FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Google lets developers temporarily work around Apple security protocols to keep ads running <p>Google is giving some developers a workaround to Apple&#39;s privacy protocols so they can keep selling mobile ads with their apps. Google later clarified that it was not trying to prioritize ads and ad revenue over security.</p> Apple Google iOS 9 Mobile Ads mobile advertising Smartphones and Devices Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:43:43 +0000 398861 at HTC delays widespread commercial launch of Vive VR headset to 2016 <p>HTC&#39;s Vive virtual reality headset will not have a widespread commercial launch in 2015, as initially planned, with the launch slipping into 2016. HTC had previously said the Vive would be commercially released by year-end.&nbsp;</p> HTC HTC Vive Nokia Oculus Oculus Rift Samsugn Gear VR samsung Smartphones and Devices Sony Valve virtual reality Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:34:35 +0000 398856 at T-Mobile: All Band 12 LTE devices on our network must support VoLTE, E911 <p>T-Mobile US&nbsp;is not forcing smartphone makers to drop support for its 700 MHz A Block spectrum using LTE Band 12, as some reports have indicated, but it does require that OEMs that want to include Band 12 support also support Voice over LTE and E911 capabilities.</p> 700 MHz Band 12 LTE Moto E Motorola Mobility Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Spectrum News T-Mobile USA Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:06:49 +0000 398851 at Rumor Mill: Apple's iPhone 6S will shoot 4K video, company won't release 4-inch iPhone 6c <p>Now that Apple&nbsp;has officially sent out invitations to its Sept. 9 media event in San Francisco, where it is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones, a cavalcade of rumors is flooding out about what the company will and won&#39;t announce at the event.</p> Apple AT&T iPhone 5C iPhone iPhone 6 iPhone 6c iPhone 6S iPhone 6S Plus rumors Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:59 +0000 398846 at Samsung Pay beta launches in U.S. as Apple expands mobile payments reach <p>Samsung Electronics opened up a public beta for its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, ahead of its wider rollout next month. Meanwhile, Apple&nbsp;is expanding the number of locations that will accept its own mobile payments service, which has a significant head start.</p> Apple Apple Pay mobile payments samsung Samsung Pay Smartphones and Devices Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:50:08 +0000 398841 at Madden: How Wi-Fi will save LTE ... And how LTE will save Wi-Fi <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>LTE operators have a major problem. ARPU is dropping, but data consumption continues to grow. The big LTE operators are forced to give bigger data bundles for lower prices. This will not end well. Wi-Fi operators also have a major problem. They&#39;re spending more money on equipment than they collect in Wi-Fi service revenues. Frankly, that&#39;s unsustainable without some way to create revenue from the Wi-Fi network. The basic problem: Nobody pays for Wi-Fi anymore.</p> Joe Madden LAA LTE LTE Unlicensed LTE-LAA Mobile Experts Network Software Wi-Fi Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:33:15 +0000 71731 at Swisscom claims European first after combining Wi-Fi calling with VoLTE <p>Swisscom said it is the first operator in Europe to combine voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) with Wi-Fi calling to overcome weak mobile signals in heavily insulated buildings.</p> Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Swisscom VoLTE Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:16:42 +0000 31941 at Nokia plans new China JV following Alca-Lu merger <p>Nokia and industrial investment company China Huaxin agreed to establish a joint venture combining Nokia China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB) once the proposed merger of the Finnish equipment manufacturer with Alcatel-Lucent has been closed.</p> Alcatel Lucent Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell China Huaxin Network Infrastructure Nokia Nokia China Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:58:15 +0000 31936 at Israel's Cellcom mulls purchase of rival Golan Telecom <p>Israel-based Cellcom said it will examine a possible acquisition of Golan Telecom after its smaller rival appointed an investment bank to explore options including a merger or sale.</p> Cellcom Golan Telecom HOT Mobile Israel Partner Communication Pelephone Service Provider Strategies Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:26:07 +0000 31926 at Ericsson: LTE leads way as mobile broadband subscriptions hit 3.1B <p>Ericsson said the number of global mobile broadband subscribers grew by around 25 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015, taking the total to 3.1 billion by the end of the period.