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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Mobile Access
Date  Report
Nov 17
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
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
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.

Oct 25
Samsung’s 2nd Annual 5G Summit revealed evolution in its 5G story, including advancements in its Fixed Wireless Access solution and changes to the relevant ecosystem. But what happened to CBRS?

Oct 17
Nokia’s wireless PON technology leverages a ‘fiber-to-the-street corner’ premise and millimeter-wave access points, enabling operators to deliver up to 1 Gbps to previously underserved customers. While some hurdles exist, WiGig is quite promising.

Oct 12
To embrace and invest in 5G, CSPs need help building reliable business models and establishing a clear path to ROI. Nokia’s “techno-economic modeling” attempts to address this need, but ultimately every use case, and every operator, is unique.

Oct 11
More than a decade old, the Small Cell Forum continues to add new members. But if you needed a clearer sign that the Small Cell market remains dynamic and evolving, you need only look to the changing face of the Forum’s Board.

Oct 9
CND’s latest OpenEPC feature additions take it one step closer to supporting highly mobile, resilient services for public sector and other private LTE networks. The bigger story, perhaps, is its ability to roll out new features quickly.

Sep 28
Hailed as ‘5G,’ fixed-wireless access based on millimeter waves is advancing, with trials expanding in the U.S. and to Europe and operators being more candid about their progress. We examine the latest developments and their trajectory.

Sep 22
While the industry continues to talk up the CBRS opportunity, it’s clear that priority access licenses (a major CBRS innovation and selling point over unlicensed spectrum) won’t be available for some time. What does that mean for the band?

Sep 20
Last week’s inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas event in San Francisco was rife with discussions of vRAN, CBRS and 5G. But, to truly understand what happened at MWCA 2017, you need to understand the moves of key RAN vendors at the show.

Sep 12
Startup ASOCS unveiled its Cyrus virtual enterprise RAN solution, which uses a mix of cloud economics and value-adds like analytics to offer a more cost-effective alternative to DAS. How much more cost-effective? The jury’s out.

Sep 6
Ericsson introduced a new massive MIMO radio unit supporting FD-LTE, complementing its existing TD-LTE solutions. It’s another way to help operators prepare for 5G. For Ericsson, it’s also a way to keep up with its competitors.

Aug 31
Ericsson introduced a new version of its Radio Dot System enterprise small-cell solution that supports multiple operators, addressing a key hurdle. However, multi-operator solutions come with challenges of their own.

Aug 24
Operators may still have plenty of time before the migration to 5G mobile networks. But, radio access network vendors are already grappling with the migration to new base station portfolios in anticipation of 5G, and it ain’t easy.

Aug 17
NB-IoT and LTE-M are the cellular operators’ newest weapons in the push to “own” the Internet of Things. Neither technology is likely to generate significant revenue growth for operators until the “value” question is solved.

Aug 2
Mavenir’s acquisition of Brocade’s vEPC folds well into its increasingly end-to-end 5G solution. But, the real reasons for the acquisition point either to a smart strategic move or cause for concern that it may fail; that depends on execution.

Jul 21
Corning has acquired enterprise RAN equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless, extending the fiber optic giant’s Distributed Antenna Business into small cells. In a space that has frustrated other big firms, it needs more than big-company resources.

Jul 17
Nokia, already with numerous electric utility customers, got its feet wet with its first water utility deal. The engagement, along with a smart city deal announced a few weeks earlier, shows Nokia’s enterprise-focused initiatives are paying off.

Jul 12
Cisco will stop selling its in-house, licensed-spectrum small cells this month, effectively reducing that business to a loose partnership with SpiderCloud. It’s the end of an era, but may set the stage for Cisco’s next small-cell strategy.

Jul 12
Compared with its Barcelona counterpart, Mobile World Congress Shanghai provides a deeper view into the dynamics of mobility in Asia – China, in particular. Yet as APAC and China take a lead in driving 5G, what happens there matters everywhere.

Jul 12
Affirmed’s virtual Slice Selection Function (vSSF) enables mobile operators to build virtual network slices across existing legacy or virtualized infrastructures. vSSF advances 5G-like services, but could be a bit early for broad market adoption.

May 26
ZTE’s Qcell Plus, a new version of its Qcell small-cell solution for medium and large enterprises, adds license-assisted access and other capacity-boosting technologies. But, its credibility around LAA could use some improvement.


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