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Mobile Access
Date  Report
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.

May 19
With a definitive agreement with China Huaxin to form Nokia Shanghai Bell (NSB), Nokia can now take full advantage of a key asset from the ALU acquisition to provide a key differentiator in an important market, both in sales support and R&D.

May 17
SpiderCloud’s new “frequency-flexible” LTE radio unit for its enterprise RAN solution can change spectrum bands via software, encouraging enterprises to deploy it themselves. But businesses may need even more encouragement.

May 11
Verizon outbids AT&T and gets the prize of Straight Path spectrum to fuel its 5G aspirations for a cool $3.1 billion.

May 11
Core Dynamic Networks plans to partner with silicon suppliers to embed its OpenEPC in the RAN, enabling a small cell to become a complete portable mobile network. The move helps enable alternative ARM-based private mobile network use cases.

Apr 28
Over the past 20 years, CSPs have been prone to overhyping network performance and turning technological advancements into marketing-speak. AT&T’s introduction of “5G Evolution” indicates that the marketing wars around “5G” are about to begin.

Apr 27
Huawei’s new eLTE SmartCampus solution – aimed at ports, mining and manufacturing – combines the performance of 4.5G with IoT, video surveillance and more, doing the important work of urging enterprises not to wait for 5G.

Apr 24
At Huawei’s 2017 Analyst Summit, no big new RAN announcements could top last year’s debut of its CloudRAN vision. Meanwhile, the work it’s doing to capture new revenue opportunities illustrates the many challenges its RAN strategy entails.

Apr 6
At Mobile World Congress 2017, the topic of small cells was generally overshadowed by others such as 5G. In addition to the small-cell trends we identified from the show, a handful of individual vendor moves are worth taking note of as well.

Apr 6
With so much talk about 5G, massive MIMO and cloud RAN, many Mobile World Congress attendees may have overlooked some of the small-cell activity at the show. We examine both notable trends and individual vendor moves in this two-part analysis.

Mar 29
Ericsson announced a long overdue portfolio realignment and simplified management structure to counter operating challenges. But many questions remain regarding additional portfolio rationalization, investment focus and strategic partnerships.

Mar 22
IoT was, not surprisingly, big news at MWC. For incumbent telecom vendors, the focus was less on new technologies like NB-IoT and Cat-M1, and more on broadening platforms and making a more direct pitch to target verticals than ever before.

Mar 21
IoT was, not surprisingly, big news at MWC. While every constituency had their own messaging priorities, silicon vendors were out in force to talk about automotive use cases, capabilities beyond connectivity and almost anything other than NB-IoT.

Mar 20
IoT was, not surprisingly, big news at MWC. While every constituency had their own messaging priorities, LPWAN network providers showed up to talk about network coverage and use cases. At least, that was the case for those who showed up.

Mar 20
Nokia’s new org changes and management shuffle reflect the new strategic direction announced in November 2016. The moves make sense on paper, but are surprising at a time when Nokia appeared to have put its post-merger ducks in a row.

Mar 9
At Mobile World Congress 2017, we expected 5G to be a major RAN topic, and it was. But in terms of commercial products, the three biggest RAN topics at the show were fixed wireless access, massive MIMO and cloud RAN.

Feb 27
Nokia is showcasing a range of new RAN solutions at MWC. But ranking high among the vendor’s priorities is its massive MIMO and fixed-wireless access activities and what they mean for Nokia’s credibility in 5G.

Feb 24
With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 only days away, it’s fair to consider any recent vendor news as a part of their MWC messaging strategy. If so, Affirmed’s IoT solution upgrade suggests we’ll be hearing more about the enterprise this year.

Feb 23
Where Brocade acquired Ruckus for $1.2B last year, the sale of Ruckus (and Brocade’s ICX switch business) for $800M to ARRIS suggests a good deal. It’s also a deal that takes ARRIS out of its cable comfort zone and into new (enterprise) territory.

Feb 22
Affirmed expands its virtualized IoT platform by adding NB-IoT support, but will need to rely on close partner Tech Mahindra to figure out how to drive IoT innovation by combining virtual network elements with analytics and enterprise IT systems.

Feb 22
Ericsson unveiled a slew of new radio access offerings in advance of Mobile World Congress, including radios supporting massive MIMO and new fronthaul technology. In a major 5G push, deployment ease and efficiency remain important emphases.

Feb 10
ip.access’s new Viper2020 allows unified management of a range of products – small cells, location-based services, neutral host radios and Internet of Things nodes. But the market demand for such combinations is unclear.

Feb 2
Nokia expanded its IMPACT IoT platform, adding enhanced security and pre-integrated applications targeting connected car, smart city and security/surveillance. Now it needs to take a proactive, services-led approach to help drive IoT momentum.


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