Future Networks examines technology for the cellular and mobile broadband networks, providing a holistic coverage from the edge to the core of the network and across all technology generations. The service provides detailed analysis and market forecasts across the networks supply chain. It assesses the role of every single node of this chain in enabling future generation mobile services. Coverage areas encapsulate all things that will transform the mobile network, including 5G and LTE Advanced Pro Networks, Carrier Unlicensed Spectrum, IOT Networks, Mobile Edge Computing, NFV and SDN, Network Cloudification, and Telco Data Analytics.
Network World recently ran a Q&A with Tony Melone, EVP and CTO of Verizon Wireless about Verizon Wireless's LTE rollout plans, in which Melone stated that "everywhere [Verizon Wireless has] 3G coverage today, [they'll] have 4G coverage." Today, with the most extensive 3G coverage in the United States, Verizon Wireless covers 289 million people. To reach that level of 4G coverage in about three years would be quite an aggressive rollout, and to think that Verizon Wireless is ripping out its 3G network would be completely wrong. The hype becomes a game of telephone: one article includes an inaccurate choice of words, another picks it up and passes it on with an even worse choice of words, and then another, and quickly the wrong information is disseminated.