Migrant Mother 320AT&T cutting 80K jobs. Carriers are gung-ho for SDN/NFV because it will be more efficient. Tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs at telcos, cablecos, and suppliers. In the long run, the economy benefits from the increased productivity, as do shareholders. But many of those fired will never get a decent position again, especially older workers. 

There are no easy answers. AT&T is paying for extensive employee retraining, hoping linemen can learn to be programmers for cloud computing. They donated $million to Georgia Tech's innovative fully accredited online Master's in Computer Science and are paying tuition for employees. Some will be able to make the change. 

Nokia Will Make Massive Layoffs and Ericsson plans to lay off thousands are recent headlines. None of these are related directly to SDN deployments, of which there are very few so far.

Tough competition from Huawei is more important. But the companies are listening when AT&T's new CTO Andre Fuetsch warns, "Those who don't make the pivot will face a really rough road. This is going to be a really rough road." Bill Smith estimates AT&T is now buying three times as much capacity per dollar invested as four years ago. They will spend fewer dollars, and telco suppliers know what is coming.

Most of the 80,00 planned job cuts T told the New York Times were coming will not be due to SDN. AT&T is telling wall street they will shut down landlines in half their territory and won't need linemen there. Using the web for customer contacts eliminates call center jobs.  

Nick McKeown, Guru Parulkar, and a thousand others are building great software tools, but we also have to think about the people.

Migrant Mother, the photo above, was shot by Dorothea Lange on a government jobs program in 1935. From Wikipedia:

Florence Thompson with several of her children. The Library of Congress caption reads: "Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California." In the 1930s, the FSA employed several photographers to document the effects of the Great Depression on the population of America. Many of the photographs can also be seen as propaganda images to support the U.S. government's policy distributing support to the worst affected, poorer areas of the country. Lange's image of a supposed migrant pea picker, Florence Owens Thompson, and her family has become an icon of resilience in the face of adversity. However, it is not universally accepted that Florence Thompson was a migrant pea picker. In the book Photographing Farmworkers in California (Stanford University Press, 2004), author Richard Steven Street asserts that some scholars believe Lange's description of the print was "either vague or demonstrably inaccurate" and that Thompson was not a farmworker, but a Dust Bowl migrant. Nevertheless, if she was a "Dust Bowl migrant", she would have left a farm as most potential Dust Bowl migrants typically did and then began her life as such. Thus any potential inaccuracy is virtually irrelevant. The child to the viewer's right was Thompson's daughter, Katherine (later Katherine McIntosh), 4 years old (Leonard, Tom, "Woman whose plight defined Great Depression warns tragedy will happen again ", article, The Daily Telegraph, December 4, 2008) Lange took this photograph with a Graflex camera on large format (4"x5") negative film.[1]


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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Feb 27-March 2 100,000 mob Barcelona. Fares from New York are triple the usual price and hotels even higher - if you can find one less than a hour from the city. Everybody who is anybody goes so everybody who is anybody goes. Beyond the pomp and hot air are a slew of top technical people. Seek them out and make sure yo make appointments in advance with the people you want to see. Hint: You can still get rooms at the hostels in town. Next year, book way in advance to get one of the hotel rooms GSMA have negotiated with the city.

Digital Hollywood Media Summit, New York March 7-8. Victor Harwood always had an enormous number of top people in an almost overcrowded schedule. Senior folks from advertising, all media, marketing and more. VR and AR are heavily represented, from the talent to the salesmen. The price is about half what most shows charge and there are discounts for those with limited resources, including students.  A great way to learn what the most advanced in these fields are doing.

Brooklyn 5G Summit April 19-21st The most sophisticated people in wireless will be there, from the CTOs of NTT and Nokia to the most respected academics on the planet. Incredible S/N. If you can't come to Brooklyn, you must watch the stream. It takes two or three years for most people to catch up to what's learned here.

G.fast Summit, Paris May 9-11 Trevor Linney of BT is deploying 10M lines. John Cioffi promises something astonishing. Everyone in the industry will be there except Broadcom, being their usual antisocial self. On the 9th, Hubert Mariotte of the standards committee has a deep technical tutorial and I have a session for everyone else.

TNO Ultrabroadband Den Haag June 12-15 Always a strong group.

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