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5G Factor: CSPs Keep Close Eye on Sustainability

5G Factor: CSPs Keep Close Eye on Sustainability

In this episode of The 5G Factor, our series that focuses on all things 5G, the IoT, and the ecosystem as a whole, I’m joined by my colleague and fellow analyst, Todd R Weiss, for a look at the top 5G developments and what’s going on that caught our eye including Rogers Business using IoT to bolster customer sustainability missions on a strategic level, AT&T highlighting the impact of connectivity and the role of its Connected Climate Initiative (CCI) on climate tech innovation, and Orange launching the Sophie Germain vessel to advance sustainable and efficient global connectivity.

Our conversation focused on:

Roger Business IoT Supports Three-Ways to Boost Operations Sustainability. Rogers Business is using IoT technology, its suite of solutions designed to help organizations pursue sustainability, efficiency, and cost consciousness simultaneously. Achieving all three goals will require insight into how organizations use energy and water, and what drives their emissions and waste. As a result, connected IoT sensors can give organizations the insights they need, and IoT software management tools can make this information more actionable. We review how Rogers Business is providing a three-prong sustainability proposition, encompassing energy, water, and fleet management, supported by the Rogers Smart Energy Management solution, that can strengthen the sustainability of its customer’s operations.

AT&T Spotlights Connectivity Impact on Climate Tech Innovation. AT&T joined the VERGE 23 climate tech event to collaborate with ecosystem partners in accelerating solutions that can address today’s climate challenges, with a focus on how technology and connectivity can help all society to reduce emissions. In support of climate tech innovation, AT&T launched the Connected Climate Initiative (CCI) in 2021 to help fuel collaboration, research, solutions, and innovation, bringing together climate decision makers to co-develop solutions such as IoT, 5G, and edge computing, with the goal of reducing 1 gigaton, or a billion metric tons, of emissions by 2035. We assess the impact of AT&T’s CCI in driving collaboration of connectivity-driven solutions that aid organizations toward operating in more environmentally sustainable ways alongside lowering costs and providing more value for their customers.

Orange Launches New Sophie Germain Vessel to Advance Sustainable Global Connectivity. Orange Group launched its new Sophie Germain vessel, designed to stay in service for the next 40 years and reduce Orange’s carbon footprint, to further bolster its integral role in building and supporting long-distance network infrastructure that provides high-performance connectivity for all the global community. The ship’s modern design and equipment are purpose-developed to improve the efficiency of its activities and help decrease Orange’s environmental footprint. We examine why the ability to deploy the Sophie Germain on a 24-hours and year-round basis to perform submarine cable repair and maintenance across the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Black Sea, including support of fiber optic cables and electrical connection cables for offshore wind turbines, raises Orange’s overall sustainability credentials.

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Ron Westfall: Hello, and welcome everyone to the 5G Factor. I’m Ron Westfall, Research Director here at The Futurum Group. I’m joined here today by my distinguished colleague, Todd R. Weiss, our Team Analyst focused on key areas such as telecommunications and, naturally, 5G. Today we will be honing in on the major 5G ecosystem developments that have caught our eye. Todd, welcome back again. It’s great to see you, and thanks for joining the episode. How have you been bearing up between episodes?

Todd R Weiss: I’m very good. Looking forward to Thanksgiving and so happy to be here with you, Ron. I always enjoy it.

Ron Westfall: Right on. I think we’re all in that same vibe. Looking forward to the holiday.

Todd R Weiss: Oh, yeah. Yeah, definitely.

Ron Westfall: It’s a good one. It’s a good one. Yes. I think it has broad appeal. And with that, let’s jump right in. I think what is on the top of mind of many CSP decision makers is sustainability. In fact, the GSM conducted a survey that pinpointed that 85% of the key decision makers, the CSPs, prioritize sustainability as a key area of focus. And that makes sense. I think we understand why.

Todd R Weiss: Oh, sure.

Ron Westfall: Yes.

Todd R Weiss: For all businesses for that matter.

Ron Westfall: Yes. I’m sure other businesses are right up there as well. So with that in mind, I saw a few items that leapt out in terms of what is going on, in terms of advancing sustainability across the entire 5G ecosystem. So let’s start with Rogers Business. What they’re doing, is they’re using IoT technology, and it’s the suite-

Todd R Weiss: That’s, of course, the Canadian telecom up there, right?

