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MWC 2023: You are now in a new industry

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We found subtle but significant shifts at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress 2023 that show how the market’s need is changing to ‘connecting technologies’ rather than ‘connectivity’. This has deep implications for the industry and telcos in particular.

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Format: PDF filePages: 50 pagesAuthor: STL Partners Research TeamPublication Date: March 2023

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • The birth of a new sector: ‘Connected technologies’
    • Old gripes remain
    • So what if you are in a new industry?
    • You might like it
    • How to go from telco to connected techco
    • Next steps
  • Introduction
  • Strategy: Does the industry know where it’s going?
    • Where will the money come from?
    • Telcos still demanding their “fair share”, but what’s fair, or constructive?
    • Hope for the future
  • Transformation leadership: Ecosystem practices
    • Current drivers for ecosystem thinking
    • Barriers to wider and less linear ecosystem practices
    • Conclusion
  • Energy crisis sparks efficiency drive
    • Innovation is happening around energy
    • Orange looks to change consumer behaviour
    • Moves on measuring enablement effects
    • Key takeaways
  • Telco Cloud: Open RAN is important
    • Brownfield open RAN deployments at scale in 2024-25
    • Acceleration is key for vRAN workloads on COTS hardware
    • Energy efficiency is a key use case of open RAN and vRAN
    • Other business
    • Conclusion
  • Consumer: Where are telcos currently focused?
    • Staying relevant: Metaverse returns
    • Consumer revenue opportunities: Commerce and finance
    • Customer engagement: Utilising AI
  • Enterprise: Are telcos really ready for new business models?
    • Metaverse for enterprise: Pure hype?
    • Network APIs: The tech is progressing
    • …But commercial value is still unclear
    • Final takeaways:
  • Private networks: Coming over the hype curve
    • A fragmented but dynamic ecosystem
    • A push for mid-market adoption
    • Finding the right sector and the right business case
  • Edge computing: Entering the next phase
    • Telcos are looking for ways to monetise edge
    • Edge computing and private networks – a winning combination?
    • Network APIs take centre stage
    • Final thoughts
  • AI and automation: Opening up access to operational data
    • Gathering up of end-to-end data across multiple-domains
    • Support for network automations
    • Data for external use
    • Key takeaways

 

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 3D content, 5G, 5G Edge servers, 5G Future Forum, 5G monetisation, AI, AI assistants, all-in-one-box, API, AR, artificial intelligence, automation, B2B, B2C, BICS, brands, Brownfield ORAN, BSS, business models, Carbon Trust Europe, cloud RAN, cloud-enabled private networks, connected technologies, Coordination age, core and network, CRM, customer experience, Diversity4Tech, ecosystems, edge computing, Edge Discovery Service, Edge-as-a-Service, emissions, energy crisis, energy efficiency, enterprise, European Green Digital Coalition, Financial Services, fintech, Greenfield, GSMA open gateway, home broadband services, home services, hype, Hyperscalers, internet tax, loyalty, Machine Learning, machine vision, MEC, metaverse, metaverse for enterprise, Mobile World Congress 2023, monetise edge, MR, mwc, network APIs, network data, network insights, network monetisation, network programmability, non-real-time app (rApp), O-RAN town, open RAN, open RAN implementations, open-loop automations, operational data, OSS, partnerships, personalisation, platforms, private 5G-as-a-Service, private cellular, private networks, programmable connectivity, Radio Intelligent Controller, Raspberry Pi, real-time data, real-time video analytics, remote collaboration, RIC, SD-WAN, smart manufacturing, sustainability, telco cloud, telco to techco, Telecom Infra Project (TIP), text to voice, transformation, TV shopping, voice to text, VR, VR shopping application, vRAN, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 7, Wi-Fi energy saving, work collaboration, XR