As more consumers are viewing online video services like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix on their TV screens, mobile smartphones or tablets, the question becomes: What are users' viewing behaviors?
For the past three years, I've been saying that 2015 will be "the year when you will see small cells ramp up." Six months ago, I was getting pretty nervous because the firm orders had not come through and semiconductor backlog was weak. I felt like a weatherman predicting rain after a five-year drought... everyone wants to believe that it's true, but there is no evidence on the ground. Now, the drought is ending. Mobile operators have ended the endless field trials, and have moved toward reliance on small cells for network capacity and enterprise applications.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said it has halted payments for Los Angeles' LTE network for public-safety workers after regulators there voted to halt the construction of the network.
Cisco plans to acquire Embrane, a software-defined networking startup that already has an established relationship with the manufacturer. Terms of the deal were not released.
Unlike rivals Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility is not in a rush to trial and deploy LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, according to an AT&T executive. AT&T might use LTE-U, but only if it can assure that it will not harm Wi-Fi, according to AT&T's Tom Keathley, who said that the carrier would be willing to wait for a standardized version of the technology known as a Licensed-Assisted Access.
U.S. Cellular plans to cover essentially its entire customer base with LTE by the end of the year, hoping that expanded access to faster mobile broadband speeds will help its subscriber numbers and churn.
Mark Dzuban, president of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), has set an ambitious goal with the organization's Energy 2020 initiative: reduce the cable industry's electrical power consumption by at least 25 percent by the year 2020.
It's been a busy year, that's for sure. Would it be fair to say that the events of 2015 have set the tone for the rest of the year? Sure. Would it be fair to say that these were the three most import months in telecom and technology in the last decade? Probably not, that just seems foolish. That doesn't mean there aren't, at least, a handful of things Q1 2015 can teach us going forward and some predictions we can make.
Huawei's 2014 operating profit came in at the high end of earnings guidance provided by the company mid-January, as the equipment vendor reported a record full year net profit.
Telenor Denmark and Ericsson said they have deepened their partnership by signing an extended field services contract, which replaces the previous three-year agreement from 2011.