The concept of software-defined networks (SDN) was all the rage at Mobile World Congress earlier this year in Barcelona, Spain, but efforts to virtualize the mobile network remain in a very nascent stage. Nonetheless, progress is coming fast and furious as customers increasingly push operators to find methods to open bandwidth or deploy applications on the fly.
Examining the business case behind small cell deployments
By Sue Marek
The small cell hype is finally beginning to waiver as reality sets in about the costs associated with deploying thousands of these diminutive base stations. The benefits of small cell technology are clear, but issues such as power and backhaul are challenging and not easily resolved.
FirstNet's ace in the hole is the PSCR labs
By Tammy Parker
The Public Safety Communications Research laboratories in Boulder, Colo., have been diligently focused on crucial interoperability testing of Band Class 14 equipment--including evolved packet cores (EPCs) and eNodeBs. FierceBroadbandWireless' Tammy Parker took a tour of the PSCR labs in early May 2013. Click the image to view a slideshow of what she saw.
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The United States already accounts for nearly half of all LTE subscriptions worldwide, and LTE rollouts are trickling down from the largest U.S. mobile operators to some of the smallest.
EdgeConneX, which provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), said it will deploy an outdoor small cell network in Vermont for CoverageCo, a provider of carrier- and technology-neutral cellular coverage services to underserved markets.
A wireless broadband platform that works on any frequency between 100 MHz and 6 GHz provides the foundation for a new white space (TVWS) cognitive radio system rolled out this week by Toronto-based Redline Communications Group.
Per-bit total cost of ownership of Wi-Fi hotspots is about half that of small cells for LTE and 10 percent of 3G small cells, according to a new report developed by Senza Fili Consulting and commissioned by Wi-Fi Alliance.
European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht cited Huawei and ZTE for engaging in unfair trade practices, specifically naming the companies for the first time and saying that if negotiations with China fail to produce a resolution, the EU is ready to move against the telecom equipment vendors.
The free Wi-Fi network Google deployed in its hometown of Mountain View, Calif., more than six years ago is choking on increased traffic and, according to reports, not only slows down but shuts down on occasion in certain locations.