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Legacy systems and legacy attitudes make traditional telcos expensive, overstaffed, inefficient and uncompetitive

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Graham Wilde, CEO, BWCS

Telecoms industry analyst Graham Wilde, is the CEO and founder of consultancy house BWCS and co-presenter, co-orchestrator and co-agitator-in-chief of the Great Telco Debate. He says that the iconoclastic event is maturing along with the industry and identifies one of the main areas of of informed deliberation at this year's event as the ever-increasing importance of the 'edge-cloud' in the crucial process of getting apps closer and closer to users. It is now evident that new technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will be massive drivers of connectivity, but they will require incredibly low latency, ever lower than will be needed for 5G, and that's a challenge. What also became very apparent during the Great Telco discussions was the realisation from all quarters that the industry-at-large will have to come to an accord on legacy networks, systems and services. He says that as network transformation is completed, legacy infrastructure in telcos, complicated and costly to administer as it is, will be a huge encumbrance and will allow the likes of FaceBook and Google to takes even more market share - unless the telcos do something about it now.

FILMED AT: The Great Telco Debate, 2016, London

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