We’re poised to see a quantum leap in telecom technology – and 5G will be at the center as the most powerful, efficient, and intelligent set of mobile phone and data communication capabilities to date. Telecom providers need to begin transforming their networks for the 5G future today, while continuing to confront myriad legacy struggles ‒ including 4G/LTE build outs, shrinking customer revenue, and increased competition from OTT (over-the-top) competitors.Preparing for 5G while keeping the lights on for today’s business is a heavy lift, but progress is already underway. The good news is many providers are further along the 5G migration path than they may realize. According to IDC, 68% of telecom leaders are actively implementing or planning network virtualization.Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are key to updating the three network areas that providers need to transform when creating a 5G network: the radio access network, the core network, and the service creation layer.NFV and SDN help create a composable network core that decouples the user and control planes, allowing services and applications to be moved closer to the network edge and providing the flexibility to meet the high bandwidth, low latency requirements and scale needed to support 5G.What business benefits will 5G deliver for telecom providers? Running a faster network enables more rapid, comprehensive data collection, which can increase revenue, enhance network performance, improve customer experience and retention and accelerate new services and revenue opportunities.These advantages are not a given. To experience the full power of 5G, providers will need to adopt an “intelligence-first” approach to managing core networks. Providers should begin work now to increase their network intelligence and implement analytics as this investment will pay dividends in the short and long terms. Real-time network insight – gleaned from continuously streaming session control, subscriber events/data, and other data events ‒ is an essential enabler of network and operational intelligence.Below are just a few examples from a Dell EMC study that show how real-time analytics can help providers streamline networks and optimize revenues:One provider reduced call center traffic and saved $28 million in unnecessary data usage rebates after providing call center agents with a detailed customer data dashboardAnother enterprise cut the number of calls about mobile data usage that escalated to second or third line support and saved $7 million annually on a base of 10 million customersA third provider increased conversion campaign results by 30% by identifying dynamic segments of customers eligible for a data plan upgrade and sending personalized offers in real-timeBy combining real-time analytics with the flexibility introduced by network virtualization, telecom operators can stream network data in real-time and generate the insights needed to achieve results like these and much more. But how can providers rapidly process and analyze the massive amounts of network data to unearth such vital and valuable insights?Dell EMC has partnered with Affirmed Networks to create an industry- first and “intelligence first” implementation of integrated virtual probes with Affirmed’s Virtual Evolved Packet Core that streams data in an open format to Dell EMC’s underlying platform that can provide complex event processing on the data in realtime or store it in a data lake for historical analytics. View our infographic for more information and to see more real world examples of what virtual probes and data analytics can do for telecom.The future of 5G is closer than we think. A real-time analytics investment today can put telecom providers in a strong position to leverage 5G networks and increase network intelligence well into the future._______________________________________________________________________________ Skillsets at a Virtual Crossroad, Part 4 of, The Transformative CIO: The Power and Challenges of Change, IDC, 2015 (https://app-eu.clickdimensions.com/blob/ericssoncom-ar0ma/files/transformativeciopart4.pdf). Bringing Virtual Probes and Analytics Together for the Next-Generation Mobile Network, Dell EMC, 2016.
Sunny Afternoon, the Edward Hall-directed jukebox musical salute to the legendary British band The Kinks, was just nominated for five Olivier Awards, but arguably none of its nods is more deserving than the one for George Maguire. Maguire plays plays Dave Davies, irrepressible brother to Kinks firebrand, Ray. Having previously played T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan in a different musical, the likable Maguire chatted to Broadway.com about bringing real people to life while rocking out. The often-extended Sunny Afternoon seems like a great job for you. How are you holding up? Well, I had a fractured elbow recently through falling off a bike, so I was slightly one-armed for a while, but it was fine. What’s great is our show keeps getting extended—I’d love it to run for another 10 to 20 years. We’ll see. View Comments He’s crucial to the story of the show, as well. Yes, musically Dave was very important to the sound of The Kinks; he is a lot of the spirit of The Kinks. You might say that [his brother] Ray was the brains whereas Dave had this raw uncontrollable spirit, which makes every night electric for me. You previously played T. Rex’s Marc Bolan in the musical, 20th Century Boy, so you’re doing pretty well on the rock dude front. I’ve always been a natural character actor, so it’s quite nice to be given the challenge of having to be faithful to a real person—not to do impressions but to try and find the essence of who they were. In the case of Bolan or Dave, to portray that person in front of people who knew or loved them and have that be accepted and maybe move people is incredibly rewarding. I’ve played two rock stars in the last few years, so bring on the next one! Well, they say things come in threes: any idea who would most rock your world next? Wow! Do you know if I could ever have a go at playing Freddie Mercury, that would be a big one. He would just be the ultimate. Do you ever think about joining one of London’s long-running shows just to see what that side of musical theater life is like? The thing is I don’t want to do the 10th version of something that’s been going for ages. I want to be a part of something that’s as original as possible. How long have you been involved with the show? From our three workshops through to the [off-West End] run last year at the Hampstead and now to the West End. It’s quite rare and special to be able to see a piece through from the beginning. I still remember the phone call where I was asked, “Would you like to do a workshop of the story of The Kinks—and we’re starting in a week!” [Laughs.] As the show’s resident bad boy, Dave’s a pretty amazing part. Is it fun to play? It is. If you read his autobiography, you find this really lovely, open, warm person who’s also quite complex. He’s battled throughout life with his hedonism and really went for the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, which he had at a very young age. Of course, what happened to him doesn’t happen to a lot of people, so that’s been interesting for me to play. Do you think Sunny Afternoon delivers even if, for whatever reason, you may not know who the Kinks were? I’ve spoken to countless people who said they didn’t know the story going in and that afterwards they were exhilarated about life and the ‘60s and that they had been moved. The great thing is it’s a good story with great characters and amazing live music, so anyone who comes to it should find something to like. Or maybe love. Is it tricky in any way given that you’re playing Dave Davies whereas the show was actually the brainchild of his brother Ray—especially since the two men haven’t always gotten along? It was Ray’s initial idea to do a musical of the band’s story, and he’d been working on it for years with [playwright] Joe Penhall. But what’s important is that when Dave came to see [the show], he felt Ray’s telling of their story was fair and balanced and also a celebration. Ray in no way has left his brother out of the story, so it’s about them and the band and the struggles that they went through—and the music. I have to ask: you’re not the same George Maguire who starred in the original London cast of Billy Elliot a decade ago, right? No, though after seeing Billy Elliot, I wish I could say yes! It’s astounding what the kids who play Billy in that show do, but that George Maguire isn’t me; I imagine he’d be a few years younger than I am but we’ve not met. What was it like to meet Dave? It was classic: I was called out from my dressing room where there were a lot of people to see us and there he was and he snogged me and I snogged him back! [Laughs.] He was like, “Hey, man, lovely to meet you, come here,” without any handshaking or a polite hello. It was a hilarious moment.
