Author Archives: Sue Marek
Author Archives: Sue Marek
The small cell platform supports interface splits between the central unit and the remote radio head, which means operators can use it for fronthaul.
From foliage that blocks antennas to bandwidth speeds that vary dramatically, global operators open up about the good, bad, and ugly of their 5G trials.
The operator is growing its open source clout prior to its merger with T-Mobile.
Early 5G markets will be a diverse group of cities — from densely populated New York City to flat, sprawling Phoenix.
Virtualizing the RAN is a goal for operators but it won’t happen overnight.
Many Chinese service providers are reliant upon ZTE’s optical gear for their transport networks and backhaul. And switching to another vendor is not that easy.
The Chinese firm has halted all manufacturing in its factory after being banned from using components made in the U.S. for the next seven years.
A small team within the company will look at how to incorporate the distributed ledger technology.
By making switching smarter, operators can lower latency and increase bandwidth.
SpaceTime’s CEO Rob Schilling, a former general manager at SAP, will join Nokia’s IoT unit.
The South Korean company provided the LTE core and RAN gear for the Indian operator’s greenfield network. The scale of the network is bigger than AT&T and Verizon’s networks combined.
CEO Marcelo Claure will become executive chairman of Sprint. He expects to spend a lot of time in Washington, D.C., getting regulators to approve the T-Mobile merger.
Company execs are already in Washington, D.C., meeting with the DOJ and the FCC about the Sprint merger.
Groups like the ORAN Forum, Cisco’s Open vRAN initiative, and TIP’s OpenRAN Group are all working to virtualize the RAN. The Linux Foundation has kept its distance, so far.
It’s now or never for this acquisition. But first T-Mobile must convince regulators that the competitive landscape is growing and that the new company will create jobs, not eliminate them.
The combined company will be worth roughly $146 billion. T-Mobile CEO John Legere will lead the new firm and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will serve on the board.
The next phase of the operator's 5G trials will include at least 100 base stations in each of the five test cities. The trials will use equipment from multiple vendors including Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE.
Verizon and AT&T have very different viewpoints on offering fixed 5G service. But both operators admit that there are lots of unknowns when it comes to 5G.
5G trials from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Waco, Texas, have helped the company fine-tune its commercial deployment plans.
The operator said it is on track to launch 5G in a handful of markets later this year but is still cagey about the details. Launch cities remain a mystery.