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Will 5G Produce Expected “Big New Revenue Streams?”

To the extent some have concerns about the 5G business model, there are reasons for that concern. Only 56 percent of respondents to a survey commissioned by TIA believe 5G will significantly transform mobile broadband. The rest of the survey respondents obviously do not believe 5G will “significantly transform” mobile broadband access. Granted, much hinges […]

5G is Likely to Drive Edge Cloud Computing

Though 5G often is considered the next mobile air interface, it also is enabled by core network virtualization and even could play a part in boosting edge computing, as mobile networks are used to support many new internet of things applications. For example, today’s service providers have cloud computing requirements to support their own network […]

How Can More Competition Happen in Philippines Mobile Market?

A research paper produced by four professors suggests that, in the Philippines, it will be hard to create more competition beyond the two providers (Globe and PLDT) that now divide the market, unless a government-funded wholesale network is created. But they suggest competition is needed. The Philippines prices represent consumer costs at 5.9 percent of gross […]

“Connectivity is Not as Asset”

Mobile data services clearly have been a product that compensates for lost voice and messaging revenues. But there are issues. It remains unclear whether mobile data can be monetized on a sustainable basis, as average revenue per account continues to fall. Granted, there is some increase in usage, or increases in speed, that could help […]

5G Might See Losers, Not Just Winners

To a greater degree than has been the case in the past, 5G success will be uneven: offering bigger potential financial rewards to the bigger service providers and possibly even some financial distress for smaller operators. The reason is that smaller operators will be able to monetize access services, while the larger operators might (should) […]

5G Business Model is a Challenge

There is a good reason at least some observers are concerned about the on-rushing 5G era: uncertain but potentially-big new revenue streams will first require a big level of investment. “Despite the potential for substantial returns, the business case for the investment required for the deployment of 5G is not yet established,” the report duly […]

What 5G Will Change

The 5G network should be different than prior mobile generations for many reasons. It should become the first generation of mobile networks to enable use by machines, sensors and servers, rather than humans. Faster and lower-latency mobile broadband will be a feature humans will notice, to be sure. But the primary new categories of usage […]

5G Will Drive Edge Computing

Though 5G often is considered the next mobile air interface, it also is enabled by core network virtualization and even could play a part in boosting edge computing, as mobile networks are used to support many new internet of things applications. For example, today’s service providers have cloud computing requirements to support their own network […]

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