Month: January 2019


What do we aspire in Europe?


What do we aspire in Europe?

Everybody working in Telecom and IT knows that developments are going faster and faster. We have only just gotten used to 4G and then the auction for 5G is on the doorstep and the technology for 6G with speeds that literally make us dizzy is already partly conceived. We live in a fantastic era where new applications and the convenience of these applications, as a result of the removal of the “bandwidth barrier”, is or will be accessible to everyone.

Nevertheless, it is important to put the playing field and interests into perspective once again.

It has not been very long since we completed the UMTS auctions. The revenue for the Dutch state amounts to € 2.7 billion. As a result, for years no investments in innovation, thousands of redundancies at Telecom operators (also due to the internet crisis) and innovation that did not take place or at least too slowly. Great for the Dutch state but of course a vision that is focused on the short term.

A few years later the 4G auction, also here the Netherlands excels with a record yield this time as much as € 3.8 billion. An exceptionally nice amount and certainly if you compare this with the directly surrounding countries where the yield in the UK compares poorly with a yield of only € 2.7 billion (in terms of inhabitants practically 4* greater than the Netherlands) and Germany with a yield of no less than € 5 billion. Which is de-facto more compared to the Dutch situation but also practically 5* more inhabitants.

Here too, the story is well known, profits are under pressure (the frequency licenses have to be written off and the network built) and thousands of people are made redundant (partly due to automation) in order to meet the demands of shareholders and investors.

In the meantime, Italy has raised € 6.5 billion with the auction of the 5G frequency licenses, which far exceeds the expectations of the Italian government, as only half of the amount was expected. In the short term this will also be an excellent yield for the Treasury, but the question is whether it will benefit the economy, the digital economy and the development of new technology and therefore also profitability across the business community. Too much is still thought in the short term. Meanwhile we have already reached the IOT era, its complete industries and branches are dependent on the proper functioning of mobile networks and the development of groundbreaking functionality that in an increasingly global world with ditto global and therefore also low(er) wage competition are simply necessary to give us a head start in Europe, or even better to create a head start and to maintain in the long term.

This requires long-term thinking. Can it be done differently? Certainly, but governments will have to play the game. Instead of billions in revenue, they will have to settle for a sustainable extra revenue of several hundred millions (e.g. the Netherlands) per year that the telecom industry can generate. It is very simple. The hundreds of millions of write-downs on licenses (assuming they are depreciated over 10 years with interest) can (no should be part of the deal with the government) be used for annual innovation. Assuming that the 5G auction would also yield at least € 3.8 billion, this would provide an annual economic stimulus that the Telco’s and the suppliers contracted by the Telco’s should put into innovation as much as around € 440,000,000 per year. What a great economic stimulus and that over a period of 10 years. The advantage for the government is that less subsidies need to be provided, at least (assuming that 60% of this money eventually goes to new jobs) around 3000 new jobs are created with great tax revenues (not to mention the extra spending pattern – consumer spending). There is an incredible amount of VAT and profit that can be taxed in an industry that traditionally already shows high profitability.

The long term case? For Europe, this will not only yield more financially in the long term (I expect a tipping point somewhere between 8 and 11 years compared to the short term variant) but especially in the field of innovative and sustainable development. A more competitive economy, resilient to a good stimulation climate where the industry and outside the industry will generate many new start ups and new business ideas that will benefit us all.

So Europe, what is it going to be? The gaps that may appear in a budget can not be solved in another way?


Lawful Interception re-invented


Lawful Interception re-invented

Telecommunication operators are obliged by Law to have a Lawful Interception Solution in place. Due to constantly changing social aspects, and the increasing amount of technology and data, more and more interceptions needs to be verified, managed and monitored by Telecommunication Operators. Most of today’s deployed solutions are not designed for the increasing amount of traffic and workload. These solutions are also not designed to comply with the regularly changing requirements of governments, your own organization, telecommunication regulators, or certification institutes. Proving that you are compliant for the entire process and workflow is usually a complex task. Current solutions can potentially be expanded with automated process tooling, but in many cases at extreme costs.

Group 2000, architects in safety and intelligence, are for 40 years an expert in creating, managing and re-innovating business or compliance issues you might have. Our standard and flexible technology is truly designed to answer the above mentioned critical and important issues. Our LIMA solutions can be tailored to your working processes, or if needed we can advise adjusting your processes in a manner that a better efficiency, and hence cost efficiency can be reached. With LIMA business automation, there is no need for you to replace the current solution you already have in place. We enrich your environment and make sure that you are compliant not only for today, but for the years to come, including all details like checks, logs, reports, and validation measures embedded in the platform. We make sure that your security department will be more efficient, and fewer costs via a structured and uniform method. We optimize the total cost of ownership for your environment and are 100% transparent when it comes to the costs for the entire lifetime of our relationship.

Group 2000 is an IT security expert with deployments across the world covering 40% of the top global mobile network operators. It is our objective to perform for you. It is embedded in our working methods, processes and more importantly our company culture and DNA to exceed. We are critical towards ourselves and you in order to make your business more sustainable and predictive for the years to come. Besides LIMA Business Automation, Group 2000 has created an extensive range of compliance, monitoring, and sensor solutions and services. We are more than happy to explore the value add to your organization.


Using workflow management for smooth handling of legal warrants


Using workflow management for smooth handling of legal warrants

To fulfill legal obligations, Telecommunication network operators are obliged to handle legal warrants for Lawful Intercepts and Lawful Disclosures. With increasing numbers of warrants and the use of electronic handover interfaces, network operators may come in the situation where they feel that they are losing control over the process. A workflow management tool may assist them in this process and help them to get back into operation whilst cover and log all the steps in the process for compliance and audit purposes..
LIMA workflow tooling would ideally assist the user in the process of validating warrants, creating the interception and/or disclosure requests and in handling disclosed results. As companies and processes within companies differ, the exact implementation of the process would need to be attuned to the customer’s process flow to reflect the required working method. LIMA workflow tooling is designed for this purpose.

LIMA Workflow Management tooling can provide benefits in regulatory environments where a separation of concerns is required: e.g. where the Legal Authorities enter the warrant and the Provider validates the warrant and handles the request (i.e. implement four-eyes principle). This may apply to environments where warrants are electronically transferred but also to environments where warrants are entered manually.

In an environment where requests are handled manually, a workflow management tool may benefit in keeping associated documents together, monitoring the timelines and keeping an auditable record. The process flow is guarded as tasks are created automatically for each user action in the flow.

When using an electronic handover of warrants, a workflow management tool will automatically create the initial task and ensures that this task is always followed up. The received warrant document is associated with and accessible from the task and warrant parameters may be entered automatically when these are available in the handover protocol. Tasks are created automatically for each step that requires user attention.

Group 2000‘s LIMA Workflow Management is an add-on on the LIMA Lawful Intercept and LIMA Disclosure Management user interface that address the above needs and assists users in processing warrants according to the customer’s process flow ensuring that you are compliant, anytime! A central place is created where related documents are kept together, timelines are monitored and actions are audited. A seamless integration with an electronic warrant handover can be achieved, and SLA timelines can be monitored.

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