Separately, they've been active in the 3.5 GHz arena, but now Google, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Federated Wireless and Ruckus Wireless are getting together to announce their shared commitment to promote solutions using the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band that the FCC acted on last year.
One of the interesting dynamics that has been taking place over the past year is a rapid wave of consolidation and partnering between top optical and software-related players, hoping to get a piece of the SDN and NFV action. However, none of these vendors are taking the same approach.
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said job cuts are inevitable following the company's merger with Alcatel-Lucent, but that it is too soon to offer specific details on how many staff will go.
More Wi-Fi companies are getting on board with the MulteFire Alliance, with Boingo Wireless and Ruckus Wireless among those joining the organization.
Nokia posted a solid fourth quarter but warned investors that business will slow this year as LTE buildouts near completion in key markets such as the U.S., China and Western Europe.
AT&T and Nokia are working together to offer U.S. utilities the chance to use a licensed LTE network, thereby avoiding interference they might encounter in unlicensed spectrum.
BT may be one of the early providers to go public about G.fast trials for consumers, but its recent lab trial to deliver a Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) cellular network service over copper shows that the technology has other potential uses.
Nokia said it has combined big data storage, intelligent analytics and "extreme" automation in a cloud-based platform that will cut the time taken to identify, and solve, network problems.
Nokia says it offers a way for operators and venue owners to generate new revenue by sending contextual content, advertisements, vouchers and personalized discount coupons to smartphone users in specific venues. The solution involves the deployment of high performance voice and data connectivity using small cells, LTE in licensed and unlicensed bands, the latest generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and core network APIs.
BT is on track with its G.fast trials, serving its own customers and eight of its competitive carrier provider customers via its Openreach division. But the service provider is still weighing how it can make an investment case for a broader deployment.