Wireless News From Around the Web

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Rethink Wireless – a round-up of key events in Wireless news and mobile news from around the web. Rethink Wireless understands there are many sources for Wireless news, and while we deliver analysis on what we consider key events, we feel our Rethink Wireless readers should also be aware of potential changes in the market as a result of these events. Rethink Wireless will publish this Wireless news round up every Wednesday.
Network technologies

  • US start up Parallel Wireless is pushing ahead in Cellular RAN, with the announcement of its reference design Cellular Access Point femtocell built on an Intel chipset, as well as an upgraded HetNet Gateway Orchestrator.
  • The FCC has given Verizon and Qualcomm permission to test LTE-U – which, if granted long-term approval, could see the start of more effective data usage by cellular devices.


  • Operators and web giants are petitioning the FCC about millimeter wave – as AT&T pushes for combining the 37 and 39 GHz bands, and Verizon wants equipment vendors to bring out products that operate on standardized channels across the entire band.
  • Sprint is planning to look at ways of reducing backhaul costs by using its 2.5 GHz spectrum assets to provide wireless backhaul for small cells instead of fiber. In contrast, it will also opt for the more expensive option of dark fiber for backhaul.
  • The European Commission has revealed plans to clear digital TV spectrum holdings in the 700 MHz range by 2020, to make way for 5G services.

Mobile World Congress 2016

  • Nokia has revealed previews of what awaits at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year. It will launch a ‘Pop-up Network’ service for large events, as well as a cloud-based ‘Nokia Geo-Data as a Service.’

Financial results

  • The new BT has opened for business with a strong quarter – claiming the best revenue growth in more than 7 years. The UK operator was helped by good results in its consumer broadband business, as it begins integrating EE’s assets.
  • Google parent company Alphabet reported strong revenue growth in Q4 of $21.3 billion, which it says was driven by mobile search as well as YouTube and programmatic advertising.
  • Facebook shares shot up 15.5% after it posted results that exceeded market predictions. The social media giant said mobile ad revenue accounted for 80% of total ad revenue in Q4 2015, compared to 69% in the previous year.
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