SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom team up in blockchain for identity play

MWC19 Compared to other technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence and the ubiquitous 5G, blockchain is expected to have a lesser role to play at MWC Barcelona this year. Yet a few stories are showcasing this aspect - and one in particular from two of the telco industry's biggest players.

There's something of an irony in this reasoning. Previously, blockchain had not exactly made the biggest impression at Mobile World Congress because, well, it wasn't mobile. Of course, some initiatives are...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators, Security.

Why digital transformation requires people to change as well as technology

It's a proven fact, digital transformation is not possible in a large enterprise organisation where legacy middle-managers do everything within their power to resist any change to the status quo. A lack of culture change will typically result in no meaningful progress.

According to Gartner, a proactive and adaptive culture is a critical asset and some CIOs will likely play a role in establishing the right mindsets and practices within their organisations. Gartner predicts that by 2021, some CIOs will be...

By David H. Deans, 15 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Service, Disruption, Industry.

Russia will unplug from the internet to ensure independence

In the coming months, Russia will unplug from the global internet as part of an experiment to ensure the nation can function without it.

A proposed law called the Digital Economy National Program would require Russian ISPs to ensure they’re able to operate if foreign powers isolate the country.

Organisations which maintain the international DNS system are based around the world, but none are based in Russia. That means, in theory, it would be possible for Russia to be disconnected.

International coalitions such as...

Iran-linked hackers launch cyberattack during US shutdown

As the US government’s shutdown extends into its 34th day, hackers linked to Iran have taken advantage by launching a cyberattack.

The shutdown over President Donald Trump's $5.6bn (£4bn) budget request for a border wall with Mexico is the longest in US history.

Without a budget passing, many government employees have been left unpaid and told not to come into work. That means critical IT systems are being left vulnerable.

A DNS-hijacking cyberattack has been launched on the US which experts...

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Government, N America, Networks, Security.

British hacker took down Liberia’s whole telecoms network

A 32-year-old hacker from Surrey, England was arrested for a cyber attack which disabled Liberia’s whole telecoms network.

The hacker, Daniel Kaye, admitted to being hired by a senior official at Liberian telco Cellcom to carry out a cyber attack on rival Lonestar.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire. His activities inflicted substantial damage on numerous businesses...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Connectivity, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Security.

Why digital transformation investment will hit almost $2 trillion – and the drivers of it

Across the globe, savvy CIOs and CTOs are deploying a wide variety of new technologies to enable their digital strategies. A hybrid IT infrastructure is the norm, where on-premises systems coexist with public cloud service offerings. Together, these ICT platforms create the foundation for an evolving suite of software applications and associated digital business processes.

Worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation (DX) of business practices, products, and...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Moving from DNOs to 'distribution system operators': How telcos are vital in this transformation

Global demand for energy is never going to diminish. However, it is set to change significantly over the next century, as governments pursue cleaner energy policies and consumers rethink how they use, and even generate, power. To support this change, a countrywide rethink of the networks that manage the flow of electricity is required....

By Paul Clark, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Green, Operators.

Why telecom service providers are exploring more AI applications

Savvy CIOs and CTOs at communication service providers are busy developing comprehensive strategies for the application of cognitive systems that enable new types of automation. The market leaders are currently engaged in numerous pilot and production projects that are a catalyst for further innovation.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning within the telecommunications domain is now an established practice and chatbots, customer services, and network management are areas where AI...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Customer Service, Disruption, Operators.