During the past several years, AT&T Mobility has set up a series of innovation centers, or foundries, at various locations around the world. The first was opened in Plano, Texas, in March 2011, followed by one in Ra'anana, Israel, in June 2011 and another in Palo Alto, Calif., in September 2011. FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein recently spoke with Mark Nagel, executive director of marketing for AT&T Foundry, at the Palo Alto facility. Nagel discussed how the foundries have changed, how the work at the foundries has informed AT&T's network evolution and why they're important for carriers. The following is an edited version of the conversation.
Cisco Systems, which announced earlier this month that it will acquire small cell vendor Ubiquisys, is positioning itself as the un-macrocell provider when it comes to extending coverage and capacity. Cisco doesn't hold any grudges against macrocells, the company just thinks small cells are where the future action will be.
Cisco Systems said it will pay $475 million to buy an Israeli mobile networking startup, Intucell, that specializes in self-optimizing network (SON) software. The acquisition is part of a string of recent deals Cisco has made to add more intelligence to its networking gear and servers for cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
NEW ORLEANS--AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) network will begin adding new network functionalities--such as HetNets and SON--before year's end, with VoLTE to follow in 2013, said Kristin Rinne,...