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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cable MSOs Look to Virtualization for Smarter HFC Access Networks

Moving past a quarter-century of reliance on hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC)essentially a dumb pipethe cable MSO industry is now looking at other technologies to transform their access networks to make them more efficient and intelligent, noted Heavy Reading blogger Craig Leddy in a recent article.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bright Future Predicted for Big Data Analytics Market

There was a time when when the term 'big data' merely referred to datasets too large for traditional databases to capture, store, manage, and analyze, noted SNS Telecom in a summary of its recent report on trends in the big data market now through 2030. But today, 'big data' also refers to technologiesincluding mobile devices, the web, social media, sensors, log files, and transactional applicationscapable of handling "large and variable collections of data, to solve complex problems."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Telecom Update: Verizon's Straight Path, Sprint's 5G, China Mobile's Next-Gen Investments

U.S. mobile operator Verizon dominated much of the telecom news this week, with its acquisition of spectrum holder Straight Path, a move widely seen as part of the carrier's fixed 5G service ambitions. Sprint and China Mobile also garnered some attention with 5G and next-gen network investment news of their own.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Telecom Virtualization: Overcoming NFV Challenges, Implementing SDN

Mobile network operators are adopting the virtualized radio access network (vRAN) model because of its various potential benefits, such as reducing total cost of ownership, increasing performance and scalability, and future-proofing networks for 5G upgrades, noted SNS Telecom in a summary of its recent report focused on the vRAN market now through 2030. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

TIA Report: To Succeed, 5G Must Be a Chameleon

To achieve its goals, 5G must be a chameleon technology by adapting to support a variety of wireless services with different bandwidth, latency, traffic burstability, and reliability requirements. That’s the overarching conclusion reached in a Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) report, published this past January.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cable MSO Market, U.S.: DOCSIS 3.1 and Fiber Investments, Comcast & Charter MVNO Partnership

What's new in the U.S. cable MSO space? In the long-term, breaking into the wireless market appears to be the name of the game. More immediately, DOCSIS 3.1 and deep fiber are major focuses. Here's an overview of recent industry trends and how they are driving strategies for some of the top players in the market. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5G Update: Use Cases, Network Slicing, Trials, and Regulation

Achieving commercial reality for 5G is a considerable challenge for mobile network operators, with a range of potential obstacles standing in the way. Wireless Week broke those down into six top concerns, citing a recent Telecommunications Industry Association survey and report: trials, testing, and deployment; global rollouts; spectrum issues; network densification and small cells; use cases; and network slicing and virtualization. Other industry reports and commentary touch on these and similar topics around 5G. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Talk of the Town: T-Mobile Targets Nationwide 5G in 2020

Commercial deployments of 5G seem to be right around the corner, despite the significant complexities and requirements for achieving the next generation of mobile: "tight ecosystem collaboration, interdisciplinary connections, rapid innovation, and agile iteration across the industry on universal standards; new radio specifications; network transformation requirements; harmonized spectral ranges, and viable reference designs for field trials and testing," as RCR Wireless News put it in a recent Reader Forum column. The latest news that's got the industry buzzing is T-Mobile's announced plan to roll out nationwide 5G in 2020, ramping up with market-specific deployments in 2019.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Machine Learning: Early Adopters Gain Competitive Advantage

We have written and spoken a lot recently about the benefits of machine learning—artificial intelligence (AI) that enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed by adapting when exposed to new data—for self-optimizing network systems used by telecommunications operators and service providers. But the utility of this technology is not limited to telecom; in the enterprise/business world, it is also being recognized as an important tool to gain competitive advantage, with similar adoption challenges and benefits.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5G Americas: Spectrum Availability Crucial for Next-Gen Mobile

The availability of sufficient spectrum—those all-important radio frequencies allocated for communication over the airwaves—is critical to the success of 5G. In its April, 2017 white paper, 5G Spectrum Recommendations, 5G Americas takes an in-depth look at global activities underway to identify spectrum suitable for a wide range of 5G applications, with roaming and economies of scale in mind. The organization’s conclusions are summarized here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mobile Telecom Market Update: Spectrum, Standards, and Software

What's new in the mobile telecom space? Operators are innovating with wireless TV services, spectrum acquisitions, and gigabit broadband. Industry organizations are busy with strategies involving spectrum allocation, next-gen network technology standardization, and integration/interoperability for open source. These activities illustrate the dynamic nature of this industry, and the inter-related roles of business model adaptation, resource availability, and standards development.