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The 5G Factor

Regularly hosted by Ron Westfall, The 5G Factor covers the latest news in communications networks to help you navigate the landscape of mobile and cloud technologies, edge networking, data networking, CSP networks, orchestration, and more.

The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Tom Hollingsworth examine key 5G ecosystem developments including T-Mobile’s $4.4 billion acquisition of UScellular’s wireless operations, NVIDIA kicking P5G tires, AI-RAN Alliance considerations, and what Fortinet’s cybersecurity portfolio brings to wireless/mobility environments.
An Assessment of Key 5G Ecosystem Adjustments with Verizon’s Neutral Host Debut, Dell Ericsson Aiming to Spur Telco Cloud Journeys and Red Hat Open Source Strides
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Tom Hollingsworth review recent adjustments throughout the 5G ecosystem including Verizon Business’ debut in the neutral host network segment, Dell and Ericsson commercially debuting Ericsson Cloud RAN software on Dell PowerEdge servers to spur telco cloud journeys, and how Red Hat’s open source approach is making inroads across telco hybrid cloud and Open RAN environments.
An Assessment of Major Private 5G Moves Indicating New Momentum Including Cisco’s Ecosystem Progress, Tesla Onboarding, and Verizon Starts Certifying Nokia DAC
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard review new private 5G ecosystem advances including Cisco’s collaboration with Augmentir, Nokia, and Logicalis to boost adoption of the Cisco Mobility Services Platform across enterprises, Tesla building its P5G network at its Berlin gigafactory, and Verizon completing the first phase of certifying Nokia’s DAC for the Verizon Business Private 5G Network portfolio.
An Assessment of Major US Operators Q1 2024 Earnings and Implications for 5G Ecosystem, BT’s B2B Modernization, and Charter’s Residential Mobile Strides
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard review the Q1 2024 earnings of T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T and their impact on the 5G ecosystem, BT’s partnership with Global to modernize its UK Portfolio Businesses, and Charter’s Q1 2024 earnings reflect significant strides in residential mobile service revenue growth.
An Assessment of The Key 5G Ecosystem Developments Including Azure Private MEC Inroads, New VMware Telco Cloud 4.0 Moves, and Vonage Singtel API Alliance
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Tom Hollingsworth review recent high impact telco cloud, MEC, and APIs moves including the progress of Azure Private MEC in supporting manufacturer private 5G network implementations, VMware Telco Cloud Platform Release 4.0 ready to ease VNF and CNF use, VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN benefits, and how the Vonage Singtel partnership is uplifting overall API prospects.
An Assessment of AI’s Openness Including Intel’s Guadi 3-led Enterprise AI Strategy, Qualcomm’s Responsible AI Vision, and Nokia’s Transparent AI Moves
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard examine the major mobile ecosystem moves to make AI open, responsible, and transparent including Intel’s Enterprise AI proposition emphasizing open industry software for developer productivity, Qualcomm’s Responsible AI vision focus on privacy and security, and Nokia using Transparent AI moves.
An assessment of 5G Turnaround Indicators Including Samsung’s Fiscal Q1 2024, 5G/eSIM Expansion, 5G Fund Revival, and T-Mobile’s Blink Smart Home Package
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard review potential indicators of improving 5G prospects in 2024 including Samsung’s surging Q1 2024 financial results amid AI’s rising tide, growing worldwide 5G connections plus eSIM expansion, the FCC proposing revival of the $9 billion 5G Fund for Rural America, and T-Mobile’s creative new Blink Smart Home bundle package.
An Assessment of The Key MWC24 Takeaways Across AI RAN and Telco AI Including AI-RAN Debut, GLAA Launch, HEAVY.AI Progress, and AI Alliance Implications
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Tom Hollingsworth review the major AI RAN and Telco AI developments including the ecosystem impact of the AI-RAN Alliance launch, HEAVY.AI’s progress in the key GenAI areas of accuracy and speed, the official debut of the Global Telco AI Alliance (GTAA), and the AI Alliance’s focus on responsible AI.
An Assessment of Telco GenAI’s Market Impact with BT Group Using Amazon CodeWhisperer, Amdocs Microsoft GenAI Alliance, and Qualcomm Snapdragon X80 Debut
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard review the nascent market impact of Telco GenAI including BT Group using Amazon Code Whisperer to provide GenAI coding assistance to its software engineers, Amazon and Microsoft combining Amdocs amAIz platform and Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service to bring verticalized GenAI to telcos, and the debut of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF system that integrates a dedicated 5G AI Processor and 5G-Advanced-ready architecture.
An Assessment of The Key MWC24 Takeaways Across the Cloud and Telcos Highlighted by Red Hat, Google Cloud, VMware, and HPE Partnerships with Key Telcos
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Tom Hollingsworth review the top cloud and telco takeaways from MWC 2024 consisting of Red Hat and Tech Mahindra’s hybrid cloud alliance advances, Red Hat and NTT in collaboration with NVIDIA and Fujitsu readying real-time AI analysis at the edge across IOWN environments, Telkomsel selecting Google Cloud to boost operations and products with GenAI, VMware looking to assure the DISH Wireless Open RAN build, and TELUS enlisting HPE servers to complete its Open RAN mission.
An Assessment of The Key MWC24 Takeaways in Open RAN Highlighted by Ericsson Cloud RAN, Nokia anyRAN, Energy Efficiency Moves, and Mavenir/Intel Innovations
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall reviews the top Open RAN takeaways from MWC 2024 consisting of Ericsson Cloud RAN portfolio advances, Nokia’s anyRAN market readiness including anyRAN for enterprise partnerships with Cisco, HPE, and Microsoft, as well as Mavenir’s latest collaboration with Intel to assure Open vRAN innovation and progress.
An Assessment of The Key MWC24 Takeaways in Semis and Devices Highlighted by Micron Memory, Lenovo/Motorola Edge AI, Mediatek, and Qualcomm AI/5G Innovations
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard review their key takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2024 across the semiconductor and device realms including Micron’s memory and storage advances with Samsung Galaxy 24 series onboard, Lenovo’s Integrated Edge AI Solutions for Telcos with Telefonica and Orange AI use cases, Lenovo’s new devices exemplified by the Thinkbook transparent display, new Mediatek Dimensity 9300 GenAI capabilities, and Qualcomm’s portfolio-wide AI, 5G, and Wi-FI innovations.