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One of the key issues for the evolution of telecommunications networks is an optimal management of radio spectrum. Currently, to be able to deploy 5G capabilities it is necessary to make more licenced spectrum available for mobile service providers.

 - Without the Network There is No Mobility - 

The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is resulting in a greater perception of the value of telecommunications, both by organisations and consumers. This is due to two fundamental reasons. On the one hand, users are discovering new technologies that they until very recently did not pay much attention to, even though operators have been investing in them for over a decade. On the other hand, they realise the resilience that telecommunication networks are showing in a situation of intensive demand, thanks to which they can continue to maintain their economic or professional activity.

Have you heard of the "balconadas" in Spain, that started when the Spaniards wanted to honour all the health professionals bravely fighting the virus? Later on, many professsions have been added; police, firefighters, shop assistants and more. Our Managing Director, Miguel Ángel Garcia Matatoros, believes that also the entire telecoms industry deserves our gratitude during this pandemic.

The Coronavirus has drastically changed our lives and the way we work. What operators' marketing strategies were not capable of fully obtaining for years the Coronavirus pandemic is now quickly achieving: The communications services we all depend on have gone from being considered a commodity often taken for granted, to become a highly valued service. 

Barcelona has been hosting the Mobile World Congress (MWC) since 2006. In the edition of that year, people were desperately looking for use cases that would underpin the 3G. And the most sought-after devices were displaying the Nokia brand. Fifteen years later, we are desperately hunting for 5G use cases and it seems mobile phones are re-adopting a shell-like shape, like the one that was successful back then...

Nobody questions that digital transformation is a trend that has become fundamental to all organisations regardless of their size or sector of activity. In this transformation process, great technological tendencies like Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence or IoT have an important role to play.

The technological challenges that the arrival of IoT, 5G or network virtualisation represent makes it impossible to keep managing the telecom networks and services in the traditional way. The growing complexity of the network environment and the need to achieve greater efficiencies impose the design and implementation of automated and more intelligent systems. In such a scenario, the application of advanced data analytics tools becomes crucial.

 

In this globalised and digitised era where practically anything can connect to a network, no company is completely safeguarded against attacks. The “always connected” way of life where the limits between our private and professional lives are blurred, only adds complexity to the situation. Also, our daily business activity is based on technologies like mobility, IoT, cloud, virtualisation, artificial intelligence, etc., which forces us to make a bigger effort to protect assets, including customer and vendor data, oftentimes in an unknown and complex environment.

 

The industry currently leads the way in the development of new Use Cases within the Industrial Internet of Things, commonly denominated IIoT. The massive influx and consolidation of intelligent objects, i.e. sensors connected between each other and also with the data centres in the cloud, offers a great potential for producing and operating in more efficient ways. In this evolution, the technology that appears to be at the forefront is the so-called digital twin. 

A digital twin is a replica of an IoT product that includes all its components, physical as well as digital, plus all the dynamics and interaction between them. This permits the analysis of an object in real time from a computer and without physically monitoring it.

This technology requires important investments, and thus, its adoption has so far been limited to leading industries, with examples from the machine and tool industry, manufacturers of heating equipment, engines, vehicles, etc. Despite this, according to Gartner, almost 50% of the companies that are implementing IoT already employs or are planning to create a digital twin. Also, the next generation networks, 5G, with its promises of super-fast connectivity and high latency, can only contribute to the development of new products or business models based on this innovative technology.

 

NFV Operations - DevOps Style – the BlueTC Value Proposition

 

Algunos de nuestros empleados de la oficina BlueTC Málaga tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir a un curso de Scrum Master que organizamos dentro de nuestro programa formativo. El curso consistió principalmente en explicarles y exponer las técnicas más avanzadas en Agile, Scrum, trabajo en equipo y cultura corporativa ágil.
 
Dos de los asistentes, Juan Miguel y Javier, nos explican cómo vivieron la experiencia, qué aprendieron y cómo pueden aplicar la metodología Agile en su trabajo.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of those important technological developments on which the digitial transformation process is based. Studies that predict an extremely rapid expansion frequently see the daylight, but in the real world the IoT technologies' trayectory can be compared to that of a boomerang.

 

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Launching Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has for some time been seems to be yet “another” large project operators are undertaking with more or less success and driven both by the need for operational efficiencies and customer demands.

The question is whether the colossal time and efforts that are being spent by operators to make the efficient IP-only LTE (or 4G) networks backward compatible will ever payoff? The main drivers seem to be efficiencies in spectrum and the promise of being able to provide convergent services based on IP. Moving voice calls to data networks at least in theory means a simpler network to manage and thus lower operational costs. Other industries such as digital and media have been successfully delivering these types of services for years, eating into the two cash-cows on which telecoms has been built, namely voice and messaging, only at a fraction of the investment.

The DevOps paradigm is really cool. Everyone wants to deploy their environments with Puppet on top of OpenStack. It brings reproducibility and scalability at a tremendous speed. This is simply awesome and undoubtedly the way to go forward.

Almost nobody will discuss the benefits of adopting a standard DevOps paradigm, but this implies a major shift in mindset for most companies, especially Telcos, which have a high moment of inertia. In this article we will describe a success story based on our experience with customers.

 

Are traditional monitoring solutions ready for the software defined world (SDN/NFV) and the Internet of things (IoT)? Not always, in our opinion. In many cases they are not ready for the increasing flow of data originating from such a heterogeneous range of sources, in such diverse formats and through so many and diverse protocols.

BlueTC has just passed its first 10-year mark in business. It has been an intense decade in which the telecommunications sector has evolved in a vertiginous way and during which our company has remained faithful to its mission: Generate value for its customers within new technology areas and via the development of a specialised offering. In parallel, we have created an operational structure that enables us to deliver services globally.

BlueTC acaba de cumplir diez años de existencia. Ha sido una década muy intensa, en la que el sector de las telecomunicaciones ha evolucionado de forma vertiginosa y en la que nuestra compañía ha sabido mantenerse fiel a su objetivo original: Generar valor para el negocio de sus clientes en nuevas áreas y tecnologías a través del desarrollo de una oferta especializada. En paralelo hemos ido desarrollando una estructura operacional que permite la entrega de servicios a nivel global.

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