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DHagar
DHagar
9/14/2016 9:30:14 PM
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Re: ..Telcos Need to Hit Refresh
@Mike, excellent comments and he is right on target with the key barriers.  The technology will have limited value if the information is not networked and the cultures are changed to reduce the unnecessary silos.  I believe this cultural change will take place, but certainly becomes an inhibitor to progress.

I like CenturyLink's view - they are not trying to build off the answer they have developed, they are too busy making sure it continues to be the right answer.  That's the key - easy to say, but difficult to build that capability.

Kudos to CenturyLink!

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Adi
Adi
9/15/2016 6:59:03 AM
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Fair point
<"It's dealing with those 30-year-old telco rules that's difficult,">

It's a more than fair comment, and relevant to far more than just NFV. We often complain about the speed at which Telcos innovate, comparing them to a rash of young technology start-ups with mobile apps and online services. But those organizations aren't constrained by the same regulations that telcos labor under. 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/15/2016 2:16:42 PM
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Re: Fair point
@Adi, that's a key point - that's the reality of the telcos cultures.  We need to align those cultures with the change if we truly want sustainable change.

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vnewman
vnewman
9/15/2016 5:27:53 PM
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Re: Fair point
@Adi - 30 year-old telco rules and 60 year-old telco infrastructure.  Here in California federal and state laws and regulations support an outdated network of old copper landlands that no one even wants anymore.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
9/15/2016 12:43:36 PM
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Telco refresh
I think they need to reevaluate what they are doing wrong or go back to improve on some things.

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DHagar
DHagar
9/15/2016 2:27:00 PM
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Re: Telco refresh
@clrmoney, absolutely.  Otherwise, they are spending a lot of time in areas that will decline.  Remaining relevant today is a key challenge but essential, rather than perfecting what we already do.

 

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batye
batye
9/15/2016 8:33:08 PM
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Re: Telco refresh
@clrmoney  agree but I think they need to change the way they plan things - first... it like everything from begining...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/16/2016 2:10:35 PM
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telco regulations...
It seems like telcos might want to rely on acquiring startups to innovate while avoiding the regulatory traps. Google's Fiber project just bought up some small wireless companies to provide an alternative to last mile fiber... and I'd think telcos might be wise to look into the same kind of strategies. 

Telcos can't seem to avoid acting like old telcos without nimble competitors pushing the envelope of tech.

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DHagar
DHagar
9/16/2016 4:22:50 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mhhf1ve - that is a great idea.  They aren't going to learn those capabilities over night or change their operations - that would give them the full capabilities for both using their past/existing investments as well as moving into new opportunities.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/16/2016 5:00:12 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
I'm sure telcos are always looking for smart investments, but it looks like Google might be beating them to the punch on some.

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DHagar
DHagar
9/16/2016 5:48:44 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mhhf1ve, I think you are right about that.  That confirms it is a smart strategy. 

If the others don't follow that path, the connections and systems will be established and they will have fewer and fewer opportunities.  A little bit like musical chairs when the music stops.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/16/2016 9:51:05 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
I'm also wondering how Google and Facebook's investments in drones (or balloons) that can fly 24/7/365 and potentially act as flying cell towers will pan out. I think at some point, the TV stations that own/use wireless spectrum will forgo their broadcast media and switch to being communication service providers, too. 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/19/2016 1:34:18 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mhhf1ve - it is certainly possible.  I heard several years ago that satellite transmissions would replace other options - now with drones and new transmission options, that makes sense. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/19/2016 1:51:52 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
The unavoidable latency times for satellite transmissions make that tech an unlikely replacement for mainstream internet services. But with drones, the latency problem isn't a problem at all -- and these "terrestrial satellites" should be much less expensive and much more upgradeable. The problem is getting the FAA to approve them. (And actually making them cost effective...)

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DHagar
DHagar
9/19/2016 1:57:46 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mhhf1ve, great points.  I think the "terrestrial satellites" are the answer to the future - once moving beyond the political/financial barriers you point out.  I believe the government may address it sooner rather than later; particularly since they are increasingly heavy users with military use.  So coming up with a commercial strategy in the near future would be to their advantage as well.  On the financial, with Google, etc., they are likely to put together the model system that will make this a commercial success.  Note:  I wouldn't be surprised to see Bezos (Amazon) jump in as well.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/24/2016 6:25:54 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
Google seems to be "retreating" somewhat from the TelCo Space.    I wonder how that would factor in to the transformation and how others may rush to "fill the expected void"? 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/26/2016 10:21:02 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mpouraryan, possibly they are refocusing their efforts more on a "platform" than one dimension?

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/26/2016 10:58:41 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
The broad vision is critical--no question--as long as the central focus is not lost.   Trust you agree :) 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/26/2016 11:04:31 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mpouraryan, absolutely - I fully agree.  And to your point, Google is not always transparent on their plans, so it may be part of their strategic/tactical planning, but we may not know until we see what they unveil.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/26/2016 11:12:51 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
What we must remember is this:  @Google success has depended on the ability to be on the edge and unpredictable at times--so I would not hold that against them.   

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DHagar
DHagar
9/26/2016 11:36:34 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mpouraryan, I see Google as very successful as well, that is why I think they may truly succeed.  But I see their "surprises" as very well planned and linked carefully to strategic positioning.  I don't think they leave much to "chance". 

They practice - luck is preparation for opportunity.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/27/2016 10:30:10 AM
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Re: telco regulations...
They have been transformational because they have been prepared--the question is whether they are becoming too big for their own good.

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DHagar
DHagar
9/27/2016 12:11:56 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mpouraryan, clearly that is the challenge for their leadership.  If they continue to research and develop, as they have done, at least they are on the right track.  Leadership will determine if they choose to stay there.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/27/2016 12:19:59 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
It will be fascinating to be witness to it all--and to be able to reflect upon and learn from it no doubt.

 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/27/2016 12:23:50 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mpouraryan, I am with you on that!  Telco Transformation and our "thoughtful" peers will have front row seats!

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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/30/2016 1:21:43 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
I agree. I think that's what makes them stand out from the rest and be able to be successful.

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freehe
freehe
9/25/2016 6:40:18 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@mhhf1ve, Great insight. Good points.

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freehe
freehe
9/25/2016 6:42:40 PM
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Telcos Need to Hit Refresh
"Despite all of the advances CenturyLink has made over the last four years with its NFV and SDN-related improvements, there needs to be more work done at a faster rate and with a greater level of cooperation between service providers of all stripes."

Improvements can occur only as fast as senior executives approve, budgets cover the costs, employees, stakeholders and shareholders buy-in; customer demand increases, and foward-thinking concepts are developed.

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DHagar
DHagar
9/26/2016 10:23:50 PM
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Re: Telcos Need to Hit Refresh
@freehe, I could not agree more.  And the ability to deploy resources differently to support and advance these transformations is the essential change required in order to truly see these changes take place.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/27/2016 7:52:50 AM
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Re: telco regulations...
mhhf1ve,

I'm actually a little impressed that there's so much motion and effort coming out of a sector that had been quiet to the point of stagnant for so long. The big and medium telcos are all pretty serious about not just reacting to the change but getting out there and leading it.  That isn't historically the pattern when a long-in-place, heavily infrastructure-invested industry is disrupted.

Of course, whether they turn out to be good at what they are trying to do is another question that only time will answer -- but it's not going to be much time.

 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/27/2016 12:09:44 PM
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Re: telco regulations...
@John Barnes, great analysis.  But at least they are in the game and this represents a new opportunity to minimally build new services, if not develop new models.  It is encouraging.

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