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Simon Murray (Digital TV Research) on Pay-TV revenues:

"North American revenues will fall by a huge $22 billion between 2017 and 2023"

Reed Hastings (CEO, Netflix) on their earnings call:

"We're a fraction of the hours of viewing of YouTube. We're a fraction of the hours of viewing of linear TV"

Jeff Bezos (Amazon) in his annual shareholder letter:

"One thing I love about customers is that they are divinely discontent. Their expectations are never static – they go up. It's human nature"

Seth Godin recommending marketing pitch for a freelancer:

"You'll pay a lot, but you'll get more than you pay for"

Ana Ouriques (OpenCity):

"The view is that technology is going to solve all city problems but I believe the human element is often overlooked"

Stephane Litkowski (Orange):

"In my view SDN is still hype and not really a new concept. The centralization of network management is something we've been able to do for years"

Tom Nolle (cimicorp) on how to improve telco's financial performance:

"If you built commodity switch boxes using merchant silicon and combined them with open-source routing/switching software, you'd erase as much capital cost as either SDN or NFV would.  And you'd do it at no incremental technology risk"

Alex Tabarrok:

"Facebook hasn't take our data—they have created it"

Drummond Reed on a misunderstanding of private data:

"One of those is the continued attempt to apply an ancient and analog relationship between humans and things on digital assets such as personal information: Ownership"

Tristin Harris (New York Magazine):

"We cannot afford the advertising business model. The price of free is actually too high. It is literally destroying our society, because it incentivizes automated systems that have these inherent flaws"

Gordon Bell:

"The cheapest, fastest and most reliable components of a computer system are those that aren't there"

Joscha Bach (Harvard) proposing "The Lebowski Theorem" of AI:

"No superintelligent AI is going to bother with a task that is harder than hacking its reward function"

TheRegister on Huawei's SIngleRAN (2G - 5G) announcement:

"Huawei's given carriers a 14G network"

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Ed Gubbins (GlobalData):

"The defining promise of 5G is to allow operators to connect people and machines with a common network, thus attaining greater efficiency and profitability than any previous generation"


"There is no single person in existence who had a problem they wanted to solve, discovered that an available blockchain solution was the best way to solve it, and therefore became a blockchain enthusiast"

Tom Rebbeck (Analysys Mason):

"If IoT were a standalone business, it would be considered large; it is only small in comparison to the core [telco] business"

Kevin McBride (CenturyLink) on telco automation:

"A good starting point is to identify badly designed processes -- those are the ones that should not be automated"

Jeffrey Gao (Huawei) on telco automation:

"Our target is to use just one tenth of the current people to manage the network in the next three to five years"

Melissa Arnoldi (President, AT&T):

"We're confident we have all the answers we need to deploy a mobile 5G network that works for people all over the country"

Business Korea on plan to build single, shared 5G network:

"the number of base stations required for 5G mobile communications is estimated to be 4.3 to 18 times that required for 4G LTE"

Miguel Gamiño, Jr. (New York City CTO) from their Truth in Broadband report:

"Connectivity is the gateway to opportunity in today's world"

Vijoy Pandey (Google):

"about a quarter of Internet traffic now originates from Google and that 'stuff breaks at scale'.  The search engine currently processes about 3.5 billion searches every day"

Seshu Madhavapeddy (Qualcomm) on their new neural-enabled SoCs:

"it's far more efficient to bring inference to the edge, both in terms of latency and bandwidth. There's no need for the data to make a roundtrip to the datacenter"

David Gerard:

"Bitcoin has failed every aspiration that Satoshi Nakamoto had for it"

Vinton Cerf:

"Privacy may actually be an anomaly"

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Bengt Nordström (CEO of the Northstream):

"Unless sales increase dramatically, bucking the trend of the last few years, the implication is that most operators will take around seven years to build out nationwide 5G networks"

Sydney Morning Herald on the disruption risk from 5G on NBN:

"If the NBN Co doesn't closely monitor its pricing, some service providers who offer both broadband and mobile services may turn to 'encouraging consumers to take up alternative network options, such as wireless services'"

Theodora Scarato (ED, Env. Health Trust) on 5G RF health concerns:

"There are hundreds of scientists who have concluded that this is a risk"

David Chambers (via ThinkSmallCell):

"5G sees the industry once again at a crossroads. It isn't really a single standard, nor really even a single solution for a single business case"

Brendan Gill (CEO, OpenSignal) on effect of unlimited 4G tariffs:

"measurements showed customers of both AT&T & Verizon experiencing the lowest average speeds of the year: Verizon's speeds dropped by 18% and AT&T's by more than 14%"

Sarah Thomas (via Telco Transformation):

