John C. Tanner

John C. Tanner

John is editor of Disruptive.Asia and was previously managing editor at Telecom Asia. He has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. He has two degrees in telecommunications and has worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.

Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

Written by on February 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Hong Kong incumbent telco HKT is very angry with the Hong Kong government because it is desperately worried that Hong Kong is going to be left behind in the global 5G race unless it gets new 5G spectrum ASAP. HKT’s angst is understandable – especially here in the early months of 2017, with Mobile […]

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SMS proves to be Achilles heel when it comes to Telstra network outage

SMS proves to be Achilles heel when it comes to Telstra network outage

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Telstra experienced a major network outage last Thursday that cut off voice services, shut down trains, delayed flights and – weirdly – sent SMSs to the wrong phones. Which is humorous until you remember that banks use SMS to confirm transactions and password resets. All of that was the result of a fire at Telstra’s […]

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Telstra launches Gigabit LTE across key cities on the road to 5G

Telstra launches Gigabit LTE across key cities on the road to 5G

Written by on February 1, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Telstra has launched what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE network and device, with the help of tech partners Ericsson, Qualcomm and Netgear, as the operator sets its sights on 5G. Telstra said at its “Gigabit LTE Experience” event in Sydney that the Gigabit LTE service has launched in select state capital city CBDs […]

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The network edge is no longer predictable, more a moving target

The network edge is no longer predictable, more a moving target

Written by on January 26, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The network edge used to be fixed and predictable in terms of location and capacity needs. But these days it is neither – the edge has become a moving target, which is creating challenges for cloud players and data center operators trying to provide the capacity necessary to support edge customers. That was the overall theme […]

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We must build security into absolutely everything: keynote panel at PTC 2017

We must build security into absolutely everything: keynote panel at PTC 2017

Written by on January 20, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When it comes to internet security, no one is safe, and if we’re going to have any chance at all, the ICT industry – and users – need to get back to the fundamentals of network security, design security natively into everything and embrace new technologies. And governments can help by doing all of that […]

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Everything you need to know about 5G in 417 words (think OTT)

Everything you need to know about 5G in 417 words (think OTT)

Written by on January 18, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

5G has plenty of market potential, but cellcos have to get their heads around the complexity of evolution and the fact that they really have to embrace software over hardware for 5G to pay off. That was the message from I Chih-Lin, chief scientist of wireless technologies at China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), who kicked […]

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An inconvenient truth about artificial intelligence

An inconvenient truth about artificial intelligence

Written by on January 12, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The recent CES2017 event was the usual hype blizzard, particularly in regards to artificial intelligence, which feeds into predictions that AI is going to go mainstream in the next year or two. My own prediction is this: 2017 is going to be the year of the AI backlash. Much of the focus at CES was on digital […]

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It is going to be a flat year for devices, unless it isn’t

It is going to be a flat year for devices, unless it isn’t

Written by on January 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Bad news for mobile device makers: global shipments are expected to remain flat for the next couple of years. The good news: actually they won’t be flat if you ask customers if they plan to buy a new smartphone this year. Confused? It’s all part of the fun of conflicting research results that come out […]

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Guess what? For IoT to succeed it must focus on the customer

Guess what? For IoT to succeed it must focus on the customer

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The IoT sector needs to change gears and focus on user problems and multi-level collaboration if it’s going to reach its full potential. Oh, and low-power WANs will be a loss maker if your business model is based mainly on connectivity revenues. In a presentation at the TM Forum Live! Asia conference in Singapore, Charles […]

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Panelists at TM Forum Live! Asia come to terms with digital reality

Panelists at TM Forum Live! Asia come to terms with digital reality

Written by on December 9, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Put a bunch of operators and vendors together on a panel about digital transformation (or just about any topic, really) and you’re going to get some diverse comments. But at a panel on “coming to terms with the digital reality” at TM Forum Live! Asia on Wednesday, one point of agreement was that successful digital […]

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