• O-RAN ready to rocket to be worth $47bn by 2026

    As the ramifications of political decisions taken earlier in 2020 to exclude high-risk suppliers from national mobile infrastructures now play out, diversity in essential tech supply is very much on the agenda for all operators. It is also one of the key drivers for an expanding open radio access network (O-RAN) market, which analyst ABI Research says is expected to exceed the traditional RAN market for the first time, around 2027-2028.

    According to ABI Research’s O-RAN market data report, the total capex spent on O-RAN radio units for public outdoor networks, including macro and small cells, is expected to

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  • Datacentre sustainability tipped to become competitive differentiator for colo community by 2023

    The global colocation community expects sustainability to become an important source of competitive difference between operators in the next three years, suggests data from analyst house 451 Research.

    The market watcher quizzed more than 800 datacentre service operators from around the world about their opinions on sustainability, and what plans they have in place to improve the environmental friendliness of their facilities, as part of a research project commissioned by Schneider Electric.

    More than half (57%) of the operators questioned predicted that sustainability will become an increasingly important competitive differentiator for them in the years to come, while 26% said

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  • Morrisons and Pret join UK retail’s growing subscription economy

    Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest grocer, has joined the subscription movement sweeping across retail by launching a new weekly, fortnightly and monthly food box service.

    The move is an extension of the supermarket chain’s food box channel which launched in March as the Covid-19 crisis took hold.

    The supermarket said offering the subscription service and box in general will help those most in need during the pandemic, along with those sheltering at home or who would rather not visit a store. But it also taps into an increasingly popular consumer trend.

    Research from Barclaycard, published in August, showed

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