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The explosion of mobile data underscores the need for faster, more efficient mobile networks. LTE is peaking, 2G and 3G continue to decline, and 5G is on the horizon. Understanding the future of mobile connectivity, the IoT and smartphones is vital for all operators, media companies, equipment and software vendors, and component suppliers engaged in mobile.

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  • Stéphane Téral, Michael Howard, Clifford Grossner, Stelyana Baleva | January 17, 2019
    Already known for the innovative capabilities that propelled its cloud and SDN/NFV ascension over the past decade, Netcracker, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, never rests on its laurels and keeps pushing the envelope. This time around, though, the bar was lifted very high. Netcracker has developed and launched a new cloud-based service that essentially includes everything the company has in its OSS/BSS product and services offering. Named Business Cloud, the platform leverages Netcracker’s cloud-based SDN/NFV and IT portfolio—from VNFs to orchestration, OSS, BSS, portals, and a digital marketplace—and offers the complete set as a service to whoever needs to build a cloud infrastructure to turn up new digital services. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Stéphane Téral | January 16, 2019
    This is literally the continuation of our 2018 predictions—I recommend revisiting the 10 January 2018 Analyst Insight 2018: Fixed 5G starts, mobile infrastructure market crumbles again, and you’ll see that most of our predictions materialized and what we anticipated for 2019 has become the title of this piece. The 5G NR forecast was the only part that saw a significant change, at least from a unit perspective, as several thousand were deployed in 2H18 in many regions with minimal revenue recognized so far. There was clearly a serious deployment acceleration despite the lack of 5G devices: was the cart put before the horse? More to come on this when vendors and service providers report their financials in a few weeks—we’ll finally know if 2018 was the mobile infrastructure market bottom and whether 2019 marks the return of growth. Despite this 5G acceleration, our model maintained the market revenue bottom for this year, according to our 3 December 2018 Mobile Infrastructure Market Tracker – Regional – Q3 2018. We reported that many 5G new radio units were shipped with no revenue attached, which is responsible for this pattern. Clients, please lot in to view the full content.
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  • Stéphane Téral | January 16, 2019
    With the US, China, South Korea, Japan, the Middle East, and the UK in the 5G driver’s seat, there is no doubt that some serious work needs to be done in the back office. 5G network rollouts are making headlines from a radio standpoint, and we expect a significant rollout ramp-up this year that will pave the way for nationwide coverage in 2020 in most of the above countries and regions. The question is, “What’s happening in the back office?” Not that much. It’s digital transformation business as we know it, so long as we continue to deal with the same use case—and that is us, human beings who have turned into mobile bandwidth hogs. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Stéphane Téral | December 21, 2018
    Part of our new Telecom Digital Transformation Intelligence Service, this report analyzes the status of OSS modernization strategies executed by communications service providers (CSP) including cable and satellite operators, mobile and fixed telecom service providers (e.g., telcos), and virtual mobile operators (MVNOs). This report constitutes the third and last component of our 2018 telecom digital transformation practice and closes the loop with our two other studies including 5/11/18 Digital Transformation Strategies Service Provider Survey - 2018, and 6/27/18 BSS Strategies Service Provider Survey - 2018.
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  • Stéphane Téral | December 13, 2018
    The Telecom Trends & Drivers Market Report is published twice annually to provide analysis of global and regional market trends and conditions affecting service providers, subscribers, and the global economy.
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  • Stéphane Téral, Richard Webb | November 14, 2018
    LTE-U Development Market Report addresses key technology with in-depth analysis on market and technology trends.
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  • Icon Director – Research and Analysis, Service Provider Technology
    Mr. Richard Webb, director of research and analysis at IHS Markit for Service Provider Technology, is a visionary thought leader in the telecom industry.
  • Icon Executive Director – Research and Analysis, Mobile Infrastructure & Carrier Economics
    Mr. Stéphane Téral is the executive director of research and analysis and an advisor for Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics at IHS Markit.
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