Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent confirmed they are in talks for Nokia to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in a merger that could give the combined company more fighting weight against Ericsson and Huawei in the network gear market. According to research firm IDC, the combined company would become the world's largest wireless network equipment vendor.
LAS VEGAS--Multiscreen provider Adobe Primetime and content delivery network provider Akamai are taking their OTT collaboration a step further with the introduction of a server-side dynamic ad insertion offering. The providers say it will boost reliability and offer the ability to scale massively.
According to a new report on the first quarter from OpenSignal, which has partnered with FierceWireless, Verizon Wireless showed a slightly higher latency in LTE when compared with its competitors, though the difference likely is imperceptible to subscribers.
It just goes to show. Some topics are so hot, you can't make it through a discussion about 5G and millimeter wave (mmW) bands without the subject coming up. In this case, the subject is LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U)/LTE Assisted Access (LTE-LAA), and it came up during the Q&A part of a "Spectrum for 5G" session during the Brooklyn 5G Summit in New York last week.
Naturally, a great deal of attention gets paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and around the world. However, not as much attention typically gets paid to 3G and LTE latency speeds even though many major operators point to improved latency as a big reason to migrate to LTE.
South Africa-based Cell C said it will invest ZAR8 billion (€629 million/$667 million) in building an LTE network over the next three years as the country's third-largest mobile operator seeks to improve its position in the highly competitive market.
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and LTE Advanced (LTE-A) are among the hottest mobile network trends right now for operators, and deployments are rising across the globe.
Ericsson said it proved the ability of LTE as an alternative to existing powerline or fixed network connections for smart meters in trials conducted with Telefónica Deutschland and utility company E.ON.
It's not a sexy topic, but wholesale revenues are becoming a key component of cable MSOs' businesses. They keep expanding in the wholesale arena, and provide a wide array of services, including fiber and wireless backhaul for mobile operators. Special report
Wireless operators have become one of cable's largest wholesale customers. According to Vertical Systems Group, cable is the fastest growing segment in the wholesale and retail business Ethernet markets.