A Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) is a mobile operator that does not own its own spectrum and usually does not have its own network infrastructure. Instead, MVNO's have business arrangements with traditional mobile operators to buy minutes of use (MOU) for sale to their own customers.
What do all of the leading global* Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) all have in common? They all started with an MVNO Business Plan.
Lifecycle Service Orchestration: Reference Architecture and Framework (MEF 55). This 57-page document from the MEF is the essential, foundational specification for agile end-to-end communications services that work within one carrier’s network or can span the globe linking multiple service providers.
Technology and healthcare recently came together as part of a public forum at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. I was honored to join representatives from the FCC and the health industry at this eminent institution to discuss how the advent of 5G, and the policies that enable it, will affect the future of healthcare.
Under President Obama, we have seen technological breakthroughs and strategic investments that have propelled the United States to the forefront of wireless broadband—with world-leading 4G/LTE coverage for more than 98 percent of U.S. citizens. Today, the Obama Administration is announcing new steps to maintain U.S. leadership and win the next generation of mobile technology with the launch of a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative led by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Last week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of a new wireless broadband roadmap, aka "Spectrum Frontiers, which designates 11 GHz of licensed high-speed spectrum for LTE and 5G infrastructure, and which set rules use of 7GHz of unlicensed airwaves. Even as debates continue over the definition and standard of what is 5G, the FCC has stepped up to the plate and shown it is ready to work with industry to meet grand new goals the entire ICT ecosystem has come to expect from the next era of LTE and broadband wireless.
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5G — To support the development of 5G in the U.S., the FCC allocated almost 11 GHz of licensed and unlicensed spectrum above 24 GHz. The commission is also asking for comments on allocating an additional 18 GHz, including E-Band.
Verizon released a 5G radio specification that defines guidelines for testing and validating technical components. Read it here.
Vodafone announced today Americas findings from its fourth annual Internet of Things (IoT) Barometer Report, the leading global survey of the IoT sector. This year’s survey results show the business impact IoT technology can achieve, as 55% of IoT adopters in the Americas have seen revenue growth by greater than 20% following IoT implementation.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has today published its latest whitepaper, outlining the opportunities Wi-Fi calling presents for mobile operators, mobile broadband service providers and consumers. The paper discusses the significant role Wi-Fi calling can play in addressing industry issues such as coverage, as well as highlights the gaps in the market to help promote the deployment, use and growing momentum of Wi-Fi calling.
Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are looking to virtualization as a means to enable innovation through the introduction of new services, creating an aggressive time-to-market strategy and as a way to stay ahead of the competition.
CSPs face a number of potential roadblocks which includes long cycle to get to market due to manual operations and rigid traditional backoffice systems; high maintenance costs for network operations and integration; the lack of a single point of responsibility and expertise; and an overall lack of knowledge and standards in the industry.
There are many constituents within the FinTech Ecosystem including Digital Payments providers, Business Finance companies, and Consumer Finance providers.