Quotes of the Week 034

Quotes of the Week 034

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"