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2019: The Year 5G Gets Real

By: Heather Broughton, John English

It seems the hype surrounding 5G has been with us for a few years now, but 2019 figures to be the year when actual deployments begin and things “get real.” This article takes a look at four critical areas of the new network environment that will come with 5G networks and how things may develop as the year goes along. 5G will drive virtualization in 2019 Momentum is building behind 5G. The US and South Korea are leading the charge with the rollout of the first commercial networks; trials are taking place in every major market worldwide; and Verizon and Samsung have just announced plans to launch a 5G handset in early 2019


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The Role of' 'Softwareization' in Carrier Networks

By: Mattias Fridstrom

In the cloud, the ‘softwareization’ of everything has already arrived, delivering a variety of benefits via innovative applications that created entirely new business models and revenue streams. When it comes to the network outside the data center, however, many functions are still performed manually—especially in long haul backbone environments. The potential for network transformation via the softwareization of currently manual processes offers tangible, operational benefits for backbone providers to enhance operational efficiencies and more nimbly serve clients’ needs while improving profitability


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Defining Tomorrow's Network: Are You Prepared?

By: Brink Sanders

Digital transformation is turning out to be a double-edged sword for businesses across the world.  There is no doubt about its positive impact. From improving productivity and efficiency and reducing costs, to boosting innovation and even opening new markets, the adoption of technology is helping businesses to unlock growth like never before. However, it is also presenting new challenges, especially for those managing the IT infrastructure.  While digital transformation has taken on many different forms, there are some common threads that help to explain the critical new challenges that IT organizations face in delivering on the needs of their users in today’s world


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Igniting the 100G to 400G Service Evolution

By: Michael C. Morey

This need for more bandwidth is driving a requirement for reliable high-capacity, high-performance scalable networks to move towards 400G services—providing rapid optical backbone network support for all 10G and 100G customer service scenarios on a carrier’s network. What is behind this evolution to 400G services? There are three primary areas of demand causing service providers, data centers and wireless carriers to move toward 400G services over their networks: Wireless carriers’ need for 1G to 10G macrocell connectionsThe wireline-to-wireless evolution is driving changes to network upgrades and how infrastructure is designed to be scalable and reliable, especially in regard to improving existing infrastructure


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5G & Future Business Use Cases

By: Sam Barker

5G, the next iteration of wireless cellular technologies, is currently reaching its final stages of development and commercialization by MNOs and industry stakeholders. Previous iterations of technologies (3G and 4G) were developed with a consumer-oriented focus. However, 5G will have further-reaching impacts, enabling a large number of use cases in IoT (Internet of Things) sectors such as healthcare, automotive industries, smart cities and mobile broadband. 5G networks will deliver high bandwidth and low latency that support services such as UHD (Ultra High Definition) video streaming, among many others


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RCS Chatbot Directory Opens Up New Opportunities for Marketers

By: Ramy Riad

A New App Store As RCS continues to make great strides in becoming the global standard for carrier-based messaging and provides a new opportunity for brands to communicate with consumers, a new brand discovery experience has emerged: the chatbot directory. Launched by AT&T and Samsung to a growing number of capable devices, the chatbot directory gives consumers a new channel. Consumers can now discover brands and launch an RCS-enabled chat through a new directory embedded in the native messaging client


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How Infrastructure Management Can Facilitate Digital Transformation

By: Ulrich Schalling

Although towercos are relatively new to the mobile and wireless industries, they are playing an increasingly important role: they are needed to roll out 4G and 5G network upgrades. These sites are complex, and their resources must be properly managed to fulfill their purpose of broadening the reach of mobile networks. A properly managed towerco is capable of not only planning and executing rollouts but also streamlining ongoing operations. As towercos expand their presence and importance in the industry, they need to fully understand what’s required to manage tower sites and infrastructure


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Letter from the Editor - February 2019

By: Scott St. John

Pervasive mobility, this month's issue theme, is an interesting topic. It's a topic that is fueled by compelling technology and new innovations. For example, 5G is taking root and new use cases are coming to fruition. The added complexity this creates needs to be addressed, due to the unique characteristics of 5G on a both a scientific and operational level. Software-defined networks are not only needed but are also quickly becoming a necessity, and cloud has become an integral component. At the same time, the supporting networks, systems, and infrastructure have to evolve to support all of it, and to capitalize on the new opportunities that are being created now


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Telecom Industry News

By: Scott St. John

News on key road-to-5G updates was dominant this month. The completion of the world’s first over-the-air 5G data transmission using 2.5 GHz and Massive MIMO on Sprint’s live commercial network was a collaborative accomplishment between Sprint, Nokia, and Qualcomm. Ericsson and Qualcomm also completed the first 5G data call on the 2.6 GHz band, and Huawei completed the last phase of its 5G NR test at 2.6 GHz. In other developments, a new specification from ETSI and a new agreement between the Telecommunications Industry Association and the Internet of Things Community should advance the development of smart city technology


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