There are a lot of reasons why Apple’s cellular modem may be failing, most of them just come down to the fact that modems are different and hard.
There seems to be some momentum for Arm to sell itself to some sort of consortium of major licensees. In theory, this could be a good outcome, but in practice would be very complex.
China’s defense apparatus demonstrates how Starlink has become a commercially viable consumer satellite offering.
Private networks remain a hot topic, probably beyond their real world utility. That being said, for enterprises who need them, like oil and gas companies, they can be a powerful option.
By building their core network on AWS DISH is making a bit that this path will provide economics and flexibility so great that it offsets the many risks of relying so heavily on someone else for what was once a core competency for operators.
AWS has published a long post on how they are building the core network for DISH’s 5G network. It is dense but offers a clear roadmap for other telcos’ move to the Cloud. If they dare.
MWC is once again the venue for the global persuasion campaign between competing visions of the O-RAN project. The big swing factor this time around is the growing presence of hyperscalers, notably Microsoft Azure.
Qualcomm has a lot of buzzwords in their X70 press release – AI ! 5G ! – but the real significance of this news can be found in a single hyphen between Modem and RF.
It is now likely that Arm will go public. As a public company they may finally have to face up to the challenges facing them.
A recent Bloomberg report on Apple’s RF ambitions is probably not as earth shaking as it seems. That being said, Apple appears to have some very big, tantalizing ambitions for pushing what is possible with communications.