Arizona, India, Xfinity and beyond! These were some of the places we visited this week in Next Generation Communications.
Let’s first look at what’s happening in my home state of Arizona. New legislation aims to make it easier for cellular operators to add capacity to their networks via 5G by defining rules around rights-of-way acquisition and other processes related to new wireless facilities. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this week published a short and detail-light column on LinkedIn (News - Alert) about the effort.
In yet another dusty part of the world, TRA Research has named Nokia a leading trusted brand in India, which has the world’s second largest population. The research firm placed the mobile phone business of Nokia No. 14 among 1,000 companies of all stripes.
The forces powering India’s growth “are pretty unshakable,” says Noshir Kaka, a senior partner in McKinsey’s Mumbai office. Those forces include urbanization, a rising middle class, and increasing consumer spending. “India’s going to be the third-largest incremental GDP growth engine for the planet by 2030,” adds Kaka. “That’s significant if you think about India’s size relative to the other massive geographies out there, like China or the U.S.”
Other big news this week in cellular included Verizon’s announcement of its nationwide launch of Cat M1 for the Internet of Things. Cat M1 is designed for sensors and requires less power, allowing for extended battery life of endpoints such as connected asset trackers, consumer electronics devices, and smart water meters.
The carrier worked with suppliers Altair, Gemalto, Qualcomm Technologies, Sequans, Sierra Wireless (News - Alert), Telit, and U-Blox to make the Cat M1 network a reality.
“It’s rewarding to reach a new milestone in our working relationship with Qualcomm (News - Alert) Technologies and Verizon – one where all companies are committed to stay at the forefront of advancing the IoT,” said Manish Watwani, Telit's vice president of global product marketing. “As the first Verizon-certified LTE (News - Alert) Cat M1 module supplier to offer the industry-leading MDM9206 LTE modem from Qualcomm Technologies, Telit looks forward to allowing IoT devices and applications to benefit from the cost-effectiveness, coverage, and the advanced security capabilities of LTE Cat M1.”
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