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China's Top Mobile Carriers Harmonizing Efforts to Expedite 5G Deployment

Right on the heels of receiving official licenses to launch commercial 5G networks in June, China Telecom and China Unicom have struck an agreement to build and share network infrastructure to execute this vision. A shared network infrastructure would help circumvent the obstacles of 5G deployment by leveraging the synergies of their combined resources:

  • The two companies would be sharing 5G frequency bands to ensure their users’ accessibility to either of their 5G networks.
  • Despite having complementary bands—200 MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band—their brands and businesses will remain independent.
  • China Unicom will build 5G infrastructure in 8 provinces in northern China while China Telecom will oversee 17 provinces in the south.
  • China Unicom and China Telecom will also share the responsibilities in building 5G networks in 15 major cities (Beijing, Shanghai, etc.). The construction responsibilities of 5G base stations will be based on the current number of 4G base stations the companies control in each city.
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Michael Inouye
Michael Inouye
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5G and New Services Will Push Cloud Gaming Market to US$4.5 Billion and 42 Million Active Cloud Gaming Users By 2024

The cloud gaming market is expected to begin ramping up in concert with the expansion of 5G and the arrival of new cloud gaming services. Growth will come from both existing and new gamers who will find value in exchanging service fees for upfront hardware costs, increased device flexibility, and in some cases, higher quality visuals. By 2024, there will be over 42 million active cloud gaming users, and the overall market revenue is expected to reach US$4.5 billion, states ABI Research. Despite a robust 61.7% CAGR (2018 to 2024), the cloud gaming market will still represent a relatively small segment of the overall gaming landscape through this forecasting window.

“Google Stadia has brought a great deal of attention to cloud gaming, but the market has a deeper history and already has a growing list of companies operating in the space, serving both consumers and business customers, including telcos and pay-TV operators. While technical and behavioral aspects of the market are in a much better place today, the greatest competitive hurdle remains the incumbent gaming platforms, which will lead to a more protracted transition to the cloud,” comments Michael Inouye, Principal Analyst.

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Maite Bezerra
Maite Bezerra
Research Analyst

Amazon Ranks Number One in ABI Research's Connected Car Cloud Platform Competitive Assessment, Followed by Microsoft and Harman

The total value of the connected car cloud market will reach US$193 million by the end of 2019 and Amazon and Microsoft are leading the way according to ABI Research. It's just released Connected Car Cloud Platform Competitive Assessment finds that Amazon currently leads the connected car cloud platform market in both innovation and implementation.  Microsoft took a very close second, with Harman behind in third place. Together, the three account for 70% of the connected car cloud platform market share. HERE leads the market challengers’ group, ahead of Google, in fourth place.

 “OEMs are searching for highly scalable and stable platforms coupled with specialized solutions using cutting-edge technology from vendors that do not seek to fight them for market share or brand loyalty. None of the analyzed vendors have achieved this yet, although AWS and Microsoft are close. Additionally, perhaps for lack of expertise in software development, some OEMs prefer convenience over excessive customization,” states Maite Bezerra, Research Analyst.

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Amazon's Ant-Size Competition in Designing the Warehouse of the Future

CNBC

The growth of e-commerce has put enormous demands on warehouses and fulfillment centers. E-commerce orders are typically made up of a random assortment of individual items. Consumers can easily compare prices before placing an order and then expect the items on their doorstep within a few days. All these shifts are forcing change in the traditional retail supply chain.

“E-commerce providers have moved the goal post as far as getting products to customers. They’ve invested a lot in robots,” said Rian Whitton, senior analyst at ABI Research. ABI forecasts 4 million commercial robots will be installed in 50,000 warehouses by 2025, up from 4,000 warehouses using robots in 2018.

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They Left Facebook to Make an App That Will Spice Up Your Instagram Stories

CNN Business

A group of former Instagram and Facebook employees have rolled out a new app called Chroma Stories that capitalizes on social media trends at a pace far faster than what's rolled out by Instagram and Facebook. Flagship social platforms can notoriously take months or even years to push new features to the mainstream.

Startups generally have the ability to grow faster than a large organization and can put out a new product faster because the focus is typically more narrow, according to Eleftheria Kouri, an analyst at ABI Research.

"They don't have internal delays," she said. "They don't have multiple boards, and all these things that can delay a decision."

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