AT&T is currently running traffic from "millions" of its wireless customers over its software-defined network architecture, according to John Donovan, senior EVP of AT&T's technology and operations.
Just as we did last year, FierceWireless has partnered with Allnet Insights & Analytics, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis. According to AllNet President Brian Goemmer, a wireless industry veteran with 20 years of experience, AllNet has developed what it calls "Download Spectrum Depth Maps" to represent the available LTE spectrum for each of the Tier 1 carriers based upon their current LTE deployment configurations.
More wireless carriers are looking to deploy small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems in urban markets to augment network capacity, yet according to executives at DAS and small cell firm ExteNet Systems, municipalities often create hurdles that make installations difficult. Because of this installers must coordinate with city governments to make sure all city rules and regulations are being followed and that the deployment can be accomplished quickly and efficiently.
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri committed to utilising Alcatel-Lucent's French R&D facilities to develop technologies including 5G and small cells as part of a deal to secure the backing of France's government for the companies' planned merger.
T-Mobile US took a dig at Verizon Wireless with its newest TV commercial touting its expanding LTE coverage, tweaking Verizon's recent TV ad that featured geese. The new T-Mobile ad is meant to highlight its growing 700 MHz A Block deployment and improved coverage and in-building penetration.
Sprint and T-Mobile US tried and failed last year to convince U.S. regulators to allow them to merge, and most financial analysts think any merger talk needs to be put off until 2017 at the earliest under a new administration. However, analysts at Evercore ISI think that the carriers could strike a merger of sorts by combining their respective network resources into a new company.
Crown Castle sees significant potential in continued small cell deployments, while American Tower is more focused on Distributed Antenna Systems and SBA Communications doesn't see small cells fitting much into its portfolio. Those were some of the key takeaways from public appearances last week by the three tower companies' CEOs.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said that the carrier's momentum on subscriber growth has continued in the third quarter, with the company besting all of the figures it posted in the second quarter. Legere also said that he thinks it's inevitable that there will be a convergence of the U.S. cable and wireless industries.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company has added postpaid handset customers for four months straight through August, the first time the carrier had done that in 40 months. Claure said that was one clear sign that the company's turnaround is taking root, and he vowed that by the end of 2017 he wants Sprint to be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in network performance in at least 80 percent of all major markets in the U.S. Claure said in May that he wanted to achieve that in 18 to 24 months, so his new timeline is pushing that goal back by several months.
AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie has a message for everyone that is excited to get ahead on 5G network development, with promises to bring pre-standard 5G technologies to the market: cool your jets.