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Google's New Assistant Is Named Automation
Sarah Thomas  
4/13/2018   25 comments
The search giant intends to cut humans out of some of its processes and deal with the strain of massive data usage by using more automation in its network.
AT&T Breaks the 5G Gigabit Barrier
Sarah Thomas  
4/12/2018   14 comments
AT&T says it is ready to go commercial with 5G having consistently achieved 1Gbit/s speeds on mmWave connections in its trials.
National Science Foundation Breaks Ground on 5G Living Labs
Sarah Thomas  
4/11/2018   22 comments
NSF is pledging $100 million over seven years in a public-private partnership to test 5G technologies in real-world scenarios in Salt Lake City and New York City.
Will 5G Replace Your Home Broadband?
Sarah Thomas  
4/10/2018   34 comments
A new report from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission plays up the potential for 5G speeds, suggesting 5G could persuade consumers to give up fixed-line broadband.
US to Lead, Europe to Lag, China to Dominate 5G
Sarah Thomas  
4/9/2018   3 comments
More 5G predictions are rolling out as CCS Insights says that the US may be the first to launch 5G, but China will soon dominate it.
Old Concerns Over New 5G Cell Towers
Sarah Thomas  
4/6/2018   12 comments
Consumer fears over radiation from new 5G cell antennas and a shortage of tower climbers willing to service them are already plaguing the market for 5G in the US.
Despite the Spin, Automation Means Job Cuts
Sarah Thomas  
4/5/2018   43 comments
Respondents to a poll on Light Reading suggest that automation is most about job cuts, not 'freeing employees up for more interesting work' as is often suggested.
Boingo CTO Sees Only Upside for 5G in Cable
Sarah Thomas  
4/4/2018   3 comments
Derek Peterson tells Light Reading that 5G won't pose a threat to cable companies and explains how Boingo is bridging the two worlds for consumers.
5G's Maine Event? Redzone Touts 5Gx Launch
Sarah Thomas  
4/3/2018   6 comments
Fixed wireless provider is bringing broadband services to 13 rural and underserved markets across Maine, but it's not quite as 5G as it claims.
Mobile AR Attracting Record Funding in 2018
Sarah Thomas  
4/2/2018   8 comments
Digi-Capital says that AR/VR startups raised a record of more than $3.6 billion from VCs and corporate investors in the past year, with over three quarters of a billion dollars invested so far in 2018.
Analysts Predict Limited Growth in Connectivity Revenue on 5G
Sarah Thomas  
3/30/2018   19 comments
Strategy Analytics says that by 2023 overall wireless subscriptions will reach 9 billion, up from 7.7 billion today, with 5G accounting for only 10% of connectivity revenue.
Video: Tour the Graphene Pavilion, See the Future of Tech
Sarah Thomas  
3/29/2018   20 comments
Graphene, an allotrope of carbon consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in an hexagonal lattice, is the strongest and one of the lightest, most transparent and conductive materials – and it has the potential to transform the telecom industry.
UK Forms Government-Backed 5G Task Force
Sarah Thomas  
3/28/2018   55 comments
Government, researchers and industry players are coming together to help expedite the rollout of 5G networks and services across the UK.
GSMA: US Will See Fastest Customer Migration to 5G
Sarah Thomas  
3/27/2018   12 comments
The industry association says that the US will reach 100 million 5G connections by early 2023, nearly doubling to 190 million by 2025.
Turkcell Streams Through Video Transformation
Sarah Thomas  
3/26/2018   8 comments
In a video interview from MWC, Baris Zavaroglu, Turkcell's Digital Media and Entertainment director, shares how the company found success with launching its own video streaming service.
3GPP Slices Away at Machine Learning
Sarah Thomas  
3/23/2018   5 comments
Standards group is developing a machine learning function to let operators monitor the status of a 5G network slice or third-party application performance.
Telefónica Helps Enterprises Tackle Big Data
Sarah Thomas  
3/22/2018   4 comments
With partner Huawei, Telefónica will begin offer enterprises big data and analytics apps to use internally and to offer their customers to aid in the transformation process.
Emerging Markets Gain Most From Transformation
Sarah Thomas  
3/21/2018   14 comments
Heavy Reading Analyst Roz Roseboro explains why emerging markets will benefit the most from wireless operators' digital transformation efforts.
5G Accelerating Drive Towards Autonomous Cars
Sarah Thomas  
3/20/2018   71 comments
A new 5G Americas white paper outlines how 5G can power self-driving cars and their communications with the world around them.
Security Can't Be Overlooked in Transformation
Sarah Thomas  
3/19/2018   23 comments
Digital transformation requires a new approach to security that companies often don't consider, but they must if they want to ultimately be successful.
Australia Sees $45B Transformation Potential
Sarah Thomas  
3/16/2018   40 comments
Australia could add $45 billion to its GDP by 2021 through digital transformation, according to a recent study from Microsoft and IDC.
Indoors Will Be 5G's Biggest Challenge
Sarah Thomas  
3/15/2018   13 comments
The indoors will be a big challenge with 5G networks, but Heavy Reading says indoor digital systems could be the answer to coverage and new revenue opportunities.
Sprint: Better Data Key to Transformation
Sarah Thomas  
3/14/2018   8 comments
Sprint's CFO Rob Roy tells McKinsey that the carrier fell into the trap of not understanding what a transformation means, but better data helped it start over.
You Can't Spell USA Without 5G
Sarah Thomas  
3/9/2018   21 comments
Light Reading's mobile guru Dan Jones provides a handy guide to all the 5G updates announced for the US at last week's MWC in Barcelona.
