Despite the same old challenges related to power and backhaul that small cells historically have had, Nokia Networks is seeing a lot of momentum for small cells, especially in North America and China.
Heading into 2016, the Wi-Fi Alliance is confident the industry can reach a consensus on LTE-U in unlicensed spectrum, and it's demonstrating its ability to bring a diverse set of stakeholders to the table that are committed to develop a testing system that ensures LTE-U products fairly coexist with Wi-Fi. All of which is key if the industry is to avoid tighter scrutiny by the FCC.
Qualcomm said it will remain a single business, finally putting to rest speculation that it would split its chipset and licensing businesses.
Nokia Networks said it has paved the way for the introduction of TD-LTE in South Korea following the industry's first demonstration of 3-carrier aggregation (CA) with 256 QAM using the 4G mode.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that the carrier expects to be able to offer 5G wireless speeds up to 1 Gbps, and that he expects the company to begin a commercial test of the technology as early as next month at the carrier's Basking Ridge, N.J., headquarters.
The European Commission filed antitrust charges against Qualcomm, claiming the company illegally paid an unnamed customer to use its chipsets exclusively and that it sold chipsets below cost in an effort to force a competitor out of the market.
Researchers at Houston's Rice University won $2.4 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research into the use of massive multi-user, multi-input multi-output (MU-MIMO) for upcoming 5G standards.
In an early public demonstration of its TDD synchronous system operating in the 28 GHz band, Qualcomm Technologies recently showcased the kind of intelligent beamforming and beam tracking techniques that could be part of 5G networks.
Qualcomm said South Korean antitrust authorities have accused the chipset giant of violating South Korean law through its licensing practices and proposes to fine the company. The disclosure about the investigation, which was first launched earlier this year, is the latest in a series of tussles the company has had with antitrust regulators worldwide over its licensing business, which is how Qualcomm derives the majority of its profit.
Vodafone said it has become the first network operator in the world to successfully trial LTE carrier aggregation on a live network using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as it investigates new ways to deal with rapidly growing mobile data usage.