Whether it's the aggressive rollout of LTE by major operators like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless or the fact that the industry is trying to define what 5G will be, the wireless industry like other segments of the telecom industry, is constantly evolving.
Almost everyone in the wireless industry knows who the top executives are in the market: Tim Cook, Tom Wheeler, Randall Stephenson and John Legere are generally household names--at least in households built by working in the wireless industry. But it's much harder to know where innovation is coming from next.
While ambitious players in the wireless industry are contemplating future technologies like 5G, operators and vendors also are in the midst of a major evolution right now in how wired and wireless telecom networks are architected. This new paradigm is being driven by software and more specifically, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). FierceWirelessTech has a deep dive into these technologies here.
Verizon may still be one of the largest wireline telcos in the U.S., but it's clear that its ongoing focus to trim nonessential assets and increase its market share in the wireless industry is driving it to consider selling some of its fixed line business units.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his model for the way forward on net neutrality regulations is the way that the wireless industry has been regulated as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wheeler said that the FCC will seek to hold broadband providers to a legal standard of what is "just and reasonable" in evaluating whether their practices violate rules on transparency, discrimination and paid periodization. FierceWireless has a complete report on Wheeler's remarks.
Since 2008, FierceWireless has been tracking the top female stars in the wireless industry. For 2014, the list is punctuated by women who are among the top-ranked executives at wireless companies, a positive trend borne out of successful initiatives to recruit talented women to the industry. Here's a look at the 2014 Women In Wireless.
The Fierce editorial team has dug into the archives to uncover what we think are the top five worst blunders in the wireless industry. This decidedly subjective and short list includes industry failures rather than doomed products.
FierceWireless' annual list of the 25 Most Powerful People in the U.S. wireless industry is out. Check it out here.