Here’s a quick rundown on some news from the wireless technology and data center sectors:
Huawei and ZTE may have managed to hang onto the UK as a market, despite efforts by the US and others to get it barred on security concerns. The UK says now that it won’t let what they describe as ‘high risk vendors’ into core networks, but will allow the their gear to be used for antennas and base stations. It seems to be a compromise that balances political needs with operational realities of UK mobile operators.
Some more spectrum has been freed up for commercial use this week. The FCC has moved to enable the 3.5GHz band for full commercial operations. The Navy uses this spectrum offshore, but doesn’t need it on land. So now it’s one more spectrum option in the toolbox for 5G deployments. CommScope, Federated Wireless, Google, and Sony have been dsignated Spectrum Access System administrators in the 3.55-3.7Ghz band.
Cambium Networks and Alpha Wireless have teamed up for a new wireless backhaul solution. They have combined a Concealed Antenna Node from Alpha with Cambium’s PTP 670 point-to-point radio into a new small cell solution. An unnamed US mobile operator will be deploying it for small cell backhaul and for other cases where fiber and microwave won’t do what is needed.
And, as promised, Data Foundry has polished off its expansion project down in Houston. The additional 27K-square-foot, 4MW data hall is on the company’s Houston 2 campus in the Greenpoint district and will help them meet demand from the enterprise market. We had Data Foundry’s Mark Noonan and Edward Henigin on here for a spotlight a couple weeks ago.
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