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.
Qualcomm has seen its share of wireless technology wars, and it survived. Now it's got a new war on its hands, one involving LTE-U and Wi-Fi, as well as adversaries like Google. How will it survive this one?
In case there were any doubt, it's becoming clearer every day that it's no joke: That old, staid telecom giant known as AT&T is actually turning its engineering ship around in a big, big way, and it's not your grandfather's or grandmother's network anymore.
With Google advancing its Project Fi and Apple preparing for the release of iOS 9 and its Continuity calling feature, the time seems right to see what's shaking in terms of Wi-Fi calling.
The Passpoint standard, introduced in 2012, promised to aggregate the fractured, splintered landscape of W-Fi hotspots into a unified system of connected networks that users could easily and seamlessly move among. And recent actions by T-Mobile US and Sprint indicate that at least some of the nation's biggest wireless carriers are using Passpoint to do just that.
Now that the two largest wireless operators have reported their second-quarter earnings, it's a good time to start speculating how they might spend their budgets the rest of this year.
It's been less than a week since Google's Project Fi arrived at our door, but it's been enough time to come up with a few early impressions of the service. It's worth noting that there's still a "Project" in front of the endeavor.