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AT&T mixes industry verticals and digital tech to brew-up new supply-chain magic
In particular, LTE-M is is well suited for cellular LPWA applications to go on the open road; where NB-IoT is better for low-power, as a fit-and-forget tech, LTE-M is geared for mobility.

He references a deal with UK firm RM2 to provide connectivity to reusable pallets. Traditional wooden pallets, porous and less robust, pose challenges for logistics operators because they risk contamination and are liable to fail, and need replacing. RM2 produces reusable pallets from composite materials. AT&T is embedding an LTE-M based track-and-trace module in them.
att  lte-m  nb-iot  pallets  iot  logistics  ovum 
3 days ago by yorksranter
Private networks and public slices will combine in hybrid industrial 5G, says Nokia
How many private LTE networks has it deployed for industry so far, roughly? “The pipeline is significant,” he says. What about deployments? Ten, 50, 100? “It is not 10, and it is not 50.”
nokia  privatemobile  lte  ovum 
3 days ago by yorksranter
Cincinnati Bell division CBTS bows new open source reference architecture | FierceTelecom
CBTS' new 10GB XGS-PON access solution, CO-OLT24XG-PON, is an OCP and OpenCORD-compatible PON access platform designed for remote terminal (RT) and/or central office applications. It works with SDN controllers from OpenDaylight and ONOS as well as commercial sourced controllers.
cbts  cord  r-cord  nfv  sdn  opensource  onos  ovum  voltha 
3 days ago by yorksranter
Charter and other cable companies could ditch video, and it might not be a bad thing, analyst says | FierceVideo
But Moffett points out that smaller cable companies are seeing their video subscriber bases evaporate much faster than their larger peers, and that is by choice. While Comcast and Charter’s video subscriber losses are tracking at 1.7% and 1.4% respectively, Cable One’s annual declines are at 10.3% and Mediacom’s are at 5.5%.

Cable One management told MoffettNathanson that it loses money on every individual subscriber.
comcast  charter  cablecos  video  ovum 
3 days ago by yorksranter
In potential boost for private LTE, FCC proposes reconfiguring 900 MHz spectrum - RCR Wireless News
The FCC NPRM adoption represents a win for pdvWireless, which is a major spectrum holder at 900 MHz and has advocated for years for a broadband allocation within the band in order to support private LTE for utilities and other industrial users. Back in the days of Nextel, Sprint used holdings in the 896-901/935-940 MHz to operate its iDEN network. In 2014, that Nextel spectrum was acquired by PDV, which is headed up by a number of former Nextel executives, including two of Nextel’s co-founders.
lte  privatemobile  900mhz  pdvWireless  ovum 
4 days ago by yorksranter
The Mobile Network » Rakuten makes a real racket about its virtual network at MWC
How many radio heads will you install?
“If you look at the scale, roughly speaking 37,000 eNodeB times three [111,000] is the amount of radio heads we will have just for LTE only. It’s very large.”
rakuten  oran  vran  5g  ovum  scalability 
4 days ago by yorksranter
Want a Foldable Phone? Hold Out for Real Glass | WIRED
“In a display application, you’re putting transistors on the glass. Transistors hate salt: Sodium, potassium, anything from the salt family will eat away a transistor,” Bayne says. “For this family of glasses to work, you have to have these components in the glass that are incompatible with transistors.”

Corning’s ultrathin, bendable glass attempts to square that circle but hasn’t quite yet.
glass  corning  materials  apple  samsung  foldable  ovum 
5 days ago by yorksranter
Industrial companies are building private networks because they have to, says Nokia
“They want low latencies because OT protocols are demanding in terms of feedback, and they want high fidelity positioning because machinery and assets get moved around,” explains Kitts.

“LTE delivers these things – alongside high resiliency and availability, and benefits from being untethered.”
But while the door is slamming open for some, it is out of reach for others. The biggest operators are in a position to push through it, he suggests, and mix advanced LTE with industrial control.

