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‘Economy of Things’ may be the new telco revenue opportunity: Vodafone-STL Partners report

A report by Vodafone and STL Partners projects 88 million devices will “independently and securely trade” in 2024, rising to 3.3 billion by 2030. This “Economy of Things” (EoT) will transform sectors like vehicles and smart grids, unlocking untapped IoT data value. Vodafone’s Digital Asset Broker platform aims to facilitate these transactions, highlighting significant monetization opportunities.

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STL Partners: Nine Thoughts on Sustainable Telecommunications

STL Partners underscores the vital role of telcos in achieving net-zero targets, emphasizing the integration of sustainability across operations. With rising customer and investor pressure, telcos must embed sustainability into their strategies, focusing on reducing carbon emissions and enhancing efficiency. This shift not only benefits the environment but also boosts business performance.

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Research from STL Partners and Vertiv Reveals Why Telcos Should Prioritise Efficiency and Sustainability in 5G Networks

STL Partners and Vertiv report that while 5G is transformative, it presents significant energy challenges for telecom operators due to increased network density and usage. Operators must adopt energy efficiency best practices and promote 5G-enabled services to reduce consumption and emissions. The report highlights the potential benefits in manufacturing, transportation, and healthcare.

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3.3 billion network-edge devices set to connect and trade by 2030, report says

STL Partners’ report, commissioned by Vodafone, forecasts a surge in Economy of Things (EoT) devices, projecting 3.3 billion by 2030. These devices will trade securely via digital platforms, with connected vehicles leading growth. Despite current data sharing limitations, STL Partners sees immense potential in EoT, predicting significant economic benefits and new revenue streams for companies like Vodafone.

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Network edge computing demand declines in the UK, STL Partners reports

The edge computing industry is evolving rapidly with increased demand for faster data processing and enhanced security. STL Partners’ report highlights slower-than-expected growth in the UK market, with on-premise and regional edges leading over network edge. STL Partners forecasts significant growth in network edge as 5G advances, stressing the need for robust infrastructure investment to support data-intensive applications.

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To Make the Most of 5G Investments, Telcos Need a More Holistic View

End-to-end visibility in cloud-native 5G networks is crucial for CSPs to fully leverage their investments. STL Partners highlights that despite progress, many operators rely on siloed observability tools, which hinders holistic monitoring and monetization. Achieving transformative 5G services requires a unified data approach to ensure performance and operational efficiency.

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US wireless operators remain flexible on network APIs

US wireless operators like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are exploring network APIs to monetize 5G, but are cautious in finalizing their strategies. They support GSMA’s Open Gateway initiative but also plan to develop their own APIs. STL Partners increased its global forecast for network API revenue to $34 billion by 2030, reflecting broader use cases and additional APIs.

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From on-prem to cloud, now edge computing… What’s next?

Significant advancements in silicon semiconductors have driven computing from on-premises hardware to cloud and edge computing. STL Partners forecasts the edge computing market to grow at a 34% CAGR from 2019 to 2025, fueled by IoT. Emerging paradigms like fog, quantum, and neuromorphic computing promise further evolution, addressing complex computational challenges.

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STL: Intro to the network API monetization forecast

Non-proprietary network APIs are expected to help telcos monetize 5G by addressing untapped B2B2X needs. STL Partners’ forecast model highlights demand from 42 use cases, potentially unlocking new value for operators. The forecast estimates that network APIs could generate US$34 billion in value by 2030, including direct, indirect, and enablement revenue.

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Telefónica tops STL Partners’ Telecoms Sustainability Scorecard ranking 

The analyst firm STL Partners compares 45 companies in the Telecoms Sustainability Scorecard, according to the maturity of their sustainability initiatives, using seven key criteria. According to the scorecard, Telefónica has “the best global performance” in terms of ESG maturity and stands out in particular in terms of sustainability reporting, green finance, CO₂ emissions reporting and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The ranking examines the information given in the companies’ most recent annual reports, with a special focus on understanding the sustainability commitments, targets and incentives companies are adopting to motivate their employees to embed sustainability as a priority in their day-to-day work.

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Bridging the Digital Divide: Regional ISP Innovation

Recent research from STL Partners and A10 Networks has highlighted how regional ISPs are leveraging innovative technology and organizational models to bridge the digital divide.

Regional ISPs are hoping to connect the unconnected to next generation capabilities, empowering thousands of communities. To achieve this, however, regional ISPs must disrupt both technologically and organizationally, ensuring that they can continue to serve these communities in a commercially viable manner.

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Brace for the collision between telecom, public cloud

The collision between telecom and public cloud is heating up as telecom operators consider moving network functions to the public cloud to enhance efficiency and margins. Companies like AT&T and Dish are early adopters, while others like Verizon remain skeptical. STL Partners suggests that telco-cloud integration is inevitable despite concerns about losing core competencies.

Hyperscalers key to energising a lacklustre telco edge sector, finds STL

STL Partners reveals that telco edge deployments have lagged behind expectations, with optimal hyperscaler partnerships being crucial for acceleration. A revised forecast shows only 950 edge sites by 2025, down from 4,000. Key insights highlight the importance of collaboration between telcos and hyperscalers like AWS and Microsoft for advancing edge computing.

Telcos face big challenge in value-chain emissions reduction – STL Partners

STL Partners highlights the significant challenge telcos face in measuring carbon emissions within their supply chains. The report emphasizes the need for industry collaboration and standardized reporting methods to tackle Scope 3 emissions. Despite hurdles, operators are increasingly committed to achieving net-zero targets, driven by regulatory pressures and sustainability demands.

Advanced edge sustainability solutions, including Precision Liquid Cooling, can reduce Telco operator’s energy usage and carbon emissions, saving millions of dollars per year

A new STL Partners report finds advanced edge sustainability strategies, including Precision Liquid Cooling, can reduce telco operators’ energy use by 3-5% and save up to $40 million annually. These strategies also lower carbon emissions by over one million tons for large operators. Edge computing’s unique sustainability challenges require tailored solutions.