Nokia Networks said it has developed the world's first modular outdoor small cell base station to deliver peak data rates of over 1 Gbps, as it announced a bundle of services it said can cut the cost of deploying small cells.
Smile Telecoms raised $365 million (€326 million) to expand its existing LTE networks and services in Africa, and said it plans to launch services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) early in 2016.
One of the interesting things to do ahead of and during a broadcaster-centric tradeshow like IBC 2015 is to watch industry players try and predict which way the market will turn in the next six to 12 months. While no forecast is ever entirely accurate, the industry has increasingly found itself reacting to market happenings rather than driving them.
CTIA's Super Mobility conference is being held from Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas, as wireless carriers, handset makers, network gear providers, mobile application developers and others converge on the Sands Expo & Convention Center for CTIA's annual convention. Check back here throughout the week for updates
Sprint inked a multi-year deal with LTE chipset, SIM card and service provisioning specialist Gemalto extend their relationship for Gemalto to help manage Sprint's LTE deployments. Sprint and Gemalto have worked together on LTE deployments since May 2012, shortly before Sprint launched LTE in July of that year.
CommScope, which focuses on designing, building and managing wireless networks, is adding small cells to its portfolio of products and solutions by buying privately-held small cell specialist Airvana. CommScope aims to use the deal to help it in Cloud-RAN (C-RAN) deployments. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Based on a patent filing made public last week, Verizon may be working on what it calls "dynamic auctioning of unused network capacity." The technology would allow service providers to sell unused capacity to subscribers for a pre-determined amount of time.
Verizon is working with partners Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to test 5G in the company's innovation centers in Waltham, Mass., and San Francisco. The technology field trials are expected to begin in 2016.
Telenor signed an LTE Roaming Exchange agreement with Ooredoo Oman that it said will deliver industry-leading 4G roaming and customer experience to the Middle East-based operator's subscribers.
The total number of LTE subscriptions reached 755 million worldwide by the end of June this year.