Ron Westfall: Exactly. Yes. A good point. I’ll definitely be commenting more on Canada specific sustainability objectives. With that, I think it’s important that when it comes to helping organizations meet their sustainability goals, it also requires ability to look at a big picture. It’s not just, for example, only carbon emissions or greenhouse reductions, but also looking at what is driving waste in terms of the entire organization, as well as, for example, water, which AWS, I think, has done a good job of raising awareness on. So, with that, connected IoT sensors, as we know, can give organizations the insights they need, along with, naturally, IoT software management tools that can make this information more actionable. That’s the key point. It’s about being able to act on all this data, because we know there’s a wealth of data out there. It’s about making it more intelligent and useful. And as a result, embracing sustainability goals, as we’ve seen, requires a holistic approach that cannot be limited to only one aspect of operations. So when you’re talking to an organization, for example, substituting the fleet with electric vehicles is something that’s invoked, but it’s like also, you need to do more than that. It’s an and, the type of proposition. So don’t get me wrong-

Todd R Weiss: Oh yeah, and-

Ron Westfall: Go ahead.

Todd R Weiss: I’m thinking also, people may not think about sustainability when it comes to networks, and they should, because look at Rogers, they have this huge business, which means data centers. What do data centers use? Energy, water, consumption. We don’t think about that. They’re not manufacturing a product, like a physical car or a gadget. They’re making a service available. It is highly consumptive of energy and water and all these other things. So then all of a sudden it’s like, “Oh my God, we really have to pay attention to this.” It’s not the kind of thing I think the average person, consumer or tech, might think about. But this is a giant thing, and using these IoT devices to track and help with sustainability efforts is huge, as we’re going to talk about today.

Ron Westfall: Right on. Yes, I think that’s a good point. I think we’re seeing progress in that area. There’s broadening of looking at the overall picture, and thanks to recommendations by organizations such as the UN, I think that’s helping to drive that. Going back to the EV example, yes, it’s important to actually prioritize that, but it’s also important to combine that with other initiatives. Sometimes we’re seeing a siloed approach. But I think the good news is Rogers Business is a good example of an organization that can help broaden the picture. I think one stat that was interesting, is that when it comes to also looking at buildings that account for a substantial portion of the GHG emissions across Canada, that is national greenhouse gas emissions, and that’s up to 18% according to Natural Resources Canada. So this is, I think, something that we’re going to see more of. Yes.

Todd R Weiss: Sure. Oh, yeah.

Ron Westfall: EVs are headline news. It’s something that we talk about commonly, but not buildings. And smart buildings, I think, is something that will definitely be following on top of what’s going on with EV initiatives. So all this is coming together, all of it’s important. I think what’s also of note, is that Rogers Business is prioritizing three key areas for organizations to organize or better prioritize how they address their sustainability initiatives in meeting their goals. First, naturally, is energy. And when I-

Todd R Weiss: Which is huge.

Ron Westfall: Well, of course, yeah. That’s an obvious starting point, but also has to be addressed right off the top. This is where I see Rogers having a solution that has, I think, potential direct impact. It’s called the Rogers Smart Energy Management solution. What it does is it allows organizations to, first of all, identify the energy saving opportunities, so that obviously is a key step. But then it follows up by enabling the benchmarking of energy consumption, measuring it, as well as helping with having a hands-off facility management. The idea here is to take advantage of digital technologies, and IoT sensor management, optimizing that is a great use case. And also being able to address the specific requirements of the environment, of the building, for example. And that’s where-

Todd R Weiss: Right. And every company in every building may need something different, so they have to be able to adjust those to what they need.

Ron Westfall: Right on. That links directly into water. I think most organizations have water bills or should start thinking more about how water could be optimized. One example that comes to mind is actually the casinos in Las Vegas, because they had to do that because of the water shortage challenges in the Las Vegas area. And you think, oh, casinos, extravagance, decadent, whatever the case is, but actually, they are forerunners in terms of installing equipment that optimizes water usage because of desert climate requirements and so forth.
With that example in mind, as we know, water leaks can be very expensive, but even before causing damage, the leaks can undercut the sustainability performance of facilities by wasting water. So wouldn’t it be great to have something like a Rogers Smart Water Leak Detection and Mitigation solution that can address that? That is, prevents water leaks, or, when they happen, identify them so rapidly that you’re not having concrete being watered for half the day before it can be addressed directly.

