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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.

An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Alliance Developments Including Dell Nokia P5G Use Case Focus, Intel Enlisting P5G Partners, and Vonage AWS Network API Push
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall examines key new 5G alliances that he sees as having the most impact pre-MWC24 including Dell and Nokia teaming up to advance private 5G network use cases, Intel enlisting an array of major partners to accelerate private 5G network adoption, and Ericsson’s Vonage and AWS working together to use network APIs to onboard millions of AWS developers through AWS Marketplace.
An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Developments Including On-Device AI Progress, Voice and Gesture Innovations, and Foldable Screens Unfolding Across the Ecosystem
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard scrutinize key innovations leading into 2024 and MWC 24 including how on-device AI will begin to reset expectations for everyday tech products’ features, capabilities, and UX, voice and gesture recognition innovations redefining the AR and smart glasses categories, and foldable screens ready to proliferate across the entire device space.
An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Developments Including GSMA IBM Telco AI Collaboration, Juniper’s AI-Native Networking Platform, and Nokia AVA Energy Efficiency.
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall explores key 5G AI and GenAI move to watch in 2024 including GSMA IBM collaboration on assisting telco AI adoption using IBM’s watsonx platform and training, Juniper’s debut its AI-Native Networking Platform and Nokia’s AVA Energy Efficiency solution aimed at advancing operator sustainability objectives.
An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Innovation Developments Including DTaaS’ Growing Readiness, Multi-G Progress, and Wind River’s Role in NTT DOCOMO vRAN Launch.
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall explores key 5G ecosystem innovations to watch in 2024 including DTaaS readiness for global 5G deployments, the Multi-G initiative’s boost from major players, and Wind River’s pivotal role in NTT DOCOMO’s first vRAN commercial service.
An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Ecosystem Developments Including 5G Sustainability Market Shapers, Top Sustainability Suppliers, and Vodafone Microsoft GenAI Alliance
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Todd R Weiss review review of the top market shapers in the 5G sustainability realm, why Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper, and Nokia excel at 5G sustainability, and the Vodafone Microsoft GenAI-focused alliance.
An Assessment of 5G-IoT Developments Including Key CES24 Qualcomm Snapdragon Digital Chassis and Stellantis/Blackberry/AWS Virtual Cockpit Updates
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard review key CES 2024 announcements such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis innovations and Stellantis, Blackberry, and AWS collaboration focused on advancing virtual cockpit development.
An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Ecosystem Developments with a Focus on the HPE $14 Billion Acquisition of Juniper and Its Ecosystem-wide Impact
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Steven Dickens review why HPE’s game changing $14 billion acquisition of Juniper represents an important inflection point in the industry that can redefine how the 5G ecosystem connects, protects, and analyzes data.
An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Ecosystem Developments including Open RAN Prospects, Smartphone’s New Lead Role in Mobile Shopping, and 6CA Progress
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Todd R Weiss review the 5G ecosystem winners of 2023 and investigate key 2024 trends including Open RAN moves by Vodafone, Adobe identifying smartphones ruling mobile shopping, and 6CA advances.
An Assessment of Key 5G-IoT Ecosystem Developments Including Ericsson AT&T Breakthrough $14B Deal, Nokia DT Open RAN Gig, and 1&1 O-RAN Launch
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Todd R Weiss review major new Open RAN developments including the massive $14 billion Ericsson AT&T Open RAN Deal, Nokia’s return to Deutsche Telekom, and 1&1 promoting its innovative Open RAN push.
An Assessment of Key Developments Across the 5G-IoT Ecosystem Including HP Q4 Hints PC Recovery, T-Mobile 5G Laptop Push, and Qualcomm Debuts Cloud AI Chip
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Olivier Blanchard review key 5G-related AI and PC developments including HP Q4 hints at PC market recovery, T-Mobile’s secure 5G laptop push, and Qualcomm’s Cloud AI 100 Ultra debut.
An Assessment of Key Developments Across the 5G-IoT Ecosystem Including T-Mobile Verizon Spur FWA, New Nokia FastMile Products, and Ericsson FWA Tariff Views
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Todd R Weiss review key 5G FWA developments including the T-Mobile Verizon 5G FWA horse race, Nokia’s new FastMile FWA products, and Ericsson’s recommendations on 5G FWA plans.
An Assessment of Key Developments Across the 5G-IoT Ecosystem Including Netcracker Telco GenAI Debut, Amdocs NVIDIA Alliance, and SKT DT Telco-specific LLM
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Todd R Weiss review key telco GenAI developments such as Netcracker’s introduction of its GenAI Telco solution, the Amdocs NVIDIA GenAI partnership, and SKT DT jointly developing multilingual LLM aimed at global telcos.