Take the knowledge of NASA scientists, throw in some synthetic diamond, add the spectrum crunch and the path to 5G, and you've got what seems to be the perfect time for launching a new company that combines all those things.
Concealment of cell towers and small cells is becoming more popular, more artistic and more necessary as carriers look to put new towers in populated areas that may need a boost to coverage. In many cases, as those who do the concealment look to modernize, that means keeping up with the latest in radio equipment-- but as concealed towers become commonplace and more corporations try to get their hands in the game, the industry may need to take a look at who is responsible for regulating these innovative disguises. Special report
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the carrier might have as much as $10 billion it could spend on spectrum during the FCC's incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum next year. However, he said that he doesn't think T-Mobile will need to spend that much to obtain the spectrum it wants.
Tower Cloud has begun the installation of a 1,300 mile dark fiber network in Florida, one that will serve one of the top U.S. wireless operators.
More wireless carriers are looking to deploy small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems in urban markets to augment network capacity, yet according to executives at DAS and small cell firm ExteNet Systems, municipalities often create hurdles that make installations difficult. Because of this installers must coordinate with city governments to make sure all city rules and regulations are being followed and that the deployment can be accomplished quickly and efficiently.
Crown Castle sees significant potential in continued small cell deployments, while American Tower is more focused on Distributed Antenna Systems and SBA Communications doesn't see small cells fitting much into its portfolio. Those were some of the key takeaways from public appearances last week by the three tower companies' CEOs.
Ericsson and Hewlett-Packard are teaming up to take advantage of HP's $3 billion acquisition of Aruba Networks, a key player in the enterprise WLAN and Wi-Fi market. Ericsson and HP will resell each other's gear, especially in the enterprise market, and also integrate their technologies as they seek to go after the enterprise.
Verizon Communications has no interest in buying Dish Network but is open to discussing how Verizon could get access to Dish's wireless spectrum or forge some kind of wholesale arrangement, according to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.
LAS VEGAS-- Verizon Wireless will deploy 400 small cells in San Francisco in order to densify the company's network in anticipation of the 2016 Super Bowl that will take place in that city.
CommScope, which focuses on designing, building and managing wireless networks, is adding small cells to its portfolio of products and solutions by buying privately-held small cell specialist Airvana. CommScope aims to use the deal to help it in Cloud-RAN (C-RAN) deployments. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.