The FCC today voted 5-0 to award Ericsson's Telcordia unit the five-year contract to manage the U.S. government's local number portability (LNPA) database, replacing Neustar, the previous LNPA administrator. The LNPA data helps phone subscribers keep their phone numbers when switching from one provider to another.
ATLANTA--Ericsson wants to help Tier 3 carriers expand their business into the Internet of Things, according to an Ericsson executive. However, challenges await smaller carriers looking to expand beyond providing traditional voice and data services to consumers.
If I had to cite one word that featured in a number of presentations at the NGMN Alliance's industry event this week on 5G, it would be "slice". Not the most technical of terms it has to be said, but it cropped up time and time again as operators and vendors sought to explain how future mobile networks would be designed to cope with the demands of the "5G era" after 2020.
Ericsson said Etisalat is the first operator in Egypt to deploy the infrastructure company's Radio Dot indoor network equipment, as the operator moves to meet growing data usage in the country.
Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has started selling 4G services in the capital Addis Ababa, offering packages for use with an LTE dongle or LTE Wi-Fi router from Huawei or an LTE-enabled smartphone.
While there is a legitimate concern that LTE Broadcast content will be given a higher quality of service than regular, over-the-top video content, I don't think the situation will violate net neutrality. In fact, based on conversations I have had this week with experts at vendors that specialize in LTE Broadcast (and, admittedly, are proponents of the technology), carriers' use of it is likely to benefit customers, even those who are not taking advantage of it.
T-Mobile US wants to make sure the FCC knows the benefits of using Licensed Assisted Access technology in, among others, the 3.5 GHz band, saying it's compatible with Wi-Fi and should be considered as the FCC adopts rules for the 3.5 GHz band.
Our latest special report looks at LTE developments in Africa in order to gain some insights into progress so far, and what some of the players are planning to do in the coming months.
In Africa, LTE deployment and usage is accelerating across a continent that faces considerable challenges in terms of its terrain, economic prosperity, and political and regulatory stability. While the number and breadth of network rollouts are clearly still far behind those in Europe, North America and Asia, Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions and the role of mobile connectivity as an alternative to fixed-line services.
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has seen the company revive itself and transform into a more software-focused vendor. And while Ericsson has been a leading vendor in deploying LTE networks, Vestberg wants to ensure that the company stays ahead of the pack when it comes to rolling out next-generation networks.