SmartSky, Aeronet, Gogo and HAPSMobile are just some of the companies that are hoping to eke profits from stratospheric communications. But others, like Loon and Qualcomm, have moved on.
The number-three hyperscaler is ramping up its range of telecom offerings in its public cloud slugfest with AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Leading operators say they want cloudier RANs, but the economic case for it remains as hazy as ever.
The executive in charge of Dish's 5G network buildout described the operation as an adventurous startup with more than 1,000 employees. 'There's a lot of things that are different,' he said.
The new concept is unlikely to be a panacea for the problems that service providers face in emerging markets.
The German operator provides a 5G update one year after launch, and says it is on track to reach 50% population coverage by end-2022.
US Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger calls for a report on the national security implications of open RAN after its China connections are exposed.
'Rakuten Symphony Inc., a newly established corporation, will consider accepting capital, etc. in addition to business partnerships with strategic partners,' the company wrote in a release.
The UK-based operator has built a gateway using products from different suppliers in a move it likens to open RAN for broadband.
As it weighs a global plan for cloud, the edge and open RAN, the French operator does not want to become overly reliant on Google.
Stefano Cantarelli, EVP and chief marketing officer at Mavenir, says that open RAN's differences are its strengths and, over time, its architecture will become a technological advantage.
A number of companies in the telecom industry have attempted to create a network of individual networks. But Helium is doing so with one big, new element: a very clear and tangible incentive.
From open RAN to wireless emergency alerts, the FCC's new Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) plans to look at security and 5G networks.
While AR, VR and robotics applications generate the most buzz, Anand Shah says many of those private network use cases are several years out. Currently, computer vision is one of the most widely used private network use cases.
Inline accelerators could inject some much-needed competition into the open RAN market, if their backers can build support.
Despite early criticism, vendors may eventually be tripping over each other to sell open RAN products.
Light Reading editors discuss trends they're seeing, what's happening in the awards categories that they're judging and what they've learned from the contest entries as they dig in and prepare to announce this year's winners.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google's Grace Hopper cable lands in Cornwall; GÉANT network trials 800G with Infinera; EU promises chip sovereignty.
The O-RAN Alliance is ensuring that technical contributions will be 'non-confidential,' but little else has changed.
The Japanese kit maker will take on the systems integrator role and provide radio units for Telefónica trials in important markets.