With a bevy of choices available to get broadband service, consumers and businesses are more closely looking at wireline operators' network performance. We take a look at how the top providers fared in terms of network latency, throughput and availability during the third quarter.
How well a service provider's network performs is due to factors including availability, throughput and latency. These factors have a direct impact on how operators serve businesses and consumers. FierceTelecom, through a new partnership with Cedexis, a provider of Internet measurement and real-time performance optimization solutions, hopes to shed some light on how the top five U.S. wireline networks performed in terms of latency, throughput and availability.
AT&T Laboratories is asking the FCC to grant it an experimental license to test antenna technology manufactured by Tarana Wireless.
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said Ericsson and Cisco's partnership to resell each other's products and services and jointly develop new ones means that Nokia was right to purchase rival Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion (€15.6 billion). Nokia also commenced its formal share offer to buy Alcatel-Lucent's outstanding shares and drive the merger toward completion early next year.
Sprint is rebranding part of its LTE network and said that it has now deployed carrier aggregation and beamforming technology in 77 "major" markets across the country, in what it calls an "LTE Plus" deployment. The carrier will continue using LTE Advanced techniques to make its network faster and more robust, according to Sprint CTO John Saw.
Telefónica Group CTO Enrique Blanco said the operator has begun the process of launching 5G networks by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei covering joint research of the technology.
ZTE said it has won LTE contracts for Cameroon and Zambia from Afrimax. Meanwhile Facebook has partnered with Airtel Africa to roll out Free Basics in 17 markets.
The latest issue of the Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that there will be 150 million 5G subscribers by 2021, with South Korea, Japan, China and the U.S. expected to lead in the first wave of take-up.
The next generation of Wi-Fi calling-- where the service is embedded in the smartphone and accessed via the normal phone dialler-- is offering operators a way to take back control by enabling them to provide voice services in areas where they have little or no coverage due to poor signal strength.
CenturyLink may be considering options for the future of its data center business, but regardless of its choice the service provider has connected its fiber network to a total of 300 third-party data centers.