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The Battle for 5G Moves Indoors

By: Per Lindberg

It’s 2020 and the race for 5G is accelerating—and changing course. First, it’s moving indoors, and it’s important to understand why it matters and how it will happen. In addition, the drive for more automation and openness with the increasing influence of the O-RAN Alliance is further shaping the shift. And looking forward amid today’s mounting environmental crises, dynamic self-optimising networks will help the industry make a valuable contribution to saving the planet.  Traditionally, operators have owned the outdoor space and relied on macro cells to penetrate indoors…

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Ubiquitous Connectivity Is Here

By: Max Silber

Ten years ago, businesses were just beginning to come to terms with the smartphone revolution, as iPhones and Blackberries were becoming mainstays in offices throughout the US. Just as the Internet and personal computers transformed business in the decades before that, the smartphone upended traditional operations and provided a powerful new productivity tool. Now as we begin a new decade, the next chapter in the evolution of mobility is upon us: always-on connectivity. First though, what is always-on connectivity and why is it so important at the dawn of this new decade? Always-on connectivity is as the name suggests: mobile connectivity that never lapses and never takes a break…

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Accelerating 5G Rollout

By: Patrick Mambo

Since its definition by the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in 2015, and the release of 3GPP’s standard needed for fixed broadband and mobile services, the fifth-generation wireless system (5G) has caused waves of excitement in the mobile industry, enterprise and consumer markets. 5G wireless is expected to generate billions of dollars in revenue for equipment manufacturers, cellular operators, service providers, added value application companies and businesses through the technical advantages it provides…

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Advancing 5G Services to Reduce Churn Rate

By: George Bolt

Promoting enhanced customer experience (CX) is becoming a significant challenge for operators as 5G networks develop and broaden the number of services on offer. With such a wide span of services, operators are struggling to prioritize CX across all aspects as they are unable to sustain consistent customer maintenance. To manage this and diminish the risk of increased churn rate as a result, it is imperative that operators achieve a better understanding of their customers to deliver a high-quality service…

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Satellite-Based Cellular Backhaul: Myths & Facts

By: Michal Aharonov, Gilat Satellite Networks

5G networks are knocking on our door. Data proliferation is accelerating. The need for ubiquitous coverage is growing. For all these reasons, backhauling requirements are expanding quickly. It is noteworthy that the Sat5G consortium of companies defined satellite communications as an integral enabler of the 5G connectivity vision. They have an inherent advantage when facilitating ubiquitous connectivity while driving network efficiencies forward. As the mobile network continues to evolve in terms of technology, services and outreach, mobile network operators (MNOs) need to adapt their cellular backhaul solutions to these changing requirements…

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Designing for Security in 5G Networks

By: Mary O'Neill

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and consumers expect great things from 5G. Yet disruptive technologies such as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud are quickly changing the technology landscape and are creating many potential cyber-risks for malicious attacks. Cybersecurity statistics reveal a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile and IoT-connected devices. In fact, in the first six months of 2019, data breaches exposed 4…

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Software-Driven Ecosystems

By: Mark Cummings, Ph.D.

There is a general sense in the telecommunications industry that software will drive us forward. But we face a problem obtaining and on-boarding the innovative software that we need. Last month, we described the situation in part one. Here we discuss how we got here and how we may evolve to the desperately needed software-driven ecosystem. How we got here The telecommunications industry started out with fully manual infrastructures. The first step in automation was to replace human operators with mechanical switches…

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Perfect Edge Cloud Storm to Rain Opportunity

By: Geoff Hollingworth

If you have ever wondered where the “edge” is, you are not alone. The discussion around “edge” tends to refer to it as if it were one thing or place. This habit has its origins in a time when our industry understood that edge was going to be important but did not yet have a clue what use cases it would serve or how to monetize it. This past summer, MobiledgeX revealed insights collected from years of exploration into the most market-ready edge use cases. Leading the pack were enterprise-friendly technologies that spanned video and media, IoT, manufacturing and security…

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Yes, 5G and Wi-Fi6 Will Coexist Nicely

By: Shrihari Pandit

The need for next-generation connectivity is now as strong as the industry push for it. The need for increased bandwidth and faster speeds is clear, with over three billion Internet users active worldwide and our current infrastructure near its breaking limit. As Internet usage continues to grow with ever more content and services moving online, technology must evolve to keep up. Enter 5G and Wi-Fi 6, each touting game-changing improvements. Both are built upon the same fundamental idea: to extend wireline connections using radio waves…

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Letter from the Editor

By: Scott St. John

The notion of ubiquitous connectivity has been around for some time. In the early days of Pipeline, I recall being huddled around the desks of fledgling editors talking about how broadband and 3G were going to change everything. That was just the beginning.Fast forward to today, and the evolution of connectivity has advanced by leaps and bounds. Today, your smartphone is really, really smart. You can take it on a plane, train, across the ocean and into emerging markets without any interruption in service—taking your unlimited voice, text, and data package in tow…

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Telecom Industry News

By: Scott St. John

This month’s telecom industry news included an array of announcements. We heard about the growth of 5G connections worldwide, the predicted increase in the 5G backhaul equipment market, and the rate of expansion in the use of cloud infrastructures. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission continued the acceleration of 5G with the final rules for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the full commercial deployment of the 3.5 GHz spectrum. Other news of product enhancements, alliances, R&D, and more rolled in…

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