Startup XCellAir is trying to drive home the point to carriers that they might want to take a closer look at how they're managing Wi-Fi. According to research released last week, operators collectively could be leaving up to $18 billion on the table by failing to properly manage unregulated spectrum.
Ericsson said a joint demonstration of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) conducted with Qualcomm Technologies is another step along the path towards commercialising 5G technology.
Research released by Wi-Fi specialist XCellAir claimed that operators could fail to exploit an opportunity to save costs of almost $18 billion (€16 billion) if they continue to poorly manage unregulated spectrum.
While Globalstar says a trial Chicago deployment confirms there are no interference or compatibility issues between the terrestrial low power service (TLPS) and Wi-Fi, nor with TLPS and Bluetooth operations in the 2.4 GHz ISM band, a short seller begs to differ.
Windstream may have come to the IPTV game later than its ILEC compatriots AT&T and CenturyLink, but the advent of lower cost home network gear is helping them make a business case for the service.
The Small Cell Forum formally established six teams that will tackle specific work areas, including small cells in unlicensed spectrum, 5G and multi-operator small cells.
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.
Comcast is open to leveraging its 11 million Wi-Fi hotspots and its MVNO relationships with wireless carriers into something more, but has no current plans to enter the wireless market with its own offering, according to CEO Brian Roberts.
Globalstar says new tests conducted at a college campus in Chicago over the summer give the company even more confidence that its Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) operations will not interfere with existing 2.4 GHz unlicensed operations. But to allay concerns, it's ready to commit to using a network operating system (NOS) to employ interference detection and mitigation techniques, and it has identified the existing Wi-Fi network management system of ViaSat as an ideal platform for doing so.
For Boingo Wireless, 5G is all about converged networks-- something it knows a little about, having dived head first into Wi-Fi aggregation, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and network functions virtualization (NFV).