The standards around next-generation mobile technologies – 2G, 3G, 4G – typically were driven by mobile operators and their vendor partners, but CableLabs aims to change that with the next iteration, namely 5G technology.
At the heart of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) newest challenge is finding ways to optimize the use of wireless spectrum in ways not possible with today's approaches – and the challenge is now officially on.
Being early to any technology brings with it both risks and rewards, as Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) can attest. The company, which was established back in 2000 by 10 engineers from Cambridge University, has honed its skills in the 28 and 39 GHz departments, both of which were part of last week's history-making Spectrum Frontiers ruling.
Ridgeland, Mississippi-based C Spire last week became the first company to successfully demonstrate a 5G fixed wireless solution in Mississippi using Nokia equipment with a direct connection to its fiber-based commercial television service.
Back at the start of the month, Facebook announced OpenCellular, its open-source radio access platform. It wasn't that difficult to see it coming. Yet, I'm not so sure that OpenCellular is going to have a massive impact on the market. It's not that I want it to fail. It's just that I feel like we've all been here before in some fundamental ways.
Ericsson CEO: Almost all our products are already virtualized, but industry moving slowly to SDN, NFV
Although carriers including AT&T and Telefonica have boasted of their progress toward virtualized, software-defined networks, the overall wireless industry remains in the very early stages of this transition, said Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg.
Researchers from Facebook's Connectivity Lab say they've demonstrated a conceptually new approach for detecting optical communication signals traveling through the air – and it could have implications for delivering internet service to far-flung places around the world.
While the ink is still drying on the FCC's 278-page order on Spectrum Frontiers, it's worth taking special note of this moment in time – one that has been compared to the magnitude of releasing the 1900 MHz PCS band spectrum in the 1990s.
Prior to last week's unanimous FCC vote to open up vast amounts of millimeter wave spectrum for 5G, Qualcomm had all kinds of suggestions for how it should be implemented. But the day after the historic vote, it was more interested in savoring the moment.
Joining several European operators in their ambitions, SK Telecom wants to set up a global Internet of Things roaming network based on LoRa.
ViaSat, which had argued for greater satellite protections prior to the FCC's unanimous passage of the historic Spectrum Frontiers order last week, said it believes the order provides an approach that gives satellite operators the ability to operate and expand alongside terrestrial wireless networks.
Given all the talk and momentum around 5G, it's easy to forget that LTE and LTE-Advanced still have a long life ahead. Operators in the United States, like AT&T, have long stressed the importance of seeing 5G through the standards process before anybody gets too gung-ho about the prospects for full-blown commercial 5G networks.
While the Wi-Fi Alliance has taken plenty of heat for not moving fast enough on the LTE-U/Wi-Fi Coexistence Test Plan, Broadcom is reminding FCC staff that indeed, the program is proceeding at a faster pace than the typical Wi-Fi Alliance program.
PureLiFi, the Scottish startup led by "father of LiFi" Harald Haas, just announced the completion of a Series B financing round led by Temasek. The funding will support the development and commercialization of its proprietary LiFi technology that uses LED light to provide wireless communication.
In one fell swoop, the FCC today put the U.S. in a 5G leadership position, voting 5-0 to approve its Spectrum Frontiers proceeding to make spectrum bands above 24 GHz available for 5G.
It looks as though Comcast is getting more serious about establishing itself in the mobile biz, confirming a series of executive moves, including the promotion of Greg Butz to head up a new Comcast Mobile division.
While the Wi-Fi and LTE-U communities continue to lock horns over the timing of a Wi-Fi Alliance test regime and subsequent ability to commercially deploy LTE-U, the stakeholders in the LAA arena have managed to move forward on their coexistence specifications.
If LTE is good enough for the Internet of Things (IoT), it should be good enough for new road safety applications and potentially Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications, right? That's what a group of companies, including Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Huawei, are setting to find out in a series of field trials with automobile manufacturers in Europe.
Ericsson has filed an application for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to conduct an indoor 5G demo for T-Mobile U.S. at its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.
In our latest FierceWirelessTech feature, we take a look at what major U.S. wireless operators are doing to enhance coverage and capacity for this month's Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia.