Is there a valid reason, that here in the west, we have a major problem building our own kit ? Have we lost our know-how is is there something else afoot ?
Indian industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries has announced that it has developed its own 5G network infrastructure and hopes to offer it as a manged service to carriers worldwide. At its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, chairman, Mukesh Ambani, said that the group's telecoms unit had developed a "complete 5G …
Cost. Living expenses are higher in the UK, so wages are higher too by necessity.
There’s little detail here - 5G was designed to move away from hardware and towards software as far as is reasonably practical. You can deploy a 5G core (SA or NSA) without owning any hardware (granted, your Azure/AWS bills will be something to behold!). It’s only the RAN side where you need specialist equipment. The radio tech for 5G is crazy. Even then, a significant portion of the RAN functions can be performed in software.
These folk may well be talking about a software only core offering. If that’s the case I don’t see how the UK could ever hope to compete. India has a large number of STEM graduates in a culture that values education, and significantly lower wages than the UK. The UK *could* produce a product, but it wouldn’t sell.
Makes sense. We've gone from being a mostly hardware supplier (still do, racks and all, for some African customers) to a company that deploys carrier grade voice mail system, online charging, SMSCs and so on straight into customers' service centres as virtualised solutions. That core network should be less about the hardware just seems natural.
In related news supporting your theory, the two seats reserved in Indian parliament (lower house) for Anglo-Indians were recently scrapped.
Now waiting for reserved seats for Indian-Anglos in House of Commons.
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>Anyone taking bets on when this is branded a security risk?
By Trump? almost certainly as there will be minimal US tech in it if any (particularly if using ARM rather than Intel/AMD), obviously I'm assuming Trump will get re-elected and so is even more likely to do daft stuff.
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I'm getting >25Mbs here on my phone over a kilometre away from the nearest antenna. At local peak time. I routinely get over 100, closer.
5G's spectra would struggle to get that (25Mbs) at 100m at 4am. Just simple physics.
If nothing else, think of the colossal infrastructure costs just to regain in suburbia the coverage you currently take for granted with 4G. That money doesn't just rain from the sky like in Magic Pudding Land: if they spend it, they'll charge it back to you, over time, via your contracts. They _have to_. So you'll be paying more, for more-restricted service. Walk outside the cities/suburbs/towns'centres... oh, no data.
IoT(meme) aside, wtf?
Other than ShinyShiny hysteria, I don't get the urgency nor the drama.
Investment still needed though. Telcos have not yet realised and unleashed the full potential of 4G speeds, which technically should be good enough for most. They are balking at further investments, despite splurging millions on the spectrum.
Meanwhile in UK:
Any right minded business would not tolerate such laxity of purpose. Ditto 5G spectrum. Having paid millions(again) for spectrum, they are not investing in new masts, poles, Antenna (Huawei drama notwithstanding) for more than 4 years. Just drip feeding the media and OFCOM about the wonders of 5G. Ground reality very barren and almost non existent. But happy to sell very expensive shiny handsets !
Old analogy of the Jumbo jet. Build and they will come. Here it is reverse. Sell handsets and make them wait !> Wonder who is driving this agenda.
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