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What a Wonderful World of 5G Devices

Many brands have already brought to market large numbers of 5G devices, such as smartphones and hotspots. According to the latest tracking done by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), an industry organisation, over 250 devices had been announced by mid-March 2020, with 67 of them commercially available, including 40 smartphones. Half a year previously, the same tracking recorded only 100 public device announcements, with only nine 5G smartphones commercially available. The pace of new 5G device launches has clearly been accelerating.

What Is the enterprise case for 5G?

Fifth generation mobile technology – 5G – promises to deliver a step change in connectivity; not just mobile connectivity, but connectivity full stop.

Great expectations for the Next Generation 5G Core

The single biggest change in the telecoms landscape over the last year was that commercial 5G networks went live around the world. More than 50 networks in over two dozen countries had switched on 5G services by the end of 2019. Subscriber uptake was already faster than the same period when 4G was first introduced, according to data released by the South Korean operators. The research firm Ovum (now part of Omdia) predicted that over 1.3 billion subscribers are expected to sign on 5G by 2023.

Why NFV is no longer a buzzword

Has NFV proved more difficult to implement that anyone thought? Were the benefits less than we hoped? Or has NFV just been quietly getting on with it?

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