Category Archives: 5G

Confused by 5G news headlines? Why you are not alone

Vassily_Kandinsky,_1913_-_Composition_7Do you like abstract paintings? Such paintings are inherently open to interpretation. Different people perceive different things, and most uninitiated observers may just see a ‘messy’ picture. But there is logic and design behind – at least some – abstract paintings. This is the case with 5G too. Following vague news and misleading announcements, 5G currently resembles an abstract painting. But the ambiguous or ‘messy’ 5G picture can become clearer if we look into 5 key areas of confusion. The trials blur The tsunami of news about 5G trials has mainly focused on the 5G new radio (NR). With standardization […]  More >>

What 5G is about: an alternative view

wordHow much do you know about 5G? Have you been following the relentless flow of 5G news? If you were to choose 5 words to describe 5G, which ones would you pick? It would be interesting to see what you think 5G is about. But what if we were to ask those who have absolutely no knowledge of 5G and would play such a word game without any preconception, just for fun? As discussed with 2 friends who needed to entertain a group of primary school children at a party, the following game could potentially be exciting: Use a one-page […]  More >>

5G may be closer than you think…

5G is on it's way, but is it almost here?At the end of last month, the inaugural 5G World event took place in London. Over two days packed with presentations, discussions and demos, this conference and exhibition event focused on the next exciting chapter of mobile communication: 5G. The event was also an opportunity for me to participate as a speaker, and share Amdocs’ vision and capabilities in a panel discussion on Test & Measurement for 5G networks. All panel participants agreed on the high-level methodologies required to address the challenges of 5G, which include concepts such as antenna array beam-forming. There was also unanimous agreement on the assertion […]  More >>

The weakest link in customer experience, and the network of the future

network problems  On a cloudy Sunday evening last month, a group of us were watching a film at a friend’s house. Our host had purchased the film from a popular online content provider and was streaming it using his Wi-Fi router, laptop and TV. We were all glued to the screen when disaster struck: after approximately an hour, at a key point in the film, the image pixelated. And less than a minute later, it froze… Reactions in the room were mixed: “there were network issues in the area last week”, “it must be this old laptop”, “a neighbor is using […]  More >>

Service provider CTOs need to rethink who their customers are

Bernt Ostergaard finalGuest post by Bernt Ostergaard, independent analyst at Quocirca When a major service provider with strong system integration services like Deutsche Telekom promotes its OpenStack Telekom Cloud emphasizing reduced vendor lock-in, corporate IT customers should take note. Similarly, when the heaviest users of Internet bandwidth like Netflix decide to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for their global streaming video service, service provider CTOs should review their networks’ capabilities and limitations. On one side, leading service providers are realizing that they don’t own the enterprise customer; on the other, enterprise customers are coming to the realization that the carrier WAN infrastructure may […]  More >>

5G: solving all the CTO’s problems?

VoLTE with Caroline GabrielGuest post from Caroline Gabriel, independent analyst, Rethink Technology Research.  Just weeks after the 3GPP kicked off its initial work on 5G standards, we are already hearing talk about ‘pre-5G’ or ‘proto-5G’ deployments; a second wave of standards (before the first has been defined); and forecasts for subscriber numbers (150 million in the first year, apparently). All this is terribly familiar – just as in 4G, there is a barrage of hype and false expectations, which will be followed by a cold reckoning, when mobile operators realize that they have no clear idea how to turn all those shiny new […]  More >>

What 5G Won’t Fix

crack on the glassWe are creeping up on, arguably, the most transformative generation of mobile services this world has ever seen – 5G. With 5G deployments expected within the next five years, network engineers must begin planning and preparing now. And if history repeats itself, there will not only be network improvements, but also the creation of disruptive technologies that could not have been planned for or even imagined. So, what exactly is 5G and what are the main drivers behind it? First off, we should take a look at the current network issues 5G aims to fix. On one hand, it’s needed […]  More >>