The podcast that goes behind and beyond the technology news headlines to explore the unheard and unseen. The topics include 5G, AI, IoT, Smartphones, Networking, Intellectual Property and others.
Rural 5G - interview with Mike Irizarry, CTO of US Cellular
Defying expectations, rural 5G is attracting a lot of attention. FCC has set up a sizable "5G Fund" to help rural cellular carriers to expand the reach of 5G in the rural parts of the country.
In this episode, I discuss with Michael Irizarry - CTO of US Cellular, opportunities, challenges, and the driving forces behind rural 5G.
Articles mentioned in the podcast:
5G FWA Broadband: A Better Option For Urbanites, Increased Access For Ruralites
5G Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB) - Article Series
How to expand 5G mmWave coverage with IABs
Small coverage footprint is one of the major challenges of mmWave bands. They require hyper-dense deployments to be effective. But bringing fiber backhaul to these is very expensive as well as time-consuming. Integrated Access Backhauls (IABs) introduced in 3GPP Rel. 16 solve that issue. It’s not just IABs, you will also need Self Interference Cancellation (SLIC) implemented in them to maximize the performance.
In this episode, I talk to David Cutrer, CEO of Kumu Networks, the company developing SLIC for IABs, on how it works and when are the large-scale deployments of IABs expected.
For more details, check out my Forbes article, and the article series on RCR Wireless News:
Are Virtual and Open RANs on the path to become mainstream? An open discussion with VP of Intel 5G Infra Group
Intel is a leading provider of the solutions to virtualized networks--both core and RAN. In this wide ranging discussion, I talk to Caroline Chan, VP and GM of Intel's 5G Infrastructure Division (Network Platform Group) about Intel's vRAN and Open RAN journey so far, quiz her about what makes her think the market forces are aligning to make these new architectures mainstream, and how Intel is accelerating that trend with its technologies, products and partnerships.
Qualcomm re-entering cellular infra business with 5G RAN Solutions - How, What and Why?
Qualcomm was a major cellular infrastructure player in the CDMA days, but only had a limited Small Cell offerings in 4G. It all changed with their recent announcement of 5G RAN solutions for virtualized and open radio networks. In this episode, I talk to Gerardo Giaretta of Qualcomm to understand the reasons behind this new development as well as the overall vRAN and Open RAN market landscape.
How to evaluate 5G patents - Views from the subject matter expert
Patent evaluation is a complex process. Many industry observers usually take an easy route and use simple patent counting to decide technology or market leadership, completely disregarding the quality of the patents they hold. But when it comes to patents, we know that quality matters much more than simple quantity. In this episode I talk to the head of a leading patent evaluation firm Patent Sight William Mansfield regarding patent quality vs. quantity, the patent evaluation process, and most importantly the Patent Asset Index ranking.
Links to my patent quality vs. quantity articles for further reading - http://bit.ly/TA-Series
The status and progress toward Open and Virtualized 5G RAN - Discussion with Alok Shah, VP - Samsung Networks
After many years of discussions and token deployments, Open and virtualized RAN (Open RAN and vRAN) architectures are seeing lot of market interest and traction. In this interview podcast, we discuss their suitability for 5G, drivers, current status, and future trends, as well details about Samsung's recently announced Open and vRAN offerings.