IHS says $6.5B will be spent on cell backhaul equipment by 2019; Meizu says it sold 20M smartphones

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> IHS Infonetics predicts $6.5 billion will be spent worldwide on outdoor small cell backhaul equipment between 2015 and 2019. Report

> Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu said that it sold more than 20 million smartphones in 2015. GSM Arena article

Wireless Tech News

> National Instruments (NI) is provisioning a lot of prototypes to get an early glimpse into what eventually might end up in final 5G standard. Article

> The Weightless SIG announced the availability of Weightless-P technologies tailored to deliver on the promises of low power, wide area network (LPWAN) technology for IoT connectivity. Article

> The Wi-Fi Alliance is taking the lead in controversial LTE-U test development. Article

Cable News

> BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield said that Disney's ESPN is making a "fundamental" mistake in overpaying for sports rights and having too much faith in the current multichannel environment. Article

> A new patent group, HEVC Advance, has come up with a new fee structure that is more in line with those of older tech standards like H.264. Article

Telecom News

> FairPoint's proposed agreement with the Vermont Department of Public Service has been approved by the state's Public Service Board (PSB). Article

> Lightower Fiber Networks has acquired HarborLite Networks, enabling the provider to strengthen its fiber network density in the Baltimore area. Article

And finally... Microsoft's Skype bought the startup Talko. Article