Just as there are rising stars every year in the wireless industry , so, too, are there executives in the wireline telecom industry who are getting more and more attention and influence. Meet the rising stars in wireline for 2013 .
The European Commission, intent on punishing what it believes to be anti-competitive activity in the form of illegal state subsidies for and dumping by China's equipment vendors, seems to be ignoring the very real fears held by Europe's own equipment vendors that they could be shut out of the lucrative Chinese market as part of retaliatory moves by China.
UK mobile operator 3 UK has discussed the option of pooling its 800 MHz spectrum with that of rival operator EE, and also suggested it could launch commercial LTE services ahead of schedule this year.
Vodafone Germany has signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom to allow the mobile operator to use the German carrier's VDSL network for the launch of new high-speed broadband and IPTV services. The deal with Deutsche Telekom also caused a fall in the share price of Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, because Vodafone Germany will have less need to buy cable assets.
AT&T is more than willing to build its own fiber network in Austin, Texas--as long as it gets the same terms the city is offering to Google for its vaunted 1 Gbps buildout.
At the time of FierceBroadbandWireless ' visit to the PSCR labs in early May 2013, seven eNodeB vendors' equipment were being tested on site. PSCR also operates off-site systems scattered around Boulder County: Green Mountain, Table Mountain (one of the two "RF quiet zones" in the nation managed by NTIA) and a COW (cell site on wheels) in Gunbarrel. All of the sites use duplicate equipment from the same vendors--including the antenna systems, backhaul and RF switches--to provide apples-to-apples comparisons in different environments and enable repeatable results.
Large-scale rollouts of small cells in the United States will likely start next year, but Nokia Siemens Networks' CEO Rajeev Suri believes it will be a couple of years at least before sales of the diminutive base stations deliver sizable sales revenues.
As U.S. mobile operators watch their LTE subscribers grow, they are also seeing their LTE operating expenses take off, meaning their opex will outpace capex spending starting in 2015, according to a new report from iGR.
Cricket provider Leap Wireless is exploring how to use big data analytics to help improve the customer experience for its no-contract subscriber base, wading gingerly into the world of big data that larger carriers seem intent on exploiting in the years ahead.
T-Mobile US plans to significantly expand the footprint where its MetroPCS brand offers service--by around 100 million POPs over the next six quarters--as it continues to modernize its network and integrate MetroPCS customers following the merger between the two companies that closed earlier this month.