Are you following the progress of #eSIM?

I believe eSIM will be a significant change agent for the Mobile industry. I’ve posted many eSIMs updates.

I evaluated eSIMs for a client during 2018. We concluded that the time was not yet right to add an eSIM to the client’s product, and selected a traditional form factor instead.

At that time, I though eSIM would become mainstream within 12-18 months.

That was 9 months ago. And although progress is coming, resistance, primarily from MNO, continues to slow things down.

I recently spoke with Rune Holbech of Nordic eSIM. I wanted to better understand his view of the eSIM opportunity, and of the Nordic eSIM platform.

I was quite impressed with Rune’s knowledge and with the commercial penetration of Nordic eSIM. The eSIM platform space can expect to grow along with M2M and IoT and IIoT, so Nordic eSIM seems well-positioned as the industry matures.

Who do you follow to improve your understanding of eSIM?

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Here’s a problem 5G won’t solve

These are exciting times in Telecoms. Every day brings more information about new 5G technologies such as MIMO, mmWave, Network Slicing, and URLLC. Exciting use cases are described, such as private networks, Autonomous Cars, Neutral Host Networks, and EdgeComputing.

Although these are the things we read about, what exciting things have you worked on this week?

I didn’t think so.

It’s quite a paradox. The press is filled with the dazzling future just around the next corner, while our workdays are filled with routine maintenance, customer complaints, troubleshooting, budgets, and on and on it goes. Nothing very exciting.

But all necessary.

As Telecoms Engineers, we love to read about and talk about the new. Yet we should focus on things which improve service quality and lower costs. Things which develop our skills.

I like helping my team develop their skills. That’s more valuable to me and to them. I teach a lot about Excel because it can help with so many aspects of building and maintaining the network.

What do you do to develop your Telecoms skills? Leave me a comment with your best suggestions for Telecom Engineers skill development.

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Many Decry the Demise of Telecoms Network Operators

Many are decrying the demise of the #Telecoms #Network #Operator for failing to innovate or to succumb to Dumb Pipe Syndrome™. The asteroid ending the long reign of network operators has already impacted, apparently.

I don’t think the network operator business model has changed that fundamentally for a long time.

“Heretic” you cry. “Has Russell been smoking something recently decriminalized by California?” you snicker. “Has he not heard of 5G?”

Calm yourself. The sky falls not.

The Telecoms network operator business model has always been about balancing capital and operating expenses with the recurring subscriber revenue of those who use it.

Innovation is mostly lowering the cost structure or temporary first-mover advantages.

Do you see any fundamental change coming?

I’m carefully watching the open standards movement. Opening up interfaces might loosen the grip of vendors and allow smaller, more innovative players into the network.

It could help separate hardware from software, and potentially end the decennial forklift replacement of the network.

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I Delivered 5 Nines Uptime, and no one noticed!

You want to build your career while your building networks. I get that. Here’s a Pro Tip.

The last greenfield mobile network I built was a super experience on many levels, including my best-ever boss.

After service Launch, the CEO awarded Employee of the Year to the entire Engineering dept. for the startup effort.

When my boss accepted the award, he said this was the last he’d ever want to be in the spotlight. You see, he knew a dirty secret in #Telecom.

The best infrastructure is invisible: you only see it when it breaks.

This means your great work giving 5 nines uptime or better is ignored and you’ll only be “recognized” when there is an outage. Nice. Welcome to the Real World.

To grow your career you have to find other ways to impress the business. How? One of the best ways is to focus on Cost Containment.

Cost Containment usually means lowering a recurring (monthly) cost or generating more revenue for the same cost. It’s great for CSP finances and sure to win you positive attention.

Improving the cost structure while also maintaining great service is the #1 trick for Telecom Technologists to build your Telecoms career.

What are your tips for advancing your career in Telecoms technology?

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He had it made until he shot off his mouth.

