If you're on the east coast like me, keep warm. Here's a quick roundup of some news from this week, with some 5G spadework and a bunch of new management appointments.
T-Mobile, Nokia, and Intel have apparently teamed up on some 5G work over the last few months. They announced this week that they have brought a 28GHz outdoor 5G commercial radio system on air in Bellevue, Washington. They used Nokia's AirScale solution and Intel's 5G Mobile Trial Platform, creating T-Mobile's first inter-vendor 5G network. They'll be looking further at how mmWave spectrum and LTE will coexist together in the next generation of mobile networks.
Sprint has itself a new CFO, and one with a cost-cutting reputation. They have hired former Altice and Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes to fill that key role. Combes replaces Tarek Robbiati, who had held the position for a little over two years.
Akamai has a new SVP and Chief Information Officer. Fari Ebrahimi will be taking on the role, responsible for end-to-end business transformation including global strategy, development, and operation of the applications and IT infrastructure. He'll be reporting to CEO Tom Leighton. Ebrahimi had most recently held a similar role over at Avaya.
And CenturyLink has added some more muscle to its management team. Gaurav Chand has been named EVP Marketing, moving over from Dell EMC where he had been for 17+ years. And Shaun Andrews, formerly SVP for IP and real time communications at Level 3, will be taking on the role of EVP Product Management. Both will be reporting to COO Jeff Storey.