5G Network Slicing versus Private Networks: Benefits and Drawbacks

Overview: Network slicing will be a key component of future 5G networks and will support innovative new use cases and business models thus enabling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to offer application-specific services to different groups of enterprises and organizations. This Viewpoint compares and contrasts the technical and business benefits of deploying a private network tailored to an…

LTE/5G Private Networks – Devices Availability Key to Growth in Unlicensed Spectrum

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego November 27th, 2019 The availability of shared and unlicensed spectrum bands coupled with the emergence of standalone cellular technologies such as MulteFire is setting the stage for enterprise and industrial companies to invest in private LTE and later 5G networks. In the past, enterprises were often forced to use bands…

Industry Voices — Owen: Device availability is key to private networks in unlicensed spectrum

Private LTE networks were once the preserve of mobile operators with licensed spectrum. But the barriers to the adoption of private LTE networks are falling rapidly. The availability of end-to-end, plug-and-play LTE network solutions coupled with the emergence of new unlicensed spectrum bands, will be an industry game changer and will embolden commercial and industrial enterprises to invest in…

Private Cellular Networks – Critical Enablers for Industrial IoT?

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego October 23rd, 2019 Private LTE/5G networks deployed in shared and unlicensed spectrum is a hot topic at present with both mobile network operators (MNOs) and infrastructure vendors assessing opportunities to build bespoke networks for a range of enterprise and industrial applications. At the same time, many enterprises are…

First O-RAN Private Network in Germany?

As the largest industrial market, Germany is leading the charge in advancing Industry 4.0 transformation in Europe. The German regulator BNetzA has awarded 88 spectrum licenses to local enterprises in the country to run private 5G networks since it opened applications for local licenses in the 3.7-3.8 GHz range. This is perhaps the most decisive regulatory shift for the telecoms industry for…

Open RAN Radios – Chinese Vendors Set To Dominate An Emerging Market?

Counterpoint Research recently completed its first survey of the open RAN radio market. Entitled, "Open RAN Radios - Product Availability Study," the survey compiles technical details of all open RAN radios segmented by market (outdoor macro/small cell and indoors), type (single/dual/tri-band and MIMO/mMIMO), frequency bands as well as other technical information. Open RAN Radio Vendors As…

T-Mobile Bets Big on its 5G Network Lead

T-Mobile unveiled its 2021 goals in its first analyst day in years and first with CEO Mike Sievert at the helm. Key goals for 2021 and beyond include leading in 5G for years to come, expanding into under-indexed markets, unlocking the synergies of its merger with Sprint, and delivering better financial results outside of winning the net add game. Source: T-Mobile T-Mobile claims network…

Ericsson – Ready For an Open, Cloud-Native 5G World?

With 124 commercial 5G agreements and 79 live networks announced to date, Ericsson is the leading 5G vendor in terms of contract wins and is leveraging its early market lead to benefit from the absence of Chinese rivals. Under CEO Börje Ekholm, Ericsson has executed a dramatic turnaround during the last three years. Key to this success has been sustained investment in R&D coupled with the…

5G mmWave: Ecosystem & Economics Becoming Attractive (Part 1)

Read the part 2 of 5G mmWave: Ecosystem, Economics Becoming Attractive here. Change is in the air. COVID-19 has wrought massive changes on how people work, learn and interact. New technology can enable the accelerated changes caused by the pandemic to become a positive transformation with benefits accruing in many directions. While 5G  is a key to unlocking part of this potential…

6G Will Kickstart a TeraEconomy

The 2020s started with 5G rollouts and will end with the beginning of 6G rollouts. While the implementation of 6G will pose its own set of challenges and complexities, it will also come with exciting possibilities, from HoloPortation to remote collaborative surgeries, and kickstart an economy of its own. The 5G era will see gigabit throughputs, lower latencies, and massive improvements in…

US 5G Mobile Market Hits an Interesting Acceleration Point

The US 5G market has hit an interesting stage with tons of action. On the mobile operator side, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have all amassed 5G coverage for over 200 million Americans with low-band spectrum. Verizon and AT&T are rapidly deploying mmWave in major metros, stadiums, arenas and businesses. T-Mobile and US Cellular are also committed to mmWave. All these carriers are testing…

Nokia’s Revival: Is the Finnish Vendor Already Benefiting from Huawei’s Absence?

Nokia is one of the pioneers of the mobile industry but it has been struggling in recent years. The company's mobile access division still dwarfs its other business units and it has yet to fully reap the benefits of the 2016 acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Clearly, the process of transforming Nokia from a mobile-only infrastructure provider into a broader based end-to-end communications…

Ericsson Bets on Future With Cradlepoint Acquisition

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson, on September 18, announced that it had acquired US-based vendor Cradlepoint for $1.1 billion. After the acquisition is completed, Cradlepoint will become a fully owned subsidiary of Ericsson and a part of its Business Area Technologies & New Businesses division. However, it will continue to operate under its existing brand. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint…

5G MEC – Deployment Options and Challenges for Mobile Operators

One of the major promises of 5G is low latency, with target levels of 1 millisecond being specified for the air interface in 3GPP’s Release 16 document. Low latencies will enable Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to introduce a wealth of new applications and services. However, achieving these low latency levels will require them to build a dense network of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) data…

Microsoft Gets Serious About Telco Cloud With Metaswitch Acquisition

Hot on the heels of its acquisition of Affirmed Networks in April, Microsoft last week announced that it was buying UK-based Metaswitch Networks. Metaswitch is a network functions virtualisation (NFV) pioneer founded in 1981 and provides networking software stacks to Tier-1 operators and system vendors around the world. The terms of the deal were not announced. Trend to Cloud-Native and…

Wi-Fi 6E – A Viable Alternative to 5G NR for Low-latency Applications?

In recent years, there has been a lot of focus on the use of 5G as the optimum wireless solution for low latency use cases, particularly in the most demanding Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLCC) type applications. However, the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E over the next two to three years may level the playing field and provide an alternative solution. Although Wi-Fi is a good…

The Race to Open RAN Will Be A Marathon, Not A Sprint!

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego February 13th, 2020 Ever since consolidation in 2013, the Radio Access Network (RAN) market has been dominated by three incumbent vendors: Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia. However, this status quo will start to be disrupted in 2020 as the roll out of 5G accelerates and as new entrants deploy open RAN technologies. Open RAN…

Edge Computing Space Gets Crowded as Hyperscalers Move on 5G MEC Opportunity

In recent months, several hyperscale cloud providers have signed deals with major MNOs, signalling their intent to target the Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) space. In December, Amazon launched its new AWS Wavelength 5G edge computing platform and announced that Verizon will be running Wavelength on its new edge computing platform, 5G Edge. This follows the partnership between AT&T and…