"automation will absolutely allow companies to let employees go. And the efficiencies that will be gained and money saved from the lay-offs is a big reason why operators are excited about automation in the first place"


"There are 400mn registered bike-sharing users and 23mn shared bikes in China. There were approximately zero of either in 2016. Fastest adoption curve I've ever seen (and I've seen 140)"


"Google's decision to kill Google Reader was a turning point in enabling media to be manipulated by misinformation campaigns. The difference between individuals choosing the feeds they read & companies doing it for you affects all other forms of media"

Ajay Agrawal (University of Toronto) book "Prediction Machines":

"One of AI's main effects will be a dramatic drop in the cost of making predictions"

Tom Nolle (CIMIcorp) on SD-WAN fragmentation:

"Prospective SD-WAN users say that they have a hard time digging out a rational market vision from the host of competing positioning statements from vendors"

Johannes Himmelreich (via TheConversation) on the ethics of autonomous vehicles:

"Decisions made by engineers today, in other words, will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Algorithms become policy"

Dennis Stevens (SVP Shaw Comms):

"There's another gaming theory -- if someone has another strategy and they're beating you with it, adopt that strategy"

Goldfein & Nguyen (via TechCrunch), on Data is not the new Oil:

"raw data is not nearly as valuable as data employed to solve a problem"


"Over $14.85bn have been spent on smart city initiatives in 2015. By 2020, the figure is expected to double and reach $34.45bn"

John Macomber (HBS):

"a truly smart smart city investment requires looking at three dimensions:  characteristics of cities, capital requirements for various initiatives, and the decision-making process"

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Wang Jianzhou, (China Mobile chairman) on 5G:

"The new focus is on applications. At present, we don't have an existing business model"

James Faucette:

"5G challenges include the backhaul, siting, and spectrum"

Andre Fuetsch (CTO, AT&T) on their plan to use White Box routers:

"AT&T is pushing hard on this path because of the looming demand it expects to see on its network, which today carries 200PB of traffic on a typical business day, up from 137PB per day a year ago"

Light Reading on Cisco's support for white box hardware:

"Bowing to customer pressure, the company has promised to sell some operating systems unattached to Cisco hardware and allow customers to use that software on a variety of third-party devices"

Nathaniel Popper (via Twitter) on analysis of ICOs:

"81% of ICO's were Scams, ~6% Failed, ~5% had Gone Dead, and ~8% went on to trade on a exchange"

Ryan Ding (Huawei) on telco's ROI challenge:

"with price competition driving down tariffs, and an estimated average cost of US$1,000 per household for FTTH deployment, across the world the average payback time was more than 7 years"

Dennis Stevens (SVP, Shaw Comms) on broadband competition:

"Particularly with millennials, they don't see the need for [broadband] so they just don't buy it. They're not even in the market"

Heavy Reading on Edge Computing:

"The question of how much computing will be needed and where should it go has always been more, everywhere: more computing in more devices, more types of devices, more computing power in networks and increasingly programmable networks"

Johannes Himmelreich (via The Conversation):

"Decisions made by engineers today will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Algorithms become policy"

@kcoleman quoting a Lyft driver:

"Today has been great. I've been blessed by the algorithm"

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Samuel P. L. Veissière et al:

"We are not addicted to smartphones, we are addicted to social interaction"

Alan Breznick (Light Reading) on the US cable industry:

"broadband revenues will soon catch up to and then exceed video revenues for the cable industry, as broadband profits and subscribers have for some time"

Francesca Bria (Barcelona CTO):

"is not just about building gadgets and new technology… smart city initiatives must deliver a more sustainable economic system which is accessible to all people living in the city"

 Mike Masnick (via TechDirt) on Facebook / Cambridge Analytica:

"It's actually quite incredible to recognize just how big Facebook has gotten in the face of how little it seems to understand about what its own platform does"

Ron Miller (via TechCrunch) on IBM's over use of the Watson brand:

"The trouble with using Watson as a catch-all phrase is that it reduces the authenticity of the core technology behind it"

Liora Shechter (CIO of Tel-Aviv):

"To become a cutting-edge smart city, don't just digitize existing services—invent new ones to engage and delight your residents"

Zeynep Tufekci (via NYT) on Facebook / CA scandal:

"This wasn't informed consent. This was the exploitation of user data and user trust"

Jean-Louis Gassée on Facebook:

"Zuckerberg, who's very well read, certainly knows that everything runs on trust, even dictatorships"

Tom Nolle (CimiCorp) on cloud computing:

"…the stubborn belief, in defiance of actual industry data, that legacy applications are 'moving to the cloud'. …the main the business-critical stuff isn't moving and won't be moving any time soon"

Willett Kempton (University of Delaware) on range anxiety of electric cars

"the customer wants to be able to make all of their trips [ever], not just 90%"