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The Fundamental Drivers of 6G

By: Anita Dohler, Feifei Lou

We believe that the continuing evolution of the mobile industry and the underlying technologies, namely the development of 6G, must be guided by the imperative to satisfy three fundamental needs facing society at large and the telecommunication industry specifically. These are societal goals, market expectations, and operational necessities. The need to address societal objectives at large is also expressed in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). To meet market expectations, new end-user requirements must be satisfied by offering new services and capabilities, supported by evolving technologies in a cost-effective manner…

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7 Emerging Network Trends for Resiliency

By: Todd Rychecky

The network perimeter for businesses of every size all but dissolved due in large part to the events of the past 18 months. With millions having shifted to remote work and enterprises relying more heavily on a wide range of SaaS and cloud services to meet the requirements of a distributed workforce, the stakes suddenly increased. Some organizations were prepared for the transition, with policies already in place to some extent. Yet most were not prepared for the escalating cybercrime activity or network outages that occurred—not even the big tech giants…

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Network evolution? Think Amazon meets Tesla!

By: Prayson Pate

We admire Amazon for its low costs and business efficiency, as well as its AWS cloud unit. Tesla is a leader in technology and performance. Both are very innovative and agile. What if we could bring all these concepts together to drive network evolution? Why network evolution is important Before we get to the how of network evolution, let’s look at the why. Today, networks are under tremendous stress. The drivers are numerous and include the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. Expanded use of videoconferencing…

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Network Evolution: Expectations at the Edge

By: Eric Watko

The importance of planning cannot be underestimated. As an avid runner, I frequently prepare for marathons and relay races. When training, I always plan and map out routes before runs. This critical step ensures I select the right distance and terrain to maximize my efforts, so I can be ready for my next event. The same principle can be applied to network planning. Enterprises must prepare their network today for increased elasticity, so they can adequately realize the potential of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, which will present exciting opportunities to not only increase business efficiency but also create new business…

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The Power of Automation in Open RAN Networks

By: Eugina Jordan

The telecom industry is going through a dramatic change that can only be compared to the change that data centers went through in the 2000s, all driven by Moore’s Law. Internet of Things (IoT), digital health, e-learning, e-banking, artificial intelligence (AI), and Industry 4.0 are just a few of the many applications that are driving mobile traffic. Mobile network operators (MNOs) across the globe are presented with new revenue opportunities and must scale their networks to keep up with this demand…

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The Future is Fiber

By: Shirley Bloomfield

Over the last year and a half, the pandemic has highlighted the critical nature of access to fast and affordable broadband Internet service. While there was momentum to expand our country’s broadband networks to reach more Americans before the pandemic, the health crisis accelerated the urgency around connecting as many people as possible to the best possible service. If we have learned anything from these past many months, it is that connections matter, that broadband matters, that speed and capacity are important and that two-way communications and data flow mean more than ever as we work, learn, consult with doctors, or undertake many other basic human interactions from wherever we might be…

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Slicing and Dicing Subsea Fiber Networks

By: Paul Cannon

With the rising demand for Internet of Things (IoT) tethering our connected lives more and more, businesses are experiencing an increased need for higher bandwidth and better reliability. Although there are several options available, fiber optic cable provides faster, more effective throughput. Many global corporations, enterprises and businesses have discovered the benefits of fiber connectivity dedicated to their operations, enabling the next generation of IoT to provide optimal performance for businesses and their consumers alike…

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Making Smart Agriculture a Reality
with Cellular Backhaul Over Satellite

By: Doreet Oren

The need to bridge the digital divide is now stronger than ever. It is exacerbated with the COVID-19 pandemic causing a rise in demand for connectivity and especially a surge of demand on cellular networks. We see a record need for video streaming and bandwidth-hungry applications, the result of working and studying from home, increasing reliance on digital communication, and additional connectivity requirements to support businesses in new ways. Backhaul over satellite for quick deploy Not everyone in the developing world can afford or has access to computers, but many have 4G smartphones…

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Bridging the Digital Divide with 5G Access

By: Walter Cannon

Today, innovation is constant. Across every industry, groundbreaking advancements bring about real-world change every day. And the digital industry plays a big part. Each decade brings a new era of technology, and with it, a new way of doing things. This opportunity, however, is not the same for everyone or every business everywhere. The reality is that some areas fall behind. We see this happening before our eyes when it comes to Internet speed and connectivity. Some regions have begun to establish infrastructure that prevents a person from ever losing an Internet connection…

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Enterprise 5G: Missed Opportunities

By: Angus Ward

The COVID-19 crisis has been a great accelerator for key pre-pandemic trends. It’s made strong industries stronger, increasing their economic power, and left those that were already weak weaker. For the telecoms industry, though, it’s a different story. During this period, telcos have donned the hero’s cape to keep us all connected remotely, meeting the demand for more network capacity as it grew exponentially to support widespread transformation. But the industry has not seen its economic power increased…

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Letter from the Editor: Evolution

By: Scott St. John

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared over 20 species extinct. They have ceased to be. They are no more. Among them the Ivory-billed Woodpecker with is regal, red crown, swaths of white, and of course, its name-sake ivory bill (image, right). All will be missed and it's a devastating loss for our planet. And we humans thought we had it bad.  But as the pandemic has evolved, so have we. We have adapted our behavior and our biology. For hundreds of millions of people, vaccines have evolved our immune system to provide protection for a novel virus for which we had no natural immunity…

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Telecom Industry News

By: Jara Kern

In a year—18 months, if we’re being honest—in which the network has been the thing connecting us all, we’re turning an especially keen focus to network news this month. From fiber rollouts to 5G deployments to network innovation, automation, and resiliency, this issue focuses on everything that connects us, from the technical to the cutting-edge to the actual edge. This extends to advances in interoperability among space and ground system networks, in-car connectivity, and much more. The top telecom industry news stories from the month are summarized below…

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