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Mobile Access
Date  Report
Apr 25
At its annual analyst summit, Huawei emphasized its SingleRAN Pro concept and new variations of its LampSite enterprise RAN solutions. However, it downplayed both the CloudRAN vision it debuted two years ago and, at a high level, 5G itself.

Apr 24
The seven-year export ban imposed on ZTE by the U.S. Department of Commerce hurts ZTE first and foremost, but could have major repercussions for many U.S. suppliers, ultimately reducing their role in the complex global telco value chain.

Mar 20
For years, vendors have been investing in – and talking up – the possibility of transmitting data using light waves. A trial launched by Philips Lighting in March is a clear sign that meaningful LiFi deployments may be just on the horizon.

Mar 7
At Mobile World Congress, RAN vendors’ main task was to sound the start of the commercial 5G era. But, during the show, another effort might have stolen the spotlight: a movement to break today’s RAN architecture into pieces.

Mar 5
The mobile core and automation came into focus at MWC18 as vendors showcased innovative solutions to deliver 4G, 5G and multiple variants of IoT services. Innovation engines from all vendors are at full speed – perhaps a bit ahead of the market.

Feb 22
Affirmed’s 5G cloud-native micro-services platform delivers 150 Gbps of throughput from a single Intel Xeon server, performance and distributed deployment models are significant differentiators as operators begin to scale new services.

Feb 21
Ruckus Networks, part of ARRIS, unveiled a portfolio of equipment to support Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The CBRS market will take time to develop, but Ruckus has some advantages when it does.

Feb 20
CommScope is adapting to the coming 5G “era” with two new solutions: an unnamed 5G fixed wireless access radio aligned with xRAN and a C-RAN antenna system named “Era.” The former could be more impactful than the latter.

Feb 14
Ericsson launched a long list of new RAN products for Mobile World Congress with one primary message: Operators don’t need to wait to start deploying 5G networks. Forget plugging in, the vendor says; it’s time to ‘turn on.’

Feb 6
At MWC 2018, RAN vendors will target the enterprise opportunity; 5G focus will be on evolving the core. End-to-end security will be pervasive, while cellular IoT vendors and operators will push “stability” to differentiate from LPWA alternatives.

Feb 5
Verizon plans to launch an NB-IoT network by the end of 2018. Building out NB-IoT in addition to its existing LTE-M network enables Verizon to address new use cases; it also represents a hedge in case LTE-M adoption doesn’t take off as planned.

Feb 1
Ericsson reported another quarter of revenue decline, significant losses and restructuring pains. Despite faint signs of stabilization on the horizon, executive departures reflect a company that has yet to properly adjust its sails.

Jan 31
Nokia’s new ReefShark family of chipsets – developed internally for AirScale basebands and massive MIMO units – claim several capacity and efficiency benefits. However, the timing of ReefShark’s spread through the portfolio is unclear.

Jan 26
Nokia has introduced a small cell supporting MulteFire, a nascent technology allowing enterprises to deploy their own private LTE networks without licensed spectrum. It has thus signed on to be MulteFire’s biggest promoter -- and guinea pig.

Jan 17
Ericsson has added 5G support to its Radio Dot System solution, which helps enable mobile service inside medium and large enterprises. Speeds of 2 Gbps will entice operators, but some new deployment challenges may rein in their excitement.

Jan 10
Saguna Networks announced a Starter Kit version of its multi-access edge computing solution – a simpler, less expensive way for service providers to start using MEC. With 5G coming, operators unfamiliar with MEC are running out of excuses.

Jan 3
GlobalData’s Global Telecom Technology & Software team prepared 2018 predictions. This document summarizes key findings and takeaways across all segments, providing a thorough view of the telco infrastructure market to aid in 2018 planning.

Dec 19 2017
As 2017 ends, Nokia’s focus on end-to-end solutions and continued commitment to its ‘lead-expand-grow-create’ strategy are logical. Differentiating on end-to-end and executing on non-telco strategic focal points will remain challenges.

Dec 19 2017
Want to know what to expect in 2018 regarding hot topics in the mobile access infrastructure space like 5G and CBRS? Check out our predictions for the year ahead!

Dec 11 2017
ONF’s CORD 4.1 seeks to accelerate a projected $300 billion mobile cloud edge market with an all-inclusive software platform designed to shift operator spend toward applications, away from platform software. VNF vendors and SIs are the big winners.

Dec 11 2017
Network slicing has been heralded as a key feature of 5G networks that will enable operators to target diverse customer bases without building diverse networks. But, before we execute on the promise, many questions still need to be addressed.

Dec 8 2017
After a history of vendor-led “green” initiatives that have come and gone over the past decade, operators may be driving a more comprehensive and longer-horizon approach that fundamentally alters how networks are built and operated.

Dec 6 2017
Mavenir’s analyst day, the first since exiting Mitel, confirmed its commitment to transforming mobile network economics through disruptive solutions that deliver revenue protection and growth for operators.

Dec 4 2017
It’s easy to focus on 5G as a massive network transformation project. As much as that’s true, executing on the 5G promise will require business transformations which may be more challenging.

Dec 1 2017
Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum may have attracted attention in part due to an impassioned speech there from a Vodafone executive about 5G. But the mobile access portfolio changes Huawei announced at the event deserve attention, too.

Nov 29 2017
Ericsson refreshed its vision for the 5G era of mobile networks at its analyst event this month. Its stance on three topics in particular – multi-vendor networks, small cells and cloud RAN – have especially important implications for the near term.

Nov 17 2017
Senet seeks to enlarge its market by offering virtual network services, providing access to its U.S. LoRa-based LPWAN network to other operators and system integrators; the aim is to draw partners with which to expand/globalize the LoRa ecosystem.

Nov 15 2017
AT&T and Verizon will align with Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of new cell towers. The deal is aimed at pressuring dominant U.S. tower operators to negotiate more favorable terms. Unfortunately, it is likely too small to have much impact.

Nov 9 2017
Now that all the results are in from publicly traded telco vendors, it is clear revenue was down across the board among the largest vendors. But, there were a few positive points: profit is up and Ericsson’s underlying business may be improving.


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