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What we talk about when we talk about digital transformation

Digital transformation is one of the core buzzwords used in the telecoms industry and beyond, right up there with 5G, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. What sets digital transformation apart from the others is the sheer number of different things it can stand for.

Open-minded RAN key to 5G success

The OpenRAN approach is achieved by separating hardware and software in the network. This helps networks support open interfaces and common development standards, to deliver multi-vendor, interoperable networks.

What will define the future of 5G in MENA?

Whilst several Gulf states are among the first in the world to launch commercial 5G services, elsewhere in the region there are still a significant number of people with little or even no access to basic communications services.

It’s now or never for telcos to unlock financial services

If operators want to play the pivotal role in helping to financially include more than half the adults on our planet, and to share in the positive social and economic benefits of this role, they have to make their move in the next 12 months.

Private networks: something of a big deal

One of the more immediate revenue stream opportunities right now is wireless private networks, and the good news is that this opportunity doesn’t require 5G.

Bringing internet to the other half of the world

Low internet penetration is particularly acute in the developing countries. While 81% of the population in the developed world are already using the internet, only 45% in the developing countries can do so.

Future proofing networks with open source technology

Open source software in particular is key to 5G and the IoT developments, because the software can power the automation of mission-critical functions required to support the high speeds and low latency of 5G, as well as the huge number of endpoints in IoT.

Outlay vs opportunity: the 5G roaming landscape

5G trials and roll-outs will continue – especially in regions within Korea and Japan, which remain at the forefront of the tech evolution – but delivering international 5G roaming will require collaboration between and investment from operators globally.

Customer service in the 5G era

When reflecting on the word service, it can clearly be defined as the act of serving. But who exactly are communication service providers (CSPs) serving?

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