A quick scan of these 5G discussions might leave you confused. On the one hand, you have announcements, demos, and innovations suggesting that 5G matters in the here and now. On the other hand, you have operators and vendors reminding us that 5G won't likely be a commercial reality for, at least, another five years. How do you reconcile this? Split the difference and start talking about 4.5G!
Cellcom Israel and Golan Telecom are reportedly stepping up efforts to gain approval of network sharing agreements covering their 2G/3G/4G infrastructure after the government gave the green light to a rival deal last week.
It looks as though for all intents and purposes, Amtrak still hasn't managed to fix the Wi-Fi problems that have plagued the railroad service provider in the Northeast.
Crown Castle is seeing a strong uptick in its business from deploying small cells. Indeed, the company said small cells now make up 7 percent of the tower company's site rental revenue.
The digital divide is being sliced in two Western states where a rural telecommunications provider, Nemont Telephone Cooperative of Scobey, Mont., and the city of Santa Fe, N.M., have taken it upon themselves to fill the gap between narrowband and broadband.
Turk Telekom confirmed this week that it has submitted a non-binding offer for the 10 per cent of mobile operator Avea that it does not already own.
Nokia's integration of Alcatel-Lucent following the proposed acquisition of its rival will be difficult and messy. Some significant rewards will take many years to achieve, if ever. However, very large research and development demands with economies of scale and scope in 4G, 5G and with fixed-mobile network convergence make this kind of transaction inevitable and indispensable.
Around 30 per cent (116) of LTE operators worldwide are now investing in carrier aggregation technology.
SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.
Ericsson reported continued weakness in the North American market in the first quarter as carriers continue to hold back on investing heavily in networks as they pay for spectrum licenses and other expenses. The Swedish vendor reported drops in net income and operating profit despite a jump in top-line sales that benefited from currency moves. Meanwhile, Ericsson's licensing revenue took a hit due to an ongoing patent dispute with Apple.