Faced with the challenges of superfast access, and especially the imminent advent of 5G, telcos are stepping up their investments.
Despite unrelenting pressures on revenue, telcos are having to maintain, if not step up, their investments to (re)create value around new services. The dilemma is especially acute in Europe, where revenue and capex have been steadily moving in opposite directions over the past decade.
Expenditure growing faster than the markets… Telcos’ global spending stood in excess of 300 billion EUR in 2017, which marks a more than 5% annual increase over the past five years, so considerably more than the pace at which their revenue has been growing (around 1% a year, on average). In other words, it is [...]
The digital transformation is creating gateways between once hermetically sealed industries. Telcos are seizing these opportunities to create value by leveraging their assets: millions of active customers and ‘phygital’ distribution networks.
Telcos exploring new markets In the highly competitive environment that telcos inhabit, diversification is viewed as a means of creating new revenue streams and securing customer loyalty. This is by no means a new strategy. Telcos have been rolling out new products for years: pay-TV plans, mobile handset insurance and later video surveillance systems for [...]
As consumers continue to demand ever faster connection speeds for their connectivity services, ultrafast systems will continue to grow very rapidly. And innovations are helping accelerate the pace of these rollouts.
Ever-growing demand for speed and bandwidth Since the Internet was born in the 1990s, the need for increasingly fast connections has never flagged. This ongoing trend has held steady and is expected to continue to do so for some time to come. Video remains central to consumer requirements: 4K today, and the first 8K TVs [...]
An increasingly central focus of industry and international competition, 5G has been taking shape very rapidly in 2018. Recent trials have validated the promises being made, and opening up new prospects. The publication of the first specifications, along with pioneer trials with global implications, will give 5G a further boost.
Presented as a disruptive technology, 5G constitutes a major development and innovation challenge for our increasingly connected world, and is galvanising an incredibly wide array of stakeholders: standardisation bodies, regulators, equipment suppliers, telcos. Also involved are players from the main vertical manufacturing industries who are attracted by the paradigm shifts at the production level that [...]
After the failure of the low-Earth orbit satellite constellation projects in the 1990s and 2000s, the mood today has decidedly lifted. Both technologies and competition have evolved, and the number of projects has been climbing steadily since 2015. Despite this there is still no shortage of obstacles. Setting aside all of the media hype, who will truly be able to rise to this technological and financial challenge, and what impact will it have on the players involved? Are LEO constellations really the new frontier that everyone is saying?
Is LEO the best orbit to bring high-speed access to the planet? At less than 2,000 km above the Earth, a low-Earth orbit satellite travels round the globe several times a day. The coverage that a satellite at this altitude can provide is of course much less than what a geostationary satellite located at 37,000 [...]
The topic of network virtualisation is galvanising a great deal of both talk and action by telecom and IT industry players. This paradigm shift is creating new opportunities for telcos, introducing the increased flexibility and agility needed to stimulate the creation of new business models. Still nascent but growing fast, the virtualisation market will, IDATE DigiWorld estimates, attain 23 billion EUR in 2021.
Virtualisation: two promising concepts Network virtualisation encompasses two complementary concepts: software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV), both of which make use of cloud computing capabilities. These now make it possible to manage a network in a centralised fashion by using software. This creates a number of possible benefits: the ability to replace physical, [...]
At the dawn of a New Age of ultra-connectivity, having access to harmonised spectrum frequencies has become vital. The mid-range 3.4 – 3.8 GHz band is likely to support the fist 5G services to launch in Europe, sometime before 2020. The 26 GHz band has both European and near global backing – the only holdouts being the United States and South Korea.
5G likely to affect every frequency In the mobile industry, the race to achieve Gigabit-speed access has created the need for more dedicated and varied spectrum resources. In 2015, the WRC-15 ratified the changes to be brought to frequency allocations on an international scale. It allocated frequencies in three main bands to mobile services: the [...]
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