Next Generation Communications was all over the globe this week. And we covered everything from 5G and gigabit LTE (News - Alert) to mergers and acquisitions.
The biggest news in this realm was probably the close of the $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications by Verizon.
TMCnet blogger Peter Radizeski reported on rumors of a potential Verizon buy of XO Communication a year ago today. Official news of the Verizon-XO Communications pairing was announced by the companies Feb. 22. And Verizon announced this Wednesday that it completed the deal.
“XO’s fiber network will add ever greater capacity and reach to Verizon’s networks, a combination that will lead to enhanced capabilities, better services, and faster rollout of next generation communication networks,” commented John Stratton (News - Alert), Verizon executive vice president of operations.
We also reported this week about how Verizon is testing 5G in various U.S. markets. Because 5G specifications are still in the works, these trials will employ so-called pre-5G technology.
China Mobile, Orange (News - Alert), and Telstra were among the other communications services providers in Next Generation Communications this week.
China Mobile has erected the China Mobile 5G Innovation Center. Through that it is pushing for the development of end-to-end 5G capabilities. RF outfit Qorvo is among the companies that have joined the effort.
Meanwhile, Orange has joined forces with Nokia to work on 5G.
“In line with the Orange Essentials 2020 strategy, Orange places innovation at the heart of its drive to deliver an unmatched customer experience,” said Alain Maloberti, senior vice president of Orange Labs Networks. “Working with Nokia (News - Alert), we are preparing the evolution of our networks from 4G to 5G, with multiple services on a single infrastructure to deliver a quality tailored for each service requirement.”
And, as I reported on Wednesday, Telstra (News - Alert) this month is launching gigabit LTE service. The service is powered by NETGEAR’s Nighthawk M1 mobile router.