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

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.

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

A year ago when I hosted a panel discussion on the topic of 5G at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, my panelists predicted it would likely be at least 2020 before commercial 5G service would be launched and even in that time frame, its availability would be limited, at best. Fast forward to today and suddenly that 2020 time frame could be accelerated to 2018.

Meet the new FierceDeveloper editor

Please welcome the latest addition to the Fierce editorial team. Daniel Kobialka is the new editor of FierceDeveloper where he will be focused on writing features and columns about the evolving mobile app business.

Sprint will use 2.5 GHz spectrum, dark fiber for backhaul to small cells

Sprint CTO John Saw said that the company is looking at ways to reduce backhaul costs by using its 2.5 GHz spectrum assets to provide wireless backhaul for small cells instead of fiber. In addition, Saw said the company will use dark fiber for backhaul, which may not be less costly than traditional fiber but will allow the operator more control over the speed and capacity of the backhaul circuit.

AT&T's Penrose: $5 LTE modules for IoT devices are coming

Narrowband LTE and LTE-M are a couple of the new versions of the LTE Release 13 standard that are being touted for their ability to make cellular-enabled IoT devices less expensive. In fact, a top AT&T executive said that he believes that sub-$5 cellular modules are coming soon thanks to the proliferation of these versions of LTE.

AT&T's Lurie talks IoT leadership, 5G hype and drops hints about mobile video future

The early champion behind AT&T's IoT efforts is Glenn Lurie, the former head of the company's emerging devices business and the current president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Sue Marek, editor in chief, sat down with Lurie in Las Vegas to talk about the company's IoT efforts, the formation of the Smart Cities Alliance and its highly anticipated mobile video play. The following is an excerpt of their chat.