Connect-World: North America covers each of the major nation-states, principally: The United States, Canada and Mexico.
Past editions of the magazine have discussed important and relevant topics affecting the development of ICT within North America including: 5g technology and Innovation, mobile device connectivity, Cloud Computing. Fintech, Cybercrime, Internet of Things (IoT) and network capacity.
Theme: 5G Network Rollouts. Discuss!.
While the COVID-19 pandemic could slow the rollout of 5G in countries around the world, most 5G players in the US argue that they remain on track with their network-buildout efforts.The latest signal on the topic came from T-Mobile, which recently announced it remains on track to launch the “standalone” version of 5G this year. Specifically, the operator said it tested a variety of serviceson standalone 5G, including data and voice sessions with such vendors as Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, Qualcomm and others.T-Mobile isn’t alone in moving to the “standalone” version of 5G, which will allow operators to transmit 5G signals without the support of a 4G connection. For example, Telstra in Australia recently announced it switchedon a new “cloud native” 5G core network with vendor Ericsson to handle new standalone 5G traffic.But the fact that T-Mobile reiterated its plan to launch standalone 5G this year – a goal it laid out in 2019 – adds further momentum to the 5G push, at least in the US.“We still plan to deliver nationwide 5G this summer,” wrote Scott Mair, President of AT&T’s networking operations, adding that the operator also still expects to virtualize 75% of its networking functions by the end of 2021, another of its networking targets. Discuss.