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Volker Held (Nokia) on the 3 killer apps for 5G:

"Automotive, logistics and Industry 4.0"

Tom Nolle (CimiCorp):

"The credibility of IoT as a 5G driver, or indeed as a driver of anything, is still a question"

Dan Jones (Light Reading) on 5G speeds:

"users of actual mobile 5G services will not be experiencing gigabit -- or close to gigabit -- downloads via mobile 5G in the near future"

Ian Morris (Light Reeding) on Europe's 5G lag:

"5G technology will arrive in Europe about a year after it first comes to the US. The real question is whether this will matter by giving Americans an economic edge and services that Europeans would miss. The answer is probably no"

DigiDay reporting on Verizon's closure of Go90:

"(Verizon) spent a significant amount of money on both content acquisition and marketing costs on Go90. Two sources estimated that the total cost for Go90 was roughly $1.2 billion"

Gabriel Brown (Heavy Reading) on Open RAN's challenges:

"But the chief culprit is CPRI which provides a link between the actual radios and the baseband equipment that processes radio signals. At the moment, that is more or less proprietary"

Engadget on T-Mobile's RCS rollout:

"T-Mobile now supports next-gen texting between carriers, only if you have a two-year-old Samsung phone"

Gartner on 5G and Smart Cars:

"By 2025 Gartner predicts that the vehicles will be uploading over 1TB of vehicle and sensor data per month to the cloud, up from 30GB from advanced connected cars today"

Frank Rayal on startup's IDC syndrome:

"refers to the isolation, dependency and lack of confidence that inhibits emerging markets from developing a viable startup ecosystem"

McKinsey on corporate strategy:

"in reality, a 'visionary' corporate strategy is often an internally driven reflection of what the company wants the world to look like"

Michael Barnard (CleanTechnica) on blockchain:

"It's going through a hype cycle right now…, it is an accounting system at heart"

Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon):

"in the short run, the stock market is a voting machine, in the long run, it's a scale"

TheAtlantic on the excessive use of punctuation:

"At journalism school, I was told that you get one exclamation point to use in your entire career, so you should use it wisely"

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Liu Aili  (President, China Telecom):

"When we have fierce competition, industry value reduction is prominent"

John Legere (CEO, T-Mobile):

"We'll make sure that America wins the global 5G race"

Martin Sauter on the definition of network slicing:

"Allow a UE to connect to more than one core network at the same time"

ABI Research:

"Cellular and non-cellular LPWA network connections will grow globally at a 53% CAGR until 2023, driven by market growth in smart meters and asset trackers"

Sharon White (CEO, Ofcom):

"to provide good mobile network (4G etc.) coverage across virtually all of the UK landmass would cost up to around £6bln and is likely to require some form of cross subsidy"

Lan Chen (President & CEO DoCoMo):

"(we) plan to launch 5G technology 'within 800 days'"

Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon (Orange) on telco transformation:

"Step one is pure capacity, while step two is to change the architecture of the core, put computing power at the edge of the network and virtualize"

Farhad Manjoo (NYT) on 'Peak Screen':

"Tech has now captured pretty much all visual capacity. Americans spend three to four hours a day looking at their phones, and about 11 hours a day looking at screens of any kind"

Dr. Max Welling (Qualcomm) on the next frontier for AI:

"We can identify the objects that are in an image. We can even say what people are doing. Now what if I asked, What happens next?"

Anonymous via TechCrunch:

"Violence is like XML—if it doesn't work, you're obviously just not using enough of it"

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José María Álvarez-Pallete (Exec Chairman, Telefónica):

“For the first time, broadband revenues and services beyond connectivity represent more than half of the company's revenues”

Arun Bansal (Ericsson) on 4G capacity:

"in London between 20% and 30% of sites will run out of capacity next year. The only option is to use 5G to serve customers and reduce the costs"

Question at IEEE panel on “Future of Video Coding and Transmission”:

“Is video coding dead? Some feel that, with the higher coding efficiency of the H.264/MPEG-4 . . . perhaps there is not much more to do. I must admit that I have heard this compression is dead argument at least four times since I started working in image and video coding in 1976”

