Impact of New Technologies on Core Telco Businesses
2017.08.09   |   2500 pages   |   Operations and Management

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Robert Harrison


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The need for more efficient use of network and spectrum resources and the growing demand for low cost wireless links for IoT applications have led to the specification and development of new technological approaches such as network and spectrum slicing, LPWA and eSIMs.

Observers of the industry have predicted disruption of MNOs’ traditional business models as a result of these developments.

However, the changes offer MNOs and MVNOs a range of opportunities.

This report provides an overview of the technologies and the changes they are likely to bring about and considers their likely impact on traditional business models and the threats and opportunities that could arise.

 

Companies: Huawei, Sigfox, Ingenu, Weightless, LoRa, SK Telecom, Orange, Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Google, Skype, Netflix, Telia Danmark, Telenor, Tele2, Telus, Bell, Verizon, China Telecom, Nokia, Bell Labs, AT&T, NEC Europe, IBM, MicroChip, Cisco, Semtech, Bouygues Telecom, Singtel, KPN, Swisscom, Fastnet, Belgacom, NTT DoCoMo, Telefonica, Air Liquide, Elliot Management, Qualcomm, On-Ramp Wireless, Accenture, ARM, M2COMM< Sony-Europe-Europe, Telensa,

Countries: Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, Canada, France, UK, USA, South Korea, Japn, Latin America,

Keywords: LTE, RPMA, M2M, CAT-M1, RAN, eSIM, AI, Core Network, NB-IoT, Network Slicing, Spectrum Slicing, IoT, LPWAN, SDN, 5G, LoRa, NFV,

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Overview

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2

Introduction

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2.1

Background to the Report

2

2.2

Report Content

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2.3

Currency and Conversions

3

2.4

Further Questions and Feedback

3

3

Core Network - 5G, Network Slicing & AI

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3.1

Introduction

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3.2

Principles of Network Slicing

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3.3

Business Implications of Network Slicing

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3.4

Spectrum Slicing and Sharing

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3.5

AI in Network Operations

11

3.6

Cost Savings and Efficiencies

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4

Dedicated IoT networks

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4.1

Demand for Dedicated IoT Networks

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4.2

LPWAN vs. 5G

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4.3

LPWAN Systems

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4.3.1

Overview

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4.3.2

Sigfox

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4.3.3

LoRa

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4.3.4

Ingenu - RPMA

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4.3.5

Weightless

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4.4

Sample MNO Approaches to IoT Connectivity

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4.4.1

Orange

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4.4.2

SK Telecom

18

5

eSIMs

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5.1

Introduction

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5.2

Benefits & Requirements of MNOs

20

5.3

Experience to date

20

5.3.1

Apple SIM in iPad Pro

20

5.3.2

Samsung

21

5.4

The Non-telco Threat

21

5.5

IoT Applications

21

5.6

Changing Business Relationships

22

6

Key Findings

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6.1

Introduction

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6.2

Impact of Technologies

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6.2.1

5G Network Slicing & LPWAN

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6.2.2

Dedicated IoT Networks

24

6.2.3

eSIMs Future for MNOs

24

6.3

Possible Approaches for MNOs and MVNOs

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6.4

Conclusions

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7

Recommendations

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Appendix – Feedback Questions

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