FierceWirelessTech will not be publishing this Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
While the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) is underway in Geneva this month, it's paramount that the world's spectrum leaders agree on some common spectrum allocated for 5G. In the meantime, it's worth noting the status of 5G here in the U.S.
The wireless spotlight has been on FirstNet for some time as the government, mobile operators and first responders interrogated the organization on devices, unification, legislation and more pending a detailed plan for the network's launch. As FirstNet moves closer to realizing a final RFP, attention has turned to the reality of deploying a nationwide first responder network and how it will fit into the country's existing carrier landscape.
The FCC took a huge step forward last week in getting the U.S. better positioned to compete in the race to 5G when it decided to propose new flexible service rules in the 28, 37, 39 and 64-71 GHz bands.
It seems as though Verizon Verizon is in a bit of a pickle. On the one hand, it boasts having a great LTE network that provides for great voice calls. On the other, some of its customers who are not getting good LTE coverage would like the opportunity to use Wi-Fi for calls, but at least one company executive has indicated it doesn't need to offer Wi-Fi calling because its LTE network is so great.
Vendors like Huawei and ZTE have been effectively banned from U.S. wireless network contracts after some lawmakers raised concerns about national security a few years ago. But now that it's 2015, isn't it time to revisit those policies?
Flexibility, reliability and ubiquity: When 5G comes into the conversation, these terms are likely to follow. They're part of the mess of ideas industry players are putting forward for the 5G network of the future. But how are these abstract ideas actually materializing as it comes to crunch time in 5G standardization -- and who will bring them together?
The debate over LTE-U, which was developed outside the usual standards bodies, continues to pit the cable industry against the wireless industry. Are cable companies just being big bullies, or do they have legitimate objections to the technology?
As companies like Apple, AT&T, GE, Google and others fight for a piece – or the whole pie – of the connected home in the Internet of Things (IoT) era, companies big and small are going to need to think differently about how they secure all these "things."
While the other big U.S. nationwide wireless operators have lodged their opinions in the great LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U)/Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) debate, Sprint has been quiet on the topic. Of course, it's got plenty of other things going on, but it's somewhat curious because the company plays in both the Wi-Fi and LTE camps.