Sue Marek

Sue Marek
Sue Marek
Contributing Editor

Sue Marek has been reporting on the telecom and tech industries for more than 25 years. Most recently she was editor in chief at SDxCentral where she oversaw all of that site’s editorial content. Prior to that she was editor in chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group, where she managed a team of editors and was responsible for the content for several of the company’s web sites, newsletters and live events. Sue is a frequent speaker at industry events and has moderated panels for the Consumer Electronics Show, the Competitive Carriers’ Show, The Wireless Infrastructure Show, 5G North America, DC 5G, Interop, and more. Follow @SueMarek on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Stories by Sue Marek

Verizon's 5G tests hit 10-Gig speeds, commercial deployment in 2017 possible

BARCELONA, Spain—Verizon's early 5G tests hint at blazing fast network speeds topping 10 Gbps and the ability to transmit 4K video while moving and stream 360 degree virtual reality content in 4K. The operator, which is conducting its 5G tests with partners Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Samsung and Qualcomm, also revealed that it is on track to commercially launch 5G as early as 2017.

Telstra teams with Ericsson to deliver Gigabit-LTE in late 2016

BARCELONA, Spain -- Australian operator Telstra will become the first carrier to commercially launch 1-Gig LTE service in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane later this year using a 1-Gig capable Netgear mobile broadband hotspot and Ericsson's Gigabit-LTE technology.

5G: What's hype and what's real?

As I prepare for my annual trip to Barcelona, Spain, for the Mobile World Congress conference (where I expect to mingle with nearly 100,000 of my industry cohorts), I've seen a noticeable uptake in announcements about 5G – 5G collaborations, 5G trials and even 5G-ready products.

Sequans backs LTE Cat M with new Monarch chip fueling Verizon partnership

Chipmaker Sequans is jumping on the LTE Cat M bandwagon with Monarch, an LTE Cat M chipset compliant with the 3GPP LTE Release 13 Advanced Pro standard. The company also is expanding its partnership with Gemalto to include LTE Cat M1 and LTE Cat M2 (formerly known as narrowband IoT) to help build the Cat M ecosystem. Sequans said it will begin sampling chips to partners in the second quarter.

4G Americas morphs to 5G Americas, will focus on 5G advocacy

4G Americas will now be known as 5G Americas. The industry association, which has been involved in the development of 5G for the past two years, said it was time to update its name to better signify what the group is about. Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas, said that the group will continue to recommend standards for 5G as well as for LTE, LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro.

AT&T working with Ericsson, Intel to test 5G in Q2, promises speeds up to 100 times faster than LTE

AT&Tis collaborating with Ericsson and Intel to test 5G in its Austin, Texas, network labs starting in the second quarter of this year and will follow with outdoor tests and trials of the technology over the summer. In addition, the company said that it expects field trials of 5G before year-end. Those trials will focus on providing wireless connectivity to fixed locations.

5G race accelerates as operators jockey to be first with trials and commercial services


The 5G frenzy is real and it signals the importance that vendors and operators are placing on being considered an early leader and visionary in 5G technology. Although we may still be two to four years (depending on which timeline you believe) from actual commercial service, there's a lot at stake for wireless companies because 5G represents such a dramatic change, not only in technology but also in business models.