Early in my Telecoms career, there was occasionally lots of overtime. I worked in a dial-for-dial cutover crew turning up new 1AESS switches in the PSTN and there were times when you could pick up some extra money by working more.

Union rules required time and a half pay and even double time pay for starting a shift early, staying late, or working weekends. Like most systems of rules, there were ways to game it.

Apparently, one employee had worked out a long-term deal which gave him a steady extra income. He bragged about how much he was making to one of his coworkers. Another employee overheard him, and complained to the union.

The union intervened because the overtime wasn’t being offered according to Seniority rules. So the overtime stopped cold.

The First level supervisor in my group just shook his head and said “9 times out of 10 craft cause their own problems by opening their big mouth. When you’ve got a good thing going, shut up.”

Have you ever blown a sweetheart deal by talking about it?

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A pro sports team’s new coach always says this

“We’re gonna work on fundamentals: blocking, tackling, passing the ball.”

As Telecom Pros, we love the shiny and new: 5G, mmWave, network slicing, #MIMO, URLLC, CRAN. OK, so we like acronyms, too.

But when the excitement of sexy new technology wears off, there’s still a mobile network to maintain. And what does that mean? Reports. Lots and lots of reports.

Dashboards, analyses, forecasts, budgets, financial models, capacity planning. Not very exciting. But this is how a modern mobile network is run.

For you, that probably means Microsoft Excel. Which is fine, because #Excel is not very exciting, either.

But it’s pretty much the best tool you’ve got for all those uses. You owe it to yourself to acquire a reasonable facility using Excel.

Check out this article: Dashboard Automation with GETPIVOTDATA. One simple technique to automate your Dashboards. And if you can automate all the mind-numbing manual updates you have to do now, it does more than free your time.

It frees your mind to think hard about what the data are telling you. You’ll have new insights and synthesize new possibilities.

Try it before you say “they’re only reports.” Because reports are a huge time sink. Get in front of it.

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Are you responding to Latency slowly?

Reduced latency is one of the key benefits often cited for 5G. Improved latency allows for new apps, new use cases, new revenue streams.

But I have so many questions. For 5G latency to be clearly better, we have to know what it’s better than.

Do you know the typical latency in your network now? What are the important latency metrics to monitor? Are you currently tracking 4G latency? 3G?

Do you aggregate latency test results by technology or spectrum? Does carrier aggregation need to be disabled to get meaningful results?

Do you produce an “average latency” figure for the network? Is there a latency dashboard of performance, bottom sites, trends?

Is latency improvement included in your RAN team’s yearly Goals & Objectives? Do you have a latency SLA? Do you report latency in BOD meetings?

How do you collect latency data? Some speed testing apps include latency measures. But those are manual tests. Is there an automated way to test, one which doesn’t add to your tech team’s Site Visit Checklist?

Does your vendor-provided OSS report useful latency data? Are there 3rd-party packages for determining end-to-end latency? Which do you like?

What suggestions do you have about network latency?

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What’s Your One Takeaway from MWC19?

Mobile World Congress just finished andTelecom Pros are returning to work.

Over 100,000 Telecom Pros attended the Mobile Industry’s biggest annual party.

I’m curious what you thought, regardless whether or not you attended MWC.

I’m excited for 2019 and all the possibilities it brings!

Continue reading “What’s Your One Takeaway from MWC19?”

What Happens When You comment?

This video is for you if you’re using LinkedIn to build your reputation and grow your career in Telecoms.

When you comment on an article, the author is notified, and the article will also be shown to your LinkedIn connections.

That’s a big deal already! It helps the author of the article by adding your connections to his or her audience.

And your comment will be seen by that same, larger audience.

I try to follow these guidelines when I comment:

  • Always add value.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Write to stimulate more engagement.
  • Be specific about what triggered my comment.
  • If I have a question, be specific about that, too.

With a large audience, I feel like each time I comment is a bit like a performance. So many people right in my niche will be watching.

How I comment can help, or hurt, my reputation.

What are your guidelines for commenting?

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