LAS VEGAS--All of the world's Tier 1 mobile operators are putting network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives into place and will start focusing their capital expenditures on NFV Mobile in 2015, said Keith Allan, director of IP mobile core product strategy at Alcatel-Lucent.
Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom's Slovak Telecom business unit achieved data speeds of 300 Mbps in over-the-air field trials for intraband contiguous LTE carrier aggregation. The trials were the first for LTE Band 7, 2.6 GHz spectrum, using a 20+20 MHz configuration in a field environment, Ericsson said.
Qualcomm unveiled a software-development toolkit (SDK) during its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers to take advantage of LTE Multicast technology. The SDK for LTE Multicast, also called LTE Broadcast, will provide developers with a common API that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying the technology.
When it comes to expanding LTE coverage, T-Mobile US and General Communication (GCI) may have found a match made in heaven, as the former needs to extend its service to more rural and remote areas while the latter needs coverage outside of its home stomping ground in Alaska.
Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.
Sprint is providing transitional technology to people who want to cut the cord and use their mobile phone number as their only personal number but still like the convenience of having a call ring in on their landline phones.
The challenge of how operators can pack more traffic and services on the infrastructure it already has and improve subscribers' experience is not a new one--but there has been great innovation in the tools, their availability and their effectiveness over the last few years. Our understanding of how traffic dynamics have changed and continue to change, and how to track them in live networks makes the case for active traffic management much more compelling from a cost-saving and revenue-generating perspective.
Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.
Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce communications provider is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum.
The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network acquisition strategy. In addition, the board approved a public notice that seeks input regarding preliminary interpretations of the law that created FirstNet, and it approved a $120 million management budget for fiscal year 2015.
Genband officially released Kandy, its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables the embedding of real-time video, voice, presence and text into Web and mobile applications for a seamless unified-communications experience.
Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
CTIA's Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas was an ambitious effort that relied upon partnerships with other events such as the Competitive Carriers Association show, 4G World and IFA (the big consumer electronics trade fair held in Berlin every year). Lots of business got conducted during Super Mobility Week, but major no-shows, including Apple and T-Mobile US--each of which elected to hold its own separate event in northern California during the same week--cast a pall on Super Mobility Week's future.
The Wi-Fi Alliance added an optional set of services to its Wi-Fi Direct certification program, all of which are aimed at reducing operations to a single step.
The vagaries of unlicensed spectrum are causing some coaches in the National Football League to lose their cool even more than usual.
Cable operators Comcast and Liberty Global will allow one another's customers to roam on their respective Wi-Fi hotspots in the United States and Europe starting in 2015. The MSOs said they will first trial the Wi-Fi roaming service later this year.
LAS VEGAS--Rival U.S. operators are concerned about the "peak wars" that Sprint might initiate using its vast spectrum holdings, said Mike Murphy, Nokia Networks' head of technology, North America.
Apple ramped up its R&D spending over the past few years, and a number of products the company is working on are so secret they have not even generated whispers and gossip among the public, according to CEO Tim Cook.
Most mobile operators are planning or actually deploying indoor and outdoor small cells to densify their LTE networks, but the pending widespread deployment of small cells is creating an urgent and unprecedented IT security threat, according to Martin Nuss, CTO at Vitesse Semiconductor.
The next major U.S. spectrum auction, for AWS-3 frequencies, is slated to begin in less than two months, and the Department of Defense (DoD) is pledging to do what it can to reduce the size of coordination zones in the 1755-1780 MHz band to enable greater access to shared spectrum by commercial operations.