Posts about 5G

Amid all of the technological and architectural changes taking place in data infrastructure heading into 2019, the elephant in the room is the internet of things. Even without the prospect of millions – no, billions – of connected devices feeding data back to processing centers, and vice versa, the world was on a trajectory of exponentially larger volumes every year. Now, that process has been kicked into even higher gear, and networks are on the front lines in the effort to keep it all on track ...

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By the end of 2018, fixed broadband is expected to reach a major milestone – one billion served – supporting nearly 50 percent of total households around the globe. While this number pales in comparison to mobile broadband at nearly six billion subscribers (per Ericsson Mobility Report – November 2018) its significance cannot be overlooked ...

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Synchronizing distributed network architecture is a major challenge. Highly accurate phase delivery at aggregation sites is becoming more and more vital with the growth of IoT and the emergence of 5G applications. But the aggregation site can be a tough environment for grandmaster clocks. Firstly, it requires timing technology with new levels of power, size and cost optimization, integrated with a highly scalable network management system. Grandmasters need to be ruggedized and able to operate in wide temperature variations. And, most importantly, they need a backup plan ...

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Communication service providers are adopting a range of approaches to 5G. Some are focusing on fixed wireless access as a substitute to copper or fiber transport. Others see huge opportunities in accessing sensors with new narrowband radio access technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M. There is also great value in end-to-end virtualization, aka slicing, for offering customized private mobile networks to enterprises and governments ...

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