</p> Ericsson LTE mobile broadband Network Infrastructure Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:02:47 +0000 31916 at Bouygues Telecom boasts 42% of mobile customers are now on 4G <p>Bouygues Telecom said it had 4.1 million 4G customers at the end of June this year, meaning that 42 per cent of its mobile customer base excluding M2M is now using the high-speed mobile service.</p> 4G bouygues telecom LTE Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:15:32 +0000 31911 at IDC: Apple takes No. 2 spot as global wearables market grows 223.2% in Q2 2015 <p>Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 2015, just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit&#39;s 4.4 million units.</p> Apple Fitbit Smartphones and Devices Wearables Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:28:53 +0000 31906 at Sprint targets AT&T by offering DirecTV customers 1 year of free service for switching <p>Sprint&nbsp;is not content to let AT&amp;T&nbsp;Mobility lure DirecTV customers to its wireless service with the promise of savings through a bundled offer -- it&#39;s offering them something else entirely: a year of free service if they switch to Sprint.</p> AT&T AT&T Mobility bundled services bundles DirecTV promotions Service Provider Strategies Sprint Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:30:27 +0000 398806 at Qualcomm's 'Why Wait?' slogan gets put to the test <p><a href="" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Qualcomm has seen its share of wireless technology wars, and it survived. Now it&#39;s got a new war on its hands, one involving LTE-U and Wi-Fi, as well as adversaries like Google. How will it survive this one?&nbsp;</p> LTE-U Network Infrastructure Qualcomm Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi Alliance Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:20:50 +0000 71736 at Charting the cable industry's consolidation over the last 10 years <p><a href="" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><img align="right" alt="" src="" style="width: 80px; height: 47px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px 5px; float: right;" /></a></p> <div> <span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Thanks to a handy chart was created by&nbsp;Stacey Horne for&nbsp;</span><em style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">FierceCable</em><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">, we have a depiction of the major acquisitions and mergers consummated by today&#39;s top five cable operators during the past 10 years.&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a href="">Special report</a></strong></div> Cable Companies Cablevision Charter Communications Comcast Content / Programming cox communications Mergers and Acquisitions Service Provider Strategies Time Warner Cable Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:39:00 +0000 398791 at Motorola to take lead in smartphone design, manufacturing in Lenovo restructuring <p>Lenovo&#39;s Motorola Mobility unit will take over the company&#39;s smartphone development and manufacturing, Lenovo confirmed, as it seeks to cut costs and improve sales.</p> Chen Xudong Job cuts Lenovo Motorola Mobility quarterly earnings Rick Osterloh Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:26:39 +0000 398786 at T-Mobile joins CCA's data roaming hub to expand reciprocal roaming deals with smaller carriers <p>T-Mobile US&nbsp;is joining the Competitive Carriers Association&#39;s LTE data roaming hub, giving small and rural carriers another partner to work with as they seek to expand their network coverage.</p> CCA Competitive Carriers Association data roaming LTE roaming Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure roaming Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile USA Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:03:55 +0000 398781 at Qualcomm CTO: LTE, Wi-Fi need to work side by side <p>SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Qualcomm hosted a media event at its headquarters on Wednesday as part of its ongoing efforts to &quot;set the record straight&quot; about LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Wi-Fi coexistence, with the bottom line being: If you want to improve the quality of Wi-Fi, your best bet is to develop and deploy LTE-U sooner rather than later.</p> LTE-U Qualcomm Regulatory News Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-fi Networks Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:55:17 +0000 71726 at Report: Amazon scales back hardware development after Fire phone flop <p>Amazon&nbsp;has cut dozens of engineers from its consumers hardware unit in recent weeks and has stretched out its timeline for future smartphