Biography for Sue Marek
Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including FierceWireless, FierceCable, FierceTelecom, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Sue Marek
The 5G frenzy is real and it signals the importance that vendors and operators are placing on being considered an early leader and visionary in 5G technology. Although we may still be two to four years (depending on which timeline you believe) from actual commercial service, there's a lot at stake for wireless companies because 5G represents such a dramatic change, not only in technology but also in business models.
Sprint CTO John Saw said that the company is looking at ways to reduce backhaul costs by using its 2.5 GHz spectrum assets to provide wireless backhaul for small cells instead of fiber. In addition, Saw said the company will use dark fiber for backhaul, which may not be cheaper than traditional fiber but will allow the operator more control over the speed and capacity of the backhaul circuit.
The early champion behind AT&T's IoT efforts is Glenn Lurie, the former head of the company's emerging devices business and the current president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Lurie sat down with Sue Marek, editor in chief, in Las Vegas to talk about the company's IoT efforts, the formation of the Smart Cities Alliance and its highly anticipated mobile video play. The following is an edited excerpt of their chat.
This week at the Consumer Electronics Show here, where IoT was clearly one of the hottest topics around, the divide between AT&T and its competitors in the IoT space became even more evident as the company announced yet another deal with a car maker to embed its LTE modules, bringing its total number of deals with automobile OEMs to nine out of the 16 major car makers globally. And, perhaps even more importantly, AT&T announced a partnership several other heavyweights including Cisco, Ericsson, GE, Qualcomm, Deloitte, Intel and more to develop a framework for smart cities that will make it easier for cities to be connected. The group also named three cities that will be testbeds for this effort, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.
Ford does about-face on connected car strategy, inks deal with AT&T to outfit 10M cars with LTE by 2020
LAS VEGAS--AT&T just added Ford Motor Co. to its growing list of automakers sporting the company's LTE modules. Ford announced that it plans to connect more than 10 million cars with its AT&T-powered SYNC Connect service within the next five years.
LAS VEGAS--AT&T is collaborating with Cisco, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Intel, IBM, Deloitte and GE to develop a new framework for smart cities that will make it easier for communities to be more connected. The consortium will use three U.S. cities--Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas—as the first test bed cities for the platform.
In what is being viewed as a victory for wireless operators and tower companies, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Dec. 18 that the FCC has the authority to make it easier for tower sites, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells to be deployed by preventing local authorities from hindering the permitting review process. Specifically, local municipalities cannot deny requests to modify wireless equipment if it doesn't substantially change the physical footprint of that equipment.
As the definition of 5G becomes clearer, many are seeing it as being the perfect solution to many of the problems that currently exist with the Internet of Things -- namely the inability to bring together disparate networks such as RFID and Bluetooth with the underlying cellular framework that needs to happen to make the IoT vision a reality.
I'm excited to introduce Colin Gibbs, the newest member of the Fierce editorial team. Colin is the editor of FierceWireless and will be reporting on all the latest news in the wireless industry -- from pricing plans and smartphone launches to spectrum auctions and network upgrades.
Sprint and AT&T executives discounted T-Mobile US' newly announced Binge On streaming video service that the operator will offer to all its customers who subscribe to 3 GB or higher data plans for no extra charge.