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The explosion of mobile data underscores the need for faster, more efficient mobile networks. LTE is peaking, 2G and 3G continue to decline, and 5G is on the horizon. Understanding the future of mobile connectivity, the IoT and smartphones is vital for all operators, media companies, equipment and software vendors, and component suppliers engaged in mobile.

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  • Richard Webb | March 15, 2019
    Once more unto the breach—that being Barcelona—for the annual trading of knowledge, ideas, contacts, and contracts that is Mobile World Congress. Other than missing last year, this was my 15th overall, stretching back to 1998 in Cannes (when MWC was the GSM World Congress). A lot about the event has changed in that time, and the industry is once again undergoing profound changes, this time driven by the onset of the 5G era and all that it promises (though whether it will deliver is a debate for another time). One particular area undergoing much evolution is my primary area of market coverage: mobile backhaul. In this research note, I summarize some of the conversations I had with equipment vendors about their latest product announcements related to this market and consider what they mean for the future of mobile backhaul and related areas. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Stéphane Téral, Stelyana Baleva | March 13, 2019
    With the world gearing up for a massive increase in IoT devices and the building of 5G networks, what we heard at Mobile World Congress this year is that OSS/BSS vendors are welcoming the new requirements with 5G-ready cloud platforms that facilitate service providers’ network virtualization process. Every service provider we’ve spoken with is involved in a network function virtualization project, and a few of them, including AT&T and Telefónica, are ahead of the process with large digital transformation initiatives. In fact, Telefónica organized a full session that dove into its ambitious transformation into a liquid software-defined automated network, where each network node is under consideration with a chief goal in mind: the move to 5G and future network architectures that revolve around convergence, simplification, disaggregation, virtualization, cloudification, automation, and infinite capacity. We can tell the vendors got the message, which can be summed up in five themes: cloud, 5G readiness, open source, collaboration and partnership, and digital BSS.
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  • Christian Kim | March 10, 2019
    At MWC Barcelona in late February, in addition to the highly covered 5G standard, the NB-IoT and the Cellular Vehicle-to-Vehicle (C-V2X) standards also demonstrated significant progress in the cellular IoT space. This article includes news summary at MWC and IHS Markit analysis that are related to the NB-IoT and the C-V2X technologies.


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  • Wayne Lam | January 24, 2019
    The global 5G transition is poised to take place at a faster pace than any previously wireless generation transition. The industry has been moving in lock-step as a common technology standard drives carrier adoption and capital investment in 5G network technology. ...
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  • Michael Howard | January 23, 2019
    Our second report examining telco digital transformation focuses on four technology areas: automation, which is the key to digital transformation, operator plans for using AI and ML, blockchain applications for telecom networks, and the role of open source software versus standards
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  • Stéphane Téral | December 21, 2018
    Part of our new Telecom Digital Transformation Intelligence Service, this report analyzes the status of OSS modernization strategies executed by communications service providers (CSP) including cable and satellite operators, mobile and fixed telecom service providers (e.g., telcos), and virtual mobile operators (MVNOs). This report constitutes the third and last component of our 2018 telecom digital transformation practice and closes the loop with our two other studies including 5/11/18 Digital Transformation Strategies Service Provider Survey - 2018, and 6/27/18 BSS Strategies Service Provider Survey - 2018.
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  • Icon Director – Research and Analysis, Service Provider Technology
    Mr. Richard Webb, director of research and analysis at IHS Markit for Service Provider Technology, is a visionary thought leader in the telecom industry.
  • Icon Executive Director – Research and Analysis, Mobile Infrastructure & Carrier Economics
    Mr. Stéphane Téral is the executive director of research and analysis and an advisor for Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics at IHS Markit.
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