We live in a fast-paced world, with time management, adaptability and accessing information having grown into the survival skills of the 21st century. This certainly applies to the world of telecommunications and digital transformation. The global landscape here seemingly changes on a daily (if not hourly) basis. In the age of social media and the knowledge economy we are often spoilt for choice when it comes to content and updates, to the point where information overload can become an issue in and of itself.
This is when we are reminded of the value of balance – it is vital for us to be informed and regularly updated on what’s happening in our industry sector, while making sure we don’t drown in the ocean of unlimited content. The following list of top industry-specific information sources should help in providing you with an easy and effective go-to resource for important telco news and content.
Here are 15 reliable and informative platforms for you to bookmark right away. (in no particular order)
Top Telecoms News & Information Resources
1. Light Reading
Lightreading is a research-led telecoms news and events digital media platform, with a team of journalists and editors based across North America and Europe. An independent research and events portal, LightReading provides daily news, analysis and insight for the global communications networking and services industry.
The Light Reading Group incorporates a dedicated research division Heavy Reading, over 15 annual industry events including its flagship Big Communications Event, several targeted online communities (including Security Now, Connecting Africa and Broadband World News) that dig even deeper into key areas of the global communications industry and its sister industry news site Telecoms.com.
VanillaPlus is a Europe-focused telecoms IT magazine dedicated to communications Billing, OSS, Customer Care, Service, Revenue & Fraud Management. Launched in 1999, Vanilla+ shares news, reports and topical content about major technological changes impacting the communications market. This news and editorial source aims to provide guidance for CSPs and Enterprises on how they can drive operational efficiencies, prevent revenue leakage and increase profits.
3. Capacity Media (formerly GTB Global Telecoms Business)
Through its publishing and conferences, Capacity Media has established itself as a trusted source of critical information for the global telecom leaders. Consisting of Capacity magazine, Capacity Conferences and International Telecoms Week (ITW), Capacity Media provides comprehensive insight and analysis for today’s telco community. The media and events company focuses on the wholesale telecommunications market and global carrier-to-carrier business.
4. RCR Wireless News
Offering intelligence on all things wireless since 1982, RCRWireless provides industry news, insights and analysis to mobile and wireless industry professionals, decision makers, policy makers, analyst and investors. To a large extent focused on the US market, the magazine’s mission is to connect, globally and locally, mobile technology professionals and companies online, in person, in print and on video. More specifically, RCRWireless offers daily coverage on: VoLTE, test and measurement, RF testing, PIM testing, mobile carriers, small cells, heterogeneous networks, NFV, SDN, wireless infrastructure, DAS, telecom software, cloud computing, big data analytics, densification, mobile backhaul and BSS / OSS.
An independent telecoms and tech news portal, covering the latest advancements and market trends and focusing on the key business and technology issues facing the industry today.
Offering readers news as well as impartial investigations, in-depth features, executive interviews and opinion pieces, Telecoms.com provides comprehensive content on topics such as Digital Transformation, 4G/5G, AI, IoT, NFV, SDN, Security, VR/AR and more. The outlet also hosts an annual awards show, The Global Telecoms Awards (GLOTELS), showcasing international talent from across the global communications sector.
6. Mobile Europe (European Communications)
- Websites: Mobile Europe , European Communications
- Twitter: Mobileeurope & Eurocomms
Mobile Europe is an independent, editorially-led B2B magazine for the telecoms industry, exploring the latest innovations and trends in the wireless technology space. Launched in 1990, the magazine is distributed six times a year to a controlled circulation of audited decision-makers. Mobile Europe and its sister title, European Communications, aim to provide CTOs and their teams with news, analysis and opinions on the major developments in wireless technologies and markets.
7. Total Telecom
Total Telecom is a publishing and events business, which aims to meet the information and research needs of the global communications industry. Its editorial content and events help to facilitate discussion on industry issues, to recognise innovation and excellence by companies and individuals, and to provide a connection between the buyers and sellers in the global telecom market. Total Telecom organises the annual World Communication Awards, Asia Communication Awards and a range of conferences and networking opportunities, including Submarine Networks Europe, Carriers World, Gigabit Access and Connected Britain.
TelecomTV, founded in 2001, is the first-ever online TV channel dedicated to the global ICT sector and its decision-makers. The platform offers daily insight on the converging world of telecoms, IT and entertainment. TelecomTV utilises text-based news, streaming video interviews, panel discussions and video documentary style features.
9. Fierce Telecom
With a special focus on service providers in the wireline segment, FierceTelecom provides daily coverage for the latest news and trends on Telcos, Next Generation Networks, Broadband, and other critical service provider topics. The digital portal offers insight and analysis on the broadband connectivity that is driving change across all telecom networks.
10. Telecom Review
Telecom review is another specialist magazine which has a global reach but also offers regional-specific editions, covering Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This resource covers updates on the latest telco regulations and existing opportunities across all regions. Readers will also benefit from top industry events reports, operator news and executive interviews. The publication provides daily news as well as in-depth analyses and industry trends and achievements in GSM, fixed, ISP and satellite.
11. Telecoms Tech News
Telecoms Tech News is a news, comment, and analysis hub covering practical and strategic issues around the telecoms industry, including, mobile, infrastructure, cabling, networks, IT, cloud computing, outsourcing, VoiP and more. One of the largest telecoms-focused LinkedIn groups is managed by Telecoms Tech News. The aim of the outlet is to deliver up-to-date and informative content and to provide access to the latest thought leadership and operational and strategic developments from across the global telecoms industry.
12. Developing Telecoms
Developing Telecoms is a specialised independent online news portal and content syndication channel for telecoms in emerging markets. This rich information source was established in 2006 and has a global coverage across all emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The online portal covers news, developments, new products and services, events and trends in communications networks and services.
Telecompaper is an independent research and publishing company focussed on the telecommunications industry. Operating since 2000, Telecompaper specialises in market-research, news, commentary and analysis for the international TMT (Technology, Media and Telecom) sector. The company also issues a Netherlands-focused edition.
Telecompetitor is a telecom industry blog focused on the broadband carrier ecosystem. Founded and run by a community of professionals with a passion for telecom and broadband, the website posts regularly on the latest industry-specific developments, news and analyst pieces and commentary.
15. Telco Professionals
TelcoProfessionals(TP) is an interactive, content rich, blog- and video-centric online community, and business exchange, developed exclusively for the Telecom and Media industry. The platform assists industry professionals in finding potential business opportunities and allows them to network with one another directly. TP includes a full Telecom & Media events listing, blogs from Thought Leaders, videos of the people shaping the industry’s future.
We hope this concise list has helped you strengthen your telco and ICT content game! If you found it useful, do share with others who may benefit from it. Let us know in the comments if you can think of other helpful and informative resources which should be on this list.