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There is growing industry consensus that the enterprise segment offers the biggest incremental revenue opportunity for operators in the 5G era – $700bn by 2030 (Ericsson).

With 5G network rolling out, the leading operators have started to deploy the enterprise use cases on live networks and are benefiting from unique characteristics such as fast mobile broadband, ultra-reliable network and network slicing.  The following case studies will demonstrate what the use cases are and how operators deploy the services on the 5G network.

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Vodafone and Google sign new cloud partnership

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Vodafone Group has agreed a six-year partnership with Google to jointly build a new integrated data platform, with Vodafone transferring data from its servers to Google Cloud. The deal will see the companies collaborate on the development of a new data analytics system that ...

iPhone propels Apple to record earnings, with a potential halo effect for 5G

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Apple has reported record financial results for the quarter ending March 2021, with revenue growth of over 50% despite the challenging operating environment from Covid-19. There was broad-based success across its product portfolio, but iPhone sales continue to drive the ...

T-Mobile expands the reach of telehealth – a sign of things to come

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T-Mobile US has formed a partnership with digital healthcare platform Zyter, which offers telehealth services such as patient monitoring and workforce collaboration for health professionals. T-Mobile will leverage its nationwide LTE and 5G network scale and enterprise sales ...

Verizon Business to bring private 5G network to UK port

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Verizon Business has secured its first European private 5G network contract, supplying Associated British Ports (ABP) with connectivity for the Port of Southampton – one of the UK’s busiest ports. The private network offers secure, low-latency connectivity, providing the ...

LG to exit smartphones as landscape shapes up for 5G

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LG has announced it is to exit the mobile phone business. The South Korean firm declared that the move will allow it to focus resources on other drivers of growth. It will innovate in areas including electric vehicle components, connected devices and smart homes, and will ...

Companies step up open RAN commitments  

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Telefónica and IBM have worked together to deploy a proof-of-concept on open RAN, covering 81,000 people in the city of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. The deployment involved components and systems from multiple software and hardware vendors, including Altiostar, Red Hat, ...

Nokia looks to public cloud for enterprise RAN partnerships

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Nokia has announced separate partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Microsoft to further realise the potential of new network and cloud technologies. The goal is to develop cloud-based 5G radio solutions for enterprise use cases. The partnerships will ...

Mobile industry leaders make strong case for collaboration at MWC Shanghai

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A common theme across MWC Shanghai this year was the need for greater collaboration on shared goals. For example, Verizon highlighted efforts to close the digital divide and leverage 5G to increase access to life-enhancing services such as education and healthcare. ...

GSMA Hosted 5G Advanced Summit to Chart Sustainable 5G Development

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During Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021, the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) successfully hosted the 5G Advanced Summit. The summit brought together global carriers, leaders from vertical industries, leading academic figures, and equipment and ...

New 5G Labs Facilitating Operator Innovation Globally

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Operators have recently announced some significant new investments to foster the development of 5G use cases to benefit enterprises and drive economic development. Orange has announced the expansion of its 5G Labs initiative in Europe, with a plan to build six new labs in ...

Major European operators sign Open RAN MoU

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Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Open RAN across Europe. The move aims to promote the timely deployment of Open RAN technologies and ensure that a strong ecosystem of companies emerges in ...

The GSMA Telco Edge Cloud Trials Workshop Launches, with 13 Mobile Operators & over 20 companies promising exciting Use Cases for the Telco Edge

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There are many potential advantages if enterprise and consumer solution providers push aspects of their services to edge clouds closer to their customer endpoints. This move can lead to improved latency, resiliency, security, privacy, data thinning, transport efficiency as ...

Telstra and Ericsson collaborate on edge cloud for enterprises

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Australian operator, Telstra and Ericsson will collaborate to develop an edge cloud solution for enterprise use cases. It will be delivered within months and strengthen Telstra’s ability to serve enterprise customer needs in the 5G era, with network services offered either ...

APAC leaders discuss 5G as South Korea reports numbers boost

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Last week, representatives from APAC’s mobile ecosystem convened at the GSMA’s second APAC 5G Leaders’ CxO Summit. The event, supported by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, saw focused discussions on policy, industry and commercial opportunities and ...

France completes delayed mid-band 5G auction

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After 17 rounds of competitive bidding spread across just three days, France has completed its long-awaited auction of 3.4–3.8 GHz spectrum. Each mobile operator committed to acquiring 50 MHz prior to the start of the process, with a further 11 spectrum lots put up for sale. ...

Telefónica and Rakuten partner to accelerate Open RAN

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Telefónica and Rakuten have announced a partnership to accelerate the development of Open RAN technology for 5G access and core networks, and the associated operations support systems (OSS). They will jointly test, develop and procure Open RAN systems. They will also develop ...

Operators embrace network virtualisation

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Telefónica Germany / O2 is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Ericsson to virtualise its 5G core network, leveraging AWS for cloud infrastructure and relying on Ericsson for 5G core and orchestration components. The operator is starting to implement 5G network ...

5G chipsets and devices develop at pace

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Qualcomm has announced plans to add 5G compatibility to its budget Snapdragon 4 series chipsets in 2021. While it has already enabled 5G support on an expanded list of chipsets, this latest development will bring the network standard to the cheapest range of smartphones yet. ...

Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom cross-border trial validates federated Telco Edge Cloud for differentiated XR gaming

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It is well established that edge computing is opening up new use cases that are computing and data-intensive, latency-sensitive and that may also require data residency, security and resilience. As Edge becomes a commercial reality, with more players competing in the space, ...

EU regulations set to accelerate deployment of 5G small cell antennas

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The EU has adopted regulations to accelerate 5G network installations by simplifying the deployment of small cell antennas that provide the last mile for 5G networks. The regulation defines the physical and technical characteristics of small cells, setting strict limits on ...