Webscale Meets Mobile Wireless

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1Q 2019 | IN-5383


Webscale Alternatives to MNO/MSO Wireless Emerge


As discussed in our recent ABI Research Executive Foresight, “5G Emerging as Competitive Arena for Mobile Broadband, Cable, and Fixed Wireless,” Multiple System Operators (MSOs), or cable companies, are entering the wireless space. The ecosystem is changing, with another group of emerging competitors vying for a share of the lucrative revenue from mobile subscribers—the longtime sole purview of the Mobile Network Operator (MNO).

One of the first signposts that tells us that we stand at the verge of this change is the emergence of the United States Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), marketed as OnGo. Generating much interest from MNOs and MSOs, the OnGo technology is also attracting interest from webscale giant Amazon.

Amazon announced that a collaboration with ARRIS’ Ruckus (an OnGo small cell and Wi-Fi access point vendor), Federated Wireless (a CBRS Spectrum Access System operator), and Athonet (a cloud-based Evolved Packet Core (EPC) vendor) will be used to deliver a cloud-based private LTE network based on OnGo…

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