Dish Clears 1st FCC Hurdle, Launches in 120 US Cities

Dish launched commercial services in its first market, Las Vegas, in early May. Known as Project Genesis, the service costs $30 per month for…

Rakuten Mobile – Time To Show Disruptive Networks Can Deliver Disruptive Profits?

With only 310,000 new users added during the 1Q 2022 (slightly more than Q4) Rakuten Mobile’s most pressing challenge is to boost subscriber growth.…

Incumbent Vendors Reveal Early 5G Monetization Trends

Both Ericsson and Nokia showed continued growth in their top-line revenues during the 1Q 2022 although profits and margins were adversely affected by…

Nokia and Kyndryl Partner To Target Campus Wireless Market

Enterprise revenues today constitute a very small proportion of any incumbent infrastructure vendor's total revenues. However, all vendors are…

Subscriber Adds and Network Roll-Out Key Focus for Rakuten, Dish and 1&1 Drillisch

With three greenfield operators - Rakuten, Dish and 1&1 Drillisch - at various stages of deploying their open RAN, cloud-native 5G networks, 2022…

Open RAN: Again A Hot Topic At MWC in 2022

As expected, open RAN turned out to be a hot topic at MWC again this year with around 46 demos of O-RAN technology. On the operator side, there were…

Chip Vendors Showcase Open RAN Merchant Silicon Solutions at MWC-22

All open RAN deployments to date have used COTS server hardware based on Intel's FlexRAN architecture with or without hardware acceleration. While…

Monetizing 5G Will Be The Challenge For Incumbent Vendors in 2022

Nordic duo Ericsson and Nokia both had a good 2021. With strong cash generation from its core networks business, Ericsson had one of the best years…

Leveraging AI-driven RAN Intelligence to Maximise Network Potential

The RAN is a critical part of a cellular network as it manages a CSP’s most important asset: its spectrum. Yet despite investing billions of dollars…

Rakuten and Dish – 2022 Will Be A Critical Year For Greenfield Networks

Rakuten and Dish are pioneering the development of open, cloud-native 5G multi-vendor networks and operate in highly competitive and mature markets.…

5G SA Core and Enterprise To Drive Growth at Nokia and Ericsson?

Although both Nokia and Ericsson reported good third quarter financial results, top-level growth at their RAN businesses is likely to be challenged…

Cloud RAN – Waiting For A Viable Business Case?

There has been a lot of interest in cloud RAN amongst established MNOs in recent months with several of the biggest MNOs planning to launch fully…

Rakuten’s Future – Operator, Vendor or Something Else?

August was a busy month for Rakuten. The Japanese company announced its first major vendor contract with German Internet company 1&1 Drillisch,…

Mixed Fortunes for Ericsson and Nokia in China 5G RAN Tender

As expected, domestic vendors Huawei and ZTE were awarded the largest contracts in China Broadcasting Network (CBN) and China Mobile's recent joint…

Open RAN Cheerleader Vodafone Plays Safe With Incumbent Vendors

Last year, Vodafone announced plans to deploy open RAN across 2,500 rural sites in the UK, in what would be the largest commitment yet by an…

Dark Clouds Loom in China for Ericsson – and Nokia?

Ericsson and Nokia continue to benefit from the absence of their Chinese rivals in many markets. Nokia recently surprised the market with…

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…

Dish To Run 5G Network on AWS Cloud

Last week, Dish Network announced a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) whereby AWS will become Dish’s preferred cloud provider.…