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.

Private networks

Private networks are expected to play a significant role in future wireless technologies for enterprise on-premise connectivity. By tailoring to customers’ specific needs, they offer users greater control, scalability, security and a combination of other key capabilities that is difficult to achieve with other traditional solutions.

As demand for private networks grows, stakeholders will need to successfully navigate the opportunities and threats, as well as the potential business models, to secure their place in the ecosystem.


Tackling climate change has moved to the top of everyone’s agenda. This includes the telecoms industry. Operators and their partners are committing to reduce their carbon footprints over the next decade: in many cases to net zero. Furthermore, operators are increasing their carbon ‘hand-print’ by supporting their customers to transition to low-carbon business and society.

Telco cloud

Telco cloud is more than just a new approach to the network, it is also a fundamental shift in how telcos operate and innovate. As networks become more accessible and instructible, telco cloud enables operators to impart actionable insights and capabilities to meet the needs of applications and customers using it. This is about providing greater value in the Coordination Age.

However, realising this vision comes with challenges and the pathways of getting there can vary significantly. We are committed to working with those who share a vision for the industry that involves greater agility with Telco Cloud as a key foundation of success.

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.