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The era of AI: Investments today will begin to yield very real business and operational benefits for service providers (Reader Forum)

Vendors and communication service providers (CSP) have been discussing the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) for some time now, but so far it has amounted to little more than talking points. However, with 5G networks coming online around the globe, advanced use cases being...

Kagan: Xfinity, AT&T expansion slows during COVID-19

Over the last year, it looks like everything has flip-flopped, at least temporarily. Thanks to COVID-19, carriers who were expanding beyond their traditional core, who looked like their growth was unlimited, today are being impacted by some of their new acquisitions and are struggling...

COVID-19 sent 2020 cloud infrastructure revenue through the roof

Synergy Research Group Analyst: '2020 ended with a bang for the cloud infrastructure market' Enterprises spent more than $37 billion on cloud infrastructure services in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to data from Synergy Research Group. The results represent a $4 billion increase from...

The global economic value of Wi-Fi will hit $5 trillion by 2025: Report

The Wi-Fi Alliance: 'The value of Wi-Fi will reach $3.3 trillion this year' The Wi-Fi Alliance published a recent report that 2021 will see the current annual global economic value of Wi-Fi will reach $3.3 trillion. The report further suggests that Wi-Fi value will climb...

AT&T Business CEO reflects on 5G’s first year: ‘We sit in a stronger place today’

2021 will see more cell site deployments and the transition to standalone 5G At CES 2021, Dan Littmann from Deloitte Consulting spoke with AT&T Business’ CEO Anne Chow and Qualcomm’s Senior VP of Corporate Engineering Alejandro Holcman about 5G’s first year, as well as what’s...

Ookla: How did the network hold up in 2020?

2020 was a tough year for humans -- and for networks. As daily lives were interrupted and people stayed home rather than travel or gather for work, school or entertainment, there was an accompanying flip-flop in network traffic patterns: Far more reliance on a...

Verizon CEO talks next-level 5G applications in CES keynote

Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg kicked off this year’s (virtual) CES with a keynote that emphasized not only the numerous applications of 5G technology, but also the power of many of these emerging applications to bring experiences into our homes, a notion that has become...

Well, technically… the supply chain is about building relationships, even during COVID-19: Cambium Networks’ Ann Deardorff (Ep. 24)

Cambium Networks' Vice President of Supply Chain Ann Deardorff comes on the podcast to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted the global wireless supply chain. She also looks to the future as we begin a new year.

Well, technically… fixed access broadband has been our lifeline: Nokia’s Sandy Motley (Ep. 23)

Nokia's President of Fixed Networks Sandy Motley discusses the role that fixed access broadband has played during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Nokia and other industry leaders have responded to the crisis. She also shares what her favorite piece of technology is. (Spoiler: It's...

Telecom is weathering the pandemic relatively well: GSMA Intelligence

The telecom sector has not been hit as hard as others by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and mobile operators in some hard-hit countries are even flourishing as demand for network connectivity soars, according to a new report from GSMA Intelligence. "Because of...

Cisco to acquire cloud communications software company IMImobile

Cisco will acquire cloud communications software and service company IMImobile for approximately $730 million, a move that will allow Cisco to provide its business customers with an end-to-end customer interaction management solution. IMImobile’s software and services allow enterprises and organizations to stay constantly connected to...

Verizon calls for kindness as COVID-19’s impact continues

As 2020 is coming to a close, many are reflecting on a particularly challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic forced much of the world inside, where we tried to continue our work, our schooling and our lives from inside our homes. However, there are also...

WBA OpenRoaming standard garners impressive industry interest, survey finds

79% of service providers, equipment manufacturers and enterprises have adopted or plan to adopt the WBA OpenRoaming standard The Wireless Broadband Alliance’s (WBA) OpenRoaming system was only introduced last May, and yet, a recent survey revealed that nearly four out of five (79%) of service...

Staying connected—wireless connectivity in an ever-changing world (Reader Forum)

From remote work to home-based education, wireless connectivity allows us to quickly adapt in an ever-changing world You may have just finished an online videoconference from your home office, helped your kids log in for a remote class at the kitchen table and are taking...

AT&T sees wave of LAN upgrades driven by new wireless technologies

Wi-Fi 6 and software-defined LAN capabilities are driving digital transformation, says AT&T The Wireless Broadband Alliance held its Wireless Global Congress this past week where speakers discussed a number of critical topics relating to Wi-Fi and the future of wireless connectivity, such as OpenRoaming and...

AT&T Q3 results stronger than expected with HBO, wireless subscriber gains

AT&T added more than 5 million domestic wireless net adds in Q3 During the AT&T 2020 Q3 earnings call, the latest quarter was summed up as follows: strong connectivity results; business transformation on track; and improved cash flow. Digging deeper into these assessments shows that...

Five connectivity trends emerging from 2020

2020 trends show a serious 'pivot' in connectivity testing RCR Wireless News caught up with test and measurement company Spirent Communications' head of 5G strategy, Steve Douglas, to discuss some of the connectivity trends that the company saw unfold throughout 2020, as well as what...

Students around the country need Congress and the FCC to act (Reader Forum)

  The coronavirus pandemic has placed schools across the United States in unprecedented circumstances. Thousands of schools are offering instruction exclusively online. Thousands more are operating with hybrid models that couple distance learning with time inside school buildings, an approach that likely will continue into...

Following tough year, the global 5G smartphone market predicted to see significant growth

The global 5G smartphone market saw a 'steep reduction' in demand during the first two quarters of 2020 A new study concludes that the global 5G smartphone market size is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 122.7% from 2020 to 2027....

DDoS attacks saw “radical change” and record levels in the first half, Netscout says

Netscout: COVID-19 "added rocket fuel to the growth in DDoS attacks" Cyber threats are shifting rapidly as attackers respond to the changing network conditions driven by the global coronavirus pandemic. In new analysis of dedicated denial of service attacks during the first half, network monitoring...

US networks bear up well under usage shifts, umlaut finds

U.S. wireline networks held up well overall under the network usage shifts associated with the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data from benchmarking and analysis company umlaut provided exclusively to RCR Wireless News. The one exception seems to be related to ultra-high-definition streaming, which...

Well, technically… use digital as a tool, not the end goal: Aparna Khurjekar, Verizon (Ep. 12)

On this week's episode, Verizon's Chief Customer Officer Aparna Khurjekar explores what being a leader in the communications industry has been like during COVID-19 and more specifically, how Verizon has approached delivering a more digital customer experience.

95% of gamers willing to pay more for 5G services if it means better playing

60% of gamers would pay 50% more a month for a better gaming experience With gaming being hailed as a killer use case for 5G, Ribbon Communications commissioned an independent study to explore just how “killer” we’re talking. RCR Wireless News caught up with Ribbon’s...

NFL’s UWB contact tracing sensors will operate in the C-Band this season

As many organization turn to tech to help in adjusting to operating during a global pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission has granted the National Football League permission to temporarily use C-Band spectrum during the 2020-2021 football season for low-power, body-worn wireless sensors for players...

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