Sue Marek

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 sue@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Sue Marek

Farewell readers

Nine years ago when I started my tenure as editor in chief of FierceWireless, I'd already been covering the wireless industry for more than 15 years. I'd seen the end of analog phones, the battle between CDMA and GSM (particularly in the U.S. market) and was carefully monitoring this growing phenomenon called "mobile content" that was making the flashy Hollywood studio types take a closer look at the cross-marketing and promotional potential of SMS and feature phones. 3G networks were deployed and we were just beginning to see the enormous power of the wireless Internet.

AT&T's Keathley: We are testing LTE-U but LAA is a better option

A top AT&T network executive said the company is currently testing LTE-U technology to see if it can ensure that there is fair-use sharing with Wi-Fi. However, he added that he believes that in the long run Licensed-Assisted Access, or LAA, which ensures listen-before-talk capability, will be the best option for transmitting LTE signals in unlicensed spectrum.

Verizon, AT&T miss initial VoLTE interoperability target, promise it will happen this year

A top Verizon executive said that the company's VoLTE interoperability testing with competitor AT&T Mobility is going well and that the company expects VoLTE interoperability with AT&T to be commercially available this year. The companies had previously said interoperability would be available by the end of last year.

Microsoft kills Android bridge project for Windows 10 to focus iOS instead

Microsoft decided to kill its Project Astoria, an initiative that was intended to build a bridge between apps developed for Android and Windows 10. Kevin Gallo, Microsoft's corporate VP of program management for the Windows developer platform team, said in a blog post that the company instead will focus its efforts on a similar program for iOS apps, called Project Islandwood.

Cable MSOs beware: Wireless broadband is a growing threat

The declining price of wireless data is making wireless broadband an increasingly compelling alternative to wired broadband, according to Walt Piecyk, analyst with BTIG. In a research note, Piecyk notes that a three-person household that currently pays $60 for wired broadband and $125 to share 5 GB per month of data from operators like Verizon and AT&T, could cut their wired broadband service and use that $60 to buy an additional 15 GB per month on their shared wireless data plan. According to research from Sandvine, the typical household uses about 22 GB per month of broadband.

Pushing the 5G envelope: Is being first worth the risk?

BARCELONA, Spain -- As I wrap up my fourth day of meetings, press events and booth visits at Mobile World Congress 2016, one very obvious theme has emerged -- the push for some operators to deploy what many are calling "pre-5G" gear by late 2017 or early 2018, well in advance of the previously projected date of 2020.

IoT security threats are skyrocketing, AT&T reveals

BARCELONA, Spain -- Cyber attackers are turning their attention to the growing Internet of Things (IoT) space and exploiting potential security vulnerabilities at an alarming rate. According to a report on IoT security commissioned by AT&T, the company has seen a 458 percent increase in vulnerability scans of IoT devices in the last two years.

Verizon: Video is not a money maker for LTE-broadcast

BARCELONA, Spain—Having equipped its entire nationwide network with LTE-broadcast capability in 2015, Verizon is now saying that delivering video over LTE-broadcast (which the company has dubbed LTE-multicast) has so far not been a big revenue generator for the operator. Instead, a top Verizon  executive said that the company currently sees more potential for LTE multicast to be used for telematics applications such as delivering software upgrades to cars at a dealership.

San Jose CIO: Making our city smarter resulted in 300% more revenues

BARCELONA, Spain -- The CIO of San Jose, Calif., said that outfitting his city with better Wi-Fi coverage has not only improved the city's competitiveness, but also contributed to a 300 percent gain in revenues.

LG banks on modular G5 smartphone to regain ground in global market

BARCELONA, Spain -- LG Electronics broke the smartphone mold today with the introduction of its G5 smartphone on the eve of the opening of the Mobile World Congress show here.