AT&T's naming of four suppliers for its Domain 2.0 initiative brought sudden fame and glory to Affirmed Networks, a company that had been a little-known provider of virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) technology.
AT&T has taken another step to expand its work with third-party solution providers via a three-year $300 million investment in its Partner Exchange Reseller Program.
BARCELONA, Spain--As I walk the floor of Mobile World Congress 2014, I've had numerous moments of déjà vu when listening to vendors and operators talk about their vision of 5G. You see, I've been covering the wireless industry as a journalist for a couple of decades (much longer than I'd like to admit). And during that time I've witnessed first-hand the evolution from analog to digital to 3G to 4G. With nearly 160 million LTE connections worldwide, 4G is rapidly maturing--and that's prompting many in the industry to begin the 5G debate. What is 5G? What services will be enabled with 5G? How fast will 5G data speeds be?
Netflix and Comcast have reached what could be seen as a landmark interconnection deal that will give the streaming video provider what it says is a "more direct connection" to Comcast's broadband network. Interestingly, not long after Comcast made its announcement, AT&T and Verizon said they are negotiating similar deals with the streaming video company.
Hawaiian Telcom is the latest incumbent telco to jump on the higher broadband speed bandwagon with the debut of a new 500/50 Mbps tier.
In today's spotlight, check out FierceWireless ' wall-to-wall coverage of this week's Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona, Spain.
BARCELONA, Spain- The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance will work on a 5G standard with the goal of making 5G available for deployment by 2020. Although the group was vague on exactly what 5G services will provide in terms of capabilities, several NGMN members said that there is a need for a unified approach to developing a 5G standard so vendors will have clear guidance for the future.
Verizon Communications and AT&T may be the next major telecommunications and broadband providers to strike interconnection agreements with Netflix similar to the one the streaming video service recently inked with Comcast. The deal with Comcast has sparked worries that net neutrality may be undermined as a result because Netflix will pay Comcast for faster and more reliable access to Comcast's customers.
BARCELONA, Spain--The Small Cell Forum continued its educational program for operators with the third release in an ongoing series, this one focused on deploying the diminutive base stations in outdoor urban areas.
AT&T has unveiled its new user-defined network cloud concept, which it says will give customers more control and the ability to add services on-demand.