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Looking for fresh thinking on the telecoms sector? Our webinar content looks at the latest developments in the industry and how you can grow or defend your market. You’ll hear our interpretation of the data and the insight we get from our clients and network of contacts.

Like all our events, we encourage discussion so that you have the chance to pick up on areas most relevant to you.

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In this session, Phil Laidler and Miran Gilmore explored how 5G can help to improve networks’ energy performance and curtail carbon emissions.

The inexorable growth in data volumes predicted over mobile networks in the next decade means that relying on “evolutionary” improvements to 4G will not be sufficient to curtail emissions from networks.

Phil and Miran argued telcos need to achieve a step-change in networks and business practices. 5G New Radio, massive MIMO and mmWave technologies will be able to provide this step-change at first to contain, and then to reduce, carbon emissions from mobile networks.


Phil Laidler, Partner and Consulting Director, STL Partners

Date: Tuesday, 28th January, 2020

Time: 16:00 GMT

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In this session Amy Cameron and Yesmean Luk looked at the opportunities for telcos in health.

As a growing industry, with a national focus and significant digitisation challenges, healthcare is an attractive vertical for telcos seeking to build new revenues beyond core communications services. But it is also notoriously slow to change and carries a high reputational risk if anything goes wrong.

Through ten case studies on telco plays in healthcare – including both successes and failures – they outlined the key considerations and potential strategies for telcos targeting the healthcare opportunity.


Amy Cameron, Senior Analyst, STL Partners

Yesmean Luk, Consultant, STL Partners

Darius Singh, Consultant, STL Partners

Date: Tuesday, 26th November, 2019

Time: 16:00 GMT

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The unique benefits of 5G could unlock $1.4tn of value in eight key industries in 2030. This is based on models generated from 200+ interviews and surveys with industry executives. What steps should operators take to deliver these benefits? What business and organisational transformation must occur to unlock this opportunity?


Chris Barraclough, Partner and Director, STL Partners

Tilly Gilbert, Consultant, STL Partners

Date: Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019

Time: 9:00 GMT

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Edge computing from the front line: developer case studies

Much of the discussion around edge computing has focused on use cases which, although useful in demonstrating demand for the technology, are still hypothetical.

In this webinar we will present case studies “from the front lines” of developers and enterprises testing edge computing today across different applications such as AR/VR, video analytics, drone/UAV, live experiences and retail.

Key questions we will address during the webinar include:

  • How does edge computing compare to expectations?
  • What is measurable impact does edge computing make to the application?
  • What is the value to software companies, enterprises and agencies?
  • Given the value edge creates, how can telcos monetise this?


Dalia Adib, Senior Consultant & Edge Computing Practice Lead, STL Partners

Geoff Hollingworth, Chief Marketing Officer, MobiledgeX

Date: 12th September, 2019

Time: 17:00 GMT

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Digital transformation is at the heart of many organisations’ core strategies, as leaders explore how to solve traditional business problems with innovative digital solutions. STL Partners believes digital twins is an emerging technology that, by unlocking the potential of other rapidly developing technologies (such as IoT and AI), could play a significant role in driving transformation. But what is a digital twin?

In this webinar we’ll look at key digital twins use cases, how they are delivering value to global enterprises, and explore telcos’ potential role in the ecosystem.

There’ll be Q&A as part of the session.

Darius Singh, Consultant at STL Partners
Paul Green, CSO and Director at Iotic Labs, named as one of the top five tech start ups to watch in 2019 for IoT. Paul is also Associate Senior Analyst at STL Partners

Date: Thursday 6 June

Time: 4-5pm (London time)

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Broadcast: 22 May 2019

Virtualisation (NFV) and SDN fundamentally change network infrastructure and service agility. And telcos that act early could gain an advantage. In reality, few operators have taken up the challenge.

So what’s the right approach to match your business needs? How can you gauge when’s the right time to move – and how do you find a helicopter view of what’s happening in the market? Which vendors are selling which solutions, to whom - and why?

In this webinar, we’ll show how - with 5G on the horizon - telco virtualisation is at a tipping point. And look at data from the NFV deployment tracker which aggregates information on commercial deployments globally.

Presenters: Matt Pooley, Senior Consultant and David Martin, Associate Senior Analyst

Date: Wednesday 22 May

Time: 3:30-4:30pm (London time)

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Read more about our presenters and find some of our related research on the NFV webinar page.

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Broadcast: 30 April 2019

Voice-activated speakers have people talking about smart homes again. But Alexa is just a warm-up act for the main event. In this session, we looked at the opportunities for telcos, what smart householders really want and how best to provide it. And we heard directly from an international operator about their experience of working in this space.

The webinar was built on complementary research Can telcos create a compelling smart home? in our (Re)Connecting with Consumers research stream.

David Pringle, Associate Senior Analyst, STL Partners
Thomas Rockmann, Vice-President Consumer IoT and Co-Lead Smart Home Project, Deutsche Telekom
Amy Cameron, Senior Analyst, STL Partners (moderator)

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Thomas Rockmann from Deutsche Telekom's presentation
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Broadcast: 12 February 2019

In this invitation-only session, we looked at trends and challenges for the sector for the next few years. This covered changes to the global digital economy, how telcos can work in the enterprise space and some of the zeitgeist opportunities such as smart homes.

Our track record in horizon scanning is strong: a recent example is the recent FT article on telecom income in Europe - you might remember that we’d called this in our 2012 research.

Presenters: Andrew Collinson, Research Director
Amy Cameron, Senior Analyst
David Pringle, Associate Senior Analyst

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Broadcast: 30 January 2019

We opened with near-term technical changes and deployments in 5G and the type of services that could be realised. Following up with business process and strategies for financial planning that could lead to opportunities for growth.

The piece was a real challenge to telcos looking to make improvements to win and retain customers and monetise new opportunities.

Dave Burstein, Editor, Wireless One and Associate Analyst, STL Partners
Chris Barraclough, Director, STL Partners

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Broadcast: 11 December 2018

In this webinar we looked at the opportunities in distributed cloud for telcos and how they could be realised.

Applications developers need to engage to get the most out of the possibilities. We showed a new edge use case related to augmented reality (chosen by user vote ahead of the session). And we looked at the effective business models.

Our guest speaker from MobiledgeX, a leading mobile edge innovator, talked about what they’re achieving and where they see telcos can monetise existing infrastructure investments. Including SDN/NFV transformations and more future-facing investments like MEC.

Dalia Adib, Senior Consultant, STL Partners
Jason Hoffman, Chair, MobiledgeX

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For more on edge, visit our edge hub
Broadcast: 8 August 2018

This webinar covered our predictions for 5G.

We shared our assessment of the opportunities and barriers - including how and when it will impact different markets. How 5G will change the shape of the industry may not be what you expect, especially how it combines with other technologies and industry trends.

Topics include:
* Realistic deployment and uptake timelines
* Verticals and use-cases
* Role of enterprise / private networks
* Fit with NFV, WiFi, edge computing and AI
* Impact of geopolitics, spectrum regulation and lobbying

Andrew Collinson, Research Director, STL Partners
Dean Bubley, Associate Analyst, STL Partners

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Broadcast: 12 December 2017

In this webinar, we discussed the extent of live NFV deployments by operators in Europe and North America.

We assessed the various strategic and tactical plays available to those looking to keep on track with their virtualisation programme. There were also insights from our work with operators worldwide and our growing NFV deployment tracker research stream.

Matt Pooley, Consultant, STL Partners
David Martin, Associate Analyst, STL Partners

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All our webinars can be tailored to your company and delivered in house, either in small groups or town halls. Speak to your account manager or get in touch to find out more.