Future Gazing: 6G for the Enterprise

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• While 5G is positioned as a “near-term” game-changer, both pundits and telecom vendors debate network characteristics, performance expectations, and use cases that will be enabled by next-generation wireless technology: 6G.

• Compelling enterprise use cases in early trials, or are only hinted at today, will allegedly be widely available in the 2030s.

Analysts are busily digesting evolving information on the capabilities of 5G as they aim to come up with answers to burning questions such as:

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Vodafone Delivers Purpose in Action

R. Pritchard

Summary Bullets:

  • Vodafone is seeking to demonstrate how it uses technology to address connected education and connected health markets in both developed and developing countries.
  • Propositions such as ‘school in a box’ and m-mama in Africa have helped in delivering the education sector and safer healthcare for pregnant women.

Vodafone recently presented examples of its Purpose initiative, whose goal is stated to be “we connect for a better future by enabling inclusive and sustainable digital societies.” The three pillars of this strategy are Digital Society (connecting people, places, and things and digitizing critical sectors); Inclusion For All (ensuring no one is left behind in a digital society); and Planet (tackling the climate crisis, reducing carbon emissions, and helping others reduce theirs). These all demonstrate practical implementations of the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda, as well as demonstrating that offering socially useful applications can also be a commercial opportunity.

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GlobalData’s Connected Enterprise Tracker Shows Industry 4.0 Driving Demand for Enterprise 5G and Private Networks

J. Marcus

Summary Bullets:

  • The Connected Enterprise Tracker is the new name for GlobalData’s unique database tracking Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.
  • It now includes details on hundreds of individual 5G and private network deployments by enterprises, in addition to thousands of IoT implementations.
  • GlobalData’s Connected Enterprise Tracker shows that the manufacturing sector accounts for 31% of the 5G and private network deployments since 2017.
  • Much of that activity is concentrated in Europe, where Industry 4.0 ‘smart factory’ developments have gained early traction.

GlobalData’s Connected Enterprise Tracker shows that the manufacturing sector accounts for 31% of the 5G and private network deployments since 2017 that we can identify by end-user organization. Much of that activity is concentrated in Europe, where Industry 4.0 ‘smart factory’ developments have gained early traction. Continue reading “GlobalData’s Connected Enterprise Tracker Shows Industry 4.0 Driving Demand for Enterprise 5G and Private Networks”

Red Hat Summit: Ansible’s Growing Prominence

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:             

  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is growing in prominence within OpenShift and the industry in general
  • Ansible’s popularity has prompted a new round of key partnerships to expand OpenShift’s ecosystem

Red Hat Ansible has matured into a shining star, not only among OpenShift’s portfolio, but the industry in general for its ability to abstract the complexity of building and operating IT automation at scale as part of enterprises’ business transformations.

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Vodafone UK M&A Rumors Indicate Further Consolidation During Cost-of-Living Crisis

R. Pritchard

Summary Bullets:

  • The incremental consolidation of the UK enterprise telecoms market continues in light of broader national combinations, with further deals inevitable.
  • Although driven by financial imperatives in a highly competitive market, these developments reflect a broader re-segmentation in the context of the current economic environment.

Following the creation of the Virgin Media O2 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica via the merger of their respective Virgin Media and O2 UK businesses, there has been an increasing pressure on Vodafone, BT, and other players to improve investor returns by creating a greater scale through mergers and acquisitions.

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Nokia and Equideum Partner to Optimize and Analyze Health Data

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:             

  • The Nokia Bell Labs and Equideum Health collaboration will leverage data generated from wearables and home health devices.
  • Analytics will be fundamental in aiding clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers to rapidly gain insight from the data as well as shorten clinical trial timelines.

In April 2022, Nokia Bell Labs and Equideum Health announced a partnership focused on empowering individuals to own and benefit from their personal health data. The collaboration will leverage the rapidly expanding datasets generated from wearables and other edge devices, including the growing set of in-home medical devices. The central premise is that while health data is increasing exponentially, no one has figured out a way to collect it, centralize it, and use it for near real-time meaningful insights. Edge computing, AI, ML, and blockchain technologies are now available to accomplish this by collecting and analyzing diverse data types from a wide variety of devices (e.g., wearables, sensors, smartphones, and video feeds). The partners also expect to empower a flood of innovation, without companies worrying about sharing proprietary information or individuals worrying about sharing their personal information without knowing who has access to it. Beneficiaries of this vision will include consumers, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, institutions, medical device manufacturers, and potentially a slew of startups excited about access to reams of high quality, verifiable health data.

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T-Mobile US Joins Zephyr Project to Boost 5G Developer Innovation

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:           

  • T-Mobile joins Zephyr Project as a platinum member to offer innovators a developer kit and partner resources to help them develop innovative applications/devices for its 5G network.
  • This builds on the 5G Forward initiative disclosed by the operator in March, which includes a new developer platform, DevEdge. What kinds of use cases is T-Mobile anticipating and will they give it a leg up in the enterprise?

