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One of the key issues for the evolution of telecommunications networks is an optimal management of radio spectrum. Currently, to be able to deploy 5G capabilities it is necessary to make more licenced spectrum available for mobile service providers.

 - Without the Network There is No Mobility - 

The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is resulting in a greater perception of the value of telecommunications, both by organisations and consumers. This is due to two fundamental reasons. On the one hand, users are discovering new technologies that they until very recently did not pay much attention to, even though operators have been investing in them for over a decade. On the other hand, they realise the resilience that telecommunication networks are showing in a situation of intensive demand, thanks to which they can continue to maintain their economic or professional activity.

Barcelona has been hosting the Mobile World Congress (MWC) since 2006. In the edition of that year, people were desperately looking for use cases that would underpin the 3G. And the most sought-after devices were displaying the Nokia brand. Fifteen years later, we are desperately hunting for 5G use cases and it seems mobile phones are re-adopting a shell-like shape, like the one that was successful back then...

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Launching Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has for some time been seems to be yet “another” large project operators are undertaking with more or less success and driven both by the need for operational efficiencies and customer demands.

The question is whether the colossal time and efforts that are being spent by operators to make the efficient IP-only LTE (or 4G) networks backward compatible will ever payoff? The main drivers seem to be efficiencies in spectrum and the promise of being able to provide convergent services based on IP. Moving voice calls to data networks at least in theory means a simpler network to manage and thus lower operational costs. Other industries such as digital and media have been successfully delivering these types of services for years, eating into the two cash-cows on which telecoms has been built, namely voice and messaging, only at a fraction of the investment.

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