- November 5, 2023
- Posted by: guyadmin
- Category: IoT & Smart Cities
Last week, The Next Generation Global Cellular Forum (NGMN) published a position paper regarding the sixth generation of cellular.
The main message of its members (mainly Operators) is that what was done in past generations cannot continue to the next generation.
Their intention is that the model according to which every generation has to replace the entire cellular infrastructure – hardware and software – constitutes an illogical financial burden on the companies. The fifth generation that was launched several years ago simply does not yet deliver the goods in a business sense. The maturation period of the capabilities as well as the applications takes longer than all the hype that accompanied the launch. As far as the companies are concerned, the upgrades that the sixth generation will bring should be in software format. Their message is mainly aimed at the infrastructure manufacturers – Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei.
These manufacturers based their business model on selling a “complete package” of each generation every decade. As far as the companies are concerned, similar to our personal computer, upgrades are made to more advanced versions, such as the operating systems, and there is no need to replace the computer when a new version is launched. The replacement of the hardware will indeed be required at some point, but not automatically every decade.
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