“Normally the number one and two operators in a country have the capability in terms of system integration and enterprise know-how.”
nokia  lte  privatemobile  5g  ovum 
5 days ago by yorksranter
China to invest $134-223 billion in 5G networks during 2020-2025: report
No idea what they are basing this on, but they anticipate a couple of interesting things - first of all a very decent return on investment, secondly, about a third of the economic value ending up in the telco sector
china  5g  ovum  capex 
5 days ago by yorksranter
Ericsson, Telia, Volvo to trial 5G network for industrial use
Ericsson, Volvo Construction Equipment and Telia said they are already operating what they claim is Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use.
ericsson  volvo  teliasonera  5g  ovum  privatemobile 
6 days ago by yorksranter
Industry Voices—Walker: The hidden truth about 5G is layoffs | FierceTelecom
One, if operators manage to deploy 5G with less than a 1% increase in their capital intensity ratio. Two, if operators find tangible, quick ways to lower their customer acquisition and customer retention costs, primarily on the mobile side.
telcos  labour  5g  ovum 
6 days ago by yorksranter
Germany to award 5G spectrum for industrial firms in H2
“There is great potential for 5G, especially in the industrial area,” BNetzA President Jochen Homann said. “We want to make frequencies available for companies to build local networks that exactly meet their needs.”
germany  ovum  privatemobile  5g  spectrum  huawei 
6 days ago by yorksranter
Microsoft soldiers on with its TV white spaces initiative | FierceWireless
She described the FCC’s estimations as “flawed data after flawed data.” She said part of the problem is that the questions asked of internet service providers are flawed, in themselves. The FCC asks ISPs where they “could” provide service as opposed to asking them “where they do provide service.”

Microsoft has done some of its own independent research to point out the disparity between the FCC’s estimates and the reality to rural Americans. For example, in Ferry County, Washington, the FCC shows 100% broadband coverage. But Microsoft found that only 2% of households were actually using broadband speeds.
fcc  tvws  fwa  microsoft  ovum 
6 days ago by yorksranter
Hyperscale capex spending booms in 2018 while telco spending remains flat | FierceTelecom
Synergy Research Group said that a large chunk of the hyperscale capex went toward building, expanding and equipping large data centers, which have now grown in number to 439. Amazon and Google opened the most new data centers last year. Outside of the top five, other leading hyperscale spenders in 2018 included Alibaba, Tencent, IBM, and Baidu.
capex  cloud  datacentre  ovum 
6 days ago by yorksranter
Guaranteed service, total control – “We are proving 5G for Industry 4.0,” says Vodafone
He runs through the industrial networking options, with higher-grade LTE and URLLC-style 5G: there are standalone private networks, as Germany is considering in the C-Band for its own national treasures; there are hybrid networks, where local usage of a public network is ring-fenced for industry; and there will be, at some point, public end-to-end 5G networks, which will be ‘sliced’ up into parts for autonomous driving, and other critical applications.

