For the third quarter of 2013 Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei maintained its number one ranking rank in the global radio access network (RAN) market with a share of 28.1 per cent, down 3 points from the second quarter 2013 but up 3.8 per cent from the year-ago quarter, according to ABI Research.
China has finally issued TD-LTE licences to the country's three mobile operators in a move that will reinforce the position of European equipment manufacturers as well as local Chinese vendors that have won lucrative deals to help build next-generation networks there.
Nokia shareholders ushered in a new chapter for the company this week after they agreed to the sale of the devices and services unit to Microsoft and essentially gave the green light for a future based on networks. Like Ericsson, the Finnish company will no doubt have taken heart from Vodafone's stated intention to maintain high levels of network investment over the next two years and maybe beyond.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao's comments that the operator has "beautiful assets" made amusing headlines, but Colao was also making a serious point: while his focus is on expanding the company's networks, Colao said he would be open to a buyer if they were interested enough.
Until this week, Google was the newest FCC-approved TV white space database administrator. That title now belongs to Key Bridge Global, which joins Google, Spectrum Bridge and Ericsson's Telcordia unit as official providers of database support for the operation of low-power, unlicensed transmitting devices on unoccupied spectrum within the broadcast TV band.
European nations are significantly more dependent on mobile for broadband connections than fibre-rich South Korea and the widely-cabled United States, for example. Europe cannot afford to wait for "5G." It needs to accelerate its laggardly 3G and 4G deployments forthwith.
Mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 per cent of these, or 5.6 billion, will be for smartphones, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.
Ericsson today released its latest "mobility report," predicting increases in the sale of smartphones and data traffic. But the company also turned its attention from the basic metrics of mobile users in order to cover the more nuanced problems encountered by smartphone-toting mobile subscribers.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson's CTO and senior vice president, spoke to FierceWirelessTech Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek about the company's view of LTE Broadcast technology, Voice over LTE and what exactly 5G will be. "We are looking at tough requirements for 5G with download speeds of up to 20 Gigabits and latency below 1 millisecond," Ewaldsson explained. For more, check out this FierceWirelessTech Hot Seat.
Ulf Ewaldsson, the company's senior vice president and CTO, talked with Sue Marek, editor in chief of FierceWirelessTech about 5G, the coming launch of VoLTE and the company's "network for a networked society" vision. The following is an excerpt of that interview.