FRANKFURT, Germany--The mobile industry appears largely in agreement that 5G will require a new air interface or waveform in order to handle the challenges presented by proposed new use cases, but as yet it is not clear what this new waveform will be.
Bare metal switches, which decouple hardware from software and offer other benefits including agility and cost savings over traditional data center switches, are making a bigger dent in the data center market, rising 11 percent in 2014, says Infonetics in a new report.
The FCC today voted 5-0 to award Ericsson's Telcordia unit the five-year contract to manage the U.S. government's local number portability (LNPA) database, replacing Neustar, the previous LNPA administrator. The LNPA data helps phone subscribers keep their phone numbers when switching from one provider to another.
Chinese equipment maker ZTE saw its net profit increase 94 percent in 2014, to $423.4 million, up from $220 million in 2013, thanks to strong smartphone sales overseas and an increase in 4G network deployments.
With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only apropos that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.
ATLANTA--T-Mobile US affiliate iWireless plans to launch its first LTE network in Iowa late in the third quarter of this year and struck a nationwide LTE roaming deal with T-Mobile. However, iWireless CEO Craven Shumaker said the company is exploring additional LTE roaming deals.
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs unit has launched a new consulting division that it says will focus on advising the IT and broader communications networking industry as it prepares to deal with upcoming network challenges that will emerge in the year 2020.
Illegal pirating of video services has taken on a new form: direct streaming of online video. The proliferation of low-cost SVOD services like Hulu and Netflix has done little to slow the rate of online video piracy.
Online-video piracy is not going away. Despite efforts to clamp down on the problem, illegal content is prolific on the Web, with files available for download through torrent sites or even on major sites, including YouTube.
The FCC's net neutrality rules could undermine what is being proposed for 5G networks by the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and others. Who knows how very well 5G might enable development of other innovative new services, business models and pricing packages if it remains unshackled?