Vodafone will offer each of these industrial networking options. “We will start with the private network, and then we move up as national deployments evolve,” says Skipper.
5g  ovum  vodafone 
10 days ago by yorksranter
Power Consumption: 5G Basestations Are Hungry, Hungry Hippos | Light Reading
Lum expects this to increase power requirements at cellsites, "Now you'll need 10 kilowatts of power," he says, so that operators would likely want to have 15 kilowatts of power at hand. 4G cellsites use around 6 kilowatts for power, assuming a three-sector, 12 radio set-up.
5g  mimo  power  energy  cooling  ovum 
11 days ago by yorksranter
Over 90% of operators concerned about rising energy costs for 5G and edge
Respondents indicated that the availability of high-quality connectivity to distributed POPs [point of presence] and ease of site acquisition were viewed as the most critical enablers to 5G success.
5g  mec  backhaul  ovum 
12 days ago by yorksranter
AT&T, Verizon Perpetuate a 5G mmWave Mystery | Light Reading
And just like Verizon, AT&T's 2019 capex doesn't reflect a massive mmWave buildout. The operator said it plans to spend around $23 billion, excluding $1 billion in FirstNet reimbursements, during 2019 on its network. Last year AT&T spent $21.3 billion and in 2017 it spent $21.6 billion. AT&T launched mobile 5G on its 39GHz spectrum in "parts" of a dozen cities last year, and plans to expand that to additional cities this year.
5g  att  verizon  capex  ovum 
12 days ago by yorksranter
Verizon Appears to Walk Back 5G Home Buildout Goal | Light Reading
In his presentation, though, Malady prevaricated on whether Verizon would actually reach the company's 30 million buildout target. "It's hard for me to give a specific number on where we're going to be at some period of time," he said, explaining that 300 Mbit/s speeds would be more than enough for some US markets, but would be too slow to be competitive in other markets.
verizon  5g  fwa  ovum 
12 days ago by yorksranter
Open Conflict Over Open RAN | Light Reading
The most ardent supporters of open RAN saw reasons to favor Option 7, according to Baker. By leaving hardly any functionality in the radios, this would simplify the hardware requirements and help cultivate a market for "white box" radios -- standardized kit that operators could buy "off the shelf," like tools at a DIY store. Option 2, by contrast, seemed to reinforce the vendor lock-in. "It puts a lot of functionality into the radios and so they are still proprietary," says Baker.
oran  opensource  ovum 
13 days ago by yorksranter
Facebook’s Magma goes open source, aims to reduce network complexity | FierceWireless
Magma includes a distributed mobile packet core supporting local breakout of the data plane, in addition to network automation and management software.
vepc  Facebook  opensource  ovum 
13 days ago by yorksranter
Juniper Networks buys wireless LAN vendor Mist for $405M | FierceWireless
One prominent customer of Mist is Verizon Enterprise Solutions. In February 2018 the carrier launched a WLAN managed service with Mist technology. The service manages both the corporate Wi-Fi network as well as
WLAN  Verizon  juniper  sd-wan  ovum 
13 days ago by yorksranter
T-Mobile’s Neville Ray explains why it’s hard to virtualize the RAN | FierceWireless
“The radio world was complex, and now when you think about new radio technologies like massive beamforming and millimeter wave (mmWave), there’s massive intelligence in the radio environment,” said Ray. “It drives challenges into that disaggregation.” He added that the brain of the radio network is the baseband unit, and that’s become more complex, driving even more difficulty in virtualization. He acknowledged that it might have been easier to disaggregate the RAN when it was simpler, but then, on the other hand, that might have stymied some of the advances in radio technology.
oran  vran  opensource  tip  ovum  5g  t-mobile 
14 days ago by yorksranter
Impressions of MWC 2019, and the state of 'things' — the raw and the cooked
It felt like a show where the mobile industry, as one, was looking outwards for the first time.
mwc  ovum  iot 
14 days ago by yorksranter
LoRaWAN community boosted by $25-$60 million venture fund
Zurich-based Momenta Partners has launched a $25 million venture fund to foster startups and innovations in the low-power wide-area (LPWA) market, and specifically the LoRaWAN sector. The fund could stretch to $60 million, the company said
lora  iot  ovum  goodcall 
14 days ago by yorksranter
VMware announces major upgrade to NSX | FierceTelecom
"They're really trying to position the vSphere and NSX products as part of the long-term telecommunications virtualization effort," said Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research, in an interview with FierceTelecom. "They would not say directly opposite of OpenStack, but in reality it is."
vmware  nfv  ovum  openstack  nsx 
14 days ago by yorksranter
UK mulls limit on Huawei kit - Mobile World Live
It is unclear how much a 50 per cent limit would impact the UK’s four mobile operators. Last week at MWC19, Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read stated the company already used a number of different vendors in its UK network and has frequently called for a “more grounded discussion” on the security issue.
huawei  vodafone  security  ovum 
14 days ago by yorksranter
Ericsson, China Unicom develop smart harbour in key Chinese port
One of the key findings of the field trial is up to 70% of labor costs can be saved when a harbor uses the 5G automation upgrade, compared to traditional harbours with a fully automated harbour.
ericsson  chinaunicom  logistics  china  5g  ovum 
14 days ago by yorksranter
Google's On-Prem Data Center Software for Hybrid Cloud Now in Beta
Google Cloud on Wednesday launched the beta version of its Cloud Services Platform, a move that brings the company one step closer to letting enterprises deploy its cloud inside their own data centers.

