Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.
Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
LAS VEGAS--Rival U.S. operators are concerned about the "peak wars" that Sprint might initiate using its vast spectrum holdings, said Mike Murphy, Nokia Networks' head of technology, North America.
Microsoft's took the wraps off three new Lumia-branded Windows Phone smartphones today, emphasizing their higher-end specs at mid-range prices. Microsoft also announced a new software update for its Lumia phones that will bring more functionality to Cortana, the digital personal assistant Microsoft introduced with Windows Phone 8.1.
The networks division of Nokia claims its new commercial telco cloud solution is compliant with network functions virtualization (NFV) for end-to-end voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. Further, an unnamed operator is slated to launch the cloud platform by year's end.
Nokia is planning to build a 5G data transfer test network in Oulu, Finland, early next year, according to a Finnish news report. In addition, the company announced a sweeping partnership program that will, among other things, have Nokia's networks unit opening up certain internal application programming interfaces (APIs) to partners, and even competitors.
Vendors Nokia and Intel as well as operators Orange and Telecom Italia are some of the backers behind MiWaveS, a collaborative project launched in Europe to develop millimeter-wave radio technologies for use in ultra-fast 5G radio networks.
Nokia said it will bring its HERE mapping platform to devices that run Google's Android software starting with Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphones. The deal represents a major win for Nokia since the company sold its devices business to Microsoft in April.
Samsung is readying a new smart watch that it claims will redefine the meaning of the term 'wearable device' by offering wireless connectivity without being tethered to a smartphone.
At least 16 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialling or deploying LTE Broadcast, although operators in only five European markets have publically revealed trials to date.