The vendor has sidled up next to Nokia and Ericsson as a dominant 5G equipment supplier to the largest carriers in the U.S.
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The company’s service provider business was up 6 percent year over year. But 5G isn’t the reason for the turnaround.
Indianapolis will be the fourth 5G market for the operator, joining Sacramento, Los Angeles and Houston.
There is a lot of work required to virtualize the RAN and standards groups like the xRAN/O-RAN Alliance and the 3GPP can’t do it all, says Cisco.
The investment plans include producing equipment stateside to be closer to its customers, opening a new software development center, and hiring several hundred employees.
The platform will be integrated into VMware's Telco NFV portfolio. This will add automated service assurance capabilities to support virtual network function deployments.
“But once you get there those investments you are making to achieve that goal ebb out. They either come down or effectively stabilize,” said CFO John Stephens.
The new service processing card can provide up to an 11-fold performance boost to Juniper’s SRX5000 line of firewalls compared to the earlier version, the company claims.
The satellite firm’s plans are in two phases. Phase one will be a NB-IoT network. Phase 2 will be a standalone 5G network.
In the first half of 2018, Spirent boasted a number of 5G development wins and partnerships, including one with China Mobile.
Both carriers remain committed to spending billions on their respective 5G deployments.
The TMS platform works with software-defined networking to allow mobile operators to manage network traffic at speeds in excess of 5 Gb/s.
That swing was attributed to the impact of being banned from purchasing U.S. components and $1.4 billion in total fines ZTE agreed to pay to the U.S. government to lift the ban.
The announcement comes just days after Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri admitted the company lost some of its Verizon business in certain markets.
The xRAN Forum is in the process of becoming part of the O-RAN Alliance. The merger was announced last February but is taking a long time to be formalized.