When Galaxies Collide: Vodafone India and Idea Cellular Merge

The merger between two of India’s largest mobile operators – Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – will create a new market leader for India, ahead of Bharti Airtel. But rationalising on such a scale will require a new level of analysis, decision-making and ultimately re-design. The scale of the merger is reflected in the cost savings anticipated as […]

Posted on: 21st March 2017 | Read more

MWC Day 1: AI Headlines (and it’s not just chatbots)

Mobile World Congress seems bigger and busier than ever. As predicted, 5G and IoT have been much in evidence, but the show daily newspaper headlined with AI, referencing keynotes from the GSMA, Korea Telecom and Telefonica. A lot of the focus is on “smartening up” everyday tasks or customer interactions. However, there’s an increasing recognition […]

Posted on: 28th February 2017 | Read more

5G – Hype or Opportunity? Cambridge Wireless SIG Meeting 8 Feb 2017

According to LightReading, 5G is set to dominate the upcoming Mobile World Congress. So it was timely to get ahead of the curve (and the crowds) at this week’s Cambridge Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) session on 5G hosted by BT. Aria CTO Jay Perrett opened up the technical presentations by pointing out that 5G […]

Posted on: 8th February 2017 | Read more

OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV: Three Takeaways

LightReading’s “OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV” event in London last week provided a perfect snapshot of the state of the industry. Unfortunately, it ain’t that pretty. That’s not to say attendees didn’t learn anything. On the contrary, it was very informative. But what we learned wasn’t necessarily something wrapped up nicely in […]

Posted on: 7th November 2016 | Read more

Machine Learning Enables the Future Network

A new report from ABI Research suggests that telcos are expanding their plans for using machine learning. Specifically, exploring ways that machine learning can make network operations more intelligent, automated and efficient. Much of the focus on AI and Machine Learning in telecom is on customer-facing functions such as support and service queries. But ABI […]

Posted on: 31st October 2016 | Read more

10 Questions for OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV

Next week’s HeavyReading event “OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV” should be interesting. It’s certainly timely. Because judging by last month’s SDN Congress in The Hague, there’s a real lack of clarity over how established OSS will fit with the emerging virtualized functions. As highlighted elsewhere, published reference architectures for NFV all include […]

Posted on: 28th October 2016 | Read more