Biography for Tammy Parker
Tammy Parker is 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. You can find her on LinkedIn, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Tammy Parker
Alcatel-Lucent capped off the second quarter of 2014 with a narrower loss. Yet sales in the United States fell and investors have grown worried that the company's reliance on large contracts from U.S. carriers could hurt it if network activity drops.
AT&T is pursuing its plans to create a cloud-based network architecture via numerous research projects, including one in which the operator joined IBM and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) to create a prototype technology that reduces set- up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity, particularly between data centers, from days to seconds.
During his company's second-quarter 2014 earnings call with analysts, Mavenir Systems' CEO Pardeep Kohli gave a couple of shout-outs to Apple, citing the importance of the vendor's support for operator-enabled voice over IP (VoIP) services in its upcoming products, including the iPhone 6, which Kohli said will support voice over LTE (VoLTE).
Cablevision said earlier this year it would reach some 1 million public Wi-Fi access points by the end of 2014. The cable MSO beat its forecast by five months, announcing it has already reached that 1 million hotspot goal.
The battle over net neutrality and related pushes to rewrite the Telecommunications Act of 1996 are sure to have major impacts, one way or another, on the future of consumers' communications and entertainment options. But those effects will themselves be influenced by ever-changing marketplaces, which are undergoing rapid transformations.
Cambium Networks announced products designed to operate in the 5150-5250 MHz frequencies that the FCC recently opened for fixed outdoor wireless use.
2020 may seem like a long way off, but it is less than six years from now. That means although 5G is still not officially defined, every company on the industry value chain is already working out how its products will fit into this next generation of wireless connectivity, said Tareq Bustami, vice president of product management of Freescale Semiconductor's digital networking group.
Sprint has stressed time and again that it is not rushing to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE), but that does not mean the operator is snubbing the technology. Far from it, in fact, given that a "high-level" Sprint executive has shared details regarding the "programming phase" the operator is reportedly in as it prepares to launch a VoLTE network designed for interoperability with domestic and international carriers.
Singapore operator SingTel introduced the Huawei 5786 mobile MiFi hotspot device, enabling SingTel to claim it is the world's first mobile operator to offer commercial 300 Mbps service using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation.
The bad news is that a comprehensive request for proposals (RFP) for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) being crafted by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is not slated to go out until early 2015. But the good news is, at that point states and territories should have a much better grasp regarding their costs to participate in the network.