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Telco Innovation Benchmark: Winners and Losers in the Race to Future Revenues

Mobile service providers are experiencing a technology and business transformation, attempting to grow past their connectivity legacy into enterprise vertical services. Although discussions around the enterprise vertical opportunity and industry alliances are in full swing during 2018, telcos have yet to truly address innovation as a key component of their strategy.

ABI Research has attempted to benchmark telco innovation and understand whether telcos are indeed innovating or becoming complacent compared with their suppliers and Webscale pioneers.


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Virtual Machines Are the Standard in Telco Cloud, But Containers Are the Future

4Q 2018

Virtual machines (VMs) are used extensively in cloud computing to meet two key requirements: one, to provide isolation across multiple workloads and entities (hardware units, hypervisors, etc.); and two, to avoid resource monopolization while preserving multitenant provisioning. VM-centric virtualization lays the groundwork for the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS; e.g., servers, storage, networking) cloud-computing model, which in turn serves as the foundation for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS; e.g., development tools, business analytics, databases) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS; e.g., hosted apps) deployment environments. VMs excel at isolation but running multiple apps, or different versions of the same app, in the same VM is not possible due to dependency conflicts. VMs, therefore, may not be very conducive to app agility and cloud-native friendliness. VM-induced overhead may also be a challenge because of each VM running on a full operating system (OS) and because of a hypervisor that serves as a conduit for data flowing to the outside world.


Is 600 MHz And 700 MHz Spectrum The Ace In The 5G Hole?

1Q 2018

Spectrum below 3 GHz is in high demand with multiple stakeholders, and regulators around the world could potentially use the sub-3 GHz or even the sub-1 GHz spectrum bands as a mechanism to allow greenfield players or mobile telcos with minority market share to level the playing field between the largest and the smallest mobile telcos.

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5G for Consumer and Industrial Applications

5G discussions are currently focused on creating a faster network, but the revolution will happen with 5G will allow mobile service providers to address industrial applications. Despite the wide agreement that this will likely introduce a wave of new business opportunities, mobile service providers don’t yet understand the technologies, operational models and culture that 5G will require. They are now trying to understand what end markets need and test new business models, which will mature by the time 5G is fully deployed.

This webinar will present current 5G market activities, and what key mobile service providers are planning to do in the initial stages of commercial deployments, mostly focusing on consumer applications and enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB). The webinar will then discuss industrial applications, where the market landscape is very different: connectivity is just a tiny element of industrial technology systems. Operators need to move away from connectivity-centric industrial strategies, otherwise they will find it hard to convince industrial implementers of the value proposition of their products and services.

This webinar will address the following questions:

  • What are the most recent developments in the 5G market landscape?
  • What aspects of 5G will be deployed in the next 5 years?
  • What industrial applications are possible with 4G and other technologies today? What is not?
  • How can MSPs prepare for industrial telecoms?
  • Which market will lead 5G industrial applications?