Network Futures

How will technology innovation, new use cases and regulatory change impact how telcos and others build and operate networks? Covering 5G, WiFi, fibre, LPWA, spectrum, wholesale and private networks and more, the stream’s reports cover the interplay between different technologies, deployment models and emergent value chains

Consumer Wi-Fi: Faster, smarter and near-impossible to replace

While 5G continues to occupy 90% of the industry’s focus, Wi-Fi is quietly entrenching its role for consumers, especially in the home. It is central to media consumption and domestic IoT. In its 20th anniversary year, how will the new WiFi6 – along with whole-home meshes – make it even harder to displace? And how should telcos and others play?

Why fibre is on fire again

Recently, Orange passed 22 million homes, Telefónica 20 million, and AT&T is now reaching five million more every year. The Chinese have over 300 million FTTH connections. What does FTTH do for ARPU, churn, OPEX and 5G that makes it so compelling?