Author: Hugh Kelly

Questions from the Webinar: Leveraging the Cloud in the New 5G Edge

Is it possible that one Radio Unit (RU) is shared by multiple operators and then their respective traffic goes to their respective DUs, CUs, and MC? RAN sharing allows operators to reduce their capital expenses by providing a way for operators to share the same base stations instead of building them out separately.  It is

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The Forecast is for Increasing Clouds

The cloud is getting its due in recent 5G news.  In our most recent post, we talked about the announcements of partnerships between the Big 3 in cloud and their spate of partnerships with mobile network operators (MNOs).  This brings the cloud platforms right into the mix for edge computing which is a major enabler

5G: Money Talks

In our blog post from last week, we talked about the various partnerships and alliances in the edge computing market. Then Verizon announced that it completed the first end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session in the US. They see these technologies as the foundation for wide-scale mobile edge computing and network slicing. Earlier this month,

Keeping Your Friends Close in the Edge

There has been a great deal of activity in the edge computing space.  Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), cell tower owner/operators, data center operator and content delivery networks are all positioning themselves to take advantage of this emerging market.  The motivations are clear. Enterprise customers have been able to use both cloud services as well as

Connecting Things in the New Edge

Gartner predicts that “edge computing will become a dominant factor across virtually all industries and use cases as the edge becomes empowered with more sophisticated and specialized compute resources and more data storage.” The main driver for this focus on the edge comes from the need for Internet of Things (IoT) systems to deliver disconnected

Questions from How to Futureproof your 5G Transport Network

This month, we are focused on virtual routing especially as it related to the new 5G service edge. We recently spoke on an Omdia webinar How to Futureproof your 5G Transport Network. We answered several questions that relate to virtual routing that we thought would be of broad interest. Question: Today, the 4G RUs and

Why Virtualization is Critical to 5G

5G opens up a new world to operators. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G subscriptions are forecast to reach 2.8 billion globally by the end of 2025  while GSMA Intelligence forecasts that total IoT connections will double between 2019 and 2025, reaching 24 billion. But what do MNOs need to get ready for the

The Impact of 5G on Peering

A great deal of attention is being paid to 5G RAN and transport. This makes sense because the greenfield buildout of small cell sites is will be significant.  The shorter range of 5G will drive the “densification” of small cell sites.  The Small Cell Forum estimates that the number of cell sites will grow from

Looking Back and Forward

As 2019 winds down, Volta has been asked several times about our thoughts on what was significant in 2019 and our predictions for 2020. In 2019, we saw the tipping point in service providers moving to open networking from legacy infrastructure. The key was the availability of carrier-grade switching ASICs from vendors like Broadcom. A

Virtual Routing and 5G Transport: Your Questions from the Webinar

On December 10, Volta and Fujitsu co-sponsored a webinar hosted by IHS Markit featuring Heidi Adams, Executive Director, Network Infrastructure Research.  Our topic was Virtual Routing in 5G Transport.  Attendees received a special report authored by Heidi. If you missed it, you watch it on-demand here and download the report, the slides and several other