Todd R Weiss: And that’s even more important, Ron, because as you know, the water situation in the arid US, the western part of the United States, Lake Mead’s water’s been dropping for what, a decade? Massive, massive amounts of shortages of water. Now I think they’re talking about farmers out there in the deserts who can’t get the water they need for animals and things like that. So this is a huge area. LA’s not far. All of these things, any way we can prevent the wasting of water, it’s an incredibly precious resource. 50 years ago we didn’t worry about this. 60 years ago we didn’t worry about all those sewer pipes that were leaking water all over the place, water lines that were leaking water. And now these things all across the country and around the world, these are huge things. You can’t waste water. We have more and more people and less and less water. So those are not good things to have going in opposite directions.

Ron Westfall: Exactly. Even with the recent winter storms, it’s an ongoing issue. You have to wait around every few years for the water levels to be restored some.

Todd R Weiss: You can’t always catch up. Exactly.

Ron Westfall: Yes. Yes, it’s also about preventing water damages, you noted, Todd, but also combining that with, quite simply, lowering costs. So this is where sustainability can actually be a very compelling business proposition, but also, quite simply, reducing water wastage, regardless of where it is, in the deserts, in a more tree lined area, it doesn’t matter. It’s all important. And tying into what we touched on earlier, is fleet management. So that definitely is something that gets, I think, a little more headline attention. As a result, we see Rogers Business supporting a fleet management solution that addresses that very specific issue. What’s important here is that it’s enabling vehicle and asset tracking. As we know, when it comes to, for example, autonomous vehicles, that’s automatic, you have to have that. But also, it’s kind of like the Uber model. It’s just being able to have the vehicle in the best possible place at the best possible time to, quite simply, have improved performance, both on the revenue side, but also on the energy side as well. It’s also about driver monitoring and coaching for those vehicles that are not autonomous, but also adding diagnostics and maintenance. So it’s really combining it altogether, and I think, yeah, fleet management is something that will gain more traction as part of a built-in sustainability initiative.

Todd R Weiss: And reducing emissions by being able to know where the vehicles go, better plan their routes, deliveries, pickups, and things like that.

Ron Westfall: Right on. So those are the three tenets. Todd, what else about the Rogers using IoT to advance the sustainability goals of organizations jumped out at you?

Todd R Weiss: Well, I’m excited by this, because I think IoT, we’re just really starting to really see the many varied uses that we maybe didn’t expect at first with IoT. Sure, there’s building security and things like that, but now we’re starting to see the other possibilities, the more important perhaps, bigger possibilities to use IoT. And the idea of using IoT because of sustainability goals and things like that, wow, we maybe didn’t even think of that. Being able to use IoT devices to watch for a leak at a remote place where you don’t have workers, oh my, now you can see it. And to have software that tracks it and can alert you and things like that. So, to me, I’m impressed that Rogers has developed what I’m calling a roadmap, to help organizations understand where and when they can use IoT, especially to support the sustainability of their operations. Again, I said before, nobody… I didn’t certainly think about IoT for sustainability a couple of years ago, but you’re seeing it more and more. What Rogers is doing, and is probably going to be benchmarks in this market, you’re going to have to do these things, is things like mapping out the strategy. Their approach maps out the strategy companies can take, then benchmarks the ways they can use their technology and assure their performance. That’s incredibly important. If you plan it, but don’t test it, you don’t have benchmarks to go against to be sure it’s working. That’s always a bad idea. You have to benchmark everything. You have to test everything.

Ron Westfall: Especially for Scope 1 through 3 requirements.

Todd R Weiss: Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Ron Westfall: It’s built in.

Todd R Weiss: When you get to Scope 3, man, those are really challenging things to start figuring out how you’re going to control that stuff.

Ron Westfall: Exactly.

Todd R Weiss: The easy stuff is in your facility. The less easy stuff is as it gets farther away in deliveries and things like that. But the third, now it’s your products. Geez, this is really complicated stuff to figure out how to track and how to monitor and prevent. So, yeah, it’s going to get harder and harder. The other thing that the Rogers product does, is it allows the creation of digital twins. Now, I think digital twins, a few years ago I wasn’t impressed, but as I started seeing more and more what you can do with a digital twin, say you want to make a change in something that’s critical in your operations, in your facility, wherever. You don’t have to build something to find out how it’s going to go, you can make a digital twin using all the sensor data you have, all the data your company has, plug it in, it will give you working representations of how these things would work, could work, will work. And if you want to make improvements, sustainability improvements, plug those in. How will that then change the finish line for you? How will that improve your numbers? Things like that.