Ericsson’s latest IoT forecast:

“there will be 3.5 billion IoT connections that use cellular technology by 2023 [after forecasting 1.8 billion over that timeframe as recently as November]”

ABIresearch on IoT connections:

"private LPWA networks [i.e. without the involvement of mobile networks] accounted for 93 per cent of connections in 2017"

Berg Insight on the global market for IoT device, mgmt & appls:

“was US$ 1.1bln in 2017; growing at a CAGR of 36.2%, total market value is expected to reach US$ 4.9bln in 2022”

Comcast on disabling their network throttling:

“(our) network is now strong enough that a congestion management system isn't needed"

McKinsey Global Institute study of 50 selected smart cities:

“cities have focused too much on the technology and too little on humans; smart phones are the door to the smart city, providing all the information at one's fingertips for health, traffic, safety and news”

@tiffanycli on using DNA companies like http://Ancestry.com or 23andMe:

“you give up not only your own genetic privacy, but that of your entire family. (It’s in the terms & conditions)”

VentureBeat on Google’s chatbot mimicry of real human speech like “uh”:

“what we can definitely say about those tics is that they are essentially API calls"

Jonny Schneider (ThoughtWorks):

"Design thinking is how we explore and solve problems; Lean is our framework for testing our beliefs and learning our way to the right outcomes; Agile is how we adapt to changing conditions with software"

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Chamath Palihapitiya on the claim that Facebook is a platform:

"This isn't a platform. A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it, exceeds the value of the company that creates it. Then it's a platform"

Ben Thompson (Stratechery):

"This is ultimately the most important distinction between platforms and aggregators: platforms are powerful because they facilitate a relationship between 3rd-party suppliers and end users; aggregators, on the other hand, intermediate and control it"

Kleiner Perkins:

"We use data to tell stories of business-related trends we focus on"

Tim Gong Yu (CEO, iQiyi):

"Our business model is more like Disney's than Netflix's"

Alex Sinclair (CTO, GSMA) on the maturing NB-IoT market:

"we anticipate that this will be the year that Mobile IoT scales. Only licensed, managed mobile services can provide the secure low power connection that can meet future demand"

Qualcomm & friends on their V2X technology:

"results show a significant range, reliability, and performance advantage of C-V2X direct communications, with more than twice the range and improved reliability compared to 802.11p radio technology"

Jon Evans on the state of AR/VR:

"I dropped by the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara this week, and my main takeaway was that the industry has essentially abandoned the consumer AR/VR space, at least for now. Everyone's aiming at AR/VR for work now"

CIMIcorp on the need for service lifecycle automation:

"Users cannot manage structurally diverse resource pools associated with virtualization; it's not possible for them to even know what is being done down there"

Bernard Arnault (CEO, LVMH):

"Champagne is eternal. Facebook, I don't know"

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Stefano Gastaut (IoT Chief, Vodafone) on NB-IoT:

"We have had to make bets like this before. Big bets like NB-IoT are the business of telecoms"

Neville Ray (CTO T-Mobile):

"it will cost '$1.5 trillion' for any carrier to consider a nationwide rollout of millimeter wave 5G in the US"

Verizon on T-Mobile's claim for the first US mmW 5G data transmission:


Bill Morrow (CEO, NBN) on their cancelling of 100Mbps service for all:

"the rollout of a network that would consistently achieve speeds of 100Mbps would cost 'billions and billions of dollars, the economics … [start] to actually break apart to a point where it doesn't make any sense … It would just never happen"

Sylwia Kechiche (GSMA Intelligence):

"IoT revenue opportunity is shifting away from simply connecting devices to addressing specific sectors with tailored solutions, and successful ecosystem players will need to adapt their business models in line with these market trends"

BBC on their coverage of FIFA 2018 in 4K:

"users should have at least a 40Mbps broadband ISP connection"

Faizel Lakhani (CEO, Guavus):

"People who are only selling pipes are the ones who will die"

Chuck Lorre (TV Producer) on Customer Experience:

"I don't know what my expectations are until they aren't met"