LAS VEGAS-- The 5G buzz is escalating as U.S. operators like Verizon Wireless are announcing 5G trials and vendors like Nokia Networks are promising commercial 5G-ready hotspot equipment in 2017.
As CTIA's Super Mobility conference is winding down, it's worth taking a look at the lighter side of the second-annual confab the trade group put on, which brought together several different conferences and co-located events.
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.
LAS VEGAS-- Verizon Wireless sent out private invitations to 5 million customers for its Go90 over-the-top mobile video service ahead of a nationwide launch later this month, according to a senior Verizon executive.
LAS VEGAS-- Just as was the case with 4G, expect wireless carriers to market their networks as "5G" even before the industry has standardized such next-generation networks, according to a senior AT&T executive.
The biggest news from Apple's announcement of its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones yesterday was not the phones themselves, which largely conformed to the leaked specifications that had been circulating for weeks, but rather Apple's decision to launch its own equipment installment plan to let customers pay for the devices directly from Apple. The new program should worry carriers because it makes them much less relevant to consumers, enhances Apple's relationship with customers at their expense and could be a step toward Apple cutting out carriers entirely.
LAS VEGAS--The debate over what is the best low-power wireless communications protocol technology to power millions and eventually billions of Internet of Things devices heated up here this week. LTE chipset Altair Semiconductor argued that LTE Category 1 chipsets can achieve many of the benefits of the more advanced Category 0 chips without the need for device makers to add in new silicon. Meanwhile, even though competitor Sequans Communications was here at CTIA's Super Mobility conference touting Cat 0, the company conceded that network software upgrades could bring the benefits of Cat 0 without the need for new chips.
Unite Private Networks (UPN) may be gaining momentum in the wholesale wireless backhaul market with the recent installation of its 100th cell tower with dark fiber, but the service provider's move to offer turnkey small cell services illustrates that there's value in providing more than just a large pipe.
Apple is likely going to unveil its newest iPhones tomorrow, expected to be called the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and every major U.S. carrier will likely announce plans to carry the phones. However, for the first time since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, U.S. operators will be favoring equipment installment plans and leasing over two-year contracts, potentially creating a conundrum for both Apple and the carriers.
Verizon Wireless launched a trial version of its over-the-top mobile video service, called "Go90," aiming to lure millennials with short-form video and flex its digital advertising muscles.