Unlocking the Business Value of 4G

Can MNOs meet demand and escalating dependence on the cloud in their operations?

With ubiquitous superfast broadband still some way in the future, despite additional government investment into new fibre infrastructure, many UK businesses are still struggling to attain a reliable, consistent and fast internet connection. With an ever increasing reliance on cloud based applications to run their businesses, organisations should now be concerned about how to implement essential internet resilience for all of their sites to ensure uninterrupted business operations.

China Telecom and Transatel to Offer 4G-LTE Data for Laptops and Tablets in China

Partners in the UK since 2011, and in France since 2013, providing connectivity options to the Chinese community abroad

China Telecom and Transatel are opening the commercial services in China for inbound roaming LTE data services. Transatel is one of the first operators to benefit from the new infrastructure via its SIM 901, a global data SIM card launched in 2015 and offering seamless cellular coverage in over 100 countries and destinations. This agreement is the latest in the series of successful commercial deals between the two companies. They have partnered in the UK since 2011, and in France since 2013, to provide attractive connectivity options to the Chinese community abroad.

FCC Takes Steps to Promote Wireless Broadband Deployment

Removing Barriers to Investment Needed for America’s 5G Future

The Federal Communications Commission today opened a proceeding to identify and address unnecessary regulatory barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment.  The Commission’s goal is to promote the rapid deployment of advanced wireless broadband service to all Americans. 

FatPipe Networks Collaborates with Wind River to Accelerate NFV Deployment

SD-WAN Platform integrated with 'Titanium Cloud' optimizes SD-WAN and NFV for CSPs and TEMs

FatPipe® Networks, the inventor and multiple patents holder of software-defined networks for wide area connectivity and hybrid WANs, today announced it has integrated its SD-WAN (Software Defined WAN) platform with Wind River Titanium Cloud as the carrier-grade foundation to showcase and validate its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution.

Tech-Policy Think Tank Says US Should Focus Broadband Plan First on Unserved Areas

Rely on mechanisms such as reverse auctions and avoid spending on inefficient

Supporting the deployment of broadband in high-cost rural areas should be a significant component of any infrastructure plan, says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). In a new report out today, the leading tech-policy think tank argues new broadband infrastructure support should rely on proven mechanisms such as reverse auctions and avoid pouring more resources into inefficient programs like the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

FCC Announces Results of Wireless Spectrum Incentive Auction

175 TV stations, 50 wireless bidders free up 70MHz for mobile broadband

On April 13, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a first-of-its kind market for repurposing valuable broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions ever conducted by the FCC. The Commission now commences a 39-month transition period to move broadcast stations to new channel assignments.

NI, AT&T Collaborate on Fast mmWave Channel Sounder for 5G

Utilizing spectrum earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G

NI and AT&T announced their collaboration on one of the world’s fastest and most accurate tools for 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) channel characterization. mmWave frequencies will play a big role in the future of 5G. They have already been earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G mobile networks. Channel measurements capture how wireless signals are affected in a given environment. For instance, channel measurements can show how signals reflect off of, or are blocked by, objects such as trees, buildings, cars and people.

Leti Announces Europe-South Korean Project for World's First 5G-system Prototype

5G CHAMPION to deliver fully integrated and operational prototype in conjunction with 2018 Olympics

Leti announced a European and South Korean project, 5G CHAMPION, to deliver the world’s first fully integrated and operational 5G prototype in conjunction with the 2018 Winter Olympics.

AT&T to Acquire Straight Path Communications in All Stock Deal

The companies anticipate a closing within 12 months, subject to FCC review

Today, Straight Path Communications Inc.  and AT&T announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which AT&T is to acquire Straight Path for $95.63 per share in an all-stock merger intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization. Straight Path is one of the largest holders of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum. The transaction, which was approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, brings Straight Path’s previously announced strategic alternatives process to a conclusion and maximizes Straight Path shareholder value.

Is Europe Aligned with Global 5G Spectrum Policy?

New spectrum bands have historically been a catalyst and rationale for a new cellular generation

New spectrum bands have historically been a catalyst and rationale for a new cellular generation 

Three spectrum bands have been identified by European regulators for the introduction of Fifth Generation Mobile Network (5G) licensing, but they are not globally harmonised and not available throughout Europe. This note looks at the linkages between bands and generations and asks whether there are benefits or issues in coupling 5G so strongly in Europe to the availability of new frequencies.

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