CAPE TOWN--LTE networks and services are not yet widely available across the African continent, but there are clear signs that operators in several markets are planning their rollout strategies while some have already started offering commercial LTE services.
Mike Murphy, chief technology officer for Nokia Networks' business in North America, is an industry veteran whose experience includes research and development in WCDMA at Nortel Networks. He was heavily involved in the first LTE deployments in South Korea and Japan. He recently talked with FierceWirelessTech Editor Monica Alleven about 5G, Wi-Fi, small cells and the disruptive nature of the open cloud environment.
Alki David, founder and CEO of FilmOn, has been making his presence known at the FCC by attempting to rally support for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) circulated by agency Chairman Tom Wheeler that could change the definition of a multi video program distributor (MVPD). Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, caught up with David to talk about his visit to the FCC, FilmOn's business model and how he sees the over the top (OTT) video market evolving.
TelePacific is enhancing its Ethernet delivery power by selecting Overture Networks' 6500 multi-service Ethernet service delivery platform.
CAPE TOWN--MTN South Africa CEO Ahmad Farroukh said the operator's focus is now on next-generation networks for both mobile and fixed access, with LTE and fibre networks in the process of being rolled out across the country.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk confirmed that his firm, SpaceX, is in the early stages of developing advanced microsatellites operating in large formations, saying a formal announcement would come in two to three months.
Huawei's been making a lot of noise about 5G lately, so it's no surprise that rival ZTE would want to get in on the action. The Chinese vendor provided updates on its vision for "pre5G" at an international meeting of industry officials.
Long-time AT&T executive Marian Croak, who headed up the company's Domain 2.0 initiative, has retired after 32 years with the company. Croak, who most recently was senior vice president of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services at AT&T Labs, has been replaced by Andre Fuetsch, who previously served as AT&T's senior vice president of software development and engineering. He will now oversee the company's Domain 2.0 initiative.
CAPE TOWN--Facebook revealed that it will launch the Internet.org app in Kenya later this week, marking the third country in Africa to get free access to basic Internet services via the Facebook-led initiative.
Shaygan Kheradpir has resigned from his post as CEO of Juniper Networks following a review the company's board of directors made of his conduct related to a negotiation with one of their customers.