29 Aug The University Of Texas’ Impact On 5G And Wireless Communications

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My family represents three generations of University of Texas (UT) students: my father, brother, and myself are all proud Austin graduates, and today my oldest daughter is enrolled at UT Dallas to study computer science and animation. With this background, and my role as a tech analyst focused on wireless telecommunications and enterprise networking, I […]

19 Aug Who Is ‘Really’ Leading in Mobile 5G, Part 5: Global Carriers

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This article is Part 5 of 6 in Moor Insights & Strategy’s series on mobile 5G leadership, focusing on current (not future) global carrier deployment of 5G networks. In Part 1, we analyzed 5G intellectual property and patent leadership. In Part 2, we examined the 5G chipset ecosystem, and in Part 3we reviewed manufacturers integrating 5G components into […]

19 Aug Why The T-Mobile-Sprint State AG Lawsuit Will Settle

It’s been a hard-fought battle for T-Mobile and Sprint, but last Friday the U.S. Department of Justice sided with the Federal Communications Commission in granting approval to the merger. There are conditions to the deal: the companies will divest prepaid businesses and spectrum to Dish Network and grant Dish access to the new T-Mobile ’s network and retail locations as […]

21 May Decoding 5G Standards, Spectrum, And Carriers

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is tasked with setting the standards for wireless wide area networking and mobile communications. As its name might indicate, this started with 3G, the network standard supported on the first Apple iPhone back in the early 2000s. Today, the 3GPP covers existing 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE infrastructure as well as future […]

13 May What Was Big At The Big 5G Event?

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Relocated from my hometown of Austin to Denver and re-branded for 2019, the Light Reading Big 5G Event last week did not disappoint. There was outstanding representation from the likes of infrastructure providers Cisco Systems, Ericsson, and Huawei , as well as mobile operators Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and Telus. It’s also worth noting that it was the third conference I’ve attended recently […]

27 Mar Keerti Melkote And HPE Aruba’s Story Of Wireless Disruption

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Article by Will Townsend. With HPE Aruba’s signature event Atmosphere 2019 just around the corner, I had the opportunity to speak again with Keerti Melkote, President and Founder of Aruba. During our one on one, we discussed a number of topics ranging from Aruba’s birth, its meteoric growth, the HPE acquisition, and his signature vest! […]

05 Mar Real 5G And AI Converge With Enterprise Networking At Mobile World Congress 2019

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“Intelligent connectivity” was this year’s theme for Mobile World Congress (MWC), the preeminent event focused on mobile communications held last week in Barcelona. Once relegated to cellular devices, infrastructure and mobile services, over the past thirty-two years the show has expanded to include much more. From my perspective, the notion of intelligence from the GSMA […]

15 Jan Verizon, John Deere Bet Big On 5G At CES 2019

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I had the opportunity to attend CES 2019 in Las Vegas last week. Once relegated to consumer gadgets, the massive technology tradeshow showcased the latest in displays, computing, smart appliances, drones, and automotive technology, and much more. The event attracted close to 200,000 attendees, and 4,500 companies around the globe. I arrived at the conference […]

10 Jan Initial CES 2019 Observations: Patrick Moorhead

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I spent the week in Las Vegas and wanted to share with you my initial CES 2019 observations: What happened: Intelligence: Amazon Alexa dominated the show with its services and partners while Google tried really hard to catch up with Amazon, even going so far as to build a roller coaster ride to get attention. […]

26 Oct Impressions From The Road: Linux Foundation And Its Role In Network Transformation

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The ONS 2018 Keynote.   Credit: Will Townsend In the past several weeks, I attended both the Open Networking Summit (ONS) Europe and the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Userspace event in Dublin. Both were very different events. ONS showcased many of the dozen or so networking projects hosted by the Linux Foundation. DPDK happens to […]

05 Oct Can Artificial Intelligence And Networking Transform The Hospitality Industry?

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.  SWANDOLPHIN.COM These days we often take finding directions for granted. Easy smartphone apps like Google Maps and Waze all but make paper maps and standalone GPS devices obsolete. Why then hasn’t mapping found its way indoors? Historically, companies used sensors (commonly referred to as beacons) to accomplish […]

20 Sep Verizon Delivers Carrier Network Reliability And Innovation

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  WILL TOWNSEND All of the tier one carriers in the United States claim that their networks are the most reliable, but what are each doing to deliver on that promise? A number of third parties such as JD Power and RootMetrics pour through qualitative and quantitative data to get to the bottom of this. […]

18 Sep Perspectives On MWC Americas 2018: Cisco, Samsung, Qualcomm, Sprint, And More

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Samsung showcases its 5G-related solutions at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018.    WILL TOWNSEND As a technology analyst, I examine and analyze the hardware and software that powers both wired and wireless networking and the services behind the infrastructure. One thing I’ve noticed is that networking is not as dry as it used to be. […]

09 Jul HPE Aruba And Its Secret Competitive Weapon

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HPE Aruba logo. WILL TOWNSEND Before I was a tech analyst, I spent many years in product marketing at Dell , Compaq, and HP , on both the consumer and enterprise sides of the business. As such, I tend to geek out on technology. Naturally, I jumped at the invitation to tour Hewlett Packard Enterprise ‘s Aruba test […]

14 Jun API Is The New CLI For Cisco Systems

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Source: Cisco Systems For the less technical, it might be helpful to define these acronyms. API (Application Program Interface) refers to a set of tools, definitions, and rules or protocols for building a software application. Think of it as a set of basic building blocks, Legos if you will, that make the software development process […]

18 May 5G Reality: Insights From The 2018 Big Communications – 5G North America Event

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  Source: Will Townsend Light Reading held its Big Communications event this week in Austin, Texas, sharing the Austin Convention Center with 5G North America. At times, I felt like I was in the “upside-down” from Netflix’s Stranger Things series—everything was turned around, and on several occasions, I found myself in the wrong keynote or […]

08 May Samsung: The New 5G Kid On The North American Infrastructure Block

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Samsung Logo Today, Samsung is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Founded in 1938 initially as a trading entity, the company has been quietly building momentum in the wireless wide area networking (WWAN) infrastructure space outside of its traditional markets of South Korea and Asia. Recent standalone and partnership announcements at Mobile […]

03 May Job Creation And Beating China: Political Rally Or A T-Mobile/Sprint Merger?

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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile CEO John Legere. The on again, off again rumors about a T-Mobile and Sprint merger were finally laid to rest this week. CEOs John Legere and Marcelo Claure, clad in their respective corporate colors of magenta and yellow, joined each other and announced their intent to combine companies. If […]

23 Apr Huawei And Shenzhen: A Tale Of Two Successes

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Huawei logo Last week, I visited Shenzhen, China, for the first time to attend HAS 2018, Huawei ’s annual analyst summit. I’ve been to many other cities in the country, including Beijing, Dongguan, and Shanghai, and while each has their own unique appeal, I found Shenzhen to be different. In Mandarin, the city derives its […]

06 Apr Who Will Win The U.S. 5G Race?

The race for 5G is heating up! At Mobile World Congress 2018, each of the U.S. tier one carriers announced their 5G plans. Let’s look at each of the specific announcements and I will share my perspective and analysis. AT&T:  Has its promise of a 5G “evolution” delivered or confused the market? AT&T  has been […]