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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.

A delve into the 5G ecosystem-wide top priority of sustainability and how the carriers are advancing sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Steven Dickens examine how the major 5G carriers are advancing their 5G sustainability and ESG goals with Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, and Telefonica shining.
A delve into recent CSP developments including the 2023 CapEx outlook, T-Mobile’s new 5G four-carrier aggregation capabilities, and Q2 2023 financial results
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Todd Weiss examine the key developments across the communications service provider (CSP) market with a dive into 2023 and future CapEx trends, T-Mobile’s addition of new 5G four-carrier aggregation capabilities, and the implications of the fiscal Q2 2023 results from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Clint Wheelock examine the impact AI is having throughout the 5G ecosystem addressing Qualcomm’s view that the future of AI is hybrid with 5G Advanced making AI integral to 5G innovation, why Nokia’s new AI-infused AirScale portfolio boosts its O-RAN and Cloud RAN proposition and 5G Advanced readiness, and NVIDIA and Softbank’s collaboration on a platform for generative AI and 5G/6G apps based on the NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip.
The Futurum Group’s Ron Westfall and Clint Wheelock explore how chipmakers are powering innovation across the 5G ecosystem including Qualcomm advocacy of operators accelerating their 5G Standalone implementations to spur wider developer interest, Juniper and Intel working together on Juniper’s Beyond Labs initiative to foster 5G transformation, and Samsung and Mediatek demonstrating 3Tx antenna capabilities key to spurring 5G uplink performance and experience.
Futurum’s Ron Westfall and Steve Dickens examine why the cloud plays a major role across recent 5G ecosystem moves including Red Hat becoming the primary infrastructure platform for Nokia's core network applications, Azure for Operators 5G modern connected application at the edge push, and the completion of the HPE acquisition of Athonet.
In this week’s episode of The 5G Factor, The Futurum Group analysts Shelly Kramer and Ron Westfall cover Nokia’s progress in the Fed market, FCC’s decision on 12 GHz spectrum that impacts Starlink and Dish, Ericsson and what the company is doing collaboratively with 5G core, and the partnership between NTT and Cisco designed to serve customers by using NTT’s Edge as a Service portfolio and Cisco’s IoT capabilities, helping organizations advance their sustainability goals.
In this episode of The 5G Factor, The Futurum Group’s Shelly Kramer and Ron Westfall look at the recent developments in the 5G ecosystem including Dish slowing 5G spend and also attempting to throw a wrench in T-Mobile’s spectrum purchase, the politicization of the spectrum auctions and the impact on the 5G ecosystem, and the recent availability on AWS of Qvantel’s new Flexx BSS and how that is designed to help CSPs path to monetization.
In this episode of The 5G Factor, Futurum’s Shelly Kramer and Ron Westfall cover what’s new in the 5G ecosystem, including news about T-Mobile and Samsung, Nokia’s refreshed brand and strategy and why that’s significant, Vodafone and Raspberry Pi, and a peek at our findings in our latest market insight report on 5G and Sustainability.
Futurum analysts Shelly Kramer and Ron Westfall’s latest episode of The 5G Factor takes a deep dive into Juniper Cloud Metro and the role it can play in 5G evolution.
In this episode of The 5G Factor, Futurum analysts Shelly Kramer and Ron Westfall talk Qualcomm and Vodafone on 5G Open RAN, General Dynamics’ new 5G and Edge Accelerator coalition, AWS nabbing the lead in the telco cloud wars, but Oracle and IBM are planting flags, too, and wrap the show with a look at the smart buildings market and what is powering that growth.
In this episode of The 5G Factor, Futurum’s Shelly Kramer and Ron Westfall talk Lumen’s new CEO hire, Mavenir and Deutsche Telekom’s new alliance, Starlink’s fight with the FCC, T-Mobile and Starlink partnering to bring enhanced connectivity to underserved areas, and T-Mobile’s deals for Apple fan girls and boys.
In this week’s episode of The 5G Factor, Futurum analysts Shelly Kramer and Ron Westfall cover news of T-Mobile nailing (again) speed tests, the Ericsson, Qualcomm, Thales collab, China powering forward on private 5G, news that Elon Musk’s vacillating behavior might be costing him allies at the FCC on the 12 Ghz spectrum front, and the thumbs up from U.S. regulators on the Ericsson/Vonage acquisition and what that means moving forward.