Site acquisition and delivery of backhaul and power are widely documented gating factors restricting extensive deployments of outdoor small cells. Alcatel-Lucent hopes to alleviate those challenges via a site certification program that brings together a variety of partners, which have contributed to a database of more than half a million sites suitable for small cells.
Private equity firm KKR said it invested in wireless infrastructure businesses managed by Associated Partners, another private equity shop. The deal further enmeshes KKR in the wireless market.
Mobile operators are not going to suddenly stop investing in their networks once they've fully deployed LTE, said Jay Brown, CFO of tower company Crown Castle International.
WiGig is nearly ready for primetime as evidenced by the Wi-Fi Alliance's new certification program, aimed at validating interoperability for WiGig products. The certification brand will be designated with a new logo that consumers can look for to ensure they are buying interoperable WiGig products, which are expected to start hitting the market in 2014.
Software-defined networking could save mobile operators more than $4 billion in capital expenses in 2017, with the largest capex savings stemming from metro aggregation/load, according to fresh research from Strategy Analytics.
Three interim spectrum-sharing arrangements set up by the FCC and Industry Canada are aimed at enabling greater wireless broadband deployment, improving general aviation air-to-ground communications services and making more efficient use of spectrum for specialized mobile radio services.
Time Warner Cable is becoming a growing force in wireless, building its business of providing backhaul for wireless towers as well as expanding its own Wi-Fi hotspot footprint.
The FCC on Friday voted unanimously to change rules in the 57-64 GHz band, commonly known as the 60 GHz band, that it said will improve the use of unlicensed spectrum for high-capacity, short‑range outdoor backhaul, especially for small cells.
PEG Bandwidth, a wireless backhaul specialist, said it gained 1,100 fiber route miles in two states via the acquisition of Contact Network, which does business as InLine.
Blu Wireless Technology said it will use proceeds from its latest funding round to complete development of its Hydra 60 GHz baseband IP offering for 802.11ad WiGig service as well as to pursue related mobile network backhaul applications for 4G networks.