Monday, 18 June 2018

How video thrilled the radio stars

By Mary Lennighan, for Total Telecom
Monday 05 March 18

The top 100 telecoms operators generated €1.39 trillion in turnover in the most recent full financial year, but revenues are increasingly coming from non-traditional services

Let's face it, telcos don't really exist anymore. Just take a look at the headlines generated at Mobile World Congress 2018. Alongside the endless posturing around 5G rollout, which admittedly is traditional telco territory, much of the talk from the show centred on opportunities in IoT, driverless cars, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the like. Where extending network connectivity was once the end goal, now it is a means to an end and the real revenues lie elsewhere. Generating massive revenue streams from IoT and AI could be some way off, but there is serious money to be made now from non-traditional services like video. Or to put it another way, where once the big guns in the telco world relied on their radio networks to make money…

Let's face it, telcos don't really exist anymore. Just take a look at the headlines generated at Mobile World Congress 2018. Alongside the endless posturing around 5G rollout, which admittedly is traditional telco territory, much of the talk from the show centred on opportunities in IoT, driverless cars, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the like. Where extending network connectivity was once the end goal, now it is a means to an end and the real revenues lie elsewhere. Generating massive revenue streams from IoT and AI could be some way off, but there is serious money to be made now from non-traditional services like video. Or to put it another way, where once the big guns in the telco world relied on their radio networks to make money…

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