As consumers adopt more bandwidth-hungry services like Netflix and use more devices around their home, Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that the global average bandwidth speeds will increase from 20.3 to 42.5 Mbps by 2019.
While Russia lags behind Western Europe in terms of LTE penetration, there are signs that LTE deployments in Russia are picking up steam.
Global optical network hardware spending rose 5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as EMEA began to show signs of recovery and North American web-based companies continued to enhance their optical networks, according to IHS Infonetics Research.
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg scheduled a meeting with senior management to discuss potential large-scale mergers and acquisitions that would help the company to compete against a merged Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent was cast into doubt by shareholders of the French-U.S. equipment vendor who are unhappy with the €15.6 billion ($17 billion) price agreed by the companies' managers.
Despite low LTE penetration, Russian mobile operators are starting to close the gap with their Western European counterparts in terms of LTE deployments, even though the government has never held an auction for next-generation frequencies. However, operators face several challenges in boosting LTE adoption, including a large number of prepaid users on 2G networks and a tough geographical environment that takes its toll on network infrastructure and its deployment.
Russia is gearing up to hold its first LTE spectrum auction in the second half of 2015, although a lack of auctions has not stopped the country's mobile operators pressing ahead with rollouts of the technology.
It's crucial that LTE-Unlicensed be properly standardized so that it does not interfere with Wi-Fi, a Wi-Fi Alliance executive told Total Telecom last week.
Telekom Slovenije (Slovenia) announced plans to utilise its LTE network to provide a triple-play bundle of services to areas where physical infrastructure is not currently available.
The city of Oulu, Finland, launched a 5G test network that starting in June will operate as a public test environment. The network is a joint project of the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, the University of Oulu and a dozen other partners including the city of Oulu, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, Nokia and Yle.