Though LTE and LTE Advanced are still being rolled out worldwide, the wireless communications industry is already gearing up for 5G, envisioned as its next technology revolution. Many in the industry are debating exactly what features and benefits should be offered by this next generation of wireless. FierceWirelessTech Editor Tammy Parker recently checked in with Hossein Moiin, CTO of Nokia Networks, to discuss his vision for 5G. Following is an edited and condensed version of that conversation.
Suggestions that 5G--the next generation of wireless networks--will include a basket of technologies or a network of networks highlight the looming risk of 5G fragmentation. I sometimes wonder if 5G might end up with the dreaded silos of vertical solutions that share little or no commonality.
One area 5G researchers have been targeting is radio channel models. Why? Because the current models are not suitable for this next generation of wireless networks, according to an Ericsson Research blog post.
AMD took the wraps off its 64-bit ARMv8 system-on-chip (SoC) that is designed for network function virtualization (NFV), showcasing the processor running virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) applications during the ARM TechCon event in Santa Clara, Calif.
T-Mobile US is working to enhance its LTE network with Nokia Networks, which indicated that it will enable carrier-aggregation technology for the carrier.
Network investments by telecoms operators worldwide are expected to increase by 3 per cent in 2014, but Dell'Oro believes that multiple factors will contribute to a decline in capex by around $6 billion (€4.7 billion) during 2015.
TeliaSonera welcomed Tele2-owned Mobile Norway's announcement that it has signed a frequency licensing and network purchase agreement with Ice Communication Norge, saying the move helps to meet the "political target" of maintaining three mobile networks in the country.
Telefónica Deutschland has assumed the position as the leading mobile operator in Germany with 41 million subscriptions, after formally completing the acquisition of 100 per cent of E-Plus from KPN on Wednesday.
The global decline in IP transit prices in major cities has started to slow, according to new data from TeleGeography's IP Transit Pricing Service.
A broad array of wireless carriers and network vendors have joined together to create an open-source group to accelerate deployments of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. The group, called the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), aims to deliver a carrier-grade, integrated, open-source reference platform in an effort to create new NFV products and services.