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The Ultimate Edge: Building a Lunar Network

By: Robert Brumley

Humankind is returning to the Moon and the world has lunar fever. Multiple governments have made this strong statement a national aspirational goal. The simple idea of humankind permanently returning to the Moon, and someday Mars, has also stimulated a seemingly unique personal desire within the individual to be involved, somehow, some way, in humankind’s next great adventure. This individual feeling of common purpose spans borders, fueled by social media and technical blogs. And, for the first time it is pressuring national space agencies’ planned programs and milestones to either lead this effort or allow private firms to do so as partners or pathfinders…

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The Evolution to 6G

By: Feifei Lou, Klaus Moschner

With the evolution of 5G well underway, the world’s eyes are already looking forward to the potential of 6G. Demands resulting from innovative use cases, for instance specific requirements from different industries and other user groups, as well as overarching goals like sustainability, are driving the standardization and development of mobile technologies. With the first wave of successful 5G rollouts having taken place already, focus is still required on reaching the full potential of 5G. Only then will it be feasible to fully consider the needs and possibilities of a sixth generation of mobile network that is currently on the horizon…

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Next-Gen Infrastructure: Becoming 5G-Ready

By: Andy Penley

5G, the fifth generation of mobile network standards, will deliver multi-gigabit speeds, increased availability, greater reliability and massive network capacity. Once achieved, this will make everything from critical communications between first responders to video streaming and gaming better, faster and more accessible. With such transformative opportunities on the horizon, the race to ensure the widespread rollout of 5G is on. Still, there is a lot of progress that needs to be made in the way of underlying infrastructure to support 5G technology…

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Fretting Over Fiber for Next-Gen Wireless Services

By: Mattias Fridstrom

If you knew what you knew now and could start again, what would you do differently? It's a question we’ve all pondered at times. As an industry known for always looking to the next challenge, do we really need to make time for that?  If you could start from scratch building a new network for the future, how would you design it? Investment and budget are obviously always going to be a key consideration when thinking about this. In a perfect world and with unlimited money, you would most likely build fibers everywhere for maximum diversity and full control over the network…

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Ubiquitous 5G from the Inside Out

By: Luigi Tarlazzi

The telecommunications industry is working to build a future in which mobile connectivity is truly ubiquitous and accessible for all. To achieve this vision, mobile operators across the United States are rolling out 5G networks to support more bandwidth and enable faster download speeds that will eventually provide up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) and gigabit/s upload speeds. Concurrently, smartphone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are marketing their respective devices, such as the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S20, with 5G capabilities to take advantage of the new mobile standard…

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5G: The Next-Gen Threat to Security

By: Jimmy Jones

5G promises to provide ubiquitous connectivity: wherever we are and however we live, at some point almost every facet of our lives will in some way rely on this hyper-connected new world. And that’s also the best way to understand the scale of the security threat 5G brings with it. Right now, that scale is hard to fully absorb—but the level of impact is clear, and it’s why governments everywhere are trying to secure the technology. The European Union’s EU Toolkit (supported by ENISA, the European Union’s cybersecurity advisers), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) strategy document and the US administration’s Clean Network initiative all point to dramatic increases in regulatory involvement and authority…

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Enterprises Embrace 5G

By: Angus Ward

Communications service providers (CSPs) entered 2020 optimistic about the fulfillment of IoT’s early promise, believing that it was finally time to harness the potential of 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) to offer a rich source of future growth. However, many CSPs soon recognized that to actualize this opportunity, they needed to have an adaptive mindset. Enterprises wanted solutions that would drive their digital transformation faster and were simple to buy, fast to implement and easy to consume…

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Ensuring Data Integrity in Integration

By: Bernd Pruessing

Without data integrity, any undertaking that relies on the data in question is doomed to fail. Take a digital twin, for example. For communication service providers (CSPs), which have a highly complex hybrid network infrastructure that spans the data center, network, and the customer edge, a digital twin is a valuable tool for designing, planning, and operating the network. As a virtual replica of the infrastructure, a digital twin clones all physical assets, networks, and processes. This information can be used to run simulations to understand the impact of changes before they are made and to run what/if analyses for the better operation of the network…

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Powering Pervasive Mobility with MEC

By: Dave Bolan

With the advent of the 5G Standalone (5G SA) era, 5G service providers (SPs) can deliver performance guarantees for pervasive mobile networking. A 5G SP can offer premium services and performance with guaranteed service-level agreements (SLAs). One of the key features of 5G is multi-access edge computing (MEC), which can guarantee SLAs with lower latency and the option of keeping local traffic and data on-premises (also known as data sovereignty), if required. 5G is fundamentally more secure and more reliable compared to previous generations of wireless networks…

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Letter from the Editor: The Race to Tomorrow

By: Scott St. John

What a difference a year makes. It may not seem like it, but the pandemic is nearly behind us. Vaccinations are rolling out, regions are beginning to reopen, and business is returning to some level of normalcy. As normal as it can be, all things considered. While some regions are contending with new, variant strains of the virus, the early indications are that the vaccines currently in use are effective at protecting against them. However, the early studies also suggest that the level of protection is up to six times lower for both the South African and Brazil variants, according to data from vaccine provider Moderna…

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IT & Telecom Industry News

By: Scott St. John

Though the New Year is behind us, Pipeline's newsroom continues to ping with top trends and predictions for 2021. We heard from the Federal Communications Commission on advancements in bridging the United States’ digital divide. We also received a raft of new insights and predictive metrics from Juniper Research, Comarch, NordVPN Teams, Enea, and others on what forces and innovations will shape the year to come. This month, we also saw 5G begin rolling out at US airports, the first sliced FWA deployment, a partnership focused on advancing innovation in biomedicine, and developments to continue to transform operators’ and service providers’ businesses through BSS and other digital tools…

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