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
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.
Early autonomous cars will hit the road but 2016 but don't expect to see driverless cars until at least 2025. Speaking at a keynote address here at Mobile World Congress 2015, Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said regulators will be reluctant to allow cars without drivers because the technology is more complex and cyber security issues must first be resolved.
Ford Motor Co. is hoping foster innovation by opening a research center in Silicon Valley that is devoted to development for the connected car and autonomous car. The center, which will be based in Palo Alto, Calif., will focus on the convergence of the automobile and mobility.
The race to be the first to demonstrate and launch 5G is heating up. The latest entrant is SK Telecom which announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nokia to conduct joint research and development on 5G with the ultimate goal of demonstrating the technology in 2018 and commercially launching it in 2020.
With just a few weeks on the job, Tom Keathley is already well-versed in all aspects of AT&T's network. Keathley, a long-time AT&T veteran, was named the company's senior vice president of network and product planning replacing Kris Rinne, who retired at the end of November. Keathley recently spoke with FierceWirelessTech Editor in Chief Sue Marek about the company's progress with carrier aggregation and VoLTE and shared his vision of 5G and the future of the wireless network. The following is an excerpt of that conversation.
Like most major operators AT&T Mobility is already looking ahead to 5G even though there are many unknowns about what 5G will be and how it will be deployed in the network. Despite that uncertainty, AT&T's most difficult 5G decision will be when to deploy it. Speaking at the Citi 2015 Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference Tuesday in Las Vegas, John Donovan, SVP of AT&T technology and network operations, said the hardest part of 5G is knowing the timing of it. "There is a penalty to being early and a penalty to being late. The timing is important," he said.
San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has terminated its agreement with its Wi-Fi provider, Wi-Fi Rail, and is no longer providing free Wi-Fi service to its passengers. However, Wi-Fi Rail is accusing the agency of backing out of its 20-year exclusive contract with the firm and is threatening legal action.
It's been more than two years since Verizon Communications acquired Hughes Telematics in a $162 million cash deal and created Verizon Telematics. Since the acquisition, Verizon has been quietly integrating the company into its fold. FierceWirelessTech's Editor in Chief Sue Marek recently talked with Kevin Link, SVP of Verizon Telematics about the company's connected car strategy, its vision for the future and more.