Did you miss all the news coming out of LTE World Summit the other week? Did you even know it took place? You might not have known it was even going on if you weren't there. That, however, isn't exactly a bad thing.
Network gear vendors and carriers are increasingly partnering with academic institutions to conduct research on "5G" network technologies. FierceWirelessTech decided to take a closer look at the top 5G academic institutions. Special report
Frontier told the FCC in a filing that it has devised a cutover strategy with Verizon for its purchase of the ILEC's wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas, one that it says will ensure there will be no service disruptions to its retail and wholesale customers.
Cisco has made an investment in 6WIND, a networking software vendor with a focus on network functions virtualization and software defined networking. Coinciding with the visit this week between Cisco CEO John Chambers, his replacement Chuck Robbins, and France's President Francois Hollande, the investment is part of a broader initiative to commit $100 million to help French businesses innovate.
Sprint's network spending is slowing down in advance of its announcement of a major new network densification project, but will ramp up later this year and into 2016 and beyond, according to a research note from analysts at investment bank Jefferies.
While major wireless infrastructure and software vendors are devoting significant resources to the development of 5G, scores of academic institutions also are working hard to make contributions by way of research, experimentation and testbed facilities. That's why FierceWirelessTech decided to take a closer look at what some of them are doing in our latest feature, "Top 5 academic institutions leading in 5G research."
Alcatel-Lucent scored deals with China Mobile and China Unicom that will have it delivering mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, agile optical networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities, along with Nuage Networks' software defined networking (SDN) technologies and more.
While wireless operators have 4G wireless LTE up and running, a number of major universities, including New York University, the University of Surrey and TU Dresden are leading research in what will make up the 5G wireless network.
Towerstream's top network executive said the carrier recently finished testing non-line-of-sight (NLOS) backhaul technology and has begun deploying the offering. He also said that the company is interested in using the 3.5 GHz band that the FCC recently voted to free up for unlicensed operations.
TDC began deploying LTE Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology across its network in Denmark in a move the operator said would deliver peak data speeds of 300 Mbps on the downlink.