BT could start selling SIM-only consumer 4G mobile services as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) this week, with reports saying that the former UK incumbent will initially focus on its 7.6 million broadband customers.
There seems to be no stopping the growth of the application delivery controller (ADC) market, one that Dell'Oro Group reports rose 4 percent sequentially in Q4 2014.
AT&T Mobility is working with several smaller carriers, likely including T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular, to prepare for interoperability between their different band classes in the 700 MHz band. In a filing with the FCC, AT&T revealed the progress it has made in following through on a commitment it made in September 2013 to support interoperability between Band Class 17 and Band Class 12 in the 700 MHz band.
The Wall Street Journal created a mild furor with an article suggesting that Internet service providers like Comcast may be working out deals with high-volume online video providers like HBO to give their data "special treatment," such as dedicated fast lanes. However, at least one media outlet is questioning the accuracy of the story.
Investments in LTE networks are expected to drive information technology (IT) spending in Turkey's communications sector to $1.29 billion (€1.2 billion) in 2015, as the country's three operators Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey and Avea race to deploy their LTE networks.
MTN Ghana CEO Serame Taukobong told investors that the company plans to pump GHS460 million (€115 million/$123 million) into network expansion during 2015 to meet growing demand for mobile data services.
Orange, which provided more updates on its LTE rollout plans for Africa this week, said LTE will be "the foundation of ICT in Africa, for individuals, business and institutional users" as fixed networks are at a very limited stage of development in the region.
Alcatel-Lucent may be an advocate of VDSL2 and vectoring, but the Franco American company says that those technologies may be not be enough to overcome interference issues to deliver 100 Mbps and above over existing copper pairs to broadband customers.
While there is a legitimate concern that LTE Broadcast content will be given a higher quality of service than regular, over-the-top video content, I don't think the situation will violate net neutrality. In fact, based on conversations I have had this week with experts at vendors that specialize in LTE Broadcast (and, admittedly, are proponents of the technology), carriers' use of it is likely to benefit customers, even those who are not taking advantage of it.
T-Mobile US wants to make sure the FCC knows the benefits of using Licensed Assisted Access technology in, among others, the 3.5 GHz band, saying it's compatible with Wi-Fi and should be considered as the FCC adopts rules for the 3.5 GHz band.