Wireline news from across the web:
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has launched an LTE network on the 800 MHz frequency band throughout the Moscow region, enabling it to expand coverage to 300 "population centres" and on suburban roads.
ZTE claimed credit for becoming the world's first company to complete pre-commercial field testing of multi-user and multi-stream transmission on a Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) base station, setting "new records in single-carrier transmission capacity and spectral efficiency."
TE Connectivity has confirmed that it has agreed to sell its telecom and data equipment business to CommScope for $3 billion.
A forecast was recently published, predicting "100 million 5G subscribers by 2025." Give me a break. Come on people, 5G is not defined yet. We don't know what the use cases are. We don't know what kind of terminals will be used. We don't know if "subscribers" is a relevant metric for 5G. We don't have any standards for new technology, with only the first study items underway now.
Ericsson posted tepid sales in the fourth quarter and although the company's gross margin was higher than expected the Swedish vendor is facing continued weakness in North America, its largest market by revenue.
Ericsson's net income dropped by SEK1 billion (€106 million/$120 million) in 2014 despite the company successfully offsetting a drop in sales in North America with higher infrastructure equipment revenues from Europe, Middle East and Asia.
South Africa-based Vodacom selected Alcatel-Lucent as a key supplier for a new converged network that will ultimately support the provision of fixed and mobile services across South Africa
UAE-based mobile operator du claimed to have completed the first test of LTE Broadband Trunking in the Middle East, and said the trials of the technology will pave the way for "futuristic" connectivity services for enterprises and government departments.
While researchers in the U.S. are making strides in millimeter wave technologies, the European standards organization ETSI announced that its Industry Specifications Group on millimeter wave transmission held its first meeting and immediately started working on a set of five specifications.