Mobile World Congress 2022

It’s been 3 years since the last Mobile World Congress that neXt Curve has attended in person. Needless to say, the global pandemic has all but made in-person events a toil at the least. GSMA, the host of the MWC, found fortune this year as the US and Spain finds themselves on the back end of the Omicron wave. The show that might not have been went on with approximately 60K attendees, and over 1,900 exhibitors in attendance. According to John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, the event was by all measures as success.

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Getting Back to Business with Edge

Enterprises and government organizations are automating and transforming their businesses and a greater number of applications require low latency, real-time business and operational intelligence. This driving game changing trend will require edge computing….essentially moving data collection, storage, analysis, and intelligence to the data collection point or end-point device. This data collection point or end-point device may range from things such as a factory floor, a medical patient, an elevator, a store front, and even a college campus. The opportunities are endless and an estimated 3 in 4 businesses will be using edge computing solutions over the next 5 years.

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Industry Insight: Is It Time To Rethink Cloud Economics?

In the last two years, the three leading public cloud service providers, AWS, Google and Microsoft did something that may compel us to reevaluate our assumptions about the business of cloud. From an IT service provider’s perspective, the argument for adopting a cloud delivery model is its significant cost structure (economic) scalability advantage over legacy IT managed service and hosting models. This tenet has sustained an almost unquestioned advocacy for public cloud as the ultimate digital service business model and the inevitable destination of enterprise IT and industrial workloads and applications.

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Nvidia + Arm makes a tough pill to swallow: Lee

On December 2nd, 2021, the FTC announced that it would move to block Nvidia’s acquisition of Arm Holding. This most recent complaint has become another link in a global chain of regulatory legal challenges and reviews that could sink Nvidia’s $40 billion bid first announced on Sept. 13,  2020.

The deal was bound to be a tough one to close from the outset as marquee Arm licensees such as Qualcomm, Alphabet, and Microsoft protested the union. However, Nvidia did manage to muster public support from Mediatek, Marvell, and Broadcom support for the transaction shortly after.

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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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