We once again had the opportunity to attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This is one of the highlights of the year for the mobile industry, as it brings together the most respected thought leaders, innovators, manufacturers and developers in the industry. It’s always a dynamic and exciting event, and this year proved to be no different. Here’s an overview of what we saw and some of our observations and thoughts:
By Paul Struhsaker
CTO of Carnegie Labs & Contributing Analyst, Tirias Research
There has been a great deal of press covering Google’s LOON and Facebook’s AQUILA high-altitude communications demonstration projects to provide broadband access to rural and underserved customers, however, that is not the entire story. If and when the LOON and AQUILA systems reach commercial operations, they will be competing with next generation satellite systems from ViaSat, Iridium, and OneWeb which are fully funded and moving to launch and deployment.
A couple of weeks ago we announced a complete rebranding of Carnegie Technologies, bringing CablEnable, SpectrumMAX and Pravala Networks under one consistent umbrella brand and integrating these three powerful technologies into our new Network Convergence Platform. Today we announced our new management team, some relatively new to us and some have been working with Carnegie for years under our other brands.
It’s been an exciting year at Carnegie Technologies, and it’s culminating in a complete rebranding of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. We are now moving forward in the marketplace under one cohesive, fully integrated brand with technologies and services that are already having a tremendous impact on the wireless communications industry.
By Paul Struhsaker
It’s been a very busy summer in the mobile wireless community. The 5G wireless standards group “3GPP,” spearheaded by Verizon Wireless, NTT Docomo and SK Telekom, approved an “Accelerated Plan” for a fixed wireless standard in their meeting in late June in Nanjing, China. The London-based 5G World show, anchored by Huawei, provided a forum for a range of 5G ecosystem companies to highlight their plans and offerings. Finally, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), voted unanimously to formally approve the “Spectrum Frontiers” plan. Spectrum Frontiers creates 11 GHz of new licensed and unlicensed spectrum for 5G and advanced Wi-Fi deployments.