CSP, which was announced last July, is a version of Google’s Kubernetes Engine built for on-premises data centers. Through CSP, enterprises can build an in-house instance of Google’s cloud service, access and move workloads to the public Google Cloud, and seamlessly manage it all with centralized software.
google  gcp  onpremises  kubernetes  containers  cloud  ovum 
24 days ago by yorksranter
The Northern Virginia Data Center Market Is Bigger Than Most Realize
Amazon uses a subsidiary called Vadata as a proxy that contracts for AWS data center shell space. You probably also know that the biggest third-party developer of data center shells for AWS in Northern Virginia has been Corporate Office Property Trust. COPT is a publicly traded REIT whose core business is developing mission critical facilities and leasing them to US government agencies and defense contractors. Vadata is its second-largest tenant by percentage of annual revenue (8.9 percent); its largest is the US government.
aws  nova  realestate  datacentre  ovum  cloud 
24 days ago by yorksranter
“There hasn't been an opportunity like this until now” – the CBRS buzz about IoT
“IoT represents an important use case, but private LTE services using handsets or laptops or whatever are just as important. The opportunity for better in-building cellular service for smartphones with a neutral host capability, that’s really one of the largest opportunities here,” says Wright. CBRS can fill a hole in network coverage where distributed antenna systems do not make economic sense, particularly for small and medium sized commercial properties.
cbrs  privatemobile  ovum 
24 days ago by yorksranter
American enterprises rule, transport leaves automotive for dust – Vodafone IoT poll
The automotive sector, which tends to be recognised among the elites for industrial IoT, suffered in the Vodafone sophistication index because of the inclusion of various business types — “from manufacturers to independent dealers”.
iot  vodafone  ovum 
24 days ago by yorksranter
Verizon offers glimpse at mobile 5G plan - Mobile World Live
The representative also verified its mobile network will launch with three compatible devices: the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G; the Moto Z3 with 5G Mod; and Inseego’s MiFi 5G mobile hotspot.
5g  verizon  ovum 
24 days ago by yorksranter
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson interview on Recode Media Peter Kafka podcast - Recode
Now I’m not out pushing you to buy landline telephones, all right? But that is our highest-margin product.
ovum  5g  att 
25 days ago by yorksranter
WiWavelength: Moto 5G MOD comes at a cost measured in mW
That roughly 3-6 dB reduction in antenna gain is responsible for a substantial decline in EIRP across the board, maxing out at ~120 mW for mid band and ~40 mW for low band. Conducted power figures are ~24 dBm, so on par with those of the Moto Z3 alone. What that means is the 5G MOD is not making up for diminished antenna gain with inflated conducted power. And that shows in the somewhat poor EIRP.
5g  lte  vzw  radio  qualcomm  ovum 
25 days ago by yorksranter
Arm’s new Neoverse platforms boost compute and throughput for 5G | FierceTelecom
And today Arm announced its Neoverse N1 and E1 platforms. Neoverse N1 is a high-compute oriented product optimized for 7nm technology. And Neoverse E1 is designed for driving very fast data throughput.

