Evercore ISI analysts said in a report that if AT&T winds up spending $9 billion on wireless network capital expenditures in 2015, that would represent a 20.9 percent year-over-year reduction in spending, "far worse than our initial expectations after T announced a reduced capex outlook roughly a year ago."
Although metro WDM spending remains strong amongst top service providers, the optical transport equipment market declined year-over-year to $3.1 billion, said Dell'Oro Group. The research firm attributed the drop to slower sales in the quarter in all technology segments with the exception of WDM metro equipment.
Huawei revealed it is working with 16 European operators, vendors, SMEs and academic institutions to establish a pan-European test bed to evaluate the potential of relevant technologies as part of the recently launched 5G Exchange (5GEx) project.
AT&T Mobility is launching native Advanced Messaging and Video Call capabilities on its network using Rich Communication Services, following in T-Mobile US' footsteps.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is gathering data from the homes of 4,500 citizens across Canada in a study intended to improve its broadband policymaking by gaining a better understanding of network performance.
In an early public demonstration of its TDD synchronous system operating in the 28 GHz band, Qualcomm Technologies recently showcased the kind of intelligent beamforming and beam tracking techniques that could be part of 5G networks.
Nokia Networks' southern Africa head Deon Geyser said operators in the continent are on the cusp of increasing their investment in network infrastructure, as consolidation offsets broader economic slowdowns.
GSMA chief regulatory officer John Giusti appealed to governments to agree a harmonisation plan to enable sub-700 MHz spectrum bands to be used for mobile and broadcast during the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva.
New report from the GSM says 10-15 "early" 5G networks will be deployed by 2020.
Alaskan carrier General Communication Inc. (GCI) is partnering with ClearSky Technologies to roll out and manage residential femtocells for its customers in an effort to boost coverage. GCI is using ClearSky's Small Cell as a Service (SCaaS) platform and in October signed a multi-year contract with ClearSky to enhance coverage and capacity for its wireless users.