Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, June 06, 2015 with No comments
This week's roundup of telecom news can be summed up in one word: change. The DAS market is changing thanks to some M&A activity; small cells are on their way up and macrocells on the way down; the definition of "five nines reliability" is shifting; South Korea is getting a fourth wireless telephony operator; 4.5G is gaining credibility; and telcos are becoming digital service providers. Buckle up; it's going to be an interesting ride.
Why the DAS landscape is about to change
M&A and partnerships among major telecom equipment/gear player--Alcatel-Lucent, TE Connectivity, CommScope, and Nokia--are likely to transform the distributed antenna system (DAS) market, bringing new technology with lower power needs to a broader set of applications. RCR Wireless article.
Tale of two markets: network backbone and RAN
There's a shift underway in the coverage and capacity market, away from macrocell technology and toward small cells. In the U.S., this is seen with carriers focusing on network densification; total spend on radio access equipment is expected to decline. RCR Wireless article.
The Five Nines Makeover
It's not enough anymore to have individual network elements be built to "five nines" telco-grade reliability standards anymore. Instead, 99.999% reliability needs to exist across the entire network to achieve required end-to-end performance. Light Reading article.
Wanted: New operator in South Korea
The government of South Korea is gearing up to select a fourth mobile telephony operator in that country, part of a larger initiative to make the market more dynamic and foster competition. RCR Wireless article.
Why 4.5G shouldn't be a dirty word
Even though 5G isn't yet defined, '4.5G' is a useful shorthand to describe things between 4G and 5G. What exactly it means, though, depends on who you ask. Fierce Wireless article.
What does it take to become a digital telco?
Telecom operators are in the process of becoming full-fledged digital service providers. What does that involve? Quite a few things, including quick and efficient service launches and monetization, straightforward marketing, bundled products and services, automation and real-time info for better customer service, moving to the cloud, and jumping on the IoT bandwagon. Fierce Wireless article.