The Other Half of the 5G Story

5G is not just about building a new telecom network or standard – that’s only half the story. What about the story of how telecom is intersecting with other industries, industrial plants, transport infrastructure companies, oil fields and ships, all of whom are leveraging 5G and LTE technology, to transform their business models? Picture everything from oil rigs in the North Sea reporting their daily yield back to base, search and rescue missions at sea, companies connecting buildings for efficient energy usage, and industrial plants making medicines. Smart factories As a case in point, ABB Power … READ MORE

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To the Edge and Beyond: Network Function Offload

In the first two blogs in this series we discovered what a programmable fabric is and what it looks like. Now we are ready to dive deeper into programmable fabrics and discover Network Function offload. Telecom communication service providers need to provision Network Functions (NFs) in their infrastructure in order to run the network.  NFs like a BNG (Broadband Network Gateway) for terminating fixed access subscribers or UPF (User Plane Function) for terminating 5G wireless subscribers. These NFs have been evolving from physical boxes to virtual network functions and their disaggregation is key to being able … READ MORE

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Modern, Mobile Missions Deploy Custom Data Protection Solutions

Diverse factors, such as a growing mobile workforce, emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, etc.), increased field operations, and hybrid IT environments are all driving federal networks to the edge. And, as the definition of the edge expands, so does the attack surface. Mobile agencies are encountering new data protection challenges as they seek to ensure the right user can access the right data from the right device. This is especially important for defense and intelligence agencies, which require a heightened level of security to protect the hardware and software of devices – from hard … READ MORE

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Building One of the World’s First MEC Solutions

While Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) is not dependent on 5G, and 5G is not dependent on MEC, there are clear synergies between the 5G architecture enabling decentralized deployment and MEC enabling new services and experiences. MEC will be a key enabler of future growth for telecoms operators as they roll out 5G services in the next few years. Although the discussion on edge computing is clouded by hype and at times misinformation, we are starting to see real examples of edge computing being used across industries. Mobile operators globally are building MEC sites – both in … READ MORE

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Accelerating the Virtual Infrastructure for Open RAN

Dell Technologies and Altiostar partner to accelerate adoption of open and virtualized RAN Over the last several years, 5G has been a cornerstone of the telecommunications industry technology development  – defining a radio air interface and technology architecture for the core network. Now that the promise of 5G is becoming a reality, industries looking to transform are implementing new use cases for 5G that are defining new network “edges” that foundationally change traffic flows and data analytics pipelines in Telecom networks. The snowball effect of the NFV transition started in 2012 with a focus on 4G … READ MORE

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Enabling 5G Use Cases at the Edge

The industry really can’t stop talking about the edge. In the interest of not starting a classic “edge” conversation with a definition, let’s focus very specifically about its role as a new business model for 5G. From a Telco perspective, 5G enables a whole range of new applications and services that will open the doors to new revenue streams and provide a path to differentiation. Aligning business outcomes to vertical industry requirements to operating models to technology enablers has become the foundation for how Dell Technologies is discussing the edge with our Telco customers and partners … READ MORE

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5 Ways 5G Will Impact Your Life

5G is cool. It’s all the buzz these days in the tech business world and for consumers. You’ve seen it on every single telecom commercial as they race to 5G, and you’ve heard about how ‘fast your cell phone will be.’ I can assure you 5G promises much more than a faster cell phone. But what exactly is 5G and what will it mean for you? Here are the top 5 ways I believe 5G will impact your life: Telehealth: There are many use cases that could save lives via faster diagnosis. For example during the … READ MORE

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Applied to 5G

From architecture to operations, 5G networks have the potential to drive industries towards digital transformation in ways that we’ve not seen with prior generations of mobile technologies. Whether it be the architectural flexibility to add new capabilities incrementally (prior G’s required end-to-end generational updates), or the industry-centric perspective of 5G use-cases (prior G’s focused on singular consumer experience), I often find that my team and I focus extensively on Four Pillars of 5G Transformation: Network Modernization, towards a virtualized and software-defined network IT and OSS/BSS Transformation towards data-driven decisions Digital Transformation, delivering joint enterprise solutions in … READ MORE

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Telecoms at the Edge Offers Huge Opportunity

We’ve talked previously about the role Dell Technologies will play in 5G transformation and the huge opportunity that the combination of 5G, the edge and IoT will deliver to business but what about the telecom industry, which is at the very heart of that transformation? New services and incremental revenue streams While the edge is just one individual component, its inclusion in the telecom network changes some important fundamentals. Effectively, the telecom network now becomes a mobile platform with radio, core and IT workloads all running on a common infrastructure, capable of providing new services and … READ MORE

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