Jarich on MWC Shanghai: 5G sketch artists, flying small cells, super-massive MIMO and more wackiness
Earlier this month I stopped by Mobile World Congress Shanghai with a few of my colleagues Ed Gubbins of Current Analysis and Malcolm Rogers of Pyramid Research). Was it as big as the GSMA's Barcelona event in the spring? No. Was the weather more reminiscent of a mid-summer New Orleans -- if someone had pumped in all of LA's smog? Yes. Was it still a solid investment of time? Definitely.
Now that the two largest wireless operators have reported their second-quarter earnings, it's a good time to start speculating how they might spend their budgets the rest of this year.
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Representatives from Qualcomm and T-Mobile US argued this week that the FCC should not step in to regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies. Meanwhile, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, speaking for many cable companies that have their own Wi-Fi networks, hit back hard against Qualcomm.
Boingo Wireless inked a global roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom that will give DT's business customers access to Boingo's more than 1 million hotspots in more than 50 countries.
While male executives dominate the CEO and CTO offices of many telecom companies, there's an increasing presence of women in high-level executive roles at the large telcos, vendors and industry forums. In its sixth annual Women in Wireline feature, FierceTelecom is once again showcasing the talent of some of the most influential women in the wireline segment of the telecom industry.
The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) is urging the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to leverage existing facilities of multiple carriers to speed deployment of the nation's first public safety broadband network.
Any way you dice or slice it, operators will be incorporating network slicing in their 5G networks, and Ericsson's deal this week with South Korean operator SK Telecom only solidifies their commitment to the technology.
The AllSeen Alliance, which grew out of a project that Qualcomm started more than five years ago, is marking a major milestone this week with Microsoft's launch of Windows 10. Every Windows 10 device will have AllJoyn in it.