Biography for Sue Marek
Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including FierceWireless, FierceCable, FierceTelecom, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Sue Marek
DALLAS -- 5G specifications are not fully defined yet, but experts say that they think 5G advancements -- such as longer battery life and less complex device modules -- will offer many benefits to the Internet of Things ecosystem.
Comparing spectrum to oil in terms of important to the future of wireless connectivity, Ericsson EVP and CTO Ulf Ewaldsson said that because spectrum is in such limited supply vendors like Ericsson and others need to turn their focus to technologies like massive MIMO and beamforming that promise to make better use of existing spectrum.
LAS VEGAS --Nokia is working with Google in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band and may be considering deploying LTE-U in that band. According to Ricky Corker, president of North America and EVP of Nokia Networks, the company is seeing interest in deploying LTE-U in the 3.5 GHz band from non-traditional players like Google. However, Google denies it is working with Nokia specifically on LTE-U.
LAS VEGAS--As part of AT&T's Domain 2.0 initiative, which calls for the company to virtualize more than 75 percent of its network using software-driven architecture by 2020, the company's Foundry Innovation Centers are making Domain 2.0 a top priority.
LAS VEGAS -- A top AT&T network executive said the company will trial LTE-U technology later this year or in early 2016, but the company will not deploy the technology until it can ensure that there is fair-use sharing with Wi-Fi.
Verizon is working with partners Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to test 5G in the company's innovation centers in Waltham, Mass., and San Francisco. The technology field trials are expected to begin in 2016.
Straight Path, a spectrum holding company that owns bankrupt fixed wireless provider Winstar Communications' spectrum licenses in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands, is counting on the growing momentum for using millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum for 5G services as a boon for the company.
Another standards group has been formed to accelerate the adoption of wireless Internet of Things technologies. Called the Wireless IoT Forum, the group's board includes Accenture, Arkessa, BT, Cisco, Telensa and WSN. The group joins at least five other standards groups, including the Industrial Internet Consortium, the Allseen Alliance, Thread and the Open Interconnect Consortium, that have been created to streamline the IoT space.
The city of Oulu, Finland, launched a 5G test network that starting in June will operate as a public test environment. The network is a joint project of the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, the University of Oulu and a dozen other partners including the city of Oulu, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, Nokia and Yle.
Cablevision executives said they may take their Freewheel Wi-Fi voice calling service overseas because the see an opportunity to provide their customers who travel internationally with the ability to make calls. During the company's first quarter earnings call with investors, Cablevision COO Kristin Dolan said that they are receiving feedback from their customers indicating that they are taking it outside the U.S. "There may be an opportunity there," Dolan said.