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5G Americas White Paper Highlights Gap Between Telco and Open Source

February 27, 2019 / Dan Meyer

The 5G Americas trade association released an initial stab at tying together the connection between open source platforms and 5G, which further shines a spotlight on the growing connection between virtualization, software, and the next evolution of mobile technology. The effort is in a white paper, titled The Status of Open Source for 5G. It’s admittedly “not an exhaustive” look at the connection, explained 5G Americas President Chris Pearson at this week’s MWC Barcelona event, but it’s a stab at providing some context for 5G Americas’ base. 5G Americas is a trade organization that is backed by telecom operators and vendors focused in the Western Hemisphere. This includes AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Telefónica, and Sprint. The organization has some history in the mobile telecom space as it initially operated as 3G Americas, before migrating to 4G Americas, and now its current incarnation.