Those kinds of things are built into what Rogers is offering as a service and a product to help you with this stuff, using IoT for sustainability. And then verifying all that sensor data is really important, because data that’s not verified is data that you don’t know is good data. So it has to be done, and it has to be able to monitor that your corrections are being made properly. Also, the other thing that they do, is that where they don’t have a specific technology to fit a company, they find a specific technology to fit a company’s use. So every sustainability project has got different needs depending on the company it’s being done for. With Rogers, they can help you fill in those things that find the things that can help you with energy consumption, with carbon emissions reductions, with all those things, and preventing water loss, we talked about. So, to me, I think this is one more way, using a product like this, that IOT devices can be used to help enterprises in ways they may not have considered, like I mentioned, which adds a whole new look to the value of these kinds of things. The last thing I wanted to say is that… and I was just thinking about this, I wrote it down. Having the eyes of easy deploy and always observable IoT devices is a huge tool for sustainability programs to adopt. I bet, Ron, we’re going to see more and more like this.

Ron Westfall: Yeah, no, that’s a good take, Todd, on Rogers Business IoT-driven sustainability initiative reaching out to organizations that quite simply can use this kind of support and assistance. This is, I think, informative, and also, it’s tying into something else that we were looking at, is the VERGE 23 Conference, a climate awareness event that key operators such as AT&T participated in. I think what’s important here is that it’s, again, focusing on how to improve the performance of networks in terms of enabling organizations to meet those sustainability goals. And that includes, naturally, reducing emissions. This is across many industries. I’m seeing that they are looking for, quite simply, cost-efficient ways to mitigate their greenhouse emissions, but also looking to technology to certainly assist with that.

Todd R Weiss: Sure.

Ron Westfall: What I think was important about the event is that the highlighted the fact that AT&T launched its Connected Climate Initiative, or CCI, two years ago, to really help fuel the collaboration, research, and innovation that’s required to make this happen. And-

Todd R Weiss: Yeah, that’s a big deal, because AT&T’s certainly a giant telecom.

Ron Westfall: Well, yes. What I think is noteworthy, is that the CCI is bringing together climate decision makers to, again, help solutions such as IoT, but certainly 5G and edge computing, altogether to help reduce emissions. In fact, what is impressive, is that AT&T has a specific goal of reducing one gigaton, or a billion metric tons of emissions by 2035. To date, AT&T has enlisted 19 participants, and that’s about 15% of the way toward their goal. So you could see it’s a journey, and-

Todd R Weiss: It’s a journey, but it’s also substantial because this is not easy. So to hit numbers, increasing numbers, is a big deal.

Ron Westfall: Exactly. What’s important is, okay, you can poke holes in a 2035 objective, however, AT&T is already demonstrating that they’re going to keep the ecosystem up to date as to their progress. So this is, I think, very tangible. I think it does show that there’s substance behind AT&T’s objective here.

Todd R Weiss: And as you know, the first part of reaching these goals is the easy part. It’s the later, the latter part, that’s the hard part. So it’s really going to take a lot of work by a lot of companies to make this happen.

Ron Westfall: Yes. I agree wholeheartedly, and I think VERGE 23 brought this out. As we know, AT&T definitely brought together a panel that addressed this very issue, and that’s really about the ecosystem bringing together partners to really make this happen. AT&T, Rogers Business, are the first ones to tell you, “We can’t do this by ourselves.”

Todd R Weiss: Of course.

Ron Westfall: “We really need to have these partnerships,” and looking at ways to really make these combinations, again, maximal in terms of advancing the sustainability goals.
Todd, now that we’re talking about AT&T’s CCI Initiative, what about it, from your perspective, is something that is standing out?

Todd R Weiss: Well, first of all, you’re absolutely right about what you were just talking about, but I thought this was an incredibly valuable discussion for sure, in terms of collaborators in this Connected Climate Initiative and in all these companies working together to do this stuff. What they did in this work was the collaborators shared example of how things like this work, how connectivity-driven product help them with increased environmental sustainability, while also saving money and helping their customers. It ranged in businesses, from transportation, cement, building efficiency and more. It was a wide range of businesses and uses that are showing that they’re working to find ways to reduce emissions and incorporate connectivity as a core component of their efforts. This is huge. Again, this is just huge to do this.

Ron Westfall: I like the smart building example, because while we’re doing our part to raise awareness, what about cement-

Todd R Weiss: Yeah, exactly.

