Why you shouldn’t settle for commercial off the shelf (COTS) chipsets

by Shai Yaniv | Apr 19, 2017 5:40:00 AM

In the telecom world, equipment manufacturers often face the dilemma of buying “commercial off the shelf” (COTS) chipsets as opposed to developing network processors in-house. While buying ready-made COTS chipsets from third-party vendors can reduce costs and shorten the R&D process, it can also limit a platform’s functionality and the ability to fully customize a solution. For this reason, a number of high-end routing platforms such as Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia) and Cisco have moved from COTS to home-grown network processes.

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How can you gain more capacity while saving on tower leasing fees?

by Tim Egan | Apr 19, 2017 5:37:19 AM

The costs involved in the leasing of cell tower space for antennas can be high and depend on various factors including site location, the size and weight of your antennas, and how much wind torque your antennas add to the tower structure.

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The Benefits of Developing Chips In-House

by Dudy Cohen | Jun 23, 2016 8:48:44 AM

When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer infamously declared in 2007, “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance,” Steve Jobs was forming the chip design team that would make his name and Apple’s iPhone a part of technological legend. These very chip designing capabilities, which Jobs astutely brought in-house, have enabled Apple to maintain the massive moat between itself and an entire industry.

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Reduce high cost of cell tower leases while gaining more capacity

by Dudy Cohen | Jun 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Leasing cell tower space for antennas is an expensive proposition. Pricing depends on various factors, including, of course, site location. Equally important is how large and how much weight and wind torque your antennas add to the tower structure.

To reduce these ongoing expenses, some operators may consider introducing fiber. But the extensive infrastructure investment, long implementation period and the inability to provide remote connectivity quickly and cost effectively make it impractical.

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Less is more: How to gain 1-2Gps capacity with existing MW spectrum?

by Dudy Cohen | May 16, 2016 6:55:07 AM

I heard a particularly appropriate definition of economics: unlimited desires, limited resources.

Every day, telecommunication operators promote “unlimited” smartphone plans, offering “unlimited calls and texts,” or “unlimited data.”

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