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Brief overview of the European market
Covid put networks right where our industry believes they belong – centre stage. What are the ramifications of being the backbone of the digital economy? How well does playing such a huge role in social and economic welfare sit with running a commercial business? Should more of the cost of building out fibre and 5G come out of the public purse?
Is being cloud-native critical to operators’ survival and how well are telcos progressing towards becoming cloud-native? Risk aversion and an under-competitive vendor market have kept telecom networks from keeping up with the state of the art in networking, but cloud-native techniques and containerisation are bringing them to the cutting edge. What are the next steps in this transformative journey?
Telcos have been grappling with extracting intelligence from the oceans of data they have for a decade now, with little success. This is becoming increasingly urgent as data is the raw material required by analytics and AI, which in turn are fundamental to automation.
How do we define the edge in terms of IoT? How do we set up the network for optimised IoT devices/machines (as opposed to handsets)? 4G or 5G? Do the economics stack up?
What are operators using AI for and what is their experience so far? Where can it deliver the greatest value – operations, customer experience, asset management? What are the biggest challenges to using it to its fullest potential?
Industrial-grade private wireless networks will be a key factor in Industry 4.0, powered by 5G and supporting multiple IoT devices, equipment digitisation and virtualisation. What is the impact on production and manufacturing, capacity, services and workflows?
What are the main security concerns in the expanding digital ecosystem model and where are the vulnerabilities? Tracking the digital ecosystem – devices, networks, interfaces, protocols, people… How do you keep up with evolving threats when it’s a joint effort?
As networks become more complex and harder to manage, what do we mean by intent-based networks and why do operators need them? Moving from pre-defined systems to intelligent network services. How do you leverage predictive analytics, machine learning and other kinds of AI to build an intent-based network? What will intent-based networking deliver?
2019 saw the first commercial launches of standalone 5G. Are we on track with rollout, standards development, and equipment availability? Has Covid slowed down investment? Where are the new operational and partnership models we hear so much about? Where is the collaboration with vertical industries?