Tammy Parker

Biography for Tammy Parker

Tammy Parker was the editor of FierceWirelessTech. She previously was a principal analyst and editor with Informa Telecoms & Media and earlier held top editorial positions at RCR Wireless News and Wireless Week. In the mid-1990s, she published her own respected newsletter, Inside Wireless. Tammy has misplaced or unintentionally destroyed more cell phones than most people have owned in their entire life. A third-generation Coloradan, Tammy is based in the Boulder area.

Articles by Tammy Parker

5G, transformations and a fond farewell

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

Suggestions that 5G--the next generation of wireless networks--will include a basket of technologies or a network of networks highlight the looming risk of 5G fragmentation. I sometimes wonder if 5G might end up with the dreaded silos of vertical solutions that share little or no commonality.

Oracle: VoLTE will be second-largest driver of LTE Diameter signaling traffic till 2017

LTE Diameter signaling volumes will continue to expand through 2018 as wireless subscribers adopt personalized data plans and new video and voice services, including voice over LTE (VoLTE), according to the third annual Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signaling Index.

5G requires new radio channel models, says Ericsson Research

One area 5G researchers have been targeting is radio channel models. Why? Because the current models are not suitable for this next generation of wireless networks, according to an Ericsson Research blog post.

Open Garden's off-network FireChat app catches on during Hong Kong protests

Pro-democracy protests are making FireChat a household name among dissidents in Hong Kong, many of whom have been downloading and using the network-free communications app from San Francisco-based Open Garden.

AMD's Hierofalcon SoC aimed at operators implementing NFV

AMD took the wraps off its 64-bit ARMv8 system-on-chip (SoC) that is designed for network function virtualization (NFV), showcasing the processor running virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) applications during the ARM TechCon event in Santa Clara, Calif.

Multicast content eyed as a necessity for modern venues

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators' minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.

Public-safety agencies leverage FirstNet spectrum during Phish concert

Public-safety officials in the Denver area were able to use the First Responder Network Authority's Band 14 spectrum to access network databases during a three-day concert by the band Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The city is located in Adams County, which is leasing 700 MHz spectrum from FirstNet for use by its ADCOM911 communications center.

Wi-Fi offloading will drive up revenues for test equipment, report says

Mobile operators offloading their data traffic to Wi-Fi need the latest and greatest testing and monitoring solutions to ensure the Wi-Fi networks being used meet carrier-grade quality requirements, and that will drive continued growth in the market for Wi-Fi test equipment, according to a new study from Frost & Sullivan.

OMB approval eliminates regulatory hurdle to Wi-Fi use at 5150-5250 MHz

The final section of new rules opening up the 5.15-5.25 GHz band for broader Wi-Fi use has now been enacted after being vetted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Apple jumps into 5G development via NGMN

Apple intends to play a leading role as the definitions and specifications for 5G emerge. Its ambitions were highlighted by the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, which said Apple has joined the group and is among companies "expected to significantly contribute to the upcoming work of the NGMN 5G Initiative."