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Sami has over 15 years of experience in software development (with a focus on network management software). He has an extensive background as a developer, project manager, product manager and team leader.
Sami has overall responsibility for Cloudstreet R&D and products. His work across multiple areas in software and network solution development has landed an industry first in the development of a an LTE-ready dynamic Network Slicing solution
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The very first Mobile World Congress Americas conference just wrapped up and I was happy to have had the opportunity to attend. After a cold, rainy summer in Finland this year, just about any event in sunny San Francisco in September would be a pleasure. With its maiden voyage making landfall at the iconic Moscone center,
When we think about the telecom space most of us don’t conjure a particularly safe or friendly place for startups to play. Most VCs and entrepreneurs would agree, and yet while traditionally speaking this is true, might we be at the precipice of a sea-change in telecom that may see all boats (even small startup vessels) rise? It’ll a tall order to be sure. While telecom arguably supports the whole shooting match, it’s more like a national highway system than an ecosystem.
Network Slicing promises to radically transform the mobile, digital landscape but while the technology discussion is in full swing, what about the users who will experience it? And how about bringing those experiences to market and across the bridge to 5G?
No doubt but the year 2017 marks the beginning of new mobile era. There are already many fixed/wireless trials in the works employing pre-5G standard air interfaces. Meanwhile with the winter Olympics in Korea just 6 months away, KT amoung others are promising to showcase yet more high profile 5G implementations.
Network Slicing means that from a single network mobile operators can provide different service levels based on different business models. According NGMN.org, “The Network Slice Instance may be composed by zero, one or more Sub-network Instances, which may be shared by another Network Slice Instance.” But in order to provide SLAs for any connection, each slice will require admission control and tight management protocols to define how, when and where the slice will be used.
Just 3 short months ago, AT&T was awarded an historic bid to build out the U.S.’s public safety communications infrastructure that under the FirstNet flag promises to deliver broadband services to public safety operatives coast to coast by the end of 2017. 5 years ahead of schedule and only 9 months after the contract’s signing FirstNet’s drive and leadership in this effort is as inspiring as it is exciting.
5G is getting hyped in all kinds of interesting and very futuristic ways. Every day seems to arrive with a new set of never-thought-of-before scenarios. But it got me thinking; how many of these use cases are actually related to 5G, and how many of them are really about applications, transport and the cloud.
Net Neutrality is again on the table as the FCC ushers in new leadership with the appointment of Ajit Pai to replace former chairman and Net Neutrality advocate. Interestingly, and in uncanny confluence, the FirstNet initiative to build out a public safety infrastructure on commercial networks is now being launched.
In our efforts to make sense of how an industry ticks, it’s a good idea to try and break it down into as simple components as possible. And as we look forward we can simplify telecom and its strategic options with this question: Should its infrastructure be vertically or horizontally integrated? To answer that question, let’s take a look at telecom infrastructure writ large.