Next Generation Communications this week reads like a guide to the hottest regions and trends in mobile tech. Over the past few days we’ve talked about China and Korea. And we’ve explored important trends and developments relative to the cloud, LTE (News - Alert), and 5G.
For example, Laura Stotler wrote a piece indicating Nokia’s flash sale of its new Nokia 6 Android smartphone in China was a success. The company did not disclose how many units it sold, but Stotler reported that they were all gone within a minute.
Meanwhile, Steve Anderson wrote about Korean carrier SK Telecom’s choice of Huawei as an LTE equipment supplier. In this piece, he reminded readers about how some governments and communications services providers have voiced concern about the potential for Chinese supplier Huawei (News - Alert) to use its technology for hacking and spying.
(As an aside, I mentioned that concern too in the May cover story of INTERNET TELEPHONY. But, interestingly, although the U.S. federal government has voiced reservations about large carriers using Huawei gear, the Chinese supplier has had good success selling its infrastructure into both rural telcos and enterprises in the U.S.)
Speaking of enterprises, Anderson this week also wrote about a Nokia (News - Alert) study indicating organizations that move their communications to a private cloud can save at least 25 percent in five years. That was among the findings discussed in the Nokia Enterprise Private Cloud Total Cost of Ownership Model report.
Back to the subject of LTE, Anderson also did a piece about Future Market Insights data that indicates LTE and LTE-Advanced systems are poised for growth all the way through 2025. Meanwhile, Michael Guta contributed an article about a new report from Transparency Market Research predicting a compound annual growth rate of 78.6 percent from 2013 to 2019 for LTE.
And although sources such as Nokia have told me 4G LTE still has a lot of gas left in the tank, many industry players – Nokia included – are working on 5G as well. Indeed, Intel unveiled its 5G modem at the recent CES (News - Alert).