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In addressing the global digital divide, there’s no silver bullet

In the massive effort to connect the billions of people without reliable access to broadband, there is no singular solution that can be delivered by one company or government. Bridging the digital divide doesn’t just have to do with the transport, core, or radio...

Open Networking Foundation, Sprint develop open source mobile core

Open Mobile Evolved Core is part of the larger CORD project In 2017, Sprint worked with Intel Labs on an open source mobile core dubbed C3PO--Clean CUPS Core for Packet Optimization with CUPS meaning Control and User Plane Separation. Now, Sprint took that work and...

Prepping for 5G, T-Mobile US completes vEPC build

FCC pauses shot clock related to Sprint, T-Mobile US merger In a week of 5G-related world firsts, T-Mobile US got into the mix by announcing completion of the "world's largest" virtualized evolved packet core. Cisco provided SDN tools for the vEPC, which T-Mo says covers...

Nokia deploys its largest cloud packet core for Vodafone India

Cloud packet core will support nearly 8 million subs Bangalore, India, a tech hub in the rapidly developing subcontinent, just got a little more connected with Vodafone India's deployment of a Nokia cloud packet core that will support some 7.8 million enterprise and consumer users. Vodafone...

Dell’Oro: Carrier capex expected to climb this year

Carrier capital spending is expected to pick up this year after an investment lull,  according to new analysis from Dell'Oro Group. "After two consecutive years of declining capex trends, we believe there are reasons to be optimistic about the future," wrote Stefan Pongratz, Dell'Oro's lead...

Evolution to 5G is marked by move to the edge

Mavenir SVP highlights 5G bandwidth, latency benefits Early deployments of commercial 5G services will look more like really fast LTE services, according to John Baker, Mavenir SVP, Business Development. During an interview with RCR Wireless News during Mobile World Congress 2018, Baker said 5G will...

Oracle: Microservices, network slices key to 5G operator efficiency

RFIs for 5G core are coming out now; RFPs to follow in 2019, Oracle VP says 5G, for operators, is all about efficiency and flexibility--lowering the cost per bit per hertz of data transported by optimizing network and spectrum resources, and using automation to do...

Ericsson releases spec-compliant 5G NR platform

In December 2017, 3GPP finalized the non-standalone 5G New Radio (NR) specification, which uses the LTE radio and core network in tandem with a new 5G carriers. The standalone 5G NR specification, set to be finalized in mid-2018, will establish a new 5G NR...

VodafoneZiggo eyes network slicing contracting Ericsson

VodafoneZiggo awards Ericsson evolved packet core contract VodafoneZiggo, a joint venture between Vodafone Netherlands and Ziggo, announced it has awarded Ericsson an evolved packet core contract. As part of the collaboration, VodafoneZiggo will deploy Ericsson’s virtual Evolved Packet Core on its common cloud infrastructure within...

Vodafone India selects Nokia for network managed services

Nokia contract valued at $210 million and includes the core and radio networks; Vodafone India also contracts with Huawei and Ericsson. Vodafone India awarded Nokia a multi-year contract extension worth $210 million covering the delivery of managed services in multiple telecom circles. The scope...

Telstra network outages probed with vendor Ericsson

In the past two months, customers of Australian mobile carrier Telstra have experienced network outages of varying degrees of severity prompting Telstra and primary equipment vendor Ericsson to launch a review process. Last month, Telstra's 16.7 million customers lost voice and data service nationwide. According...

AIS launches VoLTE services nationwide in Thailand

Thai operator plans to launch VoLTE-enabled phones with Huawei Thai mobile operator Advanced Info Service launched commercial voice-over-LTE services across all 77 provinces in the country, according to an announcement from the company. The operator said the VoLTE service offers customers with capable devices access to...

Alcatel-Lucent deploys IP core for NTT DoCoMo

IP platform will enable the Japanese firm to manage increasing data demand French telecom equipment provider Alcatel-Lucent plans to deploy its IP core/edge routing platform – the 7950 Extensible Routing System – for Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo. The deployment is said to enable...

Combined Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent announces organizational plan

Business will be divided into mobile networks, fixed networks, applications and analytics, and IP/optical networks Ahead of finalizing its planned merger with Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia on Oct. 7 announced its intended organizational structure, which will be adopted once the $16.5 billion deal is closed. The two telecom...

Ericsson continues to push TV, media solutions

ATLANTA – Focused on enabling network operators to keep up with customer demand for mobile video, Ericsson is emphasizing its various solution platforms including LTE Broadcast and the Media Delivery Network. The Swedish hardware and software supplier was in Atlanta for the 2015 Competitive Carriers...

Nokia, Coriant to demo SON for mobile backhaul

Nokia plans unveiling for Mobile World Congress in March Nokia Networks have partnered to deploy what the companies are billing as the first-ever intelligent self-organizing network to mobile backhaul. The two companies will demonstrate the technology at Mobile World Congress, set for March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain. SON...

2015 Predictions: Virtual EPC set for 2015

Editor’s Note: With 2015 now upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from leading industry analysts and executives on what they expect to see in the new year. There’s no question about why evolved packet core has lived such a fruitful life: mobile networks...

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