WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve new rules designed to accelerate the deployment of wireless infrastructure, something carriers and the infrastructure industry have been clamoring for as operators look to densify their networks with new small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems and other network equipment.
AT&T Mobility indicated it is pleased that the FCC is poised to take steps to accelerate the deployment of wireless network infrastructure, including small cells. Although the FCC has not fully detailed what steps it will take, AT&T is giving strong hints of what will in the draft order--and that it likes what it sees.
Ericsson is consulting with workers unions and representatives over the lay off of around 1,000 staff from its modems business after announcing it will quit the sector in favour of an increased focus on its radio networks unit.
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.
Most mobile operators are planning or actually deploying indoor and outdoor small cells to densify their LTE networks, but the pending widespread deployment of small cells is creating an urgent and unprecedented IT security threat, according to Martin Nuss, CTO at Vitesse Semiconductor.
LAS VEGAS--Michael Peeters, wireless CTO at Alcatel-Lucent, is getting frustrated with the industry's approach to 5G, which he contends is getting everything but the kitchen sink dumped into it.
Due to their portability and the availability of mobile core solutions that provide communications capabilities when there is no access to traditional infrastructure, small cells are increasingly being seen as a key enabler for bringing LTE to military and public-safety verticals, says SNS Research.
The Small Cell Forum's ongoing research agenda targets a host of possible deployment scenarios, including the use of movable small cells as well as dedicated and standalone small cell-based networks. Further, a "tremendously exciting" initiative within the forum aims to apply the concept of virtualization to small cells, said Alan Law, the group's newly elected chairman.
CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker wants the FCC to take further steps to reform the wireless cell siting process to speed up the deployment of network infrastructure.
Huawei and LG Uplus signed a memorandum of understanding under which they will create a joint Mobile Innovation Center (MIC) in Seoul, South Korea, where the companies will work on LTE Advanced carrier aggregation, small cells and 5G technologies.