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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Combes to step down Sept. 1

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes will step down from his role on Sept. 1 as the vendor moves toward completing its deal with rival Nokia; the combined company is going to be led by Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.

Analyst: Verizon considers Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum an option- but no deals are in motion

Verizon considers Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves something that could fit into its spectrum portfolio, but has not made any moves to look into buying that spectrum, according to a report from J.P. Morgan analyst Philip Cusick.

Alcatel-Lucent's Combes indicates strong pressure to speed up 5G development

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said that there is strong pressure in the industry to have "5G" network products ready as soon as possible.

Analysts: Sprint's network densification project will likely include 70K small cells

Sprint has not yet announced its final plans for its "Next Generation Network" (NGN) network densification, but elements of it are starting to take shape. According to financial analysts who follow the carrier, the NGN program will include around 70,000 small cells, some unknown number of additional macro cell sites and will likely involve wireless backhaul technology using the 2.5 GHz band.

Mallinson: Why are there a lot of 'not-spots' in the UK despite mobile coverage obligations?

It seems regulators and governments prefer impressive-looking obligation targets that are actually rather easy to achieve, while taking as much money as they possibly can out of the mobile sector in spectrum fees. Instead, it would be better to find ways of keeping more money in the sector by reducing auction transfers so that investments in infrastructure and service quality on a more widespread basis can be increased.

Verizon's Shammo: We don't have a 'great need' for 600 MHz airwaves, remain focused on small cells

Verizon Wireless is not desperate for low-band spectrum and does not necessarily need to secure a trove of airwaves in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo. The company may participate in the auction, but in the meantime, it is focused on densifying its network through small cells and refarming some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum.  

Report: Sprint starts widespread carrier aggregation deployment in 2.5 GHz band

Sprint has started actively deploying two-carrier carrier aggregation technology on its 2.5 GHz spectrum in dozens of major markets across the country to deliver faster speeds for customers, according to an internal Sprint document posted on Reddit by a Reddit-verified Sprint employee.

Analysts: Sprint's network densification plans up in the air, but wireless backhaul could play a key role

Sprint has said it plans to massively densify its network via its "Next Generation Network" (NGN) plan and has received approval from parent SoftBank to proceed on the plan. Yet without any visible movement on the plan in the last few weeks, analysts are questioning whether its momentum has stalled.

Ericsson sees North American business stabilizing as it beats Q2 sales expectations

Ericsson reported stronger sales and operating profit than analysts had expected in the second quarter, and the network vendor said that its business in the U.S. market had stabilized during the period.

The top 5 universities leading the way on 5G research

Network gear vendors and carriers are increasingly partnering with academic institutions to conduct research on "5G" network technologies.  FierceWirelessTech  decided to take a closer look at the top 5G academic institutions.  Special report