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Wireless Watch 663: Verizon puts foot on LTE-U accelerator


Key Issues:

The new spectrum regime which 5G needs is as far away as ever 2

  • Verizon puts foot on LTE-U accelerator as Globalstar admits defeat 3
  • US pre-5G trials pile up in capacity bands from 2.5 GHz to mmWave 9


  • MNOs embrace AI to transform network planning and customer service 14
  • Telefonica’s ‘No-Cell’ is an important step to user-centric 5G 19
  • Altran wins Mexican wholesale deal, but highlights barriers to RAN sharing 23
  • Qualcomm turns to Samsung to stay at the mobile cutting edge 26

M&A Watch:

Verizon expands in smart city, buying WiFi kiosk start-up LQD 28

Multiplay Watch:

Vodafone’s fixed line moves paying off – tops 14m broadband homes 29

WiFi Watch:

Would Arris buy Ruckus as its cable customers go wireless? 30

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