Wenger — who is to attend the World Cup in Russia as a pundit for Qatari-owned TV channel Bein Sports — stood down a year before his contract was due to end amid increasing discontent both among the fans and the board.“It’s just too soon to know what I will do next,” he told The Guardian in an interview conducted in Paris this week shortly after he had taken charge of his 1,235th and final match in the Arsenal dugout — a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town.“I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock.“I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide.“The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions? The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work.”Wenger, who guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles, including the famous Invincibles 2003-04 unbeaten season, and seven FA Cups, said he wasn’t certain whether, at his age, he wanted to go through the emotional turmoil of being a manager.“But do I want to continue to suffer as much?” said Wenger.“I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure. Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”– ‘Write new chapters’ –Wenger, who says he has not held discussions about a potential role with the Qatari owners of French champions Paris Saint Germain, with whom he has close links and who he advised them to buy the club, concedes he is too restless to just loll around kicking his heels.“I have friends who can go and lay on a beach all day long for the whole of their holidays and I envy them,” he said.“I just can’t do that. I get bored. I need to be doing something. I need a challenge.“I have lived and breathed football all these years and it’s a passion -– I can’t imagine doing anything else.”Wenger said his lack of a firm plan for the future also filled him with anticipation.“That’s why, in a way, this is an exciting moment for me, too,” said Wenger.“I have a new page, a blank page in front of me.“As all good writers know, that can be a time of anguish but I hope I won’t have too much of that. It’s also a chance to write new chapters.”Wenger, who will also spend time in Russia travelling with close friend David Dein, the man who took the inspired decision to bring him from Japan to manage Arsenal in 1996, said he believed he had helped improve English people’s perceptions of the French.“When I arrived, you know, I was a complete unknown and I have always had the impression I am representing my country in a way,” said Wenger.“In a land where there has always been so much animosity between the English and the French I am proud to have achieved certain things and perhaps to have opened doors for other French coaches.“Don’t forget, when I arrived in England a foreign manager was a very rare thing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger says he wants to stay in football but has not decided whether he wants to keep coaching and “to continue to suffer as much.” © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 18 – Arsene Wenger admits he is still in shock after the curtain finally came down on his 22-year-reign as Arsenal manager and told The Guardian he will decide by the start of the World Cup as to do next.The 68-year-old Frenchman — whose trophy-laden reign at the Gunners came to an end without any silverware in his final season and failed to secure Champions League football for next term — said he hadn’t discounted taking on a different role.
0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored two free-kicks and set up another goal as Barcelona romped past local rivals Espanyol 4-0 © AFP / Pau BarrenaMADRID, Spain, Dec 9 – Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a blistering display as Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a thumping 4-0 derby win over Catalan rivals Espanyol.The Argentine superstar curled home two sensational set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his teammates romped to victory at the RCDE Stadium and made sure Barca kept chasing Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at bay. Atleti and Sevilla had moved level on 28 points with Barca on Saturday after Diego Simeone’s side defeated Alaves 3-0 and the Andalusians drew 1-1 at Valencia.However Messi made sure that Ernesto Valverde’s team kept their place at the top of the pile with a mesmerising display alongside front-three partners Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele that left Espanyol dead and buried by half-time.“He is extraordinary,” said Valverde. “The free-kicks, the chances on goal that he creates, what he brings us and what he take from the opponent…“It is still very early, La Liga is very tight, but the idea is to be solid away from home, knowing that winning is very difficult against every team.”– Magical Messi –Messi began the rout in the 17th minute with a perfectly placed free-kick that arched past a desperate Diego Lopez, and followed that up by keeping possession under intense pressure before providing the pass for Dembele from which the French attacker curled in a fine second.It was then Dembele’s turn to become provider a minute before the break, slipping in a super through ball that Suarez somehow took on and squeezed home from near the byline.Messi capped a dominant team and individual display with his second free-kick of the night, which this time whipped past Lopez which such venom the Spanish goalkeeper could barely move towards it.Nikola Kalinic opened his league account for Atletico Madrid with the opener against Alaves earlier on Saturday, before Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Rodri sealed all three points at the Wanda Metropolitano with goals in the final 10 minutes.The only negative note for Simeone was World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez leaving the field with a knee injury in the first half.Mouctar Diakhaby’s header in second half stoppage time for Valencia meant Sevilla missed the opportunity to stay just a point behind Barca.Pablo Sarabia had put the visitors into the lead nine minutes into the second half and Sevilla had chances to seal the points at the Mestalla with Ever Banega and Andre Silva hitting the post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)