Huawei and Qualcomm are working to push eMBMS technology by using it to broadcast live TV over a fully loaded wireless network in Europe. The companies said the test is intended to show broadcasters how much more efficient eMBMS is when compared with standard unicast streaming.
Cisco CEO John Chambers and Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg may have very different management styles but one area where they are similar is that they claim to always be thinking five to 10 years into the future.
The most critical aspect that will influence how 5G networks manage envisioned traffic increases is the availability of additional spectrum, according to Ericsson. In a new white paper on 5G, the vendor said radio spectrum from 10 GHz up to 100 GHz is being considered for use by 5G mobile communication systems.
T-Mobile US has been leading the way in the United States to 4x2 MIMO cell site configurations, and a recent Signals Research Group study of the operator's upgraded infrastructure shows impressive gains from the approach.
Making a push to extend its all-IP cognitive radio network technology into the public-safety space, xG Technology said it will showcase its xMax private broadband wireless network solution during next month's APCO International Conference and Expo in New Orleans. The event should attract some 5,000 attendees and exhibitors and is the largest industry gathering of public-safety communications professionals.
The South Korean mobile communications market is one of the world's most competitive and innovative. That keeps the pressure on SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile service provider, to find way to keep implementing cutting-edge technologies. Editor Tammy Parker recently conducted an email Q&A with Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, regarding the operator's roadmaps for LTE-Advanced and 5G. The following is an edited and condensed version of that Q&A.
Verizon Wireless' interest in deploying commercial LTE Multicast services has apparently not been lost on Anritsu. The vendor announced that one of its test systems now provides validated eMBMS test cases across spectrum bands for the U.S. market, and it specifically mentioned the system's "unique coverage" in the 700 MHz LTE Band 13 used by Verizon.
Metaswitch Networks rolled out Project Calico, an open-source effort that aims to shift connectivity for large-scale network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud implementations from Layer 2 to Layer 3, enabling the connection model to work directly at the Internet Protocol (IP) level.
LTE Broadcast is primed to help service providers efficiently offer consumers personalized mobile TV, according to Joerg Huschke, Ericsson master researcher. "We believe LTE will play a major role in TV distribution in the near future. LTE can give service providers the flexibility to alter between broadcast and unicast, depending on how many people want to watch at a particular time," wrote Huschke in a recent entry on the Ericsson Research blog.
The European Commission, keeping up the public-relations push to support its continuing passion for 5G, issued a public memo in which it said next-generation networks "will be a leap, not a step, forward."