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June 24, 2021

Affirmed Private Network Service revolutionizes private enterprise 5G networks for Operators with a fully automated, integrated solution on Azure

As enterprises continue their digital transformations with the evolution to 5G technology and deploy next-generation applications, many will be turning to dedicated private mobile networks to deliver the low latencies, massive bandwidths, strong security, and flexible scalability those applications will require. This marks a tremendous opportunity for mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile service providers (MSPs) to quickly and securely
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Making—and not just saving—money should be your focus with 5G
May 20, 2021

Making—and not just saving—money should be your focus with 5G

For years, “bigger, faster, cheaper” has been the mantra for telecom transformation. In the 5G future, however, the new mantra is value. While saving money is good for communications service providers (CSPs), the focus with 5G should be making money. Communications service providers CSPs need to look beyond reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their network and invest
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5G Transformations: 5 Key Metrics for 5G Digital Transformation
May 13, 2021

Five Metrics to a Successful 5G Digital Transformation

Most of us are familiar with the concept of total cost of ownership, or TCO. But I would submit that the total value of ownership (TVO) is a far more relevant metric when weighing the investment of 5G digital transformation. A more relevant metric is needed because 5G transformation is so different from the network transformations of the past, both
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Mobile operators, it’s time to get your mojo back
April 20, 2021

Mobile operators, it’s time to get your mojo back

Mobile operators are about to become liberated in a way that they’ve never felt before. And I choose that word because what’s happening with the convergence of cloud, edge computing, and the everything-as-a-service consumption model is unburdening for mobile operators that, for the first time, allows them to soar with the startups and service innovators. This new disruptive approach allows
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A More Power-full Approach to Network Planning
March 11, 2021

A More Power-full Approach to Network Planning

Like most people, I was horrified by the Texas power grid’s recent failure and the devastating impact on many citizens’ lives. I think many people wondered how something like this could happen. As someone in the telecommunications industry,  it occurred to me that the power and telecommunications sector face similar planning issues. You might not think that power grids and
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Hyperscale Cloud and Mobile Core: Why They’re Better Together
February 25, 2021

Hyperscale Cloud and Mobile Core: Why They’re Better Together

What happens when you put a mobile core in a hyperscale cloud? Awesomeness. For years, even before the cloud, there was software-as-a-service. Then followed a sort of “service mania” as vendors offered infrastructure-as-a-service, network-as-a-service, storage-as-a-service, ad nauseum. In the telco world, however, networks were still built primarily with dedicated boxes running proprietary software. It wasn’t cheap or easy to scale
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February 4, 2021

The Five Key Traits of Highly Successful 5G Networks

The new year gives each of us an opportunity to reflect on self-improvements for the future, and maybe networks are no different. Right now, your network could be telling itself that 2021 is the year it’ll finally get serious about IoT or stop talking about cloud-native and take the plunge. In which case, your network has its work cut out
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Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G Architectures: The various paths to 5G revenues and profitability
December 17, 2020

Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G Architectures: The various paths to 5G revenues and profitability

A Telecom Transformation is underway. With 5G, a whole new generation of networks is being built to connect 50+ Billion Devices, creating more than a $12 trillion-dollar market opportunity for Mobile Network Operators. The road to 5G, it turns out though, isn’t a straight line. This leads us to a discussion of non-standalone architectures (NSA) and standalone architectures (SA). Here
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4 Key Capabilities for a 5G Slice Management Tool
November 17, 2020

4 Key Capabilities for a 5G Slice Management Tool

No matter how you slice it, your slice manager matters a lot If you were to ask mobile network operators what keeps them up at night, “5G slice management” probably wouldn’t be their first answer. Or their second, third, fourth… well, you get the point. The fact is that slicing is just a very small slice of 5G rollouts at
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November 8, 2020

5 Revenue-Driving Applications of Private LTE Services

In my last blog about monetizing Private LTE Networks, I made the case for private LTE services as a way for mobile network operators (MNOs) to monetize their networks. In this blog, I’d like to highlight some of the use cases and applications for private LTE services—that is, the nitty-gritty of how MNOs can actually make that money. Today, the
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