John Strand of Strand Consult argues that restricting the use of Huawei and ZTE’s equipment from networks would not harm Europe’s mobile operators, nor meaningfully reduce competition or delay rollout – but it could greatly improve security.
It is just over a year since the world’s first commercial 5G service went live, so this feels like as good a time as any to take stock and assess progress over the past 12 months, says Kester Mann, Director, Consumer and Connectivity, with CCS Insight.
Fuelled by impending 5G, pressure on operators to automate their networks is mounting. So where are European operators in their journeys and what obstacles do they still need to overcome, asks Kate O’Flaherty?
Now, as internet- and software-based options become more sophisticated and robust, the case for high-spec private WANs and specialist multi-protocol label switching services (MPLS) is diminishing. What’s next, asks Sue Tabbitt?
Bengt Nordström, CEO of consulting firm Northstream, looks at 5G roll-outs around the world so far, early use cases and those to come. He outlines three primary areas where he thinks mobile operators must make big changes if they are to gain maximum benefit from 5G.