Verizon Wireless indicated it has struck deals with both Sprint and T-Mobile US to interconnect VoIP traffic, which could be a precursor to Voice over LTE roaming agreements.
Middle mile provider Sovernet Communications is now offering customers a transport option from Boston to its existing network in in New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.
Two years into its existence, the First Responders Network Authority has undergone a change in leadership, with a former telecom executive taking the reins from another former telecom exec. Sue Swenson, the new chairwoman, has proved a powerful advocate for FirstNet and has also shown--via her lead role in the 700 MHz spectrum-lease negotiations--that she can work with the public-safety community, which still voices serious concerns about the direction that FirstNet is taking.
Just days after Ericsson's CTO said North America is leading Europe in 5G, the vendor announced it is building a new Silicon Valley campus that will consolidate some 2,000 Ericsson staffers involved with R&D in IP, TV and media, network virtualization and wireless technologies.
AT&T has struck an agreement with The Villas whereby the telco will offer its GigaPower fiber to the premises (FTTP) service for a new for University of Texas student housing development in Austin, Texas.
Yahoo is planning to take on Google's YouTube online video dominance, and this summer will announce a service that offers channel pages and video hosting. Its value proposition? Giving creators a bigger cut of ad revenues, and offering the ability to distribute their videos across Yahoo's online properties.
France's telecoms regulator Arcep is to open an inquiry into Iliad's Free Mobile to determine whether the low-cost mobile operator is meeting its 3G network coverage commitments under the terms of its licence.
Mobile voice coverage exceeds 99 per cent of the population in most European markets, but this still leaves many premises in mobile 'not-spots' and the number of premises that lack mobile broadband coverage is far greater.
With 5G now officially on the drawing boards, an obvious question is how will new wireless broadband networks perform compared to wireline alternatives such as fiber, coax or DSL? An even better question is what will these networks need to look like to provide sufficient broadband capability for a majority of customers, one that lets them cut the cord to their wired broadband connection if they so desire?
More years ago than I care to remember, I journeyed to Nice in France to participate for the first time in what was then called Management World, organised by the Telemanagement Forum. My main reason for going? In all honesty, to hear EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou discuss the business plan behind his easyMobile venture.