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Zeetta Networks Underpinning 5G ENCODE with Network Slicing

Zeetta Networks was formed in 2015, having been spun-out from the University of Bristol’s High-Performance Networking group and today employs 30 individuals. Despite COVID-19 necessitating a reduction in the numbers of staff Zeetta can have working in the NCC, the company is confident that the project will still be able to show tangible results in September 2020, as outlined back in February.

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The State of Machine Learning-as-a-Service in Industrial and Manufacturing

In order to better visualize the positioning of different AI vendors in industrial and manufacturing, ABI Research has formulated the following schematic diagram to highlight these niches in the industrial AI value chain:

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Ghost Kitchens Changing Industry and Fueling Last Mile/Block/Yard

These ghost kitchens, also known as dark, virtual, cloud, or commissary kitchens, are virtual; orders are enabled through websites and apps. They may either develop meals for a specific restaurant brand, like Famous Dave’s or PF Chang’s, a more localized restaurant group, or numerous online-only branded “restaurants” that do not have a Brick-and-Mortar (B&M) presence. 

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Rakuten’s Platform Offering Adds Momentum to the Telco Trend toward Modularity and Disaggregation

While Rakuten’s 5G launch, initially meant for June 2020, has been delayed by three months due to COVID-19, Rakuten has been active in having talks with governments around the world about RCP, with talking points centering around security and providing connectivity for rural areas using the platform.

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5G Release 16 Reliable Communications for Enterprise Verticals

The manufacturing world and several other enterprise verticals are anticipating this release with great interest. In fact, many industries are halting their technology choices until R16 equipment is market ready.

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Kateryna Dubrova
Kateryna Dubrova
Research Analyst

IoT Partner Program Parents Are Expanding Their Stacks Toward the Edge

In its recent analysis ranking 637 companies on their IoT service capabilities and partner programs, ABI Research found that parents of partner programs are continuing their long history of partnering with system integrators and professional services providers to enable offering full-scale end-to-end IoT solutions.

“The research shows that over 70% of the analyzed partnerships provide data-enabled solutions, such as edge intelligence, streaming analytics, advanced analytics, and data science consulting services. IoT data is increasing in value, contributing to operational insights and data-driven decision making. So far in 2020, there is an increasing number of IoT edge suppliers partnering with the partner program parents, such as AWS, Cisco, SAP, IBM, and Microsoft. This indicates a departure from the traditional cloud-centric model and greater accessibility of edge technology in the IoT ecosystem,” explains Kateryna Dubrova, Research Analyst.

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Rian Whitton
Rian Whitton
Senior Analyst

Cloud Computing will be the Great Enabler of Mobile Robotics and a US$157.8 billion service opportunity by 2030

Though only in its nascent stages, the value of cloud infrastructure to robots is key for both deployment (encompassing development, configuration, and installment) and operation (maintenance, analytics, and control). With the popularization of mobile robotics in a wide range of verticals, it will become necessary to utilize the computing power of cloud infrastructure to store and manage the vast troves of collected data as well as to train more advanced algorithms used to power robot cognition. ABI Research forecasts the robot-related services powered by cloud computing will reach US$157.8 billion in annual revenue by 2030.

Since 1961, most commercial robots have been wired or tied to external infrastructure for movement. The next generation of robot deployments will be increasingly mobile, tied to cellular and WIFI connectivity, will consume vast troves of data in order to operate autonomously, and will need effective management through real-time measurements for performance, status and operability,” said Rian Whitton, Senior Analyst. Several cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, have begun collaborating with robotics developers, while start-ups like InOrbit target cloud-enabled operations for the first major deployment of mobile service robots.

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State of the self-service analytics market

TechTarget

Self-service analytics is evolving to meet the needs of modern enterprises. Instead of running static reports or simply visualizing data, users can now type natural language queries that make interacting with data even easier. And the results literally speak for themselves in the form of narrated data visualizations.

"Generic prebuilt SaaS tends to be relevant for enterprises at the early stage of their automation and digital transformation," said Kateryna Dubrova, research analyst at ABI Research. "As firms progress and display more need for analytics and data management functions, the degree of customization and potential vendor lock-in are important considerations."

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Why Open RAN is so vital

RCR Wireless News (written by ABI Research Director Dimitris Mavrakis)

Several market developments are proving that the telco domain is ripe for change and for innovation and, in fact, needs it. Geopolitical concerns are restricting the number of vendors able to deploy 4G and 5G networks in certain regions, while several mobile operators now state that the established vendor lock-in is restricting innovation and does not allow more favorable horizontal market conditions. Reliance on a few select and very large vendors creates not just market and financial risk for mobile operators, but systemic risk for the overall telco landscape in the United States and other countries.

Open RAN is an answer to these challenges, aiming to open interfaces within the mobile network and allow a transition from a limited number of verticalized vendors promoting proprietary “end-to-end” solutions to an open market of “best-of-breed” system designs offered by numerous vendors.

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