Ron Westfall: … and materials? It’s like, obviously the buildings are made out of that. So that is definitely a key area to pinpoint, and I’m glad you’re invoking that, Todd. This is something that shows it’s definitely cross discipline, it’s multi segments, and together they impact each other.

Todd R Weiss: What does cement use? Water. Lots of water. So, yeah, it’s all connected.

Ron Westfall: Right on. We got the full cycle here. Yes.

Todd R Weiss: Yeah. You can’t bury someone in cement unless it’s wet.

Ron Westfall: Right on.

Todd R Weiss: Anyway. But yeah, those are just some examples. But the people who were talking at this conference, this event, the speakers described also something that’s core to this thing. It’s all nice to have these lovely ideas of sustainability and making the world a better place and all that, but what do businesses typically care about? The bottom line. What’s it going to cost them? How’s this going to be affordable? How can they make it work? So what they also stressed was how a strong financial return is going to be important in showing how IoT investments in sustainability’s equipment and processes and management is going to be an important thing to show. Executives are going to want to see where it’s going to be something they can pay for that saves them money. That’s going to be a key. I really think that this is going to be something we see more and more, talk about, companies getting more deeply involved in IoT for sustainability. I think this is a really interesting segment to cover, so I’m sure we’re going to be talking about it a lot more.

Ron Westfall: Yes. In fact, that brings to mind another initiative that I think is worth mentioning, and that is what is called Carbon Dioxide Removal solutions, or CDR. This is designed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. So it’s all about let’s take all these solutions and make a difference. Certainly, tackling how to make energy more efficient across the network is, I think, a clear top priority. Cost savings, always there. But it’s also like, all right, in addition to reducing CO2, how can we remove it? And that, I think, is going to be a game changer as that technology improves. So that, I think, is something that technology, such as IoT, as we know, but also Fiverr and 5G private networks can all play a key role in something like CO2 removal. So that’s… I’m excited about. That conference brought that out, and something that has garnered some attention, but I think it’s going to become increasingly integral to the overall sustainability strategies across the entire 5G ecosystem.

Todd R Weiss: Yeah.

Ron Westfall: With that in mind, let’s look at another major CSP climate initiative, and that is Orange launching Sophie Germain, which is a boat-

Todd R Weiss: Now don’t forget, let’s tell our listeners, Orange is the former France Telecom. They just renamed themselves.

Ron Westfall: Exactly. That’s helpful. With that, the Orange group is determined, at least in terms of playing a major role, not only in long distance network infrastructure, but also as enabling high performance connectivity that aligns with reaching environmental goals. That includes, for example, using this new boat to reduce basically the environmental footprint of Orange itself. So it’s basically practicing what you’re preaching, and that’s very helpful. I see that Orange Marine’s investment into this new vessel quite simply strengthens its position in terms of surveying, laying, repairing, and maintaining submarine cables across the world. So that’s another thing that, it’s literally under the radar, is the laying of submarine cables, but it’s obviously vital. I think it’s important to note that Orange is also looking at this as a way to improve the overall sustainability picture, not just for itself, but also for its customers and such. In my estimate, Orange’s subsidiary is renowned because it’s actually laid 15% of the global cable ship fleet out there, or owns 15% of it. That, I think, is why this is going to have an impact. As a little additional background, submarine cables, as we know, but the broader audience should know, is very important for telecommunications because they carry 99% of intercontinental telephone and data communications. As a result, this represents 1.3 million kilometers, or 33 times around the globe. So that, I thought, was something that was certainly noteworthy in itself. With that, Todd, what else about this initiative is something that definitely caught your eye?

Todd R Weiss: Well, frankly, I think this whole thing is still mind-boggling. We are still in 2023 laying cable down in below the oceans to get communications around the world. Will there ever be a day where we don’t have that? That’s something I’ll look into for our next episode and do an update. Will we ever get away from using these cables? But this is an amazing thing. And this boat, this is no ordinary boat. I looked into it. Here, hold on a second. The Sophie Germain is a cable installation ship. It’s deployed within 24 hours, 365 days a year. It’s doing cable underwater, under the ocean, cable maintenance, cable repair, cable replacement, in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Black Sea, all in Europe. It’s mind-boggling. We remember in the ’40s and the ’50s and other times when they were laying these things. I just wonder how long it will be that we are still using these. But yeah, this is great stuff, and this is great because what they’re doing is they’re improving the process via a ship like the Sophie Germain. They’re improving things so they’re making them more environmentally sustainable, using less energy, 25% less energy by using this ship. Statistics are pretty impressive. 22% fewer CO2 emissions. 82% fewer NOx, which is nitrogen oxide, which is really bad. It has a Clean Ship classification in waste management, meaning that the boat is operated in a clean way and works in a clean way. This is all stuff that’s showing that Orange and the Orange group is running a more energy efficient fleet as they continue to do this with this ship. It’s a really important thing because how you do these things is just as important as what you do. If you use an old leaky truck to pick up trash in the streets of New York, that’s not going to help anything. It’s the same way in the ocean, perhaps even more so because we know about ocean pollution. It’s really important that these things be sustainably done to operate these kinds of things. So yeah, I really think that the launch of the Sophie Germain marks Orange’s commitment, a big one, to investing in reducing its fleet’s overall environmental footprint. It’s saying it’s going to do it and it’s doing it, which I think is exactly what you want from companies to do.

