Author: Hugh Kelly

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Private Islands of 5G

Manufacturing is seen as a major vertical market for 5G services. Process control is time sensitive and therefore latency dependent. That makes for an ideal use case for edge computing combined with URLLC.  Sensor data is also common in large manufacturing environments as factory floors and large plants become more digitized.  5G was designed to

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Convergence in the New Service Edge, Part 3

We started our series, Convergence in the New Service Edge, with a discussion on how 4G and 5G will have to coexist in the same transport network. In Part 2, we discussed how that transport network will support fixed as well as wireless traffic. 5G services are different. In this installment, we want to take

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Convergence in the New Service Edge, Part 2

We started our series, Convergence in the New Service Edge, with a discussion on how 4G and 5G will have to coexist in the same transport network. Convergence goes beyond wireless. Many operators offer both fixed and mobile services. However, wireline and wireless access services have typically been served by completely different aggregation and core

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Convergence in the New Service Edge: Part 1

Convergence, the integration of wireline and wireless technologies into a single network infrastructure, gets a lot of attention for good reason. Operators need to reduce costs to maintain profitability in the face of increasing traffic and declining price per bit. There are significant economies of scale in both CapEx and OpEx by consolidating onto a

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