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Most Innovative 5G Technology Strategy (Vendor)Most Innovative 5G Technology Strategy (Vendor)

Running down the vendors that made the new 5G strategy shortlist for Leading Lights.

Dan Jones

May 15, 2017

3 Min Read
Most Innovative 5G Technology Strategy (Vendor)

5G is the gigabit-plus wireless technology that will dominate the next decade, and -- by extension -- the lives of people that use smartphones, tablets, cars and much more.

Standardized 5G technology is now on an accelerated schedule to arrive in 2019, with the first completed radio specification expected at the end of this year. So, Light Reading has started a new award category this year to pick out emerging 5G vendor strategies.

So which vendors made the cut?

Four companies -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Parallel Wireless Inc. and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) -- made the 5G shortlist in this year's Leading Lights Awards -- find out more about them below.

The winner will be announced at the Leading Lights Awards dinner on Monday, May 15, at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas. On the following day, the Big Communications Event opens its doors for two days of learning, networking and fun.

To find out which companies were shortlisted across all of this year's Leading Lights categories, please see: Leading Lights 2017: The Finalists.

You're invited to attend Light Reading's Big Communications Event -- the ONE event that delivers context and clarity to the software-driven future. There's still time to register and communications service providers get in free. Cisco Systems -- Hybrid Information Centric Networking (hICN) Cisco's hICN has a long history that the vendor believes will help simplify future 5G networks and context-aware mobile video delivery. Partially developed from technology created at PARC -- a Xerox company -- over ten years ago, the Information-Centric Networking (ICN) system is designed to make data access independent from location. It does this by encoding ICN data into IP addresses, and supports IPv4, IPv6 compliant file types.

Nokia -- Nokia 5G FIRST

Nokia is trying to position itself as an apex predator on the 5G scene with its "FIRST" strategy. The plan is to infuse the vendor's hardware and software with leading-edge 5G specifications and silicon. To this end, Nokia is combining its AirScale MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) antennas, beamforming, radio access network (RAN) and AirScale data center technology with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s 5GTF radio specification, and the forthcoming 5G modem from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC).

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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