Ron Westfall: Right on. It’s about the energy efficiency, but also the speed of how the submarine cables are laid. So that brings to mind, will F1 ever sponsor a submarine cable laying contest to demonstrate the value here? How’s that for a segue to wrap up on? F1-

Todd R Weiss: Oh, we’re going to be talking about that after the show, I’m sure.

Ron Westfall: Well, yes, naturally it’s an event that’s being conducted in Las Vegas. Yes, we’ll follow up on that in terms of how the 5G network performed at that particular event. And with that-

Todd R Weiss: Oh, that’s right. Wait a second. Wait a second. I still have a minute, right?

Ron Westfall: Sure you do.

Todd R Weiss: I wanted to mention, T-Mobile… Right now, the Las Vegas Grand Prix is going on. The first time it’s ever been held in the streets of Las Vegas. Formula One has brought its Formula One cars to Las Vegas in the desert for the first time. So T-Mobile… and I just wrote a research note about this yesterday. Hopefully it’ll be published today or soon, but T-Mobile has just dramatically upgraded its 5G network out in the Las Vegas metro area. It’s for the event. It’s going to bring in hundreds of thousands of people. And as we all know, when you bring in hundreds of thousands of people, what’s the first thing you need? Capacity. So this will primarily benefit T-Mobile customers in the big scheme because it’s primarily a T-Mobile network upgrade, but it also helps anybody else who will use T-Mobile’s network for wifi, for posting on social media. So if you’re using T-Mobile’s network, it’s going to be improved dramatically. They brought in one of those mobile networks that they have to dramatically upgrade the-

Ron Westfall: The PoD.

Todd R Weiss: … capability. Yeah, the PoD. So all of this is really cool because it’s happening this weekend. This happens at the Super Bowl. This happens at the World Series. This happens at big sporting events. Network companies, telecom companies bring in the big guns to make sure that people will have great connectivity, great wireless service, things like that. I at least wanted to mention it because it’s happening this weekend, so thank you for reminding me about that.

Ron Westfall: No problem. Yes, it also, I think, helps answer the question, why 5G standalone networks? It’s for the smart venue use space, and, yeah, F1 in Las Vegas I think is a clear example of where the monetization could be realized, but also making a huge impact in terms of the networking experience that clearly the audiences out there would fully appreciate.

Todd R Weiss: Oh, yeah.

Ron Westfall: On that note, let’s wrap it up, and we’ll definitely look forward to continuing the sustainability theme on upcoming 5G Factor webcasts. Again, thank you, viewing audience, for joining us today. Again, be sure to reserve us on the 5G Factor channel, but certainly The Futurum Group website. With that, thank you, Todd, again, for joining the discussion today.

Todd R Weiss: Thanks, Ron, and have a great Thanksgiving to you and our audience too.

Ron Westfall: Oh, right on. Yes, I think everybody’s looking forward to that. And with that, good 5G day, everyone.

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Ron is an experienced, customer-focused research expert and analyst, with over 20 years of experience in the digital and IT transformation markets, working with businesses to drive consistent revenue and sales growth.

He is a recognized authority at tracking the evolution of and identifying the key disruptive trends within the service enablement ecosystem, including a wide range of topics across software and services, infrastructure, 5G communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics, security, cloud computing, revenue management, and regulatory issues.

Prior to his work with The Futurum Group, Ron worked with GlobalData Technology creating syndicated and custom research across a wide variety of technical fields. His work with Current Analysis focused on the broadband and service provider infrastructure markets.

Ron holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from University of Nevada — Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in political science/government from William and Mary.

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