Futurum’s Ron Westfall assesses why the Nokia Google collaboration to deliver network slicing capabilities to Android 13 devices, such as Google Pixel 6 (Pro), can provide the network slicing innovations key to unlocking CSP delivery of innovative use case-specific 4G/5G services and applications.
Futurum’s Ron Westfall assesses how Airtel’s new 5G pacts with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung affirm the rising competitive prospects for the trio across the global 5G ecosystem, including especially 5G RAN solutions, due to factors such as Airtel and the India’s entry into the 5G market, the wide-ranging ban on China-made equipment in key markets, and Open RAN’s evolving readiness for prime time 5G deployments.
Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines why the Samsung Mediacom 5G FWA deal highlights major ongoing 5G ecosystem developments such as growing cable operator commitment to use 5G FWA to broaden their addressable broadband market, the further boost to Samsung’s credibility as a supplier of 5G network solutions including 5G FWA and vRAN/O-RAN, as well as the critical role CBRS spectrum can play in reducing the digital divide across rural areas.
Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines how T-Mobile’s Advanced Network Solutions (ANS) launch benefits from its collaboration with Dell, Ericsson, and Nokia in delivering public network, hybrid mobile network, and private network options and capabilities as well as bolsters T-Mobile’s overall 5G private networks and mobile edge compute portfolio proposition.
Futurum’s Ron Westfall assesses why Nokia’s MX Boost technology addresses the growing demand across Industry 4.0 connectivity environments for private wireless capabilities that can flexibly bond 4.9G/5G with Wi-Fi, strengthens its private wireless network portfolio, and can help accelerate key emerging use cases such as Wi-Fi 6 + Wi-Fi 6E and LTE/5G + Wi-Fi 6E.
Rakuten acquires Altiostar for $1 billion in a bid to accelerate global deployment and adoption of cloud native open and interoperable mobile infrastructure, especially open, virtual RAN technology. Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines why the Rakuten’s acquisition of Altiostar provides a massive boost to the Open RAN cause, alters the competitive mix across the entire 5G landscape, and provides a template for CSPs serious about fulfilling their Open 5G mission.
Nokia introduces its iSIM Secure Connect solution with initial marketing emphasis on vendor-agnostic design and streamlining cellular subscription lifecycle management with automation. Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines why the Nokia iSIM Secure Connect solution is well-suited to play a key role in making IoT connectivity and networking safer, especially since infection of IoT devices has shot up since 2019, paving the way for 5G mobile and IoT service quality and revenue streams and strengthening Nokia’s competitive hand.
Nokia showcases how application of digital twin technology, in combination with AI/ML engines, can streamlines 5G site deployments. Futurum’s Ron Westfall explore how Nokia’s application of digital twin technology to intelligent site engineering counters the digital twinning moves of key mobile networking rivals Huawei and Ericsson as well as a potential alliance with NVIDIA can further strengthen its mobile and digital twin ecosystem credentials.
6G technology will have a big impact on devices, the market, and on communications in remote areas and beyond and Futurum’s Shelly Kramer takes a quick look at the market and some of the players. While we’re a ways away from the realities of 6G, it’s exciting to think about what’s ahead. It’s also exciting to see many leaders in Big Tech already making progress and getting involved. Some early industry players in the 6G space include Nokia, who heads project Hexa-X, the European Commission’s flagship 6G research initiative, and Ericsson, who will manage the technical aspects of the program. Other partners (today anyway) include Siemens, Intel, Telefonica, TIM, and Orange. 5G’s all the buzz today, but 6G, that’s going to be a whole different ballgame.
Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies join forces to demonstrate 5G peak speeds of 5.06 Gbps for the first time.