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Tech VC: top ten trends to watch in 2021

January 8, 2021

Shaping the 6G Vision 5G networks are now with us, so improving their performance and planting seeds for “6G” will be important in 2021. For example, one of our portfolio companies, Cohere, is today helping mobile operators by increasing spectral efficiency. This approach does to the network what Google did to the internet – making […]

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The OTFS Interview – Implications of A 6G Candidate Technology

December 9, 2020

Discussion around OTFS (Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space) is picking up. For example, the IEEE recently launched a call for papers ahead of a workshop on “OTFS for 6G and Future High-Mobility Communications” next June. This workshop is being organised by a team of academics from across Australia, China, Italy, India, and the USA. 6GWorld caught […]

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Deutsche Telekom cozies up to Nokia for open RAN

December 8, 2020

Intriguingly, trials that Deutsche Telekom publicized in February used a RIC developed by VMware, a US cloud-computing firm, for system improvements. Thanks to that tool, Deutsche Telekom was able to use a software application from Cohere Technologies, a Californian company, to boost radio performance. Tavares thinks efforts to diversify the main RAN market are far […]

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RIC and RAN, Robin and Ribbon

August 7, 2020

VMWare and Intel said they would be extending their integration in vRAN, with VMWare developing a RIC (RAN Intelligent Controller) based on Intel Flexran architecture. The RIC is a software element designed to run on standard hardware that, as it sounds, carries out near-real time (there’s also non-real time version) functions such as automated optimisation, […]

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Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service

August 4, 2020

It’s no secret that the mobile and wireless industry continues to push the bounds of innovation. Whether it’s relatively simple but revolutionary actions like connecting smartphones to speedy networks or on-the-horizon activities like precision agriculture, the mobile and wireless sector remains a hotbed of innovation. And it doesn’t hurt that many of the innovations in […]

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Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)

July 23, 2020

The emergence of 5G and virtualization in all areas of the communications landscape has, in many cases, sped up the disruption of the traditional telecom equipment market. Incumbent equipment vendors are now scrapping with a bunch of software-powered startups that provide some combination of web-scale agility and telco-grade resiliency to networking, routing, 5G radio access […]

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Deutsche Telekom, Intel and VMware collaborate on open and intelligent vRAN

July 9, 2020

Panel Discussion Has the telecoms industry finally come up with a way to unlock the radio access network; seen by many as the last bastion of closed, proprietary solutions? VMware and Deutsche Telekom have been collaborating on an open and intelligent vRAN platform, based on O-RAN standards and using Intel’s FlexRAN architecture, to bring greater […]

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A tale of Open RAN innovation from Cohere Technologies

June 29, 2020

One company with a different approach to processing beaming management calculations is Cohere Technologies. Cohere came to attention at the start of the year when it was revealed to have been part of a Deutsche Telekom trial of new O-RAN and vRAN technology. DT was testing virtual infrastructure from VMWare to host virtual instances of […]