T-Mobile US is working to enhance its LTE network with Nokia Networks, which indicated that it will enable carrier-aggregation technology for the carrier.
Neustar's lobbying effort to stop a key federal number-portability contract from slipping away to Ericsson's Telcordia unit took another turn via a report sent to the FCC from Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of homeland security. The report, from Chertoff's security consulting firm, the Chertoff Group, concluded that the bidding terms for the contract related to national security were "insufficient in both scope and specificity when compared with widely accepted national and international standards."
Ericsson is moving to purchase Germany-based operations support systems (OSS) consulting company GEOSS, a move that it says will further strengthen its position in providing OSS products for service providers.
One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators' minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.
LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. And while numerous operators are laying out plans to deploy LTE Multicast, a complementary technology--Wi-Fi Multicast--has already been deployed by venue owners and is being considered by both mobile operators and cable MSOs.
The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.
T-Mobile US plans to enhance its LTE network coverage footprint over the next year or so using its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum, all while continuing to modernize its network with LTE Advanced components, according to a senior network executive at the carrier.
Ericsson has taken out its checkbook again to acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a provider of platform as a service (PaaS) offering Continuum, a move it says will strengthen its position in the cloud market by extending its network approach into both service provider and enterprise cloud environments.
Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom's Slovak Telecom business unit achieved data speeds of 300 Mbps in over-the-air field trials for intraband contiguous LTE carrier aggregation. The trials were the first for LTE Band 7, 2.6 GHz spectrum, using a 20+20 MHz configuration in a field environment, Ericsson said.
Ericsson is exiting the wireless-modem business and will most likely slash about 1,000 jobs as a result. The decision comes as pricing pressure builds in the stand-alone-modem business and more device makers choose to buy system-on-a-chip solutions with modems married to application processors, which Ericsson does not offer.