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May 18, 2017

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Today's Rundown

  1. Editor's Corner—Telecom’s move to software and virtualization hounded by the same old problems

  2. AT&T outlines business, residential tests of 5G for 2017, including fixed and mobile versions

  3. Facebook’s TIP touts momentum, new leadership and white box switch that cuts costs by 60%

  4. Sprint to deploy LTE Cat 1 by end of July, with Cat M coming in mid-2018

  5. Alphabet’s Access Group, Nokia among those citing 3.5 GHz progress to FCC

  6. SpiderCloud announces small cell system supporting multiple bands, all 4 nationwide operators

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Editor's Corner—Telecom’s move to software and virtualization hounded by the same old problems

AUSTIN, Texas—For years, carriers and vendors have argued that software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) will enable network operators to replace expensive, proprietary hardware with software-powered, virtualized services running on cheap, off-the-shelf hardware. The result, vendors and carriers have said, will be an industry that can pivot on a dime, quickly developing and launching new, powerful, revenue-generating services while cutting costs in the process. The result, however, is not quite that. At least not yet.

Top Stories

AT&T outlines business, residential tests of 5G for 2017, including fixed and mobile versions

AUSTIN, Texas—AT&T is planning to conduct a range of 5G network tests this year, including tests involving enterprises, residential users, and fixed and mobile iterations of 5G technology.

Facebook’s TIP touts momentum, new leadership and white box switch that cuts costs by 60%

AUSTIN, Texas—A top Facebook executive said the company’s Telecom Infra Project continues to gain steam in the telecommunications industry, and that membership in the organization now tops 450 companies. The group now counts a number of network operators as members, and it has made significant progress in developing an "industry first" white box switch, router and transport solution.

Sprint to deploy LTE Cat 1 by end of July, with Cat M coming in mid-2018

Sprint says it will complete its deployment of LTE Cat 1 technology across its nationwide network by the end of July, and it plans to begin deploying LTE Cat M in mid-2018 followed by LTE Cat NB1.

Alphabet’s Access Group, Nokia among those citing 3.5 GHz progress to FCC

Momentum around the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) continues to build as leaders in the ecosystem, including Alphabet’s Access Group and Nokia, paid separate visits to the FCC last week in efforts to keep the train moving.

SpiderCloud announces small cell system supporting multiple bands, all 4 nationwide operators

SpiderCloud Wireless announced the commercial availability of the Frequency Agile small cell, the SCRN-220, for its Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) platform. The SCRN-220 is a single carrier small cell that can be software configured for any of the major U.S. bands, including LTE bands 2 (1900), 25 (1900), 4 (1700), 66 (2100), 12 (700) and 13 (700), with channel widths of 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz.

News of Note

Qualcomm demonstrated how electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly while driving. VentureBeat article

ABI Research said short-range wireless technologies, like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 802.15.4, increasingly will face a greater competitive risk from emerging M2M cellular and LPWAN technologies. Release

Google has redesigned its Android blob emoji. Fast Company article

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