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CSPs reveal what’s really happening with 5G

Over the years, the team here at Allot has amassed quite a library of Telco Trends Reports, which we publish as important developments occur within the industry. Our latest report dives in deep to reveal where communications service providers (CSPs) are on the path to rolling out 5G. Entitled “The 5G Journey: Where are we…

Do we really need 5G?

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, 4G is really pretty good. It makes quite a few useful things possible: fast general Internet access (on the order of DSL) download and even upload of high-resolution video always-on behavior (with batteries lasting the entire day) apps relying on location and identity (technically a smartphone feature)….

Why is 5G called 5G?

I know you’ve probably heard a lot about 5G already. But, did you ever actually stop for a moment to consider the simple question – why is it called 5G? Simply put, 5G stands for the fifth generation, and we could stop there, however… It’s interesting to note that there have been many technologies that…

The power of real-time capabilities for communication service providers

A colleague of mine recently alerted me to a white paper she read about the competitive advantage of real-time. The concept of “real-time” remains a hot topic, and I can appreciate the value of this material, especially since it was featured on Vanilla Plus, a leading telecom content platform that I find quite insightful. Although…

Facebook Outage – It’s all about the Pipes

In case anyone needed to be reminded, yesterday’s dramatic Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram outage drove home, once again, how dependent we have all become on ubiquitous connectivity and our favorite applications and online services. But it goes far beyond just online fun and games and keeping in touch with our various communities and interests. Businesses, governments, utilities, healthcare,…

The surprising things mobile network operators are saying about 5G & QoE

We recently completed some research to better understand CSP attitudes toward Quality of Experience (QoE) and congestion management on 5G networks. As part of the study, independent market research agency Coleman Parkes conducted an anonymous survey in which senior decision makers at 100 Tier-1 and Tier-2 mobile communication service providers (CSPs) were asked a series…

The FCC is concerned about 5G security – shouldn’t you be?

In today’s 5G world, DDoS attacks have the power to disrupt network services and disturb the mobile subscriber experience to such an extent that customers may lose faith in their mobile carrier and leave, contributing to increased rates of subscriber churn and penalties due to SLA breaches. For quite some time, my colleagues and I…

How greenfield 5G network operators like DISH are ushering in a new era of cybersecurity

In the world of telecom, a greenfield service provider is one where the deployment and configuration of its network are entirely new – where none existed before. In the USA, DISH is getting a lot of attention for its greenfield deployment of the nation’s first cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G network. As Fierce Wireless recently pointed…

DDoS attacks and 5G: everything you need to know

Cybersecurity geeks may already know this historical tidbit… The first DDoS attack occurred back in 1999, when a computer at the University of Minnesota suddenly came under attack from a network of 114 other computers infected with a malicious script called Trin00. What they may not know, or remember, is that, earlier that same year,…

The top trends CSPs and enterprises will face in 2021 and beyond

Like most everyone else, our way of working has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, one thing that can’t be stopped, even if it may have been slowed, is the rollout of 5G, which remains a high priority around the world. As we move into 2021, an increasing number of operators are moving…

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