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Mobile World Congress 2018

By: Scott St. John

Mobile World Congress is upon us once again. If you are one of 2,300 lucky companies headed to Barcelona between February 26th and March 1st, you are most likely in the final throws of preparation.  And, if you are one of the 100,000 plus anticipated attendees, or one of the many Pipeline readers considering going to Mobile World Congress 2018, you are probably wondering what’s in store this year. We’ve put together the below guide to help you navigate the show. In a nutshell, it seems Mobile World Congress 2018 will look a lot like Mobile World Congress 2017…

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The Business Case for 5G

By: Tim Young

5G is coming. Verizon and Korea Telecom quietly ran live tests of their respective 5G technologies behind the scenes at Super Bowl LII earlier this month. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and KT CEO Chang-Gyu Hwang conducted a 5G video call on prototype Samsung tablets. That was a precursor to the wider 5G trials that KT rolled out at the PyeongChang Olympics, in partnership with Intel, Samsung, and others. Verizon and AT&T, meanwhile, plan to roll out 5G service to end users before this year is over…

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Transforming the Business Model of the IoT

By: Chad Dunavant

As an industry, we’ve been talking about "digital transformation" in broad strokes for a long time —  I’ve seen it applied to the process of supporting just about every new digital service that a Communication Service Provider (CSP) can sell, from building faster digital networks to adding mobile TV to a service portfolio.  To me, digital transformation simply isn’t a one size fits all term.  For CSPs today, each digital transformation is as unique as a fingerprint.  When we talk about a CSP to Digital Service Provider (DSP) transformation, we are not talking about a CSP who can now support a new digital service but rather, a CSP who is looking to transform their entire business model…

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Chatbots: Just a Tool or a Tech Revolution?

By: Krish Kupathil

Robots have fascinated the human mind for a long time. Fueled partly by sci-fi movies and partly by raw imagination, some humans have come to think of robots as the ultimate tech creations that will eventually rule the earth. Rosie, the robot housekeeper in the Jetsons TV series, Wall-E the trash compactor robot, Optimus Prime in Transformers and of course the Robocop, are all different robotic visualizations created to do everything to make human lives easier or safer. It is not then surprising that the audiences view chatbots and digital assistants as magical creatures that reside on your smartphones and with your every command run around to fetch every little piece of information…

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Patent Pipeline: Bitcoin Has Spurred Digital Currency Technologies

By: Alec Schibanoff

You cannot avoid Bitcoin. It is in the news every day, and the more volatile the pricing of this leading digital currency or cryptocurrency (the terms are interchangeable), the more news it generates. While Bitcoin is just one of the emerging digital currencies – there is also Ethereum, Litecoin, Zcash, Dash, Ripple and Monero – Bitcoin has zoomed to the top to be the leading cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has a mind-blowing Market Cap of $144 billion. Yes, billion with a “B.” All of the issued Bitcoins in circulation (16,861) times the average value of one Bitcoin ($8,595 as of the writing of this article) is how one gets to a market capitalization of $114 billion! Bitcoins cannot be ignored, and the Innovation Community has not ignored them…

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Biometrics As a Security Panacea? Far from It!

By: Darren Guccione

Users should think of biometrics as a key part of multi-factor authentication – not the only lock on the door Crystal ball predictions are common in such a dynamic, fast moving environment as the computer industry. Some prove accurate, others quite the opposite.  Now from some corners of the world of punditry comes this latest prognostication: That single-most familiar and ubiquitous computing practice of virtually every computer and device user – the password – is on its last legs, about to be replaced by biometrics…

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Connecting the Connected Car

By: Mark Cummings, Ph.D.

The revolution in the auto industry is creating some new and critical requirements for the cellular industry.  The two most immediate are: mapping coverage holes, and making roaming work for global vehicle companies.  These are needed now and will be absolutely critical for the autonomous vehicle.  At the same time, they create new revenue opportunities for Cellco’s.  The time to respond is short and delay may limit access to this valuable market. The automobile industry is in the throws of the most dramatic set of changes in 100 years…

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How IoT is Rocking the Boat and Revolutionizing Fleet Management

By: Ludovico Fassati

The transportation ecosystem is being reinvented. Whether you are a car manufacturer, fleet operator, town planner or insurer, the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution will impact our roads, waterways, and transit hubs, no matter how big or small. Tomorrow’s new connected world of logistics and transportation will depend on multiple sectors working together to offer seamless access to IoT services and data. Historically, the transportation journey has been isolated and has not always considered the overall transport system…

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Optical Submarine Network Evolution Leading Global Communications Transformation

By: Mike Seidler

Waves of change are sweeping through global submarine networks as emerging optical transmission technologies transform the ultra-long-haul networks that carry the vast majority of the world’s internet traffic. The level of complexity in these undersea cable networks is compounding as innovative signaling techniques enable the expansion of individual optical wavelength capacity from 10-Gigabits per second (Gbps) to 100G+ and beyond. Governments and businesses are clamoring to deploy new services and take advantage of the explosive global bandwidth growth, but increased demand is putting a strain on carriers and networking vendors who must be flexible to harness the changes that are coming down the line…

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Mobile Apps Testing Trends

By: Dmitry Lubnevsky

Wе’ve just jumped into the new year, and it’s high time to overview the mobile testing trends that will dominate and require special attention from testers this year. Here are key trends impacting mobile testing in the foreseeable future. 1. Increasing Device Fragmentation There are many types and models of mobile devices in the market today, and manufacturers are constantly developing new features in to attract the attention of customers. To keep up, mobile device testing vendors have two options: broaden their set of physical mobile devices or make use of the device farm available in the market…

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Letter from the Editor - February 2018

By: Tim Young

----------------------- “It's time to move on, time to get going What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing But under my feet, baby, grass is growing It's time to move on, it's time to get going” “Time to Move On,” Wildflowers - by Tom Petty, 1994----------------------- I didn’t just quote this song here because Wildflowers is one of my top five desert island albums (it is) or because I was cut deep by the far-too-young death of Tom Petty last year (I was). I quote it because when I think of mobile networks, I think of several intertwined forms of movement and progress…

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Telecom Industry News - February 2018

By: Scott St. John

A few notable acquisitions made the headlines this month, as did advancements in 5G, IoT, and network technologies including cloud, virtualization and wireless announcements. The top stories from the month are summarized below. To view all this month's news, visit Pipeline's News Center. Movers and Shakers Oracle announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Zenedge, adding leading cloud-based network and infrastructure security capabilities to protect enterprises from today's complex digital threats…

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