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Iain Morris Telefónica's Blanco: 5G NR 'Acceleration' Is 'Big Mistake'
Iain Morris  
2/27/2017   7 comments
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Enrique Blanco has a bone to pick with some of his fellow operators.
Mitch Wagner SAP Exec Trash-Talks Oracle: 'I Have Not Seen Them'
Mitch Wagner  
2/27/2017  
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Oracle has been trash-talking SAP for years, and now SAP is giving back.
Carol Wilson AT&T Sees MWC Through Indigo Glasses
Carol Wilson  
2/27/2017   4 comments
AT&T is using Mobile World Congress to tout its Network 3.0 Indigo, and specifically the way software-defined networking will power its transition to 5G. Working with Qualcomm and Ericsson, the network operator is showcasing ultra-fast speeds using a combination of technologies that include carrier aggregation and LTE-License Assisted Access (LAA).
Curtis Franklin Cloudflare Bleeds Bad News – & Good
Curtis Franklin  
2/27/2017   4 comments
"For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail." — Benjamin Franklin
Alan Breznick Comcast Brings YouTube to the Living Room
Alan Breznick  
2/27/2017   5 comments
In yet another acknowledgement that OTT video is here to stay, Comcast announced this morning that it will start offering YouTube on its pay-TV platform later this year.
Gabriel Brown Defining NG Core for 5G Networks
Gabriel Brown  
2/27/2017  
A lot of the attention in 5G development has been focused, rightly, on 5G New Radio (NR). But to offer 5G services a new system architecture and core network is also needed.
Iain Morris DT Plots 5G Across Entire Footprint
Iain Morris  
2/27/2017   3 comments
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Germany's Deutsche Telekom has given a huge boost to the emerging 5G standard, announcing plans in Barcelona earlier today to introduce the high-speed mobile technology across its entire network footprint from 2020 onwards.
Dan Jones Sprint Gets Ready for Massive MIMO, Eyes 2.5GHz for 5G
Dan Jones  
2/27/2017  
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Sprint's CTO said Monday that it could push its own 2.5GHz spectrum as a 5G band, as the operator prepares to ramp up to "Gigabit LTE" with 128-element antenna arrays, commonly dubbbed "Massive MIMO."
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Orange Bangs the Drum for LTE-M
Paul Rainford  
2/27/2017  
Also in today's MWC-tinged EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom form Quantum Alliance; BT heads for the TIP; Nokia re-brands Withings health devices; Vodafone rules in 4G roaming.
Carol Wilson ADVA Takes Voyager on PoC Journey
Carol Wilson  
2/27/2017  
ADVA today is announcing nine different commercial proofs-of-concept for the Facebook-designed Voyager open packet-optical system, now being developed by the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). The move indicates fast movement of Voyager into the commercial realm. (See ADVA Trialing Voyager Open Packet Optical Box in 9 PoCs.)
Iain Morris Ericsson's Ekholm Trumpets 5G Role But Still Lacks Plan
Iain Morris  
2/27/2017   2 comments
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Ericsson this morning made plenty of noise about the slowly emerging 5G standard but admitted it was still working on developing a new strategic plan that would position the company for growth in the increasingly lackluster market for network equipment and services.
Ray Le Maistre Nokia Pitches Full 5G Suite but Shies Away From 5G Acceleration Push
Ray Le Maistre  
2/26/2017  
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Nokia strapped on a 5G boombox here today, announcing what it claims is the industry's first end-to-end 5G solution that includes radio access, packet core and transport capabilities based on what it describes as "early specifications." (See Nokia Announces 5G FIRST Solution.)
Iain Morris Telefónica's Answer to Apple's Siri: Aura
Iain Morris  
2/26/2017  
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Telefonica has taken a bold leap into the age of artificial intelligence with its launch today of a new digital assistant called Aura, which appears to be the product of a two-year research initiative at the Spanish telco that has been a closely guarded secret.
Iain Morris EU Rules Will Trigger Worrying Data Tsunami, Says BICS
Iain Morris  
2/26/2017  
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Forthcoming European regulations that will effectively scrap the fees customers pay to use data services abroad are expected to generate a 16-fold increase in levels of data roaming traffic between 2016 and 2018, according to forecasts provided by BICS, the international carrier division of Belgian incumbent Proximus.
Iain Morris 5G-Focused Telstra Hands Juicy Optical Deal to Ericsson, Ciena
Iain Morris  
2/26/2017  
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Australia's Telstra has handed Ericsson a major optical network contract as part of a A$3 billion ($2.3 billion) network overhaul aimed at laying the foundations for the introduction of 5G technology.
Mari Silbey Is Ruckus Right for Arris?
Mari Silbey  
2/24/2017   5 comments
Arris, in case you hadn't noticed, is not a company that shies away from major acquisitions.
Iain Morris Don't Count on 5G for a Capex Boost
Iain Morris  
2/24/2017  
Ever since the 1990s, telecom equipment vendors have had an unshakeable conviction in the network spending cycle. It should work something like this: A new and much-hyped technology appears, triggering a wave of investment by telcos scared of losing out to faster-moving rivals. Once these state-of-the-art networks have extended their reach, however, spending levels dip. The low point arrives when telcos are left making inexpensive tweaks to their systems, squeezing the last remaining bandwidth out of their pipes before the next generation comes along.
Patrick Donegan Evolving the Mobile Security Architecture Toward 5G
Patrick Donegan  
2/24/2017  
The announcement at RSA 2017 of the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) -- a non-profit trade association formed by several leading security vendors for sharing cyber threat intelligence -- is timely. It reminds us how much threat intelligence matters. And it reminds us that for large organizations with complex security requirements, such as communications service providers (CSPs), the scope and scale of their security capabilities is increasingly important.
Iain Morris Eurobites: DT Makes Big NB-IoT Push
Iain Morris  
2/24/2017  
In today's regional roundup: DT takes NB-IoT on a road trip; Arqiva eyes 5G role in UK; more 5G partnerships; Cell C spurns Telkom's advances; Proximus gets earnings boost from cuts. - Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has snatched some of the wind from Vodafone's NB-IoT sails by announcing plans for a commercial launch of the Internet of Things technology in a range of its European markets this year. Germany is to get a service in the second quarter, said the operator, which is currently running NB-IoT trials with customers in the smart metering, smart parking and asset tracking areas. A "nationwide implementation" in the Netherlands is also scheduled for completion this year, and several Dutch customers are already queuing up to use services, according to Deutsche Telekom, including indoor climate specialist Itho Daalderop, railway maintenance specialist Dual Inventive and sensor maker Smartsensors. The operator further plans to extend NB-IoT coverage in countries where it has already deployed networks, including Austria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Deutsche Telekom says it is using 800MHz and 900MHz spectrum to support NB-IoT services. Regarded perhaps as the main telco cheerleader for NB-IoT, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) last October claimed to be the "first" to announce commercial launch plans when it revealed that networks would go live in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain in the first three months of 2017. NB-IoT faces a challenge from other low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network technologies including Sigfox and LoRa, which use unlicensed spectrum to support connectivity and have been in the market for longer. (See Deutsche Telekom Deploys NB-IoT Across Europe, DT Claims World First on NB-IoT and Vodafone Kicks Off NB-IoT Fiesta in Spain.)
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: The Case for Grit, Don't Call It Quits & Lawless Politics
Eryn Leavens  
2/24/2017   6 comments
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: What does it take to be a woman in tech?; How much do you need to make to live in a top tech city?; Why should young women enter politics? We've got answers.
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