The Rise of the Edge Cloud

We have been doing edge computing for a long time, depending on who you ask. If that is the case, what is the big deal about edge computing? It really is the emerging edge cloud. Edge cloud can be defined as the rapid push of cloud computing out across the edge continuum between the central data center or public cloud megaplexes to the on-premise edge appliances supporting IoT (Internet of Things) applications or a base station at the edge of the mobile network.

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Snapdragon – One Roadmap to Rule Them All

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit took place on the Big Island of Hawaii from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December. The central theme of the event was the reimagining of Qualcomm under its new CEO, Cristiano Amon. The cornerstone of this reinvention is Snapdragon which represents Cristiano’s vision for Qualcomm’s future and its strategy for expanding its business by pursuing and catalyzing new market opportunities where the emerging edge cloud and mobile computing meet.

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Tech Insight: Ericsson Counters the Open RAN Threat and More…

neXt Curve Research Brief: Over the past three years, the Open RAN movement has transformed into an operator’s mission to realize a more open architecture in its networks into what sounds more and more like a vendor war on the “legacy vendors”, Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei. Much of this dynamic has been due to the divisive geopolitics between China and the US. The resultant elimination of low-cost, high-quality RAN system provided by Chinese ICT vendors drew interest in Open RAN as a possible economical option versus the two remaining incumbents who Dave Mayo of Dish Network dubbed “the Scandinavian mafia”.

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AWS Private 5G – Is Easy Enough?

On November 30, 2021, AWS CEO, Adam Selipsky, announced that AWS would be offering a private 5G network as a managed service. As expected the announcement drew a tremendous amount of industry and media attention with many claiming that the age of private 5G networks had arrived. Trigger words “5G” and “private networks” aside, what are we looking at there with AWS’s latest venture to the edge of the network? According to the AWS press release, this new offering,

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Nokia Global Analyst Forum 2021

There were many highlights in the recently concluded Nokia Global Analyst Forum. Nokia shared its vision and strategy (Reset—Accelerate—Scale), and showcased its product leadership, R&D commitments, and focus on customer experience. Nokia also showed how its strategic plans map to market trends, and how the company contributes to environmental sustainability through technology leadership and innovation. The ability to meet communications service providers (CSPs)’ needs for simplification (reducing complexity) and monetization of assets is key. Value will increasingly be created from partner ecosystems.

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Mobile World Congress LA 2021

Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2021 was the first in-person industry event for neXt Curve in 20 months. It felt good to be out of the house. Expectations for the massive turnouts of yesteryear were duly subdued given that the global COVID-19 pandemic is still in effect. Nevertheless, the smaller scale was a welcome introduction back to what we can hope is a return to normal. For the operators in the Americas, it looks like the pandemic has meant back to a pre-pandemic mindset. Back to connectivity.

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Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2021: Key Takeaways

Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2021

On September 28th, Qualcomm hosted its Smart Cities Accelerate event at their corporate headquarters in San Diego, California. On an unusually cloudy day, hundreds of attendees congregated outside for registration and a pre-event breakfast. The conference promised to be packed with exciting updates on Qualcomm’s progress with its IoT (Internet of Things) business and smart city ambitions. The IoT has become growing part of Qualcomm’s business which grew 83% year over year to a sizable $1.4 billion in Q3 of 2021.  

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