This Week in Network Transformation News

What do Americans want? 5G! When do they want it? Now! (And they’re willing to pay for it.) But as with any new product or service, security needs to be priority número uno. While some cable providers are feeling the 5G heat, others see it as a chance to reinvent themselves. We can’t stop, won’t stop the cry: The data storm is real, but mobile edge computing can help providers batten down the hatches. And a new partnership between Intel and ZTE paves the way for wicked-fast 5G devices.

5G Fever: Study Shows US Consumers Are Willing to Pay a Lot More

Americans have a fever. And the only prescription is more cowbell, er, faster streaming video. That’s good news for mobile carriers, because a new Ericsson study says speed-hungry Yanks are willing to pay for what they’ll get. It’s not just about speed, though. It’s about new experiences and new ways to consume content (especially classic SNL skits).

Why Unlocking 5G’s Value Depends on Its Security

The good thing about a next-gen anything is that it offers more benefits than its predecessors. The not-so-optimal thing is that the transition can sometimes be bumpy. In 5G’s case, early rollouts may come with the same vulnerabilities as 4G and other previous iterations. The onus is on operators and OEMs to focus on security from the start.

5G Opportunity Still Outweighs the Threat to Cable Ops

Video may have killed the radio star, but cable isn’t going to go down that easily. In fact, even though 5G is in many ways the cable killer, it presents plenty of opportunities for cable providers to get some skin in the game by developing new mobile and wireless offerings.

How Operators Can Gain an Edge With Mobile Edge Computing

With the recent surge in IoT devices and 5G knocking on the door, healthcare providers, the automotive industry, and all good folks between are champing at the bit to monetize all the data that comes with it. Whether the resulting use cases are about making consumers’ lives easier or actually saving their lives, the mobile edge will be there to make sure latency goes the way of the dodo.

ZTE Selects Intel’s eASIC Devices for 5G Wireless Deployment

When superheroes team up, they save the planet. That’s all well and good in a fictional version of our universe, but here on Planet Reality, we have bigger fish to fry. Like 5G. ZTE knows that. Intel certainly knows that. And that’s why ZTE chose Intel’s structured and standard-cell ASICs to bridge the FPGA gap and start delivering lower-cost, more power-efficient 5G devices. We’d like to see Ant-Man and Groot do that.