As wireless operators move forward with their C-RAN deployments, it could spell new opportunities for a host of competitive fiber providers and tower providers like Zayo Group and Crown Castle that offer dark and lit fiber services.
While NFV is still in its early days, it's clear that a number of use cases like virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) are emerging this year. Service providers are looking at vCPE as a way to deliver and potentially automate new enterprise and business services, for example.
Verizon plans to stop offering two of its public cloud service offerings in March, signaling the challenges of being able to effectively compete against providers like Amazon Web Services and Google.
Infinera says it continues to see robust demand for optical products from customers focused on building out new 100G long-haul capabilities, despite operating in a market segment where growth is starting to slow.
UK-based iD Mobile has become the latest mobile service provider to allow users to roll over any unused data from their subscriptions to the next month, joining a growing trend among operators in Europe and elsewhere.
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said job cuts are inevitable following the company's merger with Alcatel-Lucent, but that it is too soon to offer specific details on how many staff will go.
Deutsche Telekom appears to be moving closer to a sale of its mobile network unit in the Netherlands after narrowing the list of potential bidders to just two private equity firms, although the German operator may decide to keep the business if it is not able to secure the right price.
Telefónica created a new business unit that in future will be responsible for the management of its mobile towers and submarine optical fibre network in order to better optimise the company's global asset portfolio.
AT&T is collaborating with Ericsson and Intel to test 5G network technology in the operator's Austin, Texas, network labs starting in the second quarter of this year, and it plans to conduct outdoor tests and trials of the technology this summer. The company said that it expects to conduct field trials of 5G before year-end, with those trials focusing on providing wireless connectivity to fixed locations.
More Wi-Fi companies are getting on board with the MulteFire Alliance, with Boingo Wireless and Ruckus Wireless among those joining the organization.