DALLAS-- T-Mobile executives like to say the operator's "uncarrier" strategy is aimed at easing the "pain points" consumers often suffer with their wireless service providers. Dave Mayo, the carrier's senior vice president of technology, said this morning that carriers have their own pain points when it comes to maintaining and expanding their networks-- which means the infrastructure segment may be ripe for disruption as the industry moves toward 5G.
A pilot that Vasona Networks started with Telefonica UK just over a year ago has led to a full commercial deployment.
Vodafone Germany said it planned to offer download speeds of up to 375 Mbps on its LTE network in 50 cities this year, as part of a broader plan to increase cable and mobile broadband speeds across the country.
Researchers at NYU Wireless are warning the cellular industry that it needs to change the "alpha-beta-gamma" (ABG) model used in the past and start using simpler, more accurate models for predicting signal coverage for frequencies above 6 GHz.
Given all the tests and trials that Tier 1 U.S. operators are embarking upon with their big-name vendor partners, it might be easy to forget that some lesser-known vendors and service providers have been dallying in the 28 GHz space for quite a while.
U:fon, the fourth mobile network operator in the Czech Republic, is to be sold to private equity firm Nordic Investors ahead of the company's plan to launch LTE services within the next 12 months.
Swiss mobile operator Sunrise has revealed plans to offer LTE Advanced (LTE-A, or 4G+) coverage on its flexible Freedom contracts from the start of June, at no extra cost to existing subscribers.
A top Sprint executive said April was its "best month ever in the history of wireline" in terms of selling new ports and circuits on its network. Mike Fitz, the VP and general manager of Sprint's new Global Wireline Business Unit, said that the business had been in decline for a while, but that the company is now showing progress in terms of selling new fiber-based Ethernet services and managed services.
Vodacom in South Africa has launched a commercial LTE-Unlicensed, or LTE-U, site using unlicensed spectrum in the 5.8 GHz band in a section of Sandton City, a large shopping center in Johannesburg, according to Tech Central. But even though it's said to be commercially available, the handsets and routers still need to catch up, so it will be some time before users can try it out.
USA Fiber continued its high-speed romp into the Ashburn, Virginia data center region, announcing that it is one of just a few competitive providers to qualify for a Resource Sharing Agreement (RSA) with the State of Maryland. The agreement requires USA Fiber to provide the state dark fiber strands on the path the CLEC is constructing between Ashburn and Baltimore.