This week in our Virtual Reality Newsbites, while most of the industry is boarding their flights to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, we take a look at some of the New IP news that crossed our desks.
In 5G news -- likely to be a big topic at Mobile World Congress -- T-Mobile's CEO John Legere challenged
Verizon Wireless claims that it will launch 5G in 2017 during T-Mobile US Inc. 's fourth quarter earnings call. Writes Light Reading's Dan Jones, mobile editor, "Legere says that it is not possible for Verizon Wireless to commercially launch 5G in 2017 simply because that is 'way before the handsets and standards arrive.' " Noted Jones, "Initial 5G specification is expected to be completed in 2018, with early limited launches in 2018 and 2019. More widespread commercial deployments are expected in 2020." (Read more at T-Mobile CEO Slams Verizon's 5G Claims.)
On the IoT front -- also expected to be a hot topic at Mobile World Congress -- the Germans are "beavering away" at their Industrie 4.0 initiative, according to Light Reading's News Editor, Iain Morris, but he writes that the initiative faces some big hurdles. "For all the promise attached to the Internet of Things (IoT), Germany's Mittelstand -- the name given to its large sector of small and midsized enterprises -- remains wary of investing in digital technologies without more evidence of the exact business benefits," he says. (Read more at Triggering an Industrie 4.0 Revolution and Industrie 4.0: Rebooting Germany.)
Service providers are marching toward virtualization with determination – and announcements. This week Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced technology deals with
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), which is using some of the vendor's NFV solutions, and Argentina's Telecom Personal, which is deploying policy and subscriber management tools, according to Mitch Wagner, west coast bureau chief at Light Reading. (See HPE Lands NFV, PCRF Deals.)
In the virtual mobile network space, this week Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) formed a deal with startup Affirmed Networks Inc. to build "a virtual network architecture aimed at helping operators deploy new services faster and more cheaply," writes Light Reading's Jones. The reference architecture combines Affirmed's Mobile Content Cloud virtualized evolved packet core solution (vEPC) with Juniper Networks' virtualization portfolio. (See Juniper & Affirmed Target Virtual Core .)
And finally, speaking of Mobile World Congress, Light Reading's Editor in Chief, Ray Le Maistre, dug into the big show's financials and uncovered that the event is "a massive money-spinner for the GSM Association (GSMA) , its industry organization parent, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues and tens of millions of dollars in profits."
Writes Le Maistre, "Publicly available information shows that the GSMA's tax-exempt, "promotion of business" events and conferences arm -- called GSMA Ltd. -- generated revenues of $164 million and profits of $35.6 million in the year ending March 2014, the most recent financial year for which information has been filed with the US authorities." (Read the whole story at MWC's Millions: Hot-for-Profit in Barcelona.)
What are they spending all that money on, you may ask? Well, we dug up some video footage from attendees arriving last year.
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