VMware Inc. announced several product updates to its networking and security products at Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona, in the first major update for the company since Broadcom Inc. acquired it. Before the event, I had a preview of the developments with Abe Ankumah, head of SASE/SD-WAN, and Padma Sudarsan, the chief of architecture for telco, both leaders in Broadcom’s software-defined edge division.

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VMware, as part of Broadcom, releases new 5G, SD-WAN, SASE and edge compute solutions at MWC 2024

Two of the big themes at the 2024 edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week are artificial intelligence and 5G — and although one might view the two as separate technology trends, they are linked. Service providers are currently investing heavily in maintaining and upgrading their services to comply with evolving tech standards for mobile networks.

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At MWC, AI and wireless vendors come together to form the AI-RAN Alliance

Japanese telecom giant NTT Docomo broke new ground this week at MWC Las Vegas by deploying the first 5G network to use graphics processing unit-accelerated wireless technology in a commercial setting.

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NTT DOCOMO and Nvidia partner to launch the first AI-powered 5G network

MWC, the former Mobile World Congress, doesn’t get going until next week, but there has already been some interesting news in the red-hot topic of private cellular.

Late Thursday night, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. announced it’s acquiring the private cellular network provider Athonet for an undisclosed amount. The Vicenza, Italy-based company was founded in 2005 and offers a Citizens Broadband Radio Service-based mobile packet core, SIM cards and radios to set up and deploy a private cellular network quickly and easily.

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HPE acquires Athonet for private wireless network capabilities

Ahead of the MWC 2023 conference next week in Barcelona, Amazon Web Services today announced two new offerings to help telecommunications companies modernize their networks.

Years ago, the value chain for business services was clear. Telcos provided network services, software vendors offered applications, compute companies took care of servers and so on. The rise of cloud has blurred the lines and there is perhaps no industry that has been more disrupted than telecom. Over-the-top services, the cloud companies and other trends has relegated the telcos to being the “pipes” with little ability to differentiate one’s self.

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Amazon Web Services announces new offerings to help telcos jumpstart innovation