“No” was all he said

Posted on Friday, February 01, 2019

If 5G was listed on the stock market, this would not have been a good week. Verizon stumbled, AT&T fumbled and Nokia mumbled or at least indicated 2019 will be slow starting for the erstwhile ‘Next Big Thing’. The biggest news was Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg saying that their 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) product […]

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You go back, Jack, and do it again

Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The alternate title for this rant is “A bad idea whose time has come again”: Italy toys with the idea of a nationalized broadband carrier. Reuters reported that “The far-right League and its coalition partner, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, want to create a company that combines the networks of former monopoly Telecom Italia and smaller, […]

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No static at all

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

I saw an article last week saying that mobile networks were becoming faster than WiFi. That got me thinking about why smartphone users select WiFi instead of using their mobile operator. The story appeared in the GSMA’s Mobile World Live with the title Mobile Starting to Dominate WiFi But US Still Lags. It quoted a […]

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You don’t know what I got

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Last week I made the (perhaps) bold statement that I do not consider autonomous driving a consumer 5G use case. Like home security and other similar services, consumers will not be paying a mobile operator directly for the connectivity that autonomous driving requires. They will have paid more for their car and may be paying […]

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Check out Mr Businessman Part 2 of 2

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

As I said last time, the juxtaposition of ‘5G’ and ‘Enterprise’ at Nokia’s recent Global Analyst Forum got lunchtime (and beer time) conversations to conclude that the 5G business case depended on the enterprise market – despite the American carriers’ race to launch consumer-market 5G as fast as they possibly can. Not only had we […]

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