Ericsson has become the ninth major international technology firm to join NYU Wireless as an affiliate sponsor, giving added momentum to the research center's efforts one week before the start of its inaugural Brooklyn 5G Summit, which is being jointly organized with Nokia Solutions and Networks.
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Ericsson said Doug Gilstrap, the vendor's global head of strategy, will resign from his role as of Aug. 1. Gilstrap, one of CEO Hans Vestberg's top lieutenants, has been with the company since August 2009.
Two major wireless network vendors are researching ways to save wireless network operators money by reducing the amount of power they need to run their networks. In separate announcements, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent each announced new efforts geared toward saving energy--and therefore money--in wireless.
Ericsson maintained its grip on LTE deployments in Asia Pacific, announcing its second network rollout win in the region in the space of a week.
Ericsson has reportedly signed on to use OpenStack-based software from a Silicon Valley startup, while Cisco is pushing for industry adoption of its unique approach to software-defined networking (SDN).
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--LTE remained the overarching topic of conversation here at the Competitive Carriers Association conference, with some smaller carriers opting to hold off on the technology while others plunged full-steam ahead into the market for high-speed wireless connections. The issue continues to remain critical as Sprint looks to partner with smaller operators for LTE buildouts, while vendors like Ericsson work to sell LTE equipment to new customers.
The European Commission has dropped its threat to launch an investigation over alleged dumping by Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, although the European Union's (EU) executive body said it still needs more time to determine if an investigation into illegal subsidies is required.
Mobile deployments are driving growth in the policy management software market, which is expected to become a $2.5 billion market by 2018, according to Infonetics Research. Voice over LTE (VoLTE), in particular, "continues to be a major driver behind policy management growth as operators seek to ensure quality of service (QoS) for voice traffic," the firm said.
Continuing its acquisition streak to bolster its mobile position, Lenovo announced it will purchase $100 million in wireless patents from Unwired Planet. The deal comes a little less than two months after Lenovo agreed to buy Google's Motorola Mobile division for $2.91 billion.