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

AT&T's developer courtship remains strong as focus shifts to IoT, autos and cities

AT&T recently attracted nearly 1,400 developers to its 9th annual Developer Summit held on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and its hackathon held for the first time in Guadalajara, Mexico. The goal behind the two events working in conjunction was to drive innovation globally and help spur the proliferation of 4G LTE in Mexico – a market of growing significance to AT&T thanks the company's recent $2.5 billion acquisition of Iusacell and $1.88 billion purchase of Nextel Mexico.

AT&T's IoT leadership started with a vision and the Amazon Kindle


This week at the Consumer Electronics Show here, where IoT was clearly one of the hottest topics around, the divide between AT&T and its competitors in the IoT space became even more evident as the company announced yet another deal with a car maker to embed its LTE modules, bringing its total number of deals with automobile OEMs to nine out of the 16 major car makers globally. And, perhaps even more importantly, AT&T announced a partnership several other heavyweights including Cisco, Ericsson, GE, Qualcomm, Deloitte, Intel and more to develop a framework for smart cities that will make it easier for cities to be connected. The group also named three cities that will be testbeds for this effort, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

AT&T teams with Cisco, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Intel on smart cities framework

LAS VEGAS--AT&T is collaborating with Cisco, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Intel, IBM, Deloitte and GE to develop a new framework for smart cities that will make it easier for communities to be more connected. The consortium will use three U.S. cities--Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas—as the first test bed cities for the platform.

Appeals Court says FCC has authority to streamline tower and small cell deployments

In what is viewed as a victory for wireless operators and tower companies, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Dec. 18 that the FCC has the authority to make it easier for tower sites, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells to be deployed by preventing local authorities from hindering the permitting review process. Specifically, local municipalities cannot deny requests to modify wireless equipment if it doesn't substantially change the physical footprint of that equipment.

Will 5G be the answer to IoT?

As the definition of 5G becomes clearer, many are seeing it as being the perfect solution to many of the problems that currently exist with the Internet of Things – namely the inability to bring together disparate networks such as RFID and Bluetooth with the underlying cellular framework that needs to happen to make the IoT vision a reality.