Shares of Ruckus Wireless were down Friday after the company missed analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the first quarter, but the company--like its competitors--is still ready to seize any disruption in the Wi-Fi market caused by HP's purchase of Aruba Networks.
The next generation of wireless known as 5G will provide at least 10-fold improvement in the user experience and must be able to handle low-cost devices across the whole range of 5G frequency bands, according to Nokia Networks.
The First Responder Network Authority made a couple of significant moves of late, setting May 14 as an "Industry Day" for interested parties to convene and beginning the process of accepting requests for one-on-one meetings with vendors starting May 15.
Global spending on centralized radio access network (C-RAN) architecture networking gear is expected to reach $14 billion annually by 2020, according to SNS Research.
Fibertech, which is in the process of being acquired by Lightower Fiber Networks, has just been awarded a $1 million grant from the state of Delaware to expand its own network in the state while serving as an onramp to increase broadband services in rural areas.
U.S. Cellular is trialing Voice over LTE technology in three markets right now and expects to turn the service on commercially sometime later this year, according to CEO Ken Meyers.
Top executives from the nation's tower companies saw lower spending form the Tier 1 wireless carriers in the first quarter, but the carriers and tower firms all expect network densification and buildout activity to ramp up as the year progresses.
Nokia reported stronger sales in North America in the first quarter, and in its networks business overall. However, the underlying profit of the company's networks business fell, and investors grew worried about drooping margins.
Sprint struck a multi-year Wi-Fi offloading agreement with Boingo Wireless to seamlessly offload its customers' data traffic to Boingo's Wi-Fi networks at 35 major U.S. airports. The Boingo deal is one element of Sprint's evolving strategy to make Wi-Fi an integral part of its network as part of an effort to improve the performance of its network.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Tower company Crown Castle said it will acquire Quanta Fiber Networks (called Sunesys) for $1 billion in cash. A wholly owned subsidiary of Quanta Services, Sunesys owns or has rights to nearly 10,000 miles of fiber in major metropolitan markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Silicon Valley and northern New Jersey; Crown Castle said the purchase would "further strengthen Crown Castle's leading position in small cell networks by more than doubling Crown Castle's fiber footprint available for small cell deployments."