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How system integrators can scale up their private network business – even as demand rises (Reader Forum)

System integrators have perhaps the toughest job in the wireless business. They need to provide world-class service to companies large and small seeking to develop their own private networks — but with far fewer resources than the big service providers have. While this has...

New considerations for deploying fronthaul to Small Cells (Reader Forum)

As revenue per bit falls and demand rises, mobile network operators (MNOs) are looking for ways to increase network capacity and reduce cost.  Trends for accomplishing this include densification, e.g., small cells, cloudification for resource “elasticity”, and centralization of the RAN, i.e., C-RAN.  A...

6 reasons why network slicing challenges 5G’s progress (Reader Forum)

  The first 5G networks may be commercially ready by the end of this year. Mobile subscribers are within sniffing distance of lightning-fast 5G, a truly exciting prospect after years of build-up, speculation, discussion and…yes…some hype. 5G will open up use cases and business revenue...

9 ways CSPs can incorporate AI into their business today (Reader Forum)

  Artificial Intelligence. The words themselves sound complex, and that may be off-putting to communications service providers (CSPs) struggling to determine how AI might help their business grow. There are so many questions for service providers. Why should you care about AI? Why now? What...

Carpe diem, carriers: The shift to a smarter smartphone might be in YOUR hands (Reader Forum)

  Carriers have been smart when it comes to data plans — they’ve adapted plan offerings to consumer usage. It’s time for their phones to follow suit. Consumers no longer think about how much data their game or video meme is eating up in the moment...

Can Artificial Intelligence give the MVNO business model wings? (Reader Forum)

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) business model first emerged in Japan in 1997. Since then, the global MVNO subscriber base has steadily grown and is expected to exceed the 300-million landmark soon. It is currently growing five times faster than the operator segment. The...

Getting ready for 5G and the paradigm shift it will bring (Reader Forum)

  With IoT and Smart City developments gathering pace, 5G mobile networks are expected to take on an unprecedented role in this, connecting enterprises, enabling new services and even driving new business models. Industry analysts forecast that consumer spending on mobile apps will reach over...

FCC aggressively cracking down on RF equipment rule violators (Reader Forum)

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Tuesday released an order and consent decree, terminating an investigation into a manufacturer that marketed Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (“U-NII”) devices in violation of the FCC’s equipment authorization and marketing rules. The terms of the consent decree require the manufacturer...

Five technologies enabled by Real Time Communications (Reader Forum)

  In this new world of all people and things connected, the science fiction of yesterday is becoming the reality of today. Take a step back and you can see how fast we’re moving into the future we’ve been envisioning for decades. It’s as if...

5G transport networks: Unified. Independent. Automated. (Reader Forum)

The promise of 5G networks portends major shifts in backhaul technology. With the advent of new applications, Internet of Things (IoT) and other factors, the transport network will need to support a variety of applications with different needs and enable more automated deployments. And...

From trash bins to surgeries: moving towards 5G (Reader Forum)

The internet is a defining element of the twenty-first century as it forever changed the way we live, communicate, and get information. This is particularly true for wireless technology. Today, more than 99 percent of Americans have access to an LTE network, and they’re using it...

A failure to plan small cell networks is planning to fail (Reader Forum)

With 80% of mobile data already consumed indoors and customers expecting a seamless experience as they move between indoor and outdoor environments, operators and system integrators are under pressure to deliver ubiquitous connectivity. The traditional approach is to rely on macrocells to penetrate...

Optical anyhaul: Addressing mobile transport and the path to 5G (Reader Forum)

Mobile transport networks are on the threshold of a major transformation driven by the demands of 5G wireless technology. The demands include greater coverage, connectivity, and availability, along with dramatically improved speeds and latency. A key goal for mobile operators is to enhance revenue from...

The micro-business revolution

There was a time, not long ago when the skies were clear; it was necessary to provision a desk phone for every employee to run a large organization or business. Then suddenly, in a flash of brilliance, the smartphone changed everything. Employees quickly...

The telecom industry gets cloudy (Reader Forum)

Across industries, the cloud has completely disrupted the way people and organizations do business. Nowhere has the impact been more apparent than in the telecom industry, which is in the midst of a major shift to the cloud as it looks to take advantage...

NYU researchers develop new paradigm for 5G emulation (Reader Forum)

Researchers at CATT and NYU Wireless have built the world’s first wireless emulator suitable for 5G systems that feature massive bandwidths and hundreds of antenna elements. In this unique patented design, the solution emulates not only the wireless channel, but also the beamformers (or...

How DevOps can help in accelerating innovation (Reader Forum)

Business enterprises across the globe today are looking to embrace digital transformation to help them stay ahead of the curve. Whether you are a startup or a medium sized enterprise or a Fortune 500 company, consumers today seek faster services with growing demands. To...

Besting the 39-month FCC repack program (Reader Forum)

After dominating the wireless industry’s news cycle for over a year, the FCC 600MHZ spectrum auction came to an end. Now the real work begins. The 976 U.S. stations that sold their spectrum rights to the FCC, which in turn auctioned them to wireless...

Who’s minding the app store?

Apps have become an indispensable tool for companies in virtually every industry. In the want-it-now, mobile-driven world, apps provide the essential means of extending a brand, building or reinforcing a relationship with customers, and creating the ever-increasing stickiness needed for customer retention. At the...

5 ways to drive real-time media packet processing performance in the cloud

One of the critical elements for successful migration to the cloud is the ability to ensure high performance for real-time media packet processing in virtual, cloud environments. The OpenStack and OPNFV (Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization) communities have made great strides in driving...

Reader Forum: C-RAN and SDN – a question of efficiency

As an acronym, C-RAN has less name recognition than its more popular cousins, SDN and NFV, though if you are in the wireless business it is equally important as we look at the future of the wireless network and its continued evolution over the next five to 10 years.

Reader Forum: Executing a small cell deployment with minimal headache

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible,...

Reader Forum: SDN and its benefits

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible, but...

Reality Check: Leveraging service and network intelligence

Whoever said “bandwidth is free” wasn’t speaking for operators trying to meet exploding user demands for video and multimedia content and communications, all while retaining customers and generating bottom line profits for shareholders.

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