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5G Open RAN: How operators can avoid opening a pandora’s box of problems (Reader Forum)

As the evolution to 5G technology advances worldwide, network operators are increasingly interested in exploring open radio access network (Open RAN) technology. Open RAN is promoted as offering a host of business benefits for both incumbent and new mobile operators, including greater agility and...

2022 wireless test trends: Vax, boost, bandwidth

Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before, but reliable wireless connectivity has become an essential facet of daily life.  The new survival kit contains food, water, comfortable shoes, and bandwidth.  2021 is in the rear-view mirror and now we look forward...

The rising importance of location in a mobile world (Reader Forum)

In a mobile world, we’re now realizing that one of the absolute must-haves in most devices is positioning. Some applications are already commonplace: navigation in our phones and cars, finding wherever we parked the car or keeping track of our kids. Growing even faster...

How 5G will impact network operators in 2022 (Reader Forum)

As more people worked remotely during the early stages of the pandemic, operators shifted investment to fixed infrastructure underpinning home broadband connections. Looking to 2022, we’ll see renewed focus on the growth of 4G and time spent on evaluating the most pragmatic ways to add capacity and capability into 5G deployment plans. We see three major trends in the market...

2022 trends impacting service providers (Reader Forum)

The spectacular growth of online shopping and remote working in 2020 and 2021 thanks to the pandemic translated into almost nonchalant acceptance of the idea of home delivery of all manner of goods, meals and even drinks, and the dramatic decline of commuting to...

Will 5G standalone core deployments make 2022 the inflection point for enterprise 5G applications? (Reader Forum)

No sooner was the first 5G network launched in late 2018 than industry experts started setting the expectation that this “G” was different. While previous generations quickly brought tangible benefits to consumers, along with the much-hyped “killer apps” like Uber and Angry Birds, there...

Why managing 5G complexity is crucial to AI rollouts in 2022 (Reader Forum)

After a slow start, enterprises are poised to accelerate their AI-on-5G deployments as they race to deliver new applications and services to customers and partners Back in 2019, the pitch to enterprises for adopting 5G technology seemed relatively simple: super-speedy connections, capable of connecting hundreds...

The three key components of preparing enterprise networks for the hybrid workforce (Reader Forum)

As enterprise IT leaders plan for 2022, the hybrid model blending remote and in-office work is likely to be the new normal. According to research from IDC, more than half of workers are planning to continue to work remotely or arrange a hybrid approach...

Why operators must make the shift from mobile insurance to device protection (Reader Forum)

When selling a mobile device, operators have always explored ways of driving higher attachment rates. Whether through trade-in/buy-back programs or bundling services like Netflix and Spotify with a data plan, operators have used secondary products to improve customer advocacy and latch onto the increased...

5 wireless technology trends to keep on your radar in 2022 (Reader Forum)

In an increasingly connected world, the need for data and network capacity has become the driving force that prompts wireless technology innovation. As development into 5G technology advances, connected systems will continue to grow in complexity and reliance on one another. This increase in...

Multi-gigabit wireless expansion and hybrid networks becoming the norm (Cambium Networks on 2022)

With lingering effects of the COVID pandemic, 2021 was a difficult year. We correctly predicted that remote work was not going away, and that people would migrate out of the congested city centers. We also predicted a growth in private broadband networks. On the...

Top 7 IT infrastructure management trends for 2022 (Reader Forum)

The current transformation in the IT infrastructure management (IIM) space revolves around the changes and new urgencies brought about by COVID-19. The pandemic changed the way organizations functioned and delivered their offerings. To enable continuous and seamless operations, businesses had to make some crucial...

Open RAN adoption accelerates in 2022 and beyond—advances in technology (Reader Forum)

Open RAN, the movement in wireless telecommunications to disaggregate hardware and software, to open interfaces and reduce costs is taking off. With Open RAN and the "virtualization" it brings, operators are enabled to run software-based network functions on standard commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. With non-proprietary,...

Open RAN adoption accelerates in 2022 and beyond—a growing ecosystem (Reader Forum)

5G technology adoption and the cool, robust applications it enables such as IoT, Industry 4.0, autonomous driving, telehealth, robotics and more continue to drive Open Radio Access Networks (RAN) along with the promise of seamless network deployments and upgrades at lower costs. And the...

Providing relief for universal network configuration anxiety (Reader Forum)

Network configuration management can be a daunting task for IT organizations. They often struggle to impose effective processes. Unfortunately, the automation capabilities of existing tools for IT leaders and network engineers are limited, forcing engineers to make manual remediation changes via command line interface...

Fixed wireless versus mobile wireless: What’s the right option for me? (Reader Forum)

There’s no small amount of debate about the respective merits of fixed wireless versus mobile wireless. The right answer is the one that offers end users the best possible experience while making business sense for the service provider.  Your decision should be guided by the specific...

Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA): Now or later? (Reader Forum)

Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) is the future of cable. But as operators consider its place in their roadmaps, the biggest question is when to make the move. Of course, the answer depends on each operator's unique needs and existing network, so in this article, we...

A deeper look into enterprise wireless LAN Wi-Fi 6 shortages (Analyst Angle)

Here at Dell’Oro Group, we have been asking ourselves why enterprise Wi-Fi 6 has been hit so hard by component shortages — where sequential shipment levels for many manufacturers have declined — when typically new technology shipments rise significantly quarter-to-quarter. We looked deeper into...

Four capabilities telcos need to succeed at the edge (Reader Forum)

Telecommunications is a dynamic industry full of innovation. Meeting the challenges of the industry requires highly specialized solutions. With an entire marketplace of 5G technologies available, businesses are aggressively bolstering solutions to meet customer demand to either remain competitive or seize a market advantage....

When to call on automation and modernization for network optimization (Reader Forum)

Network infrastructure is expanding into multiple cloud platforms. While the cloud promises ease of use and appears to be increasing in popularity among developers, engineers and companies, a migration to the cloud is not a simple flip of a switch. An expansion to multiple...

The bandwidth scales are out of balance: Why IP/Optical convergence is critical (Reader Forum)

IP/Optical convergence has been looked at as a critical piece of network providers' IP network modernization strategy The enterprise network was once the hive of business activity with the goal of providing workers with quick, low-latency access to business applications. The residential network would then...

SaaS: A paradigm shift for CSPs (Reader Forum)

“Anything as a service” is by no means a new idea. From Microsoft Office to Netflix to Uber, consumers are happy to access software, entertainment, transportation and more on demand rather than owning those things outright. To seize the 5G opportunity and achieve faster time to value, communications...

Is fiber internet or satellite internet the future? (Reader Forum)

Fiber optic internet is here to stay. All the underground conduits run across continents, cities and data centers will remain fiber. All the pipes that connect the major points of access to the thousands of distribution points are now fiber and will remain so...

Snapdragon Tech Summit—The capital of the modern

Editor’s note: Qualcomm provided travel, lodging and other accommodations associated with the Snapdragon Tech Summit. KONA, HAWAII--Aside from being the most fun, informative and collaborative annual technology event, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit is also one of the most important. While the focus is primarily on...

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