Now that the two largest wireless operators have reported their second-quarter earnings, it's a good time to start speculating how they might spend their budgets the rest of this year.
FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas. However, FirstNet said the technology likely won't be deployed for several more years.
While Verizon's CFO touted the company's network densification plans during the company's second-quarter conference call, analysts are speculating the operator will face LTE network congestion issues over the next couple of years.
South Korean operator KT is joining forces with Nokia Networks to set up the country's first Internet of Things (IoT) lab, an initiative that underscores the companies' commitment to foster a "programmable world" through the convergence of IT and telecom.
Verizon and Qualcomm presented a technical briefing on LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) to the IEEE 802.19 group at the IEEE 802 Plenary Session last week, the purpose of which was to provide detailed technical information to 802.19 about LTE-U and to assist 802.19 in its work to advance coexistence among wireless technologies.
In partnership with OpenSignal, FierceWireless is trying to shed some light on the latency issue, with a closer look at how operators stack up against each other. Special report
The global market for network functions virtualization (NFV) is expected to reach $11.6 billion in 2019, up from $2.3 billion in 2015, according to IHS.
Nokia's deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent will give it a stronger position in wireless but also make it "very strong" in North America, said Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri during a fireside chat at the GSMA's Mobile World Congress Shanghai.
As technologies evolve and new standards emerge, it's inevitable that the wireless industry will need to retire old technologies. FierceWireless compiled a list of some of the more notable network shutdowns. Special Report
Just as Huawei touted its contributions to the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) initiative, it announced a string of 4.5G and 5G-related achievements, including one in which it will deploy new services based on 4.5G for the Shanghai Disney Resort and China Unicom Shanghai.