilient operations.

Those who want to add value in this space need to understand the business models, the use cases and define a clear go-to-market plan, including operators who can use edge computing to grow revenues outside connectivity.

Telco cloud

Telco cloud technology was supposed to change the face of telecoms networks. Network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) were sold as a platform for operators to operate faster, cheaper and more effectively than ever before. But deployments to date have unlocked limited business value, and the industry has grown weary.

Yet telco cloud matters more than ever. Operators are investing heavily in 5G, whose use-cases depend on cloudification of network and IT infrastructure. In other words, if we don’t figure out telco cloud, 5G will never pay off.

Digital health

The healthcare industry is changing on a global scale, bringing new challenges centred on a lack of available resources. Digital health technology enables better, more proactive, and more bespoke patient management at lower cost, and will therefore play a key role in driving necessary efficiency gains within the industry.

However, healthcare is still one of the least digitised sectors worldwide – this provides operators with a real and lasting opportunity to add value beyond core connectivity.