Sprint is starting to slash costs as part of a broader effort to cut $2.5 billion in expenses. The carrier expects to provide more details on the looming layoffs associated with the cost-cutting as well as its network densification plans when it reports quarterly earnings tomorrow.
Ericsson said it won two mobile network transformation deals in Indonesia, with both focusing on the move towards LTE services.
Nokia Networks is partnering with wireless startup Artemis Networks (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner) to jointly test Artemis' pCell technology with wireless carriers inside and outside of the United States in 2016. Artemis also plans on selling wholesale LTE data capacity.
A new report from UK consumer champion Cable.co.uk said mobile coverage in the UK remains patchy, with subscribers in East Anglia and Northern Ireland the most likely to experience a loss of signal.
Millimeter wave technology, which has taken center stage in a recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) at the FCC, is "better than you think it's going to be," but it's not easy, according to the president of Bell Labs, which has played an active role in the research of mmWave technology.
Unified access provider Calix saw its revenues rise in the third quarter to $112.3 million, up 6.2 percent from the same quarter in 2014. In addition, the company said it was preparing for its customers to shift to software-defined networking and network function virtualization by launching a new AXOS Linux-based network operating system and software application platform.
As Nokia speeds toward completing its $17.1 billion acquisition of rival Alcatel-Lucent in the first quarter of 2016, industry analysts say that the two vendors are in strong financial shape after delivering their third-quarter results and are well-positioned to take on Ericsson and Huawei. However, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will likely need to make significant cuts to their combined mobile assets, which will result in job cuts, and rivals will be looking to press their advantages as the companies come together next year.
Telefónica and networks institute IMDEA Networks have teamed up to create what they describe as "Spain's first laboratory of 5G excellence", saying that the key goals are to create an open ecosystem for "innovation and investigation" by bringing industry and the academic world together.
Nokia Networks struck a $1 billion (€908 million) deal with China Mobile covering the supply of TD-LTE infrastructure, and separately announced it achieved a transmission speed of 19.1 Gbps during a 5G demonstration with SK Telecom.
CCS Insight noted that statistics from The Mobile World suggest that the number of LTE subscriptions worldwide surpassed 1 billion in October 2015.