Artemis Networks, a wireless startup that aims to reshape the wireless landscape through its pCell technology (and a 2014 Fierce 15 winner), is leasing spectrum from Dish Network in San Francisco to demonstrate its technology in a commercial service. Although Artemis aims to be more of a technology solutions provider, the company is partnering with Dish on a limited basis to get its technology off the ground.
At next week's Mobile World Congress, I expect to be clobbered by hundreds of companies that claim to have the answer to 5G. Massive MIMO and MU-MIMO. Millimeter waves. New modulation and duplexing formats. Cloud RAN and various kinds of SDN/NFV. Carrier Aggregation between multiple air interfaces. MTC for the IoT. Of course, all of these are pieces in the 5G puzzle.
Over-the-top service provider Kaltura and IBM are providing platform and infrastructure support to Turner Broadcasting as it launches an authenticated multiscreen service in Latin America and Brazil. The partnership is IBM's first hybrid cloud services foray into the media and entertainment industry.
Ciena, Infinera and Adva are diversifying their businesses to include data center providers that are looking for high capacity gear to interconnect their facilities, according to a report from Infonetics Research.
The rapid transition from 3G to 4G in China and strong growth in European 4G investments offset the much anticipated decline in North America radio infrastructure investments in 2014.
Some of the industry's biggest vendors clearly will be showcasing their wares with an eye toward 5G when they exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.
What a difference a year makes. Last year, six operators were involved in the Wi-Fi network sponsored by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and GSMA at the Mobile World Congress Fira Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain. This year, that number has ramped up to more than 30.
Cincinnati Bell, which is exiting the retail wireless market at the end of the month, is not giving up on wireless entirely. The company said it recently struck a $30 million, multi-year small cell deal with an unnamed "national carrier."
YouTube celebrated its tenth year anniversary last Saturday on Valentine's Day, but it's clear that it is facing a steady new stream of competitors such as Facebook, Twitter and an emerging group of enterprise-class online video service providers.
Telecom Italia reported a decrease in revenue and core earnings in preliminary results for the 2014 financial year, but said the rate of domestic revenue decline slowed over the year while analysts noted that targets to cut debt were met.