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.

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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How free should free speech be (on social media)?

How free should free speech be (on social media)?

Written by on November 17, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

As America and the world generally freaks out over Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, inevitably experts and pundits are dithering over the role of social media in this election – particularly in regards to the possible role of fake news in influencing the outcome. Facebook in particular has come under fire for this, and Mark Zuckerberg’s […]

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Is the telecoms/IT [or insert name of] industry about to be Trumped?

Is the telecoms/IT [or insert name of] industry about to be Trumped?

Written by on November 10, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Talk about disruptive. Against all odds, Donald Trump is now going to be president of the US. And the question on everyone’s lips (apart from perhaps “WTF?” and “How in the hell did he do that?”) is: NOW what? The telecoms/IT space is no different, and the all-purpose answer is in fact another question: who […]

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Mobile is becoming the baseline for all branded digital experiences

Mobile is becoming the baseline for all branded digital experiences

Written by on November 4, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

It’s November, which means the 2017 predictions for the telecoms/IT sectors are starting to roll in. First on our radar is Forrester Research, which predicts that mobile will be the main face of the branded digital experience in 2017. Also, apps are pretty much done. According to Forrester’s just-released 2017 Mobile Predictions report, 2016 was the […]

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