When T-Mobile launched 5G Forward on March 23rd, it described initiatives designed to accelerate 5G developer innovation, including DevEdge, a new developer platform; the Tech Experience 5G Hub, a state-of-the-art innovation center; new T-Mobile Accelerator participants; venture funding for two companies (SignalWire and Spectro Cloud); and strategic partnerships with Disney StudioLAB and Red Bull to develop 5G-powered experiences for fans. T-Mobile claims that wireless developers run into “carrier barriers,” including the need to navigate a maze of hoops and hurdles with limited support, inaccessible experts, unclear pricing, drawn-out certification processes, and limited coverage from rivals’ 5G networks. DevEdge promises easy connection of any device to T-Mobile’s network, pre-certified modules and chipsets, access to APIs and open-source projects, real-time collaboration, and a developer kit (free to the first 1,000 users) with access to data from T-Mobile’s LTE and, in the future, its 5G networks. The T-Mobile Accelerator already boasts a handful of partners, most of which are building consumer applications or devices such as augmented reality (AR) glasses. Spectro Cloud, however, is an enterprise management platform. Continue reading “T-Mobile US Joins Zephyr Project to Boost 5G Developer Innovation”

ASEAN 5G Q1 2022 Roundup: Beginning of 5G Network Slicing and the Platform Play

A. Amir

Summary Bullets:

  • Singtel’s Paragon platform streamlines different 5G capabilities and can minimize the barriers to adoption of enterprise 5G solutions.
  • Leading providers such as Singtel and PLDT have started their initiatives on network slicing. This will enable wider enterprise 5G applications and private network solutions.

It was a slow start of the year for enterprise 5G in ASEAN, especially after strong momentum in 2021 with various industry collaborations and new feature launches (e.g., SA, MEC, private network).  There were only a few key announcements on new launches and partnerships.  Nevertheless, there were a couple of key milestones in market development in the region.  Singtel, one of the most advanced 5G providers in the region, launched an all-in-one 5G platform in the market.  This is crucial for driving enterprise adoption by streamlining diverse initiatives across various 5G capabilities such as private networks, edge computing, network slicing, and IoT.  This could also be the beginning of 5G platform plays enabling automated service provisioning and on-demand commercial models.  The second highlight is network slicing.  While the network slicing feature is still new in the market, several providers such as AIS, Singtel, and PLDT are taking a proactive approach to trials and include this feature in their 5G offerings to gain a competitive edge.  Other players are expected to build similar capabilities to close the gap in the near future. Continue reading “ASEAN 5G Q1 2022 Roundup: Beginning of 5G Network Slicing and the Platform Play”

Enterprise Mobility Services Market Energized by 5G, Edge, Private Networks, and New Devices 

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • For several years, enterprise mobility announcements such as new services, geographic expansion, new go-to-market strategies and alliances, new device types, and enhanced management platforms were few and far between.
  • This has changed with the advent of 5G and edge computing, massive IoT, mobile private networks, and devices and management services for ruggedized computers and wearables.

GlobalData has completed its annual review of the global enterprise mobility services market.  In 2021, there were many enterprise mobility announcements from US and global operators, as an energized operator ecosystem is eager to offer new services and capabilities again.  In part, this is due to new technologies such as 5G and edge, massive IoT, mobile private networks, and expanded usage and connectivity of new device types such as ruggedized computers, wearables, and frontline worker devices (e.g., barcode scanners).  Themes related to 2021 announcements can be divided into four main categories: 5G/edge, private networks, devices/management, and vertical solutions. Continue reading “Enterprise Mobility Services Market Energized by 5G, Edge, Private Networks, and New Devices “

Field Solutions Group: The Rural Telco Tier 1s Should Keep an Eye On

M. Rogers

Summary Bullets:

  • FSG, a telco focused only on regional and rural Australia, is set to become Australia’s fourth MNO in 2022 as it builds out a 200-plus tower network.
  • The company has valuable spectrum assets, a unique neutral host approach, and a focus on critical verticals to become a threat in the enterprise 5G market in rural areas.

A little-known, fledgling telecom company called Field Solutions Group (FSG) has quietly become Australia’s fourth mobile network operator.  The company, which focuses specifically on providing FWA, NBN, and mobile services to regional and rural Australian businesses and government organizations, has an ambitious plan to build out more than 200 mobile towers in regional and rural Australia by 2023.  Currently, the company only offers FWA on its ‘Regional Australia Network,’ but through government grants from the Mobile Blackspot Program, technology partnerships with Optus, and the recent acquisition of Tasmanet, the company hopes to be a disruptive fourth MNO option for regional and rural governments and businesses.  While the company is small, earning AUD 18.8 million in FY 2021 (ended June 30, 2021), the company has a few things working in its favor that could enable it to become a real challenger to the largest telcos when competing for business and enterprise 5G revenues in rural and regional Australia over the coming years. Continue reading “Field Solutions Group: The Rural Telco Tier 1s Should Keep an Eye On”