U.S.-China Schism Pressures Wireless Standards

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2019-06-06

Will the current geopolitical tensions affect the wireless industry’s ability to maintain single global technology standards? Technology companies choose to compete within a single standard or engage in battle-of-standards.  Beyond companies’ decisions, governments also shape standardization, constraining the private sector’s choices.  National and regional standard bodies have traditionally shaped wireless standards, but that changed over time.  The novelty of 4G …

A 5G Network Cheaper Than Huawei

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2019-05-20

The Trump Administration’s recent telecom networks security executive order, which has the practical effect of a comprehensive ban on Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, is just one of the significant challenges China is facing as a center of telecom manufacturing.  Less obvious is the fact that China is facing another headwind: its primary source of competitiveness—low-cost industrial production—is eroding …

Who’s Winning the 5G Race?

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2019-05-06

The fifth generation of mobile technologies comes in a very different international environment than previous ones: 2G emerged in the late 1980s when the Cold War was ending; 3G in the early 2000s as China entered the world trade system, becoming a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO); By 2010, these events enabled 4G to be (for the first …

China places big bet on 5G

Author: Adam Rosenberg
Published: 2017-09-08

China’s leaders believe 5G will help drive its economy into the future. While both the commercial potential of 5G and the huge costs required to build 5G networks have been well publicized, the economic policies Beijing is employing to make China the first truly 5G country are not widely reported. In China’s 13th five-year plan the central government labeled the …

A mobile strategist’s takeaway from WRC-15

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-12-01

The spin doctors are shooting out press releases claiming victory at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). It is in the nature of the consensus politics of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that there is always something for everyone. In radio communications, it was in 2000 this approach took root, as a commentator then said: “The WRC-2000 introduced a new …

5G still in the air as spectrum needs are addressed

Author: Michael Newlands
Published: 2015-01-27

With the news that Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University has opened its own 5G Development Centre, it’s safe to say the search for the building blocks of the next-generation of mobile data services is now truly international. The Chinese-backed research facility is going to be looking into “achieving 5G’s anticipated speeds of up to 800Gbps and thousand-fold increase in capacity.” Or in …

A balanced assessment of the 3G/4G spectrum auctions in Pakistan

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-05-19

Perhaps the biggest success of Pakistan’s just-completed spectrum auctions for next-generation mobile services (NGMS) may have passed unnoticed. This is the upcoming shift from a voice-centric mobile industry to a data-centric one. Via the auction, the Ministry of Information Technologies (MOIT) and the Pakistan Telecoms Authority (PTA) have ensured the most advanced mobile broadband technologies available in the world today …

5G enters the race while 4G is still in the paddock

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-03-10

Several years ago, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN body for telecoms policy, released a definition of 4G which its 193 member states should have adhered to (http://www.itu.int). They didn&#39t. As a result, it is now being very careful not to say 5G. A key part of the 4G specification was minimum upload and download speeds and these are …