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.
How did the wireless industry perform in the second quarter of 2015? In this earnings summary, we list results from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.
Just as Huawei touted its contributions to the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) initiative, it announced a string of 4.5G and 5G-related achievements, including one in which it will deploy new services based on 4.5G for the Shanghai Disney Resort and China Unicom Shanghai.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reaffirmed his commitment to the smartphone market and said that Microsoft has a broader view of its mobile strategy than just building phones itself. The comments, in an interview with ZDNet, come a week after the software giant said it would cut around 7,800 jobs, mostly from its phone business, and record an impairment charge of around $7.6 billion related to its purchase of Nokia's devices and services business.
mmMAGIC, one of the newest consortia to be co-funded by the European Commission's 5G PPP programme, said it plans to develop new technologies that can operate in frequency bands between 6 GHz and 100 GHz and accelerate the standardisation of millimeter wave technologies for 5G as part of a two-year research programme.
Nokia's HERE mapping and location services business began a push to create a global standard for contactless transport ticketing payments using Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled mobile phones.
Nokia reiterated that it will look for the right hardware partner before jumping back into the smartphone business via licensing its brand and technology, which won't happen until the fourth quarter of 2016 at the earliest.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's the case, then the Twitter header image for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrates that perfectly. Just look at Nadella's tortured smile then try to make sense of the picture in the header. It resembles some kind of hellish, hopelessly complex landscape that maybe someone at Microsoft understands and loves. But, for a company that wants to solve problems, it's the wrong way to start. Nonetheless, it does provide the perfect illustration of what is and isn't happening at Microsoft.
Everyone has a role to play in the 5G standards process, and for Ericsson, that means spearheading 5G system development as coordinator of the new METIS-II EU project as it sets out to develop the overall 5G radio system design and roadmap recommendations.
A Microsoft decision to lay off close to 8,000 staff and take a $7.6 billion (€6.8 billion) hit on its mobile phone business is regarded as tantamout to an admission that the company has failed in the broader wireless hardware market as well as in its bid to keep the Windows operating system (OS) relevant.