Finley Communique - August 2020
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August 2020

Broadband Forum: 5G Transport Network Architecture Must be Holistic

5G is driving mobile operators to take a holistic approach to transport network architecture, according to new research from the Broadband Forum. In its whitepaper, “5G Network Architecture Overview,” the industry group says that cooperation is needed for a successful 5G rollout. The networks will require intelligent, automated coordination between mobile core networks and the radio access network (RAN), as well as from the underlying transport network to meet 5G demands. More >>>


Small Cell Forum Releases 5G Small Cell Definitions, Architecture

The Small Cell Forum has released what it calls a “consensual view” of 5G small cell product definitions and network architecture. Small cells will play a fundamental role in the deployment and operation of 5G networks. The amount of cell sites required for an effective 5G network mandates that the industry develop a standard approach to small cells.

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Pandemic Hits IoT Spending

Internet of Things (IoT) sales, like those of many other technologies, have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, though there has been some recent improvement, according to a new IoT spending forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC).

The update to IDC’s previously issued Worldwide Internet of Things Spending Guide shows IoT spending growing 8.2% from 2019 to $742 billion in 2020, down from the previous forecast of a 14.9% growth rate.

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We're excited to launch our new website sometime in August. The new site will have an updated look and will be easier to navigate.

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Utility Network Emergency Preparedness and Recovery is Front and Center in New Initiative

The COVID-19 crisis and more frequent extreme weather emergencies and natural disasters have led Brandon Presley, the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), to form a task force and subcommittee to explore emergency preparedness, recovery and resiliency.

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Broadband Access Equipment Spending Forecast to Drop, Then Rebound

Global spending on broadband access equipment and CPE will fall 7% this year before increasing 5% next year, according to a broadband access equipment spending forecast from Dell’Oro Group. In January, Dell’Oro Group had predicted a 5% drop for 2020. The research firm added that the five-year rate for broadband access equipment and CPE will decline .9%, but this is better than the previously forecast decline of 2%, thanks largely to the need for increased broadband access caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote work and education.

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