Global engineers will gather next week in Geneva in an attempt to free up mobile spectrum by persuading governments to reallocate dormant frequencies they control for wireless broadband services. The International Telecommunication Union's World Radio Conference will try to reach an accord on
sharing the underused spectrum.
Verizon Wireless is on the hunt for speedy but inexpensive small-cell technology, a top executive at Zayo Group told a conference devoted to telecom networking. David Howson, Zayo's sales and customer management chief, referred to a woman -- presumably Verizon's Nicola Palmer -- in conveying a conversation with a top carrier's chief technology officer. In a panel on mobile backhaul, Howson said, "We still have lots of figuring out to do in terms of how exactly how this will play out." Zayo sells fiber and other broadband network hardware and services.
ZTE has reached a milestone in long-distance optical networking, delivering data at 400 Gbps over more than 3,000 miles without the use of repeaters. The test -- which puts ZTE in league with rivals such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Fujitsu and Huawei, who are moving forward with their own pioneering long-distance optical platforms -- relied on WDM technology and 25 reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers to deliver data over a single-mode fiber link.
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed rules aimed at opening large swaths of bandwidth to unlicensed usage to relieve traffic jams on Wi-Fi networks in public and private places, such as airports, hotels and homes. In opening up frequencies in the 5 GHz band, regulators would pave the way for increasing download speeds to up to 1 gigabit per second. One potential hurdle: Governmental and private groups already occupy parts of the spectrum.
MACH on Tuesday introduced the cloud-based Cashback v8 as a way for operators to track and analyze revenue leakage, in close to real time. The company said that the revenue assurance tool will process almost 1 billion transactions a month in order to help stem a problem that one analyst estimates affects up to 15% of operators' revenues.