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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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Purgatorio 7×7: A Discourse on Automation

Having left Inferno and entering the Purgatory proper, I am instructed to perform the ritual of washing the stains of Inferno off my face. We see that we have landed on a solitary island. The sun rises and the path climbs upwards. Virgil explains to me that there are seven terraces in Purgatorio and we

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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

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The New Service Edge

Volta has written a white paper on edge computing, has a web page on it, and did a webinar with Jennifer Clarke who covers cloud infrastructure & edge computing for Omdia/Heavy Reading.  Why is a routing vendor so focused on edge computing? Well, the answer is in the name. It is clear that edge computing

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Hard vs. Soft Network Slicing: What’s the Difference (Part 3)

In the previous two posts of these series, we first introduced network slicing in the context of 5G cellular networks, as a way to fulfill the heterogeneous requirements of diverse types of applications by determining how network resources are assigned to different types of application traffic. We then saw there are two mechanisms in 5G

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Hard vs. Soft Network Slicing: What’s the Difference (Part 2)

In the previous blog post, we introduced network slicing in the context of 5G cellular networks as a way to fulfill the heterogeneous requirements of diverse types of applications by determining how network resources are assigned to application traffic. We saw that network slicing needs to be available across all components of the 5G cellular

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Hard vs. Soft Network Slicing: What’s the Difference (Part 1)

In our recent webinar with Jennifer Clark of Heavy Reading, Leveraging the Cloud in the New 5G Edge, we discussed the importance of network slicing in 5G. And, we went into detail about the difference between hard and soft network slicing. The webinar is available on demand here. 5G supports a new generation of applications

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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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