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In a few weeks the long-awaited Next Generation EU funds will start arriving in Spain. Its management is going to be one of the most important challenges that we are going to face as a country, since it will shape the innovation, productivity and efficiency of our economy in the coming years. Specifying the objectives to be achieved with these funds will not be an easy task. It is clear that they are granted to boost the economies damaged by the pandemic by promoting innovative production models. The areas of interest and lines of action have already been defined. And, with great consensus, it is understood that they will be the pillars of the future economy. So far, so good.

The Spanish healthcare system, both the public and private sectors, focuses on healing diseases and hospital care rather than questions such as prevention and primary care. This reality, coupled with its low digital maturity, makes it incapable of handling challenges like the one we currently experience in an effective way.

New European Regulations on 5G Network Security

Possible Strategies and Measures

On the 20th of January 2021, Blue Telecom Consulting (in the following referred to as BlueTC) returned with its live webinar series for mobile operators, telecommunications networks equipment providers, industry analysts and regulators.

This time, our focus was on the new EU 5G Security Toolbox [i], which highlights the need and importance of network security and includes the guidelines which strengthen the role of the national authorities in ensuring operators take security more seriously and implement the toolbox.

 

During these unprecedented times, from the entire BlueTC Team, we would like to THANK YOU for staying in touch with us throughout 2020!

Early in the year, when news surfaced about a virus, - which quickly evolved into a full blown pandemic -, our way of working and interacting needed rethinking. As a forewarning of what was to come, the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress was the first large, international trade show in our industry to be cancelled. From then on virtual events and meetings became the norm globally.

The benefits of integrating telecommunications in production models have been anticipated for quite some time. Now, no one doubts the potential of connected machines and their positive impact in all social and economic spheres.

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.

 

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