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  • Comm-Infra Providers Combine to Blur Telecom Lines

    April 25, 2018—
    J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    You may not have heard of ZenFi Networks and Cross River Fiber, which agreed to merge this week. But communications infrastructure provider that will result will have operations across the New York City and northern New Jersey metro areas and will provide infrastructure spanning both wireline and wireless worlds. “We made ... Continue »
  • Ericsson Says it Has Turned Corner After Painful 2017

    April 24, 2018— Ericsson first quarter results for 2018 were a good news, bad news scenario. The bad news was sales decreased by 2 percent year over year, adjusted for currency FX. The good news was the company’s gross margin grew to 34.2 percent compared with 15.7 YoY. In the quarter, Ericsson reduced its ... Continue »
  • Carrier’s Guidance Points to CapEx Rebound

    April 24, 2018—
    By John Celentano
    Capex among U.S. wireless carriers totaled $27.8 billion in 2017, coming in essentially flat with 2016 levels. This figure is the bottom of a 5 percent slide, annually, down from a peak of $31.8 billion in 2013 at the height of the 4G LTE rollout. With current guidance, U.S. wireless carrier ... Continue »
  • Why are Smart Watch Sales so Sluggish?

    April 24, 2018—
    By Ernest Worthman, AWT Exec. Editor, IEEE Sr. Member
    In a not altogether surprising move, Intel is planning to shut down its New Device group, the division that was focused on smart glasses and fitness trackers. Intel is just the latest player to suffer from a sluggish smart watch market segment following Motorola, Jawbone, and Pebble over the past ... Continue »
  • Huawei Downplays 5G Importance

    April 24, 2018—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    AGL 5GIn contrast to many in the wireless industry, especially OEMs, Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu made an effort to downplay his company’s expectations for 5G technology last week at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2018 in Shenzhen, China. Calling 5G “just one product,” Xu went on to say there is “no ... Continue »
  • Verizon Promises Smaller, Lighter Small Cells in CBRS

    April 23, 2018—
    by Martha DeGrasse, Network Builder Reports
    This article originally ran in Network Builder Reports. Verizon says its CBRS small cells will be smaller and lighter than those it has deployed in other spectrum bands. The carrier plans to supplement its outdoor small cell network with CBRS small cells, and says the new equipment may be easier to ... Continue »
  • Comcast, Charter Announce Mobile Operating Platform Partnership

    April 23, 2018— Comcast and Charter have taken the next step in their slow dance toward possibly creating a wireless union. Last week, the two cable companies formed a 50/50 operating platform partnership focused on the development and design of backend systems that support Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile and Charter’s Spectrum Mobile service. The new ... Continue »
  • Wireless ‘SuperTowers’ Connect Rural Areas

    April 23, 2018— The “SuperTower,” which uses a tethered aerostat (industrial blimp), has been developed to transmit wireless signals across rural areas, roughly the same coverage area of 30 conventional cell towers. Boston-based startup Altaeros recently demonstrated in Fremont, New Hampshire, using an Ericsson Radio System to offer high-speed LTE with streaming video. Altaeros ... Continue »
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