CFOs Play Major New Role in Transformations
Sarah Thomas  
3/8/2018   43 comments
A Grant Thorton study finds that CFOs need to have more technical expertise and work closely with IT as they manage the short- and long-term priorities of digital transformation.
Huawei Zaps 5G in the Microwave
Sarah Thomas  
3/6/2018   10 comments
Renato Lombardi, fellow and head of Huawei's Italy Research Center, discusses Huawei's launch of 5G microwave equipment, designed to use spectrum more efficiently and innovatively.
LTE Speeds Plateau as 5G Hype Skyrockets
Sarah Thomas  
3/2/2018   9 comments
Don't forget about 4G! OpenSignal says that LTE speeds are reaching a plateau at around 45 Mbit/s while the reach of the 4G networks continues to grow.
China Mobile Stands Alone in Ambitious 5G Plans
Sarah Thomas  
3/1/2018   18 comments
Chinese giant says it will deploy a standalone 5G network in 2020 after conducting tests this year around key technologies like network slicing and massive MIMO.
Turkcell Invites Telcos to Share in OTT Success
Sarah Thomas  
2/28/2018   5 comments
Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioglu says the carrier has transformed into a digital services operator and wants other telcos to market its line of OTT apps that have been successful at home.
Seen & Heard at MWC: 5G Across the Globe
Sarah Thomas  
2/27/2018   7 comments
From Verizon's fixed and mobile plans to Telstra's data center repurposing to Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom's regulator takedown, 5G is all anyone's talking about at MWC.
Transformation Takes Center Stage at MWC
Sarah Thomas  
2/26/2018   15 comments
HKT and Huawei announce their Digital Transformation Practice Center (DTPC), where HKT plans to share lessons learned on its digital business transformation journey.
Videos: Sneak Peek of Huawei's 5G Vision
Sarah Thomas  
2/23/2018   24 comments
Huawei previews its plans for 5G, including how artificial intelligence and the cloud will enable new services, ahead of Mobile World Congress.
Deutsche Telekom Demos 5G Interop in Germany
Sarah Thomas  
2/22/2018   25 comments
Along with partners Huawei and Intel, Deutsche Telekom has proven out 5G interoperability on a commercial basestation based on the 3GPP's R15 standard.
Hey Watson: Vodafone Makes First 5G Call
Sarah Thomas  
2/21/2018   59 comments
Using Huawei's Radio Access Network equipment, Vodafone made the first 5G call in the world from a computer in Barcelona to a mobile in Madrid.
Digital Transformation Requires New Social Contract – Accenture
Sarah Thomas  
2/20/2018   23 comments
The world is undergoing its own digital transformation in which the relationship between technology and people is a two-way street, Accenture says.
Huawei Preps for a Massive (MIMO) MWC
Sarah Thomas  
2/16/2018   7 comments
The Chinese vendor is giving a sneak preview of its 5G wares, unveiling new 5G milestones and talking up the importance of AI in 5G before the annual mobile confab.
Vendors Need New Transformation Sales Playbook – Survey
Sarah Thomas  
2/15/2018   35 comments
New survey from CCgroup highlights how digital transformations are changing how operators make decisions and what they are looking for in their vendor partners.
TIM Turns 5G Up to 3Gb/s in Turin
Sarah Thomas  
2/14/2018   10 comments
The Italian mobile operator has achieved record 5G speeds of 3Gb/s and latency of only 2.6 milliseconds in its latest lab trials with Huawei and Fastweb.
5G Caption Contest: And the Winner Is...
Sarah Thomas  
2/13/2018   27 comments
Congrats to mhhf1ve, winner of January's caption contest on 5G's otherworldly ambitions.
Sprint Ups the Ante on US's 5G Race
Sarah Thomas  
2/2/2018   7 comments
Wireless operator says it'll have mobile 5G in the first half of 2019.
5G Across the Globe: Where the Puck's Going
Sarah Thomas  
2/1/2018   41 comments
As Wayne Gretzky famously said, 'Skate to where the puck is going.' With 5G, it's going global, including with a literal puck in the US this year.
Poll: Sorry US, South Korea Will Lead on 5G
Sarah Thomas  
1/26/2018   26 comments
Half of Telco Transformation readers predict South Korea will lead the way with actual 5G deployments, with the US just edging out China for second place.
TT Caption Contest: It's All 5G to Me
Sarah Thomas  
1/24/2018   158 comments
This month's cartoon, like 2018 so far, is all about 5G.
Culture Hardest to Transform – Sigma CTO
Sarah Thomas  
1/19/2018   77 comments
Transformation isn't a democracy and will ultimately be imposed on employees, says Sigma Systems' CTO Catherine Michel, but changing a company's culture is always the hardest part.
Telenor CEO Issues an Upskilling Challenge
Sarah Thomas  
1/18/2018   22 comments
Sigve Brekke, the CEO of Telenor Group, has challenged his 30,000 employees to complete 40 hours of digital training and education in 2018.
Digitalization Requires Operations Overhaul – Study
Sarah Thomas  
1/12/2018   36 comments
A software-driven operations with an emphasis on automation is key for CSPs to take advantage of 5G, IoT and SDN/NFV, according to a new report from Analysys Mason.
Tune in Thursday: The Transformation Equation
Sarah Thomas  
1/9/2018   9 comments
Telco Transformation partner Women in Comms will be hosting a live radio show and chat with Sigma Systems CTO Catherine Michel on the dynamics of transformation.
5G in the US Heats Up – Sort Of
Sarah Thomas  
1/9/2018   49 comments
The US operators are kicking off 2018 with 5G pronouncements, but it will be awhile before mobile users reap the benefits.




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