Orange has topped the French telecoms regulator's review of network quality in an annual evaluation of mobile operator services, while enfant terrible Free Mobile lagged behind in fourth place.
Zain Saudi Arabia said it has signed infrastructure supply contracts worth 4.5 billion riyals (€882 million/$1.2 billion) to develop and expand its network.
Anite's Nemo CEM Observer is taking a deeper approach to customer-experience management by providing diagnostics at the drive-test level via an application that runs on a subscriber's mobile device. The company said the CEM monitoring solution provides engineering-level visibility to mobile network data to help detect root causes of customer experience issues that are typically caused by the network.
The success of Verizon's online video streaming partnership with Redbox still remains to be seen, but it is likely not the biggest OTT play in the carrier's book. Verizon, along with other major ISPs like Comcast, may be looking to challenge content delivery network providers like Akamai.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— CenturyLink may be just as anxious to use a mixture of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as anyone, but the telco is realistic about how these technologies will fit into a network of its size.
Sprint yesterday hosted a media event to announce a number of new initiatives, including a longer trial period for its services, nationwide HD Voice, additional LTE markets and a new focus on fitness apps and services, along with the fitness-focused Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. However, some in attendance remained notably unimpressed: "We do not believe any of the announcements are a game changer and continue to expect Sprint to struggle to take share," wrote Credit Suisse analysts Joseph A Mastrogiovanni and Michael Baresich in a note to investors following the event.
The Small Cell Forum, originally called the Femtocell Forum, is an advocacy group promoting the adoption of small cell technologies to solve mobile networks' coverage and capacity issues as well as help them deliver new services. Gordon Mansfield, AT&T Mobility's AVP--Small Cell Solutions, has chaired the Small Cell Forum since September 2012. He recently spoke with FierceWirelessTech Editor Tammy Parker regarding the small cell market's momentum and product roadmap.
The storage area network (SAN) market reached $549 million globally in the first quarter of 2014, down 9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, but a transition in Fibre Channel switches from 8G to 16G could re-energize this segment, Infonetics Research reports.
Lumos Networks has added 15,000 buildings to its "near-net" list, which means that fiber connectivity can be extended to the building without the need for a public right of way permit.
AMSTERDAM--LTE Cat 6 is providing European operators with an opportunity to close the gap on rivals in Asia Pacific and North America that took a leading role in deploying LTE Cat 4 technology, according to Qualcomm Technologies' senior director of marketing.