Potential use cases for N1 would be to enable data to be quickly onboarded and processed at a 5G base station or backhauled to a data center where the computing could then be done.
arm  5g  edgecomputing  mec  chips  ovum 
25 days ago by yorksranter
Huawei turns attention to tech ahead of MWC19 - Mobile World Live
Ryan Ding, president of the company’s Carrier Business Group (pictured), highlighted the company’s momentum in the commercial 5G market, with more than 40,000 base stations shipped and more than 30 5G contracts announced: 18 in Europe; nine in the Middle East; and three in Asia-Pacific. Several times South Korea was highlighted as a leading market, followed by the other regions. // What? That sounds like the three ROK networks
huawei  5g  Korea  ovum 
25 days ago by yorksranter
Developing Telecoms - Developing Telecoms
MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported from the country in a further blow to relations between the South African operator group and the Ugandan authorities.
mtn  uganda  ovum 
25 days ago by yorksranter
Developing Telecoms - Developing Telecoms
In a statement, MTN said: “Ambassador Saloojee himself has repeatedly said the money he received from Kilowan was the result of a private loan arrangement between him and Kilowan, that he has repaid that loan to Kilowan and that this was a private matter between the two that had nothing to do with MTN or anyone else.”
mtn  Iran  turkcell  corruption  ovum 
25 days ago by yorksranter
His iPad Pro was bent. An Apple Genius found a sneaky way to get it replaced | ZDNet
"Partners and Apple Authorized Service Providers are graded and compensated according to metrics, including No Trouble Found. If the reported symptoms are not present and reproducible it will negatively impact the partner," said one with apparent insider knowledge // Apple's crushing of the channel is incredibly savage and they seem to have got away with it
apple  ipad  service  support  channel  ovum 
27 days ago by yorksranter
Hidden Champions: Why are German companies so good at weirdly specific things?
Specialization is key, Simon says, and hidden champions often control most of their supply chain, only relying on suppliers when absolutely necessary. These kinds of specialists work closely with clients to find solutions for their needs, which helps these firms create better products.
hiddenchampions  sme  ovum  mittelstand 
28 days ago by yorksranter
AT&T details expansion plans for 5G NR service
Flannigan said, “Wireless connectivity is really everything in our industry in terms of people really just don’t want to wire things anymore. Nobody is plugging in anymore.”
att  5g  ovum 
4 weeks ago by yorksranter
What Happened When I Bought A Home With Sunrun Solar Panels
Sunrun finances its initial costs by taking on debt and raising capital from what are called tax equity investors. Only a few dozen companies have the appetite for tax credits and financial sophistication to be in this pool, including Google, JPMorgan Chase, and General Electric, says Joe Osha, an analyst who covers energy technology at JMP Securities LLC. They invest in Sunrun not to generate significant cash returns but to reap tax benefits
solar  finance  esco  iot  ovum 
4 weeks ago by yorksranter
Juniper tries to lure elusive service providers with network routers for 5G | FierceWireless
Unlike prior network upgrades that focused on the core, Juniper anticipates that 5G will drive more transformation in the edge and especially in the metro. “True transformation is going to start there and move into the core," he said. "Because of this shift to 5G and moving content closer to the consumers, a lot of traffic is going to reside in the metro."
5g  ovum  mec 
4 weeks ago by yorksranter
Rakuten backs vRAN provider ahead of Japan launch - Mobile World Live
Rakuten announced plans to invest in US-based virtualised RAN (vRAN) vendor Altiostar, as the internet giant pressed-on with plans to launch a mobile network using vRAN in Japan in October.
vran  rakuten  altiostar  ovum  5g 
4 weeks ago by yorksranter
Small business lending slips as wary bosses avoid debt | Business | The Sunday Times
Net lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) shrank to £500m, compared with £700m in 2017
sme  Brexit  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Network providers need to accept SD-WAN's revenue impact | Ovum Link
Telcos do not have official "stall" policies, but Ovum observed the practice decades ago with the migration from TDM to IP-based voice services. Some very large telcos gave their account teams big incentives to retain clients on TDM. The tactics briefly slowed migration, but at a terrible cost. Enterprises resented the overt manipulation. Best case, it tested their trust in the telco relationship. It also hastened unwanted competition from other options, such as VoIP specialists. Ultimately, efforts to stall did not change the outcome.
telcos  sd-wan  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
AT&T taps Mirantis to update its Network Cloud for 5G | FierceWireless
Cloud platform provider Mirantis has won a three-year deal with AT&T to help the carrier build out the next generation of its Network Cloud for 5G. The companies aren’t providing an exact dollar amount of the deal except to say it’s worth more than $10 million.
att  mec  openstack  oran  onap  mirantis  linux  5g  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
pdvWireless, NREL to test private LTE for utilities - RCR Wireless News
PDVWireless has been seeking to support the use of private LTE for utilities and other industrial settings. It is a significant holder of 900 MHz spectrum. Back in the days of Nextel, Sprint used holdings in the 896-901/935-940 MHz to operate its iDEN network. In 2014, that Nextel spectrum was acquired by PDV, which is headed up by a number of former Nextel executives, including Nextel’s co-founders.
privatewireless  5g  lte  electricity  sprint  ovum  900mhz 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
T-Mobile stokes optimism for Sprint merger during earnings call | FierceWireless
As previously noted, T-Mobile’s branded postpaid phone churn came in at 0.99% during the quarter. “
t-mobile  churn  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
HPE primes new Edgeline 8000 system to lead its IT/OT convergence play
“The promise is you will have enterprise-class compute and management at the edge, no longer locked in data centres, alongside operational technologies that are already there. We have lifted all that out to the edge, to where the data is,” he sa
hpe  mec  iot  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
European IoT market revenues to expand by 19.8% y-o-y in 2019: IDC
The industries that are forecast to spend the most on IoT solutions in 2019 are discrete manufacturing ($20 billion), utilities ($19 billion), retail ($16 billion), and transportation ($15 billion)
iot  forecast  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Cloud-Computing Giants Keep Growing Despite Slowdown Fears - Bloomberg
Part of the disconnect between cloud providers’ upbeat outlook and the caution from Intel and Micron could boil down to differing expectations for what happens when a wave of data centers under construction come online.
cloud  datacentre  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Google Cloud Platform annual revenue run rate remains a mystery and that's a shame | ZDNet
GCP isn't updating its annual revenue and a cynical observer would say there's a good reason for that: GCP's revenue doesn't stack up to its rivals yet
googlecloud  vmware  10k-watch  ovum  cloud 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
All Build UK contractors miss 30-day payment target again | Construction Enquirer
No Build UK major contractor members are paying their bills within 30-days.
sme  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Marek’s Take: Will fixed 5G be a broadband savior for wireless operators? | FierceWireless
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg explained that his company’s move to standardized fixed 5G hit a glitch because 5G NR chipsets for smartphones will take precedence over 5G NR chipsets for customer premises equipment (CPE), which is what is used in fixed deployments
fwa  verizon  5g  ovum 
6 weeks ago by yorksranter
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