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Keys to implementing Enterprise 5G

November continues to be a busy month for speaking engagements. Last week I participated in the Enterprise 5G Show with FierceWireless.

I spoke on a panel session with Dr Lov Kher from Verizon and Dr Claudius Noack from Lufthansa Industry Solutions moderated by Prakash Sangam from Tantra Analysis.

The session focused on the real world of enterprise 5G deployments where we tackled questions such as making the business case.

To access this presentation and the other sessions on demand, please visit https://www.e5gshow.com/ and register for free for the online content.

Been waiting for a while to talk about this…

Today my company announced in a joint press release with our other consortium partners a piece of news that we have been working on for a long time.

https://www.colt.net/resources/colt-icade-adva-airspan-networks-athonet-accedian-and-tibco-join-forces-to-deploy-enterprise-private-5g-pilot-in-france/

This continues to be an excellent piece of work as we build a ‘living lab’ for testing out not just the technology but also the business case for Private cellular, 4G & 5G in enterprise use cases.

The full press release is below.

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5G & Immersive Technologies

For the Telecoms Europe 5G Event I gave a presentation on 5G & immersive Technologies, speaking in particular on the use of private cellular for industry verticals that are emerging for the use of cellular technologies.

This is the exciting area of 5G where cellular technology is able to be used to make a difference in other industries and not just in providing mobile connection to the internet for browsing, videos etc.

And yes I avoided any reference to Metaverse and remote surgery….. I was glad to see that this was appreciated by at least one follower …..

If the video of the presentation becomes available on-demand I will post the link and how to access it here.

Starting off a busy month of conference speaking

This week the first of several speaking engagements for me across November went live. As part of the Next Generation Optical Networking World conference I was invited to speak on a panel discussing Optical networking for Mobile networks. The initial question is optical networking necessary was quickly answered and we were able to move on to discuss how this is the case.

The panel is available on demand as well as all of the other sessions.

https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/17dingkekhfmt?_ga=2.53446830.708026541.1638456909-1652770607.1621248899

Spotlight on 5G Week

Last week I participated in two of the four sessions of Telecom TV’s Spotlight on 5G week on 5G Edge and 5G Cloud. The format included a pre-recorded discussion that i is published in the morning with then a live after show discussion at the end of each day.

The discussions were hosted by Guy Daniels and Ray Le Maistre. In the 5G Edge discussion, we looked whether 5G applications have been overhyped, the skillset in telco and synergies between the Cloud Service Providers and Telco.

I was a last minute fill in for my colleague Francesca Serrevalle on the Thursday after show session where we discussed in more detail the big news of the day AT&T selling their 5G cloud to Microsoft Azure. Also shared my first memories of MWC….

For a little behind the scenes image though, this is how I filmed the after show on Wednesday, from our campervan ‘Deets’ in the Peak District, testing a new 4G/5G capable antenna with a ruggedized wifi router fitted to my van.

https://www.telecomtv.com/content/spotlight-on-5g/

Spotlight on 5G – TelecomTV

Next week I was hoping to be travelling to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2021. With a number of big players pulling out from the physical event and Colt continuing to take a wise precautionary approach to international travel I shall be participating remotely.

As part of the week I will also be involved in Telecom TV’s Spotlight on 5G series each day. I am part of a panel on Wednesday 30th June discussing the 5G & Edge opportunity and will be part of the live after show Q&A in the evening.

Roundtable: 5G Edge: A Winning Combination for Operators?

What are the strategic choices facing telcos as they look to realise the commercial opportunities of 5G and Edge? What are the optimum Edge scenarios available to them? Is the combination of 5G and Edge the formula for success?

  • Beth Cohen, SDN, Product Strategies, Verizon
  • Mark Gilmour, Mobile Connectivity Solutions, Colt Technology Services
  • Renu Navale, Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Edge Computing and Ecosystem Enabling Division, Intel
  • Rolf Eberhardt, Head of Orchestration, Communications Technology Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Terje Jensen, Senior Vice President/Head of Global Network Architecture, Director 5G Readiness Strategic Program, Technologies and Services, Telenor

Details here: Strategy Outlook 5G Edge | TelecomTV

Telecom Blitz Week 9th June

LONDON, UK, 2 June, 2021 – Colt Technology Services, a leading provider of world-class network and voice connectivity to businesses in Europe, Asia and the US, today announced that Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions, Mark Gilmour will speak at FierceTelecom’s “Telecom Blitz Week, Summer Edition,” taking place from 7 – 9 June, 2021.

Gilmour will address attendees on Wednesday 9 June 2021, between 11:00-12:00 pm ET, as one of three speakers in a session titled, “2021 Fiber Technologies and Strategies: Everything You Need to Know.”

The session abstract reads: “A couple of factors are driving momentum behind fiber build-outs in the United States in 2021. One is the deployment of 5G and the necessity of fiber for backhaul, and the other is motivation to close the digital divide, which became more urgent because of Covid. There’s real money on the table in both cases. The wireless carriers are spending capex to deploy fiber backhaul, and the fed is spending money via the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to close the digital divide. What are the most current fiber technologies that telcos need to understand for 5G backhaul? What issues must be considered for rural deployments of fiber? And what’s the status of next-gen optical such as 400G and beyond?”

Gilmour, an industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, is charged with leading and expanding Colt’s mobile connectivity proposition and plays a pivotal role in driving the company’s mobile strategy. His contribution to the session will center on 5G transport.

The virtual event is free to interested parties, who can learn more and pre-register here.

Telecom Blitz Week: Summer Edition | Fierce Digital Tech Events

How Enterprises will benefit from 5G

Earlier this month I sat down with Richard Piasentin CSO & CMO at Accedian to discuss enterprises and 5G. It was supposed to be a 5 minute interview but we got talking…….. here is the full conversation, I don’t think we stopped enough for the editors to find a natural edit point… enjoy.

Join Richard Piasentin, Chief Strategy & Chief Marketing Officer at Accedian, and Mark Gilmour, VP Mobile Connectivity Solutions at Colt Technology Services, in conversation on the eve of signing a 10-year strategic partnership between the two companies as they discuss:

  • The potential of 5G in supporting enterprise customers
  • The innovations that can already be harnessed
  • Lowering barriers to entry and opportunities for new entrants
  • Hyper local connectivity and edge compute at hyperscaler flexibility
  • Supporting the growth of the connectivity ecosystem
  • The critical importance of visibility and assurance
  • The benefits yielded by the close partnership between Accedian and Colt

Changing it up in a groundhog year…

It’s the beginning of September 2020 and I have been very fortunate throughout the global pandemic. I have been able to continue working, almost seamlessly transitioning to full-time working from home. Having built an garden office some 10 years earlier, I at least had a space to work and also to put the turbo trainer for indoor cycling. The rest of the family have also been able to transition to home/remote work & school and our overall health has been good to this point (and has continued to be so since). We have been blessed.

Yet after 6 months of no commute, no travel and like many others having our plans turned upside down, (I had no fewer than 20 business, church & leisure related trips cancelled in the first three months of the pandemic), I was feeling quite hemmed in, slightly stir crazy and just a little exhausted from the constant virtual world. I needed to switch off for a couple of days and do something different.

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