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Mobile Access
Date  Report
Jun 15
Affirmed has published the performance characteristics of its virtual EPC while leveraging Intel’s latest Xeon processors. As operators begin deployments at scale, testing helps in network planning and scaling.

Jun 1
Casa Systems’s New Apex PicoStrand tackles some key challenges in small-cell deployment by enabling installation on cable strands. It’s best suited for converged fixed/mobile providers but a harder sell for pure mobile operators.

May 17
In recent years, vendors of enterprise small-cell solutions have moved toward increasingly direct competition with distributed antenna systems (DAS). But the spread of 5G, these vendors say, could be the end of DAS as we know it.

May 15
The radio unit portfolios of major RAN vendors have become broad, diverse, and complex. To understand how they stack up next to one another, a visual analysis provides some unique insights. These five charts help map out the RU landscape.

May 11
ZTE’s decision to cease all major operations in the wake of a seven-year export ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce is prompting – for now – a change in all GlobalData’s ZTE company and product ratings.

May 3
While AI was featured front and center in many of the discussions at the event, mobile broadband connectivity in emerging regions remains key for Huawei to sustain growth in its carrier business unit.

Apr 27
Nokia’s Edge Cloud Server delivers Airframe data center services at the cell site with the performance and intelligence to support low latency, high throughput 5G traffic, ReefShark provides differentiation, but others are sure to follow.

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!


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