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Dealing with Data Disruption

By: Scott St. John

Disruption is the single greatest threat to operations. And at the heart of disruption is change. An organization’s ability to manage and adapt to change can be directly correlated to its ability to succeed or fail. While change is constant, both the pace and impact of change have increased dramatically in recent years, and it’s predicted to go beyond what is humanly possible to manage. The bottom line is that organizations need help if they are going to be able to thrive. Change resistance can spell disaster for an organization…

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Growth of IoT: Moving from Fragmentation to Open Possibilities

By: Patrick Van de Wille

In relative terms, the Internet of Things (IoT) is still a young industry, with a lot of growth—and assuredly a lot of revenue—in its future. For several years now, it’s been widely recognized that IoT has enormous potential and will likely become a very large global market. And yet the market waits… As with many nascent industries, the sources of revenue aren’t always crystal clear in the early stages of development, and there will undoubtedly be twists and turns along the way. But as we all look forward into the future of the IoT, some of the uncertainties around revenue sources are starting to clarify…

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How Enterprises Will Survive The Digital Shift

By: Brian Farrar

Across all industries, demand is increasingly driven by consumers who value products that are rich in digital experience and rapidly brought to market. Large enterprises’ prevailing processes and technology were largely unequipped to meet these requirements when they took hold, so it became apparent that fundamental change was needed. A glaring spotlight shone on the issue when scrappy startups “born in the cloud” began launching offerings at breakneck speed that sustained a better pulse on the customer than seasoned market leaders ever had before…

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Datacenter Trends

By: Michael C. Morey

This year was another tumultuous one for data centers. The type of growth we saw in 2018 followed three different trends: hybrid data centers, edge data centers and underground data centers. The sheer volume of data seems to be the singular most powerful catalyst to transform data centers in 2019—with no signs of slowing down. This catalyst will further increase the growth and adoption—no matter where a business is in the adoption cycle—of these trends, bringing significant opportunities to end users, customers and data center companies…

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Bringing Visualization to Virtualization: How Operators can Claim Back Ground from OTT

By: Bruce Kelley

The telecoms industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years, with mobile service providers’ voice and messaging revenues being eroded as OTT players come to dominate the landscape. According to a recent study, operator-billed mobile voice revenues are set to fall by almost half over the next five years, from $354 billion to $197 billion, as a result of the widespread adoption of OTT messaging and VoIP services. As a result, more competitive mobile service providers have moved to unlimited data plans, forcing larger, more established operators to change and offer unlimited packages and data-driven business models in an effort to keep up…

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Agile Standards for 5G Slicing

By: Mark Cummings, Ph.D., Vinay Devadatta, Christos Kolias

With 5G Slicing being a critical part of 5G financial success (see also: Orchestration Imperative for 5G Slicing) and the fact that to work, it has to cut across multiple operators and vendors, there will need to be standards. To meet 5G Slicing’s full promise, however, these standards must be agile in order to respond to today’s rapidly changing world. This means that they must be as minimal as possible. That is the true essence of agile, to be both easy to implement and leave as much as possible up to real time negotiation…

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The Impact of Blockchain

By: Shahin Arefzadeh, Ph.D.

It’s not an understatement to say that blockchain is probably the most disruptive technology in the modern digital economy. It may also be the most controversial. As the most transformative technology in recent history, blockchain will both enable new industry applications and modernize many antiquated ones. While centralized, highly available systems—from mainframe to modern public or private cloud—power the world’s institutions and have proven able to cope with millions of transactions, blockchain offers an alternate future…

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Bright Lights, Smart City

By: Darren Eades

Connecting people, places and things, smart city infrastructure and the IoT to secure an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future Of those cities that have invested in smart city technology, the top applications include: Smart meters for utilitiesIntelligent traffic signalse-Governance applicationsWi-Fi kiosksRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) sensors in pavement for monitoring road damage and traffic flow » read this article

5G: Too Good to be True?

By: Finbarr Travers

With trials and commercial deployments of 5G already underway and many CSPs expecting to deploy 5G technology in the next one to two years, the promise of 5G is fast becoming a reality. Data speeds of up to 20 times faster than existing LTE deployments at 10 or even 20 gigabits per second will make new apps and services—such as ultra-HD video and fixed wireless Internet—a reality over the mobile network.  Low latency data transmission of 1 millisecond, making data connection and transmission almost instantaneous, will become commonplace and enable a whole new wave of services…

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Letter from the Editor

By: Scott St. John

As the year that is known as 2018 draws to a close, I am inexplicably optimistic. Much of the uncertainty of the previous years seems to have diminished and the promise of a new year has me anxious with anticipation. That’s not to say it’s without risk – or the looming crises around the world aren’t cause for concern. It’s just that the impulsive fear has worn old and it's being parlayed by the potential that is being created with new innovations. And new innovations spawn prosperity. Further, what was once hype – things such as 5G, IoT, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain – have become a reality and new, tangible use cases for each are poised to propagate in 2019…

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Telecom Industry News

By: Scott St. John

The final weeks of 2018 have ticked down with a round of 5G updates, including the completion of the world’s first millimeter wave mobile 5G browsing session this month by AT&T. Huawei outlined its vision on 5G, predicting it will start a technology revolution and detailing five fundamental changes that will ensue. Ericsson landed its largest Connected Vehicle Cloud contract yet—with Volvo—which will bring expansion of digital vehicle services into 120 markets worldwide over the next five years…

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