What Comes Next?

No business strategy lasts forever. Five decades ago, profits were driven by long distance calling and the base business was selling monopoly voice to everyone. Sometime in the 1980s the revenue and profit growth shifted from fixed network long distance to mobility. Fixed network operators [...]

Is Private 5G Boon or Bane for Mobile Operators?

It is at present very difficult to determine whether private 5G, operated by enterprises or neutral host providers will, on balance, help or harm mobile service provider revenues. One might use the analogy of Wi-Fi, historically the province of private networks, as an example. It is doubtful if [...]

5G Revenue Gains Will be Slight, At First

Way too much is made of near-term potential revenue gains for mobile service providers because of 5G. Keep in mind that nearly every 5G account replaces an existing 4G account. When a 5G account generates more revenue for a mobile service provider, it might sometimes be for a mix of reasons, [...]

Early SpaceX Test in North America?

One often thinks of satellite communications being most valuable for reaching customers in highly isolated locations where fixed networks are impossible to build or merely too expensive. That often includes wide parts of the developing world. But SpaceX might get an early test of demand for its [...]

Millimeter Wave is the Future

It never is too difficult to find somebody criticizing the use of millimeter wave spectrum for 5G, even if there is less skepticism  about millimeter wave usefulness for 5G than was the case five years ago. A decade ago, rational observers might have argued that millimeter wave frequencies were [...]

5G Future Forum Wants Global IoT Using 5G

América Móvil, KT, Rogers, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone have formed the 5G Future Forum to develop interoperable 5G specifications–including mobile edge computing–across key geographic regions, including the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The 5G Future Forum says it will focus [...]

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