Fuelled by impending 5G, pressure on operators to automate their networks is mounting. So where are European operators in their journeys and what obstacles do they still need to overcome, asks Kate O’Flaherty?
Now, as internet- and software-based options become more sophisticated and robust, the case for high-spec private WANs and specialist multi-protocol label switching services (MPLS) is diminishing. What’s next, asks Sue Tabbitt?
Bengt Nordström, CEO of consulting firm Northstream, looks at 5G roll-outs around the world so far, early use cases and those to come. He outlines three primary areas where he thinks mobile operators must make big changes if they are to gain maximum benefit from 5G.
Could edge computing shift the balance of power from the big public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services to network operators and and help them address a $4 trillion market? How well do operators understand this and what are they doing about it? Sue Tabbitt investigates.
Professor John Davies, Chief Researcher, Applied Research, BT, talked to Annie Turner about the role for telecoms companies in the IoT ecosystem we call smart cities and the opportunities beyond connectivity.