Telecommunication
Industry Outlook for May

04/06/2021
We explore and keep you updated with recent news in May and technologies that could have a big impact on the telecom industry in the year ahead.
5G of the Month:
South Korea ended March with a 14.5 million 5G subscribers
The number of new 5G subscribers in South Korea rose from 7 million 5G users in March to 14.48 million 5G subscribers in May. South Korea now has a total of 71.1 million mobile subscriptions.

    South Korea ended March with a 14.5 million 5G subscribers
    Regulator allows operators to share 5G networks in Russia
    The petition of Russian telecom operators and preliminarily (a cooperation agreement for the construction and launch of fifth-generation 5G cellular networks) was approved by The Federal Antimonopoly Service.
    Russian regulator allows operators to share 5G networks
    India excludes Huawei among participants in 5G trials
    India will allow mobile carriers to carry out 5G trials with equipment makers including Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung's network unit, but did not name China's Huawei among the participants.
    India excludes Huawei among participants in 5G trials
    Reports of the Month:
    Fixed broadband market in Africa is far behind other regions
    According to the ITU report, Africa region is lagging far behind other regions with regard to international bandwidth at the aggregate and individual levels. Although the total international bandwidth across the region has more than doubled over the last four years from 5 Tbit/s in 2017 to 11 Tbit/s in 2020, it represents only 1.5 per cent of the total world international bandwidth.
      Fixed broadband market in Africa is far behind that other regions
      Telecom Equipment of the Month:
      Telecom Italia encountered a chip shortage problem on equipment supply
      A chip shortage problem has worsened because the demand for laptops and other gadgets exceeded expectations and has risen dramatically due to the rapid shift to remote working and learning during the pandemic
      We are marginally starting to see some shortage on chips around the market - said Chief Executive Luigi Gubitosi told analysts in a conference call
      Telecom Italia encountered a chip shortage problem on equipment supply
      Cisco is planning to increase prices due to chip shortage problem
      According to Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, the company is going to increase prices for some products in the next year because of a global chip shortage.
      Cisco is planning to increase prices due to chip shortage problem
      Edge of the Month:
      The future of the Telco network is edge according to Dell
      Dell Technologies believe that telco network architecture should be based on edge computing because in the near future seventy-five percent of data will be created at the edge
      If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's about the absolute necessity of communications technology - said Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager for the Telecom Systems Business Group at Dell Technologies.
      The future of the Telco network is edge according to Dell.
      Cloud of the Month:
      Vodafone partners with Google to develop a cloud-based data platform
      Partnership with Google's cloud will help Vodafone to create and deploy new digital services and to improve relationships and boost customer retention.
      Telcos are investing an insane amount of money into network equipment and spectrum licences for 4G and 5G, but they are struggling with profitability to get returns on their investments, because the investments are extremely high - said Leif-Olof Wallin, a research vice president at Gartner told the BBC.
      Vodafone partners with Google to develop a cloud-based data platform.
      IoT of the Month:
      Qualcomm unveil its purpose-built 5G modem optimized for IoT
      Qualcomm introducing the company's first, purpose-built Internet of Things (IoT) modem solution equipped with 5G connectivity and optimized for Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications.
      Qualcomm Technologies is continuously optimizing and developing industry-leading technologies and modems ranging from the most power efficient NB-IoT solutions to new products like the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem, purpose-built to bring 5G connectivity capabilities to IoT - said Jeffery Torrance, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
      Qualcomm unveil its purpose-built 5G modem optimized for IoT

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