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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile reap benefits of Passpoint deployment in Barcelona

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:17:56 +0000

The Wireless Broadband Alliance is declaring its Wi-Fi Passpoint deployment in Barcelona a success after more than 2,200 Wi-Fi access points were installed at the Fira Barcelona conference center, railway stations, the airport and city attractions like Las Ramblas and Passeig de Gracia.

ZTE returns to profitability ahead of potential U.S. trade tariffs

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:44:35 +0000

Chinese handset maker and telecom supplier ZTE Corp. swung back to black with a 293.8% surge in profit over 2016.

Paul Jacobs explores buyout options for Qualcomm, may resign from board: reports

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:15:33 +0000

Jacobs may step down from the board at Qualcomm after it became known that he was exploring opportunities to buy out the chipmaker.

CTIA hopeful for siting reform, says stakes are ‘huge’ when it comes to 5G

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:14:47 +0000

The U.S. can still win the race to 5G—but it’s got to pass some significant reforms like those being considered by the FCC to make it happen. That’s the message from CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker, who’s calling 2018 the year for action, because, as she puts it: “The stakes are huge.”

Ford to build 4G LTE into all vehicles by 2020

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:19:19 +0000

Building toward its vision of “smart vehicles for a smart world,” Ford plans to include full 4G LTE connectivity to all models by the end of next year.

Editor’s Corner—AT&T’s FiberTower deal raises questions about the value of 5G spectrum

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:27:30 +0000

A large and growing group of voices, including those from legislators, journalists, FiberTower shareholders and trade associations, argues that AT&T’s purchase of FiberTower’s millimeter wave licenses is a sweetheart deal that undervalues that spectrum—spectrum those in the industry believe is critical to the rollout of 5G.

5G Americas delves into cellular V2X/5G versus DSRC

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:12 +0000

Just as some are saying the proposal to mandate a vehicle-to-vehicle system based on Dedicated Short Range Communications in all new cars is on life support, 5G Americas has published a white paper that compares cellular V2X and DSRC.

Comcast’s MachineQ gets serious about the IoT

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:02:06 +0000

Fresh with a new website, expansion plans and a far more clearly defined pitch to potential customers, it’s apparent that Comcast’s MachineQ is transitioning from a concept to an actual product that the cable giant is selling to real customers.

Airspan gears up for 5G small cells in aftermath of GLOMO win with Sprint

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:05:13 +0000

Airspan Networks is on a tear. The one-time WiMax vendor is taking a lead role in the “AutoAir” consortium, integrating its small cells into the Reliance Jio Infocomm LTE network in India and preparing for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Services small cell bonanza in the U.S., to name a few activities of late.

FCC seeks comment on Google’s hand-motion sensor waiver request

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:25:39 +0000

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology is asking for public comment on Google’s request for a waiver related to the sensing technology it has developed as part of Project Soli.

U.S. telecom companies may be caught in Trump’s brewing trade war with China

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:27:36 +0000

According to a new Reuters report citing unnamed sources, President Trump is considering imposing tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, specifically targeting the technology and telecommunications sectors.

Verizon, Sprint shuffle management and call center jobs

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:39:04 +0000

Verizon and Sprint were each named in headlines this week detailing job cuts and management reshufflings. However, the details for each differ significantly.

Nokia urges U.S. to hurry up and set spectrum auction calendar for 5G

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:42:14 +0000

Nokia representatives are following the lead of CEO Rajeev Suri in calling for the U.S. to get busy in auctioning midband and millimeter wave spectrum for 5G, including the 3.7-4.2 GHz band.

AT&T’s ‘needlessly messy’ small cell highlights 5G deployment challenges

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:30:35 +0000

As the FCC and the wireless industry rush to lower the barriers for small cell deployments, some are raising a red flag on the issue, arguing that the mini cell towers might need to clean up their act before they go mainstream. AT&T specifically was taken to task on the topic by consultant Michael Marcus in a recent FCC filing.

Ericsson, Telia, Intel demo augmented reality over 5G

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:40:15 +0000

It’s no secret that 5G is going to make augmented reality work better, but Ericsson, Telia and Intel set out to demonstrate just how great AR can work when using a 5G connection.

5G will drive global infrastructure revenues up $25B by 2022, IHS forecasts

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:30:24 +0000

According to new research, the worldwide market for network equipment expanded by 15% in the fourth quarter of last year—and revenues in the space are set to grow by $25 billion over the course of the next five years.

Trump blocks Broadcom's attempt to purchase Qualcomm

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:57:06 +0000

President Trump issued a presidential order barring Broadcom from purchasing Qualcomm. "There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Broadcom ... through exercising control of Qualcomm ... might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," Trump wrote in the order. "The Purchaser and Qualcomm shall immediately and permanently abandon the proposed takeover." The order represents a largely unprecedented action by a U.S. president to prohibit a proposed financial transaction.

Public-safety battleground: Verizon, AT&T and the intense fight over FirstNet

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:09:04 +0000

Verizon and AT&T are in the midst of rolling out a host of wireless technologies specifically designed for public-safety users like police, firefighters and others—and both are claiming they are best positioned to address the unique needs of this market. This brewing battle over the public-safety market spilled into this year’s IWCE trade show in Orlando, where both carriers laid out their respective positions.

Report highlights how deep packet inspection could be subverted by cybercriminals

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:30:57 +0000

A series of deep packet inspection middleboxes developed by Sandvine PacketLogic are apparently being misused by state-sponsored cybercriminals for espionage purposes and for commercial gain.

Japan lays more groundwork for a 5G Tokyo Olympics

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:35:56 +0000

Huawei, NTT DoCoMo and Tobu Railway participated in a trial of 5G millimeter wave systems for dense urban areas ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Sprint confirms tests of new unlimited pricing in 6 markets

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:08:11 +0000

Sprint confirmed to FierceWireless that it is testing new unlimited data pricing plans in six different markets around the country.

Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs steps down as board chairman while Broadcom makes 5G promises

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:36:48 +0000

The soap opera that is Broadcom’s unsolicited attempt to purchase Qualcomm took yet another surprise turn this morning as Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs—son of founder Irwin Jacobs—said he will relinquish his title as board chairman to an independent director. At the same time, Broadcom promised that, if it is successful in purchasing Qualcomm, it would not sell “any critical national security assets to any foreign companies.”

Panasonic urges FCC to protect 5.9 GHz for V2X

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 01:58:33 +0000

The Dedicated Short-Range Communication community continues its fight to hold on to precious 5.9 GHz spectrum, with representatives of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the Safety Spectrum Coalition and several state departments of transportation meeting with advisers to FCC commissioners and with FCC staff.

Survey: T-Mobile poised to gain share among millennials

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:54:56 +0000

A new survey from Wall Street research firm Macquarie Capital found that T-Mobile is poised to gain share among millennials due to the operator’s marketing strategies and pricing plans.

Verizon prepares for tests of new LTE equipment using AWS-3 Band 66

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 20:37:57 +0000

Verizon is asking the FCC for permission to conduct tests using new LTE equipment in AWS-3 Band 66, with gear provided by Ericsson and LG.