FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Google Android M rumored to add fingerprint authentication <p>Google&nbsp;is set to unveil the next version of its Android platform next week at its I/O developer conference, and according to a&nbsp;<em>BuzzFeed News</em>&nbsp;report it will include native fingerprint authentication.</p> Android Android M Apple fingerprint scanner Google rumors Smartphones and Devices TouchID Fri, 22 May 2015 16:20:57 +0000 391241 at Report: Google to unveil 'Brillo' operating system for the Internet of Things <p>Google&nbsp;is creating an operating system for the Internet of Things and likely will unveil it next week at its I/O developer conference, according to multiple reports.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Brillo Google Google Brillo Google I/O Internet of Things M2M and Connected Devices Nest Labs Fri, 22 May 2015 16:12:03 +0000 391236 at AT&T hunts for 700 MHz spectrum in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia <p>&nbsp;AT&amp;T&nbsp;is on the hunt for more 700 MHz &nbsp;spectrum to fill coverage gaps in its footprint, a reminder that even though the carrier claims to have largely finished its LTE buildout it still plans to purchase additional spectrum to add coverage and capacity to its network.</p> 700 MHz AT&T Mobility Cellular Properties Inc. East Kentucky Network FCC Service Provider Strategies Spectrum News T-Mobile USA wireless spectrum Fri, 22 May 2015 15:38:05 +0000 391231 at Google Project Fi MVNO users may not receive invitations to join the service until July or August <p>Google&#39;s&nbsp;Project Fi MVNO appears to be experiencing huge demand for the service as the company said it will likely be late July or early August before everyone who requested an invitation will get one.&nbsp;</p> Google MVNO Project Fi Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile USA Fri, 22 May 2015 15:01:51 +0000 391221 at FCC's Wheeler: Decision on discount for Dish-affiliated companies won't derail incentive auction <p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission&#39;s decision over whether or not to grant a $3.3 billion discount related to the AWS-3 auction to two &quot;designated entities&quot; affiliated with Dish Network&nbsp;will not derail the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV airwaves that is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016.&nbsp;</p> AWS-3 AWS-3 auction DISH Network FCC incentive auction Regulatory News Spectrum News Tom Wheeler wireless spectrum Fri, 22 May 2015 14:41:59 +0000 391216 at Memorial Day holiday <p>In observance of Memorial Day,&nbsp;<em>FierceWireless</em>&nbsp;will not be publishing on Monday, May 25. We will be back in your inbox on Tuesday, May 26. Enjoy the holiday!</p> Holidays Fri, 22 May 2015 12:17:59 +0000 391201 at Huawei targets 'traditional' industries with SDN-based IoT platform <p>Huawei said it launched the world&#39;s first Internet of Things (IoT) platform based on software defined networking (SDN), to simplify the process of forging connections and related network management and maintenance.</p> Berg Insight Huawei IoT Network Infrastructure Network Software SDN Fri, 22 May 2015 10:20:50 +0000 30006 at France's operators sign accord to cover all mobile 'not spots' by 2020 <p>France&#39;s four mobile network operators finally put pen to paper this week on an agreement that commits them to covering all of the country&#39;s remaining mobile &quot;not spots&quot; in inhabited areas by 2020.</p> bouygues telecom Free Mobile Network Infrastructure Numericable-SFR Orange Fri, 22 May 2015 10:15:43 +0000 30001 at Nokia stays tight-lipped on German auto makers' HERE bid <p>Nokia has not indicated whether it will sell its HERE mapping business to a consortium led by German car makers, despite reports earlier this month that a deal was imminent.</p> Audi BMW connected car Google Here M2M and Embedded Wireless Mercedes-Benz Nokia Nokia aHere Smartphones and Devices Fri, 22 May 2015 09:41:15 +0000 29996 at Slovenia says expects to decide on Telekom sale in 2 weeks <p>Slovenia said it expects to decide on the sale of a majority stake in Telekom Slovenia within two weeks, after it received an improved and final offer from private equity investment fund Cinven.