Sue Marek

Sue Marek

Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including </em>FierceWireless, </em>FierceCable, </em>FierceTelecom, </em>FierceOnlineVideo, </em>FierceDeveloper, </em>FierceWireless:Europe and </em>FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a&gt;. Follow <a href="">@FierceWireless</a&gt; on Twitter and find her on <a href="">LinkedIn</a>.</p&gt;

Stories by Sue Marek

At AT&T, HP Enterprise and Orange, SDN and NFV move beyond the proof of concept stage

BARCELONA, Spain&mdash;When it comes to deploying software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) it&#39;s no longer a matter of if, but when. According to a panel of top network virtualization experts speaking at the FierceWireless and TelecomAsia executive luncheon, &quot;When Will Deploying SDN and NFV Payoff for Operators,&quot; wireless operators know they have to virtualize their networks, the big question is how and when.

Sprint's rumored network overhaul to include relocating towers and relying on microwave backhaul

Sprintis reportedly about to embark on a radical overhaul of its cellular network that will include moving its antennas off of towers owned by companies like Crown Castle and American Tower and instead using government-owned land and towers with cheaper rent.
In addition, the carrier is rumored to also be ending its reliance on fiber for backhaul and instead use microwave, which will mean it won&#39;t have to lease fiber from players like AT&amp;T and Verizon. According to Re/code, which first reported Sprint&#39;s network plans, the revamp of its network towers and backhaul could save the company $1 billion and begin as soon as June.

600 MHz auction and channel repacking will drive demand for tower workers

One outcome of the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction is that qualified tower workers, particularly those that have experience working on tall towers, will be in hot demand because broadcasters will need to change a lot of hardware on their towers and the FCC will require them to do make those adjustments within three years.