What’s up with… US broadband, BSNL, 5G in China, the evolution of access

In today’s industry news roundup: Updated network maps needed in US to unlock $42 billion purse; The Indian government is making BSNL’s recovery work more difficult; Chinese officials share staggering statistics on the country’s 5G investments; and more!

The $42.45 billion plan to build broadband access networks to remote and underserved communities in the United States – under the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program which is part of the Infrastructure Investment Act signed into law by President Biden late last year – Is is moving at a snail’s pace due to a lack of accurate maps that show exactly where network builds are most needed, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The results are a stark reminder of how much groundwork is still needed to lead the telecommunications sector, even in mature and developed markets such as the United States, into the digital age and how new tools for planning and Network inventory are still needed to cope with upgrading and extending existing networks.

The Indian public telecommunications company, BSNLand its much smaller sister operator MTNL (which operates only in Delhi and Mumbai) have been told that they must only use technology developed and manufactured in India as they upgrade their mobile network to 4G and eventually 5G, according to the Times of India. BSNL recently received a lifeline from the government in the form of a ‘stimulus package’ worth over $20 billion and a merger partner in the form of a fiber network operator Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL). Now, it looks like the Indian government has also handed BSNL a procurement straitjacket which, while clearly well-intentioned and in the spirit of encouraging local innovation and (potentially) national security, will only make it even less competitive against private rivals Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

Chinese mobile operators have between them invested 400 billion yuan (CNY) ($59.3 billion) in their 5G radio access networks (RANs) and by the end of June reportedly deployed 1.85 million stations 5G base, according to statistics shared by officials at the 2022 Global 5G Convention in Harbin last week. The China Daily reported that the total level of 5G investment is expected to reach 1.2 billion yuan ($178 billion) by 2025, by which time Chinese operators are expected to have deployed 3.64 million 5G base stations. In contrast, mobile operators in the United States are reported to have deployed more than 100,000 by mid-2021, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Investments in China’s 5G RAN infrastructure have coincided with an increase in mobile data usage by Chinese consumers, from 7.8 GB per month in 2019 to 14.9 GB per month in 2022. China-Mobilethe country’s largest operator, currently has 970 million mobile customers, 511 million of whom have subscribed to 5G plans and 263 million of whom are already connected to the operator’s 5G network, according to statistics shared in the company’s recent financial report. ‘operator.

It seems that the judicial force is with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A US court has would have rejected an appeal against the authority’s 2020 decision to reallocate 60% of the spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band that was allocated for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication to support the use of wireless devices. It’s a blow to the auto industry: it got the spectrum in 1999 to develop technology to improve safety on the road, but the spectrum hasn’t been used as much as expected. “I am satisfied with the court’s decision, which confirms the broad authority of the FCC to manage the nation’s airwaves in the public interest. In the more than two decades since the FCC assigned the 5.9 GHz band to support automotive safety, autonomous and connected vehicles have far outpaced dedicated, short-range communication technologies to embrace new alternatives. market-oriented, commented FCC President Jessica Rosenworcel. Spectrum is now allowed to “evolve”, so that “we can advance new security technologies and grow our wireless economy”, she added.

The value of the contact center as a service (CCaaS) market is expected to grow 216% over the next five years, from $4.9 billion this year to $15.6 billion in 2027. This will be “ driven by the breadth of services offered in comprehensive subscription-based models, including advanced analytics capabilities, AI-enabled chatbots, and custom video solutions,” according to Juniper Researchfind out more here.

With the US Flea and Science Act now adopted by President Joe Biden, several companies are salivating at the prospect of some state greenbacks and have made major announcements regarding their planned investments in semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the United States. The law provides $52.7 billion for R&D, manufacturing and workforce development, including $39 billion in manufacturing incentives and $1.5 billion for the promotion and deployment of wireless technologies that use open, interoperable radio access networks (for which, read Open RAN-based systems), so there’s a lot at stake. Intelwho plans to build the world’s largest chip factory in Ohio, has already been identified as a major potential beneficiary and its CEO, Pat Gelsinger, was present at Biden’s signing ceremony. “We are thrilled to see the Chip Act funding enacted. Intel is committed to restoring end-to-end leadership, innovation, and manufacturing here in the United States. We are doing our part and the federal government has now done its part. Thank you to President Biden, Secretary Raimondo, bipartisan congressional leaders, and everyone involved in supporting the semiconductor industry. We look forward to working with the Department of Commerce on the implementation of this important initiative. » Qualcomm also wants a piece of the cake and does a common announcement with partner GlobalFoundries that the duo “more than double their existing long-term global strategic semIlead manufacturing agreement” with a particular focus on increasing manufacturing processes for 5G transceivers, Wi-Fi, automotive and IoT connectivity chips. Micronas for him, announced plans to invest $40 billion by 2030 to “build state-of-the-art, phased memory manufacturing in the United States. Through planned grants and credits made possible by the Chips and Science Act, this investment will enable the world’s most advanced memory manufacturing in America. Micron plans to begin production in the second half of the decade, increasing overall supply in line with industry demand trends.

– Staff, TelecomTV