Operators which support full Cloud-RAN will have a far easier, cheaper task to implement 5G. However, the process of virtualizing the RAN may delay 5G upgrades.
By 2025 we shall see the start of the fully hosted RAN – virtualized on a third party cloud (a vendor’s or perhaps Amazon’s) and this will transform the economics and power base of the entire mobile industry.
Europe’s MNOs are falling behind in densification, but that need not mean the region’s economies must miss out on the benefits of 5G. A new regulatory approach could enable an open ecosystem, which would allow Europe to pioneer new business models even where large MNOs remain hesitant.
To accompany Mobile World Congress 2018, Caroline Gabriel, Research Director at Rethink Technology Research, shares a discussion document which includes extracts from current and forthcoming operator surveys about 5G deployment.
Voice is emerging as a battleground where nobody can stay on the side-lines.
This report is about Voice Control of TV entertainment through remote controls. It’s also a global forecast of the size of the market over the next four years.
A 570% increase in the number of voice control units will occur by 2022. And this figure is without reckoning on the millions of homes which will opt for voice control either through the remote or a voice assistant for media adaptors (Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV etc.) as well as smart TVs or through a 3rd party integration with Alexa or Google Voice.