AMSTERDAM-- Making the shift from a primarily cable network to a provider of multiscreen experiences, often directly to viewers over the top, has been a new challenge for Discovery Networks International, the Europe-based wing of Discovery Communications. That's according to its president, JB Perrette, speaking at an opening keynote session at IBC.
While Samsung has rolled out hundreds of thousands of 3G femtocells for Verizon Wireless, it's still in the early stages when it comes to LTE femtocells in unlicensed spectrum, or the controversial LTE-U. However, the electronics giant announced it will be engaging in a trial with Verizon using Samsung's LTE-U enterprise femtocells.
LAS VEGAS-- The 5G buzz is escalating as U.S. operators like Verizon Wireless are announcing 5G trials and vendors like Nokia Networks are promising commercial 5G-ready hotspot equipment in 2017.
Ericsson said it has begun its first trials of its Zero Site solution in Spain, with an installation in the city of Santander.
LAS VEGAS-- Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the carrier's recent improvement of its network in Denver-- and network testing firm RootMetrics' determination that it provided the fastest network there and virtually tied Verizon Wireless for overall network performance – is a sign of things to come as the carrier revamps its network.
LAS VEGAS-- Verizon Wireless will deploy 400 small cells in San Francisco in order to densify the company's network in anticipation of the 2016 Super Bowl that will take place in that city.
While U.S. operators remain focused on 4G and using the spectrum bought in the auction that ended earlier this year and whatever spectrum becomes available via next year's incentive auction, they're working with network equipment providers on a path to 5G before the 5G standards are written.
LAS VEGAS-- A top AT&T network executive said the company will trial LTE-U technology later this year or in early 2016, but the company will not deploy the technology until it can ensure that there is fair-use sharing with Wi-Fi.
AT&T Mobility has deployed its 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum for LTE service in a handful of markets, fulfilling its goal of launching service on the spectrum this summer. However, it's unclear how widespread the rollout is at this point or how quickly it will proceed to bring extra capacity to the carrier's network.
LAS VEGAS--TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) promises to offer network functions virtualization (NFV) for all of its technology solutions for location-based services and messaging by year's end.