European nations are significantly more dependent on mobile for broadband connections than fibre-rich South Korea and the widely-cabled United States, for example. Europe cannot afford to wait for "5G." It needs to accelerate its laggardly 3G and 4G deployments forthwith.
Network infrastructure startup Range Networks announced developments designed to enhance the capabilities and further build the ecosystem of its architecture, which is based on commercial open source software.
Huawei this week said it will spend around $600 million (€449 million) over the next four years in research and innovation into "5G" networks. However, other news this weeks provides a timely reminder that operators and vendors still sometimes need to learn to walk before they can run, and get 3G networks right first.
Vodafone UK was raked over the coals by regulator Ofcom this week for being the only one of the country's four mobile network operators to miss its coverage obligations by the end of June.
SpiderCloud Wireless is using a Broadcom WCDMA/LTE baseband system on chip to create a multimode small cell for the enterprise that can offer 3G and LTE services simultaneously.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has come down hard on the market's mobile network operators, first saying they should allow users to exit their mobile contracts without penalty if the monthly tariff increases and then announcing plans to review 3G coverage after its latest figures show shockingly low levels of coverage for 3G data services on Britain's roads.
South Korean startup AirPlug is gaining traction for its multi-network channel bonding technology, having won a deal with KT Media Hub that is aimed at reducing data traffic generated by mobile TV viewing.
When deciding to move from 3G networks to LTE, operator executives need to build and share an agreed and clear view on how to manage device evolution, customer migration, spectrum refarming, traffic offloading, rural coverage and the timing for VoLTE.
Dialogic said its BorderNet Diameter Services Helix can help operators deliver services across LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
Solutions for aggregating wireless bandwidth continue catching on as users demand higher broadband speeds and more reliable connections. As part of that trend, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia recently deployed Mushroom Networks' Broadband Bonding technology for use by staff and visitors.