Weekly news round-up: Cyber warfare, 5G in London and Adobe pulls the plug

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Worldwide cyber warfare

Security experts voice fears over the White House’s lack of acknowledgement addressing the recent politically motivated cyber crimes. President Trump’s refusal to publicly identify the known attackers will have a widespread impact on international cyber security, according to experts quoted by Reuters.

Cyber crime spikes with DIY downloads

Downloadable DIY ransomware software is blamed for the spike in cyber crime attacks, say experts. According to the BBC a normal search engine has proved malware software easy to acquire, resulting in a high volume of downloads.

Adobe to pull plug on Flash by 2020

Adobe Systems announced their Flash Player installation programme often required to run video clips and play games online is being phased out by the end of 2020. Adobe who has received criticism for its flawed code quickly became a popular way for hackers to spread computer viruses. HTML5 offers a rival which Adobe Vice President of Product Development Govind Balakrishnan said had evolved as a viable alternative.

5G live in London

The first trial of 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) network operating system developed by Arqiva and Samsung has launched and is currently live in central London. Likened to home broadband but delivered wirelessly, it will benefit the UK in connectivity goals and remain competitive with the global Asian markets who are leading the charge with 5G.

Facebook: from acquisitions to advancements

Source3 – an intellectual property start up company – has been acquired by Facebook to help combat content piracy with the rise of illegal sharing the IP, copyright and trademark expertise will help forge the future of Facebook.

The social evolution continues for Facebook who announced this week new live 360 videos which can be watched using the Oculus virtual reality (VR) headsets in up to 4K resolution. The Next Web reported Facebook’s live 360 video streaming has approved devices and software for engagement using Facebook’s native comments and reactions.

Vice cuts jobs

In a bid to cut costs, Vice Media has announced it will lay off around 60 employees throughout different departments to focus on video creation and move away from online and sports content. Vice CEO Shane Smith defended the job cuts in a wider plan for Vice to become the largest millennial video library in the world.

Guardian gives green light to paywall

The Guardian has championed open and free content for all, with a push for subscriber donations to keep its journalism afloat, however in a change of business strategy the publisher is preparing to launch a paywall, should donations fall short. Chief Executive David Pemsel responded to the revenue losses introducing a three-year initiative with a ready to run paywall subscription base should all else fail.

Next generation of pay-TV

ZoneTV has joined forces with Ooyala to crack a new business model in the linear TV experience. A licensed digital-first of curated TV content delivering customised channels to pay-TV subscribers. ZoneTV combines linear, on-demand with the customer’s personalised experience catering the ultimate personalised TV experience.

Zuckerberg questioned over AI

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg answered questions in a live Facebook stream, saying the promise of AI to enhance lives for good and bad is promising and it was up to investors to innovate with caution. Tesla CEO Elon Musk disagreed and tweeted Zuckerberg, saying his AI knowledge was limited, causing a public spectacle over the topic.


Lightning Speed: The Profitable Future of 5G

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We’re poised to see a quantum leap in telecom technology – and 5G will be at the center as the most powerful, efficient, and intelligent set of mobile phone and data communication capabilities to date.  Telecom providers need to begin transforming their networks for the 5G future today, while continuing to confront myriad legacy struggles ‒ including 4G/LTE build outs, shrinking customer revenue, and increased competition from OTT (over-the-top) competitors.

Preparing for 5G while keeping the lights on for today’s business is a heavy lift, but progress is already underway. The good news is many providers are further along the 5G migration path than they may realize. According to IDC[1], 68% of telecom leaders are actively implementing or planning network virtualization.

Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are key to updating the three network areas that providers need to transform when creating a 5G network:  the radio access network, the core network, and the service creation layer.

NFV and SDN help create a composable network core that decouples the user and control planes, allowing services and applications to be moved closer to the network edge and providing the flexibility to meet the high bandwidth, low latency requirements and scale needed to support 5G.

What business benefits will 5G deliver for telecom providers?  Running a faster network enables more rapid, comprehensive data collection, which can increase revenue, enhance network performance, improve customer experience and retention and accelerate new services and revenue opportunities.

These advantages are not a given.  To experience the full power of 5G, providers will need to adopt an “intelligence-first” approach to managing core networks. Providers should begin work now to increase their network intelligence and implement analytics as this investment will pay dividends in the short and long terms. Real-time network insight – gleaned from continuously streaming session control, subscriber events/data, and other data events ‒ is an essential enabler of network and operational intelligence.

Below are just a few examples from a Dell EMC study that show how real-time analytics can help providers streamline networks and optimize revenues[2]:

  • One provider reduced call center traffic and saved $28 million in unnecessary data usage rebates after providing call center agents with a detailed customer data dashboard
  • Another enterprise cut the number of calls about mobile data usage that escalated to second or third line support and saved $7 million annually on a base of 10 million customers
  • A third provider increased conversion campaign results by 30% by identifying dynamic segments of customers eligible for a data plan upgrade and sending personalized offers in real-time

By combining real-time analytics with the flexibility introduced by network virtualization, telecom operators can stream network data in real-time and generate the insights needed to achieve results like these and much more.  But how can providers rapidly process and analyze the massive amounts of network data to unearth such vital and valuable insights?

Dell EMC has partnered with Affirmed Networks to create an industry- first and “intelligence first” implementation of integrated virtual probes with Affirmed’s Virtual Evolved Packet Core that streams data in an open format to Dell EMC’s underlying platform that can provide complex event processing on the data in realtime or store it in a data lake for historical analytics.  View our infographic for more information and to see more real world examples of what virtual probes and data analytics can do for telecom.

The future of 5G is closer than we think.  A real-time analytics investment today can put telecom providers in a strong position to leverage 5G networks and increase network intelligence well into the future.


[1] Skillsets at a Virtual Crossroad, Part 4 of, The Transformative CIO: The Power and Challenges of Change, IDC, 2015 (https://app-eu.clickdimensions.com/blob/ericssoncom-ar0ma/files/transformativeciopart4.pdf).

[2] Bringing Virtual Probes and Analytics Together for the Next-Generation Mobile Network, Dell EMC, 2016.



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