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Understanding the Value of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Innovation in the ICT Industry

There is hardly a day when news related to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin does not make headlines.  But beyond digital currencies, the applicability of distributed ledger and blockchain is finding its way into a number of different industries including telecommunications. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is a shared database that is spread across several nodes or computing devices. Each node replicates and saves an identical copy of the ledger to enable open and trusted exchanges over the Internet.  Since it can exist without a centralized authority or server managing it, data quality is maintained through database replication and computational trust that ...
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5G Functional Split: CU, DU and RRU

What the Haul?

5G is coming, and the pipes are getting fat. Please put a penny in the operator's hat. The standards bodies defining 5G services are having a fine old time dreaming up more and more new uses for the 5G mobile network, from ultra high-speed mobile broadband through to integrated transport networks and autonomous vehicles, connected wearables, mobile healthcare, sensor networks, container tracking, and wireless factory automation. These all sound great, but you need a network to connect all of these services.  They all need very different performance and quality of service attributes.  Some services need high bit rates, some low ...
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Subscriptionless Devices Offer Potential Revenue Opportunity for Network Operators

There is no ignoring the rapid proliferation of connected devices, particularly those associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).  The IoT is the inter-networking of objects, both physical and virtual, that collect and share data.  IoT objects can range from simple sensors that tell you when to water your plants to sophisticated devices enabling driverless cars. All of these devices — forecast to number in the billions within a few years — rely on the network for sharing data. Occasional data needs? No need for costly subscriptions Today’s fixed-cost networks are built and optimized for stable, predictable, and high-value subscriptions.  ...
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5G Mobile World Congress 2016

Innovations in 5G Core

With the forthcoming 5G network, service providers have set the ambitious goal of delivering a highly reliable, secure and resilient network that will provide communication services to a wide variety of industries — anywhere, at any time, over any access technology and on any device.  New 5G Core network capabilities will be a key element in fulfilling this goal. Although basic network slicing is supported in 4G, in addition to network slicing enhancements, the 5G Core introduces a more robust and flexible authentication framework, a new QoS and Policy framework and adds new data exposure capabilities that will be leveraged ...
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oneM2M’s Value Proposition for IoT Application Developers

The Internet of Things (IoT) holds the promise of billions of connected devices and trillions of dollars in economic opportunity. However, to capitalize on the huge commercial upside, IoT application developers face many pain-points created by the increasing complexity and diversity of IoT deployments. Think about a smart building, smart city or smart factory. These environments house many different types of devices, technologies and vendors. In such situations, the immense scope of the IoT allows for mixing-and-matching across different types of IoT technologies, ranging from different forms of network connectivity to multiple semantic ontologies. The burden of dealing with a ...
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