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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 | January 30, 2020
    Although 5G means many different things in terms of services and applications to many different people, the requirements for 5G mobile transport are becoming clearer in terms of ultra-high capacity, ultra-low latency, timing and synchronization (T&S), and flexibility and reliability. In order to ensure they offer future-proofed solutions, mobile transport equipment vendors will need to deliver products that meet 5G requirements, and through this year we expect to see those vendors emphasize key areas. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Stéphane Téral | January 24, 2020
    It sounds like the 1987 American comedy-drama war film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson, which led my deeply missed San Francisco neighbor and lookalike Robin Williams to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He played the role of a funny DJ brought to Vietnam to entertain US troops and give them hope. Now imagine you’re waking up in Hanoi and turn on the radio to hear breaking news about a “Made by Viettel in Vietnam” radio that enables 5G services. Oh well—it’s just another type of radio, used in mobile networks. But the news actually raised eyebrows around the world. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Stéphane Téral, Stelyana Baleva | January 14, 2020
    2020 marks the start of a new year and a new decade, as well as the massive takeoff of 5G services worldwide. After more than a century, the telecommunications industry has accumulated numerous network elements that have increased operational complexity a great deal, affecting its competitiveness against web-scale companies such as Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Tencent. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft together spent about $83.4B in capex and capital leases for the 12-month period ended September 2019, which is close to total yearly telecom capex in North America. Web-scale companies have become notorious for spending billions every year to buy chips directly and design their own gear to power lean, agile business operations with no traditional OSS/BSS to worry about. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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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 Technology Fellow – Telecommunications, IHS Markit
    Mr. Stéphane Téral is a technology fellow and an advisor for Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics at IHS Markit Technology.
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