5G Transport Networks

May 15, 2018

The upcoming 5G standard has grabbed the industry spotlight. 3GPP divided 5G in two phases: Phase 1 (Rel-15) and Phase 2 (Rel-16). However, 3GPP agreed an accelerated plan for 5G deployment at the RAN plenary meeting held in March 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This means that 5G will come earlier than was originally envisaged.  

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Multi-Vendor 5G Core Networks

whitePaper | July 26, 2021

5G standalone (SA) operation, using a new core network, is foundational to mobile operators seeking to offer advanced 5G services with a low cost of production. Over the next two to three years, operators in all global regions will design, deploy, and scale 5G core networks on software-defined infrastructure. By April 2021, eight operators had already launched SA, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), and a further 36 have firm plans to launch in the near term. There is now a good supply of devices that support SA mode, including the iPhone 12 after the latest iOS update.

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Service Provider Outlook

whitePaper | July 20, 2021

In 2Q21, Heavy Reading surveyed 86 communications service providers (CSPs) across global regions on their plans for customer premises equipment overall and universal CPE (uCPE) specifically. This report presents the highlights of that survey. Omdia’s uCPE Tracker – 1H21 Annual Forecast report projects that the worldwide uCPE hardware market will grow from $52.5m in 2020 to $2.3bn in 2025—an impressive CAGR of 113% over five years. With this in mind, Heavy Reading expected to see good support for uCPE from survey respondents, and we were not disappointed. We targeted the survey at CSPs planning to implement uCPE within, at most, 24 months. Nevertheless, the respondent pool showed a more lively than anticipated adoption of uCPE. 59% of US, 61% of Asia Pacific (APAC), and 39% of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) respondents have already deployed uCPE.

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5G Open RAN Ecosystem

whitePaper | June 29, 2021

There is no end to the process of network augmentation, and current augmentation process needs to be further enhanced to better serve the future customer needs. To this effect, the networks should be flexible, agile and scalable. In addition, in the 5G era, creation of new vertical markets utilizing the mobile networks will be facilitated. Under these circumstances, operators need to keep evolving their networks by adding new network equipment and/or replacing existing equipment. With open interfaces and open application programming interfaces (APIs), operators can freely choose and adopt best-of-breed solutions among various vendors considering time-to-market and cost in this process by only adding or replacing the required components at the required time without having to swap other equipment that are connected.

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WEAVING THE 5G EDGE – THE ENABLING POWER OF PROGRAMMABLE FABRICS

whitePaper | June 22, 2021

5G brings edge computing to the forefront, and the edge has become much more complex and critical. For those contemplating new 5G rollouts or making non-standalone (NSA) to standalone (SA) transitions, understanding how to take advantage of this unique solution architecture could reduce costs and improve customer outcomes. This research brief will examine the novel use of programmable fabrics in edge architectures and how this hybrid approach can minimize the deployment footprint, reduce power consumption and cooling needs, and improve network performance.

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SLICING FOR SHARED 5G FRONTHAUL AND BACKHAUL

whitePaper | June 18, 2021

This white paper introduces the concept of 5G mobile access network sharing and use cases for providing multiple mobile access network services over a common underlying fronthaul and backhaul infrastructure. This white paper was originally published by MEF.

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Where's 5G? Not Here

whitePaper | June 9, 2021

Telecommunications providers have talked up what a difference 5G will make for both individual consumers and big business, due to its many benefits. But although it was scheduled for 2020, its release is still being held up by providers, governments, and other issues.

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