5G functionality is on track to expand wireless functionality over 4G LTE's capabilities, but there is more policymakers can do to set the stage for innovation, ITIF found in a new report it released Thursday.
Amid a bevy of 5G announcements from the GSMA's Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2016 and Informa's 5G World in London, Samsung Electronics is touting a breakthrough in 5G-ready antenna and power amplifier technologies to enable smaller, more energy efficient 5G equipment and devices at 28 GHz.
CenturyLink has acquired "certain strategic assets" from Active Broadband Networks, a provider in software-based broadband networking. CenturyLink is hoping the purchase will help it to automate its network, move network functions into the cloud and deliver software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) services to its customers.
Given all the claims vendors have been making around their abilities to deliver 5G and pre-5G equipment, CableLabs wants to give some of the gear a spin to see how it performs for real.
A new six-fiber pair cable system, sporting 100 Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology and the "latest" digital signal processor, is coming online today that backers including Google, NEC, China Mobile and others said will support speeds between the United States and Japan of 60 Terabits per second (Tbps).
With the Summer Olympics in Rio fast approaching, Akamai pointed out that global average and average peak internet connections have more than doubled since the previous Games in London.
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) CEO Shrikant Shenwai said the case for mobile operators deploying Wi-Fi calling services has become a question of when to rollout rather than if.
Ovum said operators will start to launch 5G networks in 2020 and predicted that there will be services in more than 20 markets with 24 million 5G subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2021.
Usually, industry analysts such as myself wait until December for the annual ritual of "predictions" columns. But there is enough of import happening in the industry that I think it will be of some value to Fierce readers to take stock of where we are as of mid-year, and to think about what the next 6-9 months look like across the mobile landscape.
Wireless operators and vendors looking to deploy LTE-U have expressed frustration in the past about the time it's taking to create a test plan for coexisting with Wi-Fi, and now it looks as though it might get pushed back a little more.