5G & Mobile Network Infrastructure

Mobile Network Infrastructure delivers end-to-end coverage of the infrastructure with a strong emphasis on access networks and enabling technologies, as well as the data traffic flowing across these networks. Our coverage includes radio access topologies from antennas, base stations, and access points to supporting front-haul, back-haul technologies. We pay special focus to innovative technology deployments for indoor and outdoor networks operating under both licensed and unlicensed spectrums, including MIMO, massive MIMO and beamforming, distributed antenna systems, carrier aggregation, new waveforms, and new modulation schemes.

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RF Power Semiconductor Devices for Mobile Wireless Infrastructure: Device Analysis for Macro Base Stations, Remote Radio Heads and Active

RF power amplifiers (RFPA) are integral parts of all basestations for cellular and mobile wireless infrastructure. They represent one of the most expensive component sub-assemblies in modern wireless infrastructure equipment, and both their performance and cost are important drivers in basestation design. Efficiency, physical size, linearity, and reliability are among the principal concerns. As price pressures become fiercer, new and innovative techniques and materials must be used to reduce the cost of this important component part while still maintaining performance.


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Too Much Fragmentation is Decelerating European 5G Deployments

1Q 2019

The world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress (MWC), took place in Barcelona in the last week of February with more than 109,000 attendees. The main event was launched 32 years ago as GSM World Congress, and, as the most significant annual gathering of the telecommunication industry today, the extent of the exhibitors present always provides a good snapshot of the telecommunication industry Twenty years ago, European mobile service providers (MSPs), infrastructure vendors, and device manufacturers (such as Alcatel, Ericsson, Nokia, and Siemens) clearly dominated MWC, and Europe was at the forefront of 2G capable devices and network deployments. More recently, however, European dominance of the equipment vendor market has ceased, as Chinese vendors have risen and Europe-based MSPs have performed poorly in the last decade compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world. This trend doesn’t seem likely to change soon: ABI Research expects the lowest mobile service revenue growth between 2019 and 2023 to be in Eastern Europe (1.2%) and Western Europe (1.8%), while North American (5.2%), African (4.6%), and/or Middle Eastern (4.8%) rivals are expected to do significantly better.


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5G for Consumer and Industrial Applications

5G discussions are currently focused on creating a faster network, but the revolution will happen with 5G will allow mobile service providers to address industrial applications. Despite the wide agreement that this will likely introduce a wave of new business opportunities, mobile service providers don’t yet understand the technologies, operational models and culture that 5G will require. They are now trying to understand what end markets need and test new business models, which will mature by the time 5G is fully deployed.

This webinar will present current 5G market activities, and what key mobile service providers are planning to do in the initial stages of commercial deployments, mostly focusing on consumer applications and enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB). The webinar will then discuss industrial applications, where the market landscape is very different: connectivity is just a tiny element of industrial technology systems. Operators need to move away from connectivity-centric industrial strategies, otherwise they will find it hard to convince industrial implementers of the value proposition of their products and services.

This webinar will address the following questions:

  • What are the most recent developments in the 5G market landscape?
  • What aspects of 5G will be deployed in the next 5 years?
  • What industrial applications are possible with 4G and other technologies today? What is not?
  • How can MSPs prepare for industrial telecoms?
  • Which market will lead 5G industrial applications?