Podcast 14: Smart homes Matter, but will they be secure?

President Biden has signed an Executive Order on cybersecurity as the latest US step to improve IoT security by introducing cybersecurity labelling for consumer products. The Trending Tech Podcast hears from Steve Hanna of Infineon that the race to the bottom in cybersecurity is ending as governments worldwide are following new standards. Meanwhile, Gartner says 75% of enterprise data is expected to be created and processed at the Edge. But which Edge? George Malim and Jeremy Cowan wonder if telcos will profit from their Edge advantages. History suggests not. Maybe this time will be different!

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Podcast 13: Tech can learn a lot from the Natural World

Whether it’s starlings teaching us about high speed, resilient networks, or training IoT execs by Horsepower, Gilli Coston and Ken Figueredo show that the world of technology has much to learn from Nature. It’s also Human Nature to make fantastically bad decisions – and Trending Tech Podcast hears how technology can bail you out if you decide to post a friend home from Australia. Listen, people do! Plus the SEC says Blockchain is more than a question of trust … it’s also about iced tea. And finally, Jeremy Cowan gets an eyeful of upcoming news in Augmented Reality.

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Report: How CSPs can better monetise their networks with 5G Value Plane

The advent of 5G will unlock new possibilities for cellular network-enabled solutions of all kinds, ranging from consumer broadband services and gaming propositions through to complex mission-critical IoT solutions and simpler low-bandwidth IoT monitoring solutions. Jim Morrish, a founding partner of Transforma Insights, explores the opportunities.

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Why 5G’s value is now plain to see

With 5G now emerging as a commercial reality in some markets, much of the early activity is happening in private networks. These provide an early opportunity for service providers of various types to monetise 5G. However, as public networks add further coverage, 5G will enable an even larger number of use cases. The technology enables opportunities from selling network slices for specific functions to enabling assured experiences.

Inside the use cases that enable 5G monetisation

5G offers the potential for tailored performance for the first time and this means CSPs can focus on the value they provide for each service rather than only the network access. Enabling new forms of monetisation is the key to 5G profitability and creating a sustainable market place for 5Gdependent services.

How to maximise revenue from the 5G Value Plane


  • Editors Overview: Why every means to monetise must be maximised
  • Analyst Report: How CSPs can better monetise their networks with 5G Value Plane
  • Interview: Why 5G’s value is now plain to see
  • Monetisation Use Cases: Inside the use cases that enable 5G monetisation
  • 5G Monetisation: How to identify the monetisation sweet spots in the 5G value chain
  • Network slicing: How will operators set the price of a network slice?

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Podcast 12: Real world tech: Edge AI drives car-making, healthcare and retail

Artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge is changing healthcare, retail and Audi cars, as Intel’s IoT Group vice presidentJohn Healy tells Jeremy Cowan and George Malim. It’s cutting auto safety inspection costs in half, speeding life-saving cancer diagnoses, and creating Covid-safe shopping in Latin America. Plus we learn how chipmakers globally are tackling supply problems that have halted vehicle production. The semiconductor industry is facing an “awakening”, says Healy, as it shape-shifts to meet “insatiable demand” for silicone. Finally, we hear which African country is a leader in satellite cartography, and how Amazon is playing games with its warehouse staff. 

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Mobile private networks for IoT

In December 2020, Transforma Insights published a series of reports looking at the increasing recent interest in mobile private networks (MPNs) and particularly their use for the Internet of Things. This report provides a summary of those reports

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Can SIM be the enabler of massive IoT connectivity?

By 2025, GSMA Intelligence forecasts the total number of IoT connections will grow to 25.2 billion. Breaking these numbers down, Ericsson projects 5.2 billion cellular IoT connections also by 2025. This means that, by the mid-2020s, cellular IoT connections are expected to number more than 60% of mobile handset subscriptions and growing faster.

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The future RAN is open

2020 saw a unique combination of events that will have lasting impact on the telecom industry – and not all negatively. Industry initiatives to establish a more open radio access network (O-RAN) gathered considerable momentum. Francis Haysom, the principal analyst at Appledore Research, argues that 2021 will be a critical year in which open RAN really begins to change the shape of the telecoms market

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Podcast 11: Live events are coming back: But how will they change after Covid?

Technology events are starting to re-open face-to-face, but are we ready to attend? Many people only want to join virtual events. So what can we expect in 2021 and how will events change in 2022? Tech Trends Podcast asks a successful event organiser, Giles Cummings, and a top keynote speaker, Matt Hatton for their views on the way forward. Plus, are we witnessing Peak Tech? Big Tech firms face big problems in East and West. And we gawp at $69 million spent on one digital artwork.  

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