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IoT and the Fiber Imperative

By: Kevin Morgan

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) are changing the way we live, work, and play. They are creating efficiencies in how packages are routed, how manufacturing plants are operated and even how we ensure the milk in the refrigerator is fresh. While legacy broadband networks were built to connect individual users to the Internet, the IoT and IIoT will require hundreds or thousands of connections per site. Fortunately, these new demands for connections and the bandwidth associated with these connections are best satisfied using all-fiber networks…

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Eight Dimensions to Consider for IoT Strategies

By: Jan Abrahamsson

Today, data has become one of the most valuable assets on the planet. With developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), it’s now possible to spin mountains of data into gold in the form of actionable business intelligence. Need proof? Google and Facebook generated more than $130 billion from data-driven advertising alone in 2017. Furthermore, in 2018, seven out of the top 10 companies by market cap were webscale players that leveraged data in their business models. Fueled by the rise of Industry 4…

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Four Strategies to Improve Network Security and Unlock IoT Innovation

By: Ray Watson

As the scale of the Internet of Things (IoT) market continues to grow exponentially, enterprise technology spending in the space shows no sign of slowing down. According to a recent McKinsey report, by 2020 the IoT market will be worth $581 billion for information and communications technology-based spending alone, growing at a compound annual growth rate between seven and 15 percent. In addition, the discrete manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and utility industries are projected to spend $40 billion each on IoT platforms, systems and services by 2020…

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Streamlining the SIM Lifecycle

By: Jan Abrahamsson, Eric Hatton

As SIMs evolve, and with eSIM becoming the next step in the evolutionary process, digitization is pushing the issue of SIM management up the priority chain of telco operational issues. SIM developments are raising a number of important questions, but one has emerged as key: how best should telcos address the blurring of traditional OSS and BSS lines of demarcation that new generations of SIMs demand? If they’re not clear about this already, mobile operators are rapidly learning that changing infrastructure requirements are something that they need to address—now…

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The IoT Security Opportunity

By: Mark Cummings, Ph.D., Bill Yeack

Today’s profusion of IoT devices opens an entire realm of new security problems for both the user and providers. Telecommunications providers are uniquely positioned to address these critical issues. Doing so requires the deployment of an automated dynamic security orchestration service—and represents a new, highly profitable revenue source that will deliver CSP benefits to investors, customers, regulators, and employees. Today, many telcos have profitable MSSP (Managed Security Service Provider) offerings for their large enterprise and government customers…

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Realizing the True Opportunity of IoT

By: Tim Armstrong

The topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on nearly every market is dominating conversations across various technology sectors. According to IHS Markit, the number of connected IoT devices will increase 12 percent annually to reach 125 billion by 2030. As the general public realizes the convenience that IoT is promising through connected thermostats, smart refrigerators and smart cars, technologies that bring smart home and smart cities to fruition are not solely responsible for the significant projections of the IoT market…

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No Longer Science Fiction, AI Is Transforming the Enterprise and the Data Center

By: Todd Coleman

Depending on your generation, you may associate Artificial Intelligence with HAL 9000, Arnold and Skynet, or the largely apocryphal story about Facebook shutting down an AI project after developers discovered that the chatbots they’d programmed had created their own unique language, which humans couldn’t understand. The reality, though, is that AI is big business—and the trendline is only headed up. According to MarketsandMarkets, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) business is expected to reach approximately $191 billion globally by 2025, up from roughly $16 billion in 2017 and increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 37 percent…

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The Standardized Solution for the Airport Surface Communications Worldwide

By: Declan Byrne

In our increasingly digitally connected world, the existing airport communications systems are greatly outdated, with infrastructure limitations that make supporting current airport traffic demands very challenging. Moreover, it is clear that these limitations will certainly not be sufficient to address future requirements. The limited data capacity of current ground communications networks places a burden on applications and their functionality. Change is needed, and the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS) system represents perhaps the best available solution…

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Realizing the Possibilities of Smart Cities: A Wireless Way

By: Carlos de Lamadrid, Dmitry Okorokov

As the world becomes smarter, fueled by a current industrial age characterized by automation and data exchange, so too does it become more densely populated and metropolitan. Today, 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this proportion is forecast to jump to 68 percent. These correlative developments have given rise to a new paradigm for urban living: the smart city. The swelling populations of the world’s cities are aware of the capabilities of today’s technology— like 5G and IoT—and expect their surroundings to be in sync with the possibilities and improvements in quality of life that these technological advancements can bring…

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Letter from the Editor

By: Scott St. John

A revolution is surging.  An army comprised of billions of devices is advancing and beating against the castle walls of even the largest service providers. If the industry is not prepared for the onslaught of the Internet of Things (IoT) it will have disastrous consequences. But it's not all doom and gloom, as there is an opportunity to prepare for, and even win, this war.What does this army look like?  Chances are if you are reading this article you are wearing one on your arm right now — with 200+ million wearable devices hitting the market this year — a number that is projected to more than double by 2022…

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Telecom Tech & Industry News

By: Scott St. John

As the month when high summer arrives, July is often hot. This month also heated up with key telecom industry news. Businesses and consumers in the US and UK experienced 5G when it was switched on for the first time in recent weeks. A new report from the FCC showed significant progress in closing the digital divide, and new fiber builds and network transformation touched key areas of the country, from Iowa to Missouri to Alaska. And, as ever, telecom industry news surrounding new product launches, alliances, partnerships, research, reports, and standards came in fast and furious, indicative of the fast pulse of our ever-changing industry…

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