Archives for: May 11th, 2021

Small cells cool off while midband 5G buildouts begin

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are all working to put their new midband spectrum licenses to use in 5G. And much of that work appears to involve upgrades to their existing 5G radios on top of their existing macro cell towers, and not necessarily adding more small cells to their network footprints, at least at first.

How a new crop of vendors is breaking into the 5G core

The “core” of a mobile network essentially acts as its brain, handling critical processes like traffic management, subscriber authentication and data routing. In the 4G era, massive, established vendors like Huawei, Ericsson and Cisco dominated this space with products that tied together hardware and software elements.