</p> Cinven Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telekom Slovenia Fri, 22 May 2015 08:43:30 +0000 29991 at Report: Telecom Italia targets almost €1B from planned towers IPO <p>Telecom Italia reportedly plans to raise &euro;960 million ($1.1 billion) from the sale of a 40 per cent stake in its mobile tower unit via an initial public offering (IPO), increasing the targeted amount from around &euro;730 million.</p> Financial News GVT Inwit Mobile towers Service Provider Strategies Telecom Italia Telefonica Vivendi Fri, 22 May 2015 08:09:05 +0000 29986 at Study: Connected cars to cause mobile network traffic jams <p>A new report reveals that rush hour will have grave implications for mobile networks, with certain cells set to experience a 97 per cent increase in data traffic over the next 10 years.</p> Connected cars M2M M2M and Embedded Wireless Fri, 22 May 2015 06:34:21 +0000 29976 at Report: Connected cars could cause spikes in data traffic at rush hour <p>Wireless carriers have been eager to get into the connected car market as a way to boost subscriber and revenue growth. However, according to a new report from research firm Machina Research, traffic jams in the future could cause major spikes in mobile data traffic as more connected cars compete with smartphones and tablets for spectrum.</p> Connected Car M2M M2M and Connected Devices Machina Research Thu, 21 May 2015 16:58:47 +0000 391126 at Sprint's Boost doubles data allotments, while T-Mobile's MetroPCS offers 4 lines for $100 <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="lg stylo android smartphone t-mobile" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>T-Mobile US and Sprint&#39;s Boost Mobile prepaid brand are unveiling dueling sets of promotions aimed at the prepaid market just ahead of Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.</p> Boost Mobile Metropcs prepaid promotions Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Sprint T-Mobiel USA Thu, 21 May 2015 16:48:30 +0000 391121 at Sprint brings in former Bell Media exec Kevin Crull as its new CMO <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="sprint cmo kevin crull" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Sprint has hired a new CMO, former Bell Media executive Kevin Crull, who will be charged with revitalizing Sprint&#39;s brand as CEO Marcelo Claure continues his turnaround efforts.</p> Bell Media brand CMO Jeff Hallock Kevin Crull Marcelo Claure Marketing Service Provider Strategies Sprint Thu, 21 May 2015 16:13:40 +0000 391116 at Amid slowdown in China, Lenovo notches 18.7M global smartphone shipments in Q1 <p>In reporting its most recent financial results, Lenovo said it will need to rework its smartphone strategy in its native China amid a slowing and saturating market there, but pointed to stronger sales through its Motorola Mobility brand.</p> China Lenovo Motorola Mobility quarterly earnings Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Yang Yuanqing Thu, 21 May 2015 15:41:46 +0000 391106 at Memorial Day publishing break <p>To commemorate the annual Memorial Day holiday,&nbsp;<em>FierceWirelessTech</em>&nbsp;will not publish Monday, May 25, but we&#39;ll be back in your inbox on Tuesday, May 26.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:13:33 +0000 70056 at Google pushes FCC to study high-altitude platform stations for broadband services <p>Google supports the idea of the FCC authorizing resources for the study of broadband delivered from high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), which are 20 to 50 kilometers above ground.</p> FCC Google HAPS Network Infrastructure Project Loon Regulatory News Wed, 20 May 2015 23:25:20 +0000 70051 at Amtrak derailment triggers bickering over positive train technology <p>Positive train control (PTC) technology has been the focus of attention--and finger pointing--ever since the May 12 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.</p> Amtrak FCC Network Infrastructure positive train control Public Safety Regulatory News Wed, 20 May 2015 22:10:22 +0000 70046 at Nokia touts its LTE Network in a box <p>Targeting public safety and the energy industry, Nokia Networks is launching a compact, rapidly deployable LTE network in a box with macro site capacity and coverage to provide real-time communication services.</p> base station LTE Network Infrastructure Nokia WAN Wed, 20 May 2015 21:54:10 +0000 70041 at Globalstar gets boost from Ignition Partners amid calls for further TLPS tests <p>Globalstar, which has been lobbying the FCC for the ability to use terrestrial low power service (TLPS), got a boost in the form of a letter in support of its proposal from a partner of Ignition Partners, an early stage venture capital firm whose founders include cellular industry pioneer Steve Hooper.</p> FCC funding Gerst globalstar Ignition Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies TLPS Wi-fi Networks Wed, 20 May 2015 21:34:12 +0000 70031 at Liberty's Malone opens door to Vodafone tie-up <p>Liberty Global chairman John Malone appears to have opened the door to a possible merger with Vodafone, describing a tie-up between the European cable giant and the mobile operator as a &quot;great fit&quot;.</p> John Malone Liberty Global Service Provider Strategies Vodafone Wed, 20 May 2015 15:12:20 +0000 29961 at Juniper Research: Mobile devices to generate the equivalent of 10B Blu-ray movies by 2019 <p>Mobile data traffic, generated by smartphones, feature phones and tablets, will approach almost 197,000 Petabytes by 2019, equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to Juniper Research.</p> Juniper Research M2M and Embedded Wireless Wed, 20 May 2015 15:09:49 +0000 29956 at Orange gets EU green light to buy Jazztel after agreeing fibre sale <p>Orange won approval from the European Commission (EC) for its proposed &euro;3.4 billion ($3.8 billion) acquisition of Spanish broadband provider Jazztel, noting that the deal is expected to generate cost savings of around &euro;1.3 billion for the future combined entity.</p> jazztel Orange Service Provider Strategies Wed, 20 May 2015 15:08:14 +0000 29951 at Telenor Hungary punished for illegal contract term changes <p>Telenor Hungary was fined nearly &euro;1 million by the country&#39;s National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) for illegally amending the terms of its subscribers&#39; contracts.</p> NMHH Service Provider Strategies Telenor Hungary Wed, 20 May 2015 15:06:34 +0000 29946 at Grading the top 8 U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" width="200" /></a><br /> The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers.</p> ARPU AT&T Mobility C Spire C Spire Wireless churn Ntelos quarterly earnings revenue Service Provider Strategies Shentel Sprint subscriber growth subscriber numbers T-Mobile USA U.s. Cellular Verizon Wireless Wed, 20 May 2015 13:41:17 +0000 70011 at Gogo, others set sights on future small, high-capacity antennas for regional jets <p>Count Gogo as one of those involved in efforts to get ultra-thin satellite antenna solutions to market. &quot;A small, high-capacity antenna for satellite for business aviation jets or regional jets is the holy grail,&quot; said Norman Smagley, executive vice president and CFO at in-flight Wi-Fi service provider Gogo during the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.</p> gogo In-flight Wi-Fi Network Infrastructure satellite broadband Service Provider Strategies Tue, 19 May 2015 21:46:00 +0000 70026 at Huawei, Qualcomm demonstrate 600 Mbps using LTE Cat 11 <p>Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies have completed tests using LTE CAT11, achieving a downlink peak data rate of up to 600 Mbit/s by aggregating three component carriers--3CC carrier aggregation--with 256QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation).</p> CAT11 Huawei LTE Network Infrastructure QAM Qualcomm Tue, 19 May 2015 20:36:13 +0000 70021 at Sizing up Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in Q1 <p>Now that the first-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, it&#39;s time to see how Verizon Wireless, AT&amp;T Mobility, Sprint&nbsp;and T-Mobile US&nbsp;performed in the first quarter of 2015.</p> Mon, 18 May 2015 15:19:44 +0000 70001 at Google touts Spectrum Access System for 3.5 GHz spectrum management <p>Spectrum sharing was a theme at the&nbsp;<strong>I</strong>nternational Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART 2015) in Boulder, Colo., last week, and<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Google&nbsp;shared what it&#39;s been doing to enable the FCC&#39;s spectrum-sharing vision in the 3.5 GHz band.</p> CAC Google ISART Network Infrastructure NIST Ntia Regulatory News SAS spectrum management Sun, 17 May 2015 19:48:44 +0000 69997 at