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5G Analytics: A Tale of Modular Internet Architectures and Proprietary Telco Systems

Impending 5G networks are expected to enable new services and pave the way for personalized user configuration and new growth from industrial and enterprise verticals. A key difference between 5G and previous network generations lies in its need to tightly integrate applications at the service layer with structured/unstructured data repositories. This is expected to deliver significant value for Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) in building data-driven services, but first they ought to rethink how they run their operations and how to modify their data strategies accordingly.

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Multiple Technologies Converge to Boost the Wireless Infrastructure Market to US$32 Billion by 2025

The global RAN (Radio Access Network) baseband and small cell equipment market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 8% to exceed US$32 billion in 2025. According to a new report published by ABI Research, these sales take into account both outdoor and indoor RAN equipment including macro basebands, outdoor small cells, indoor small cells, and DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems).

“Multiple technologies are converging in today’s RAN as network operators move to densify macro networks with small cells, tackle in-building wireless and evolve to new technologies such as 5G, LAA (Licensed Assisted Access), unlicensed and shared spectrum technologies such as OnGo in the United States, and MulteFire,” said Nick Marshall, Research Director. “These transitions are occurring against a backdrop of continuous technology evolution as networks upgrade to include MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output), Massive MIMO, 256 QAM, and carrier aggregation,” continued Marshall. Read more

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Stuart Carlaw
Stuart Carlaw
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5G Will Not Be ‘The Network of Networks’ for Enterprise Verticals

5G is being positioned as a “network of networks” that will encompass public and private components, licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and even expand beyond cellular, to satellite communications. But in reality, 5G will only be one component of the enterprise vertical technology stack, states ABI Research in its whitepaper, The Five Myths of 5G.

“The telco industry has somewhat designed 5G as a technology that will complement, or even replace, several other competing communication technologies. This is, in fact, built into the standard: 5G includes eMBB, Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC), and Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) use cases. The first use case on this list, eMBB, builds on previous cellular generations, while URLLC can enable Time Sensitive Networks (TSNs), and can replace proprietary protocols and even Industrial Ethernet,” explains Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer. mMTC is positioned to unify cellular IoT technologies into one system and introduce connectivity for millions of different types of IoT devices. In theory and according to its specification, 5G will enable connectivity that ranges from low power, low data rates, to ultra-high bandwidth and low latency, all under one system. Read more

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Industrial Sector Drives Artificial Intelligence Applications for Increased Efficiency, Reduced Costs

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The total installed base of AI-enabled devices in industrial manufacturing will show a compound annual growth rate of nearly 65% through 2024.

US manufacturers have been aggressive with the adoption of industrial AI solutions; this has given birth to pure-play AI players in the US and will keep the US as the global leader in industrial AI solutions for some time to come. Over time, however, China will catch up, as investments are poured into AI and related technologies, says Lian Jye Su, Principal Analyst at ABI Research.

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Microsoft's Surface Earbuds is a Pricey, Strange-Looking AirPods Rival


The Surface Earbuds, unveiled during Microsoft's big product event in New York, could easily be mistaken for gauges, or edgy ear piercings that people slowly acclimate their ears to. But the Earbuds face steep competition: at $90 more than the starting price of AirPods, one of Apple's most beloved products, it will be hard to gain traction in an already saturated market filled with cheaper options. Amazon has a set of earbuds. So does Samsung.

"Microsoft may still have some way to go if it wants to compete with other devices fully," Stephanie Tomsett, wearables analyst at tech advisory firm ABI told CNN Business. "The design is rather bulky, which will likely put off some potential customers. And, they are slightly pricier than other similar devices."

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