Ericsson beefed up its OSS/BSS capabilities with a deal to acquire U.S.-based MetraTech that the Swedish vendor said extends its billing expertise beyond the telecoms sector.
Nokia Networks claimed a world first in the ongoing development of LTE Broadcast technology, after conducting a field trial of wide-area TV broadcasting using a single LTE frequency within UHF spectrum in Munich.
Some 51 LTE networks have been launched globally so far in 2014, and the total number of commercial LTE networks is expected to be more than 350 by the end of this year.
Cambium Networks announced products designed to operate in the 5150-5250 MHz frequencies that the FCC recently opened for fixed outdoor wireless use.
Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless has reduced the number of people it plans to cover with its own LTE network thanks to its recently announced network agreement with Sprint, which includes reciprocal LTE roaming.
A new survey of UK residents commissioned by mobile analytics company RootMetrics found that a decent mobile signal is topping the list of priorities for 18-24 year-old property buyers in the UK.
We all knew the 5G pendulum was going to swing back pretty hard post-Mobile World Congress this year. Sure enough, come mid-year 2014, it's suddenly fashionable for people in the telecom industry (media, analysts, etc.) to push back on the 5G hype. You probably know the messages I'm thinking of: "There are still plenty of 2G networks supporting M2M and voice in operation." "3G will be with us for years, so keep investing in those networks." "LTE and LTE-A are more than capable enough to support millions upon millions of people watching million upon millions of streaming video sessions."
In the mobile communications industry, we often talk about the "scissors chart," which shows revenue reaching a plateau while demand for data continues to grow. Everyone can see that these combined trends are a problem for mobile operators. The mobile operator must feel like a father that brings home his paycheck, to find that his family has already spent it. Here's the good news: Encouraging signs are emerging now that there's a new source of capital available for the mobile industry.
Huawei boosted its credentials as a provider of high-speed connectivity services for sports events through separate deals with FanPlay, a cloud-based digital content provider, and Vodafone.
The Mayor of London is reportedly the latest politician to exploit the hyperbole surrounding "5G" by pledging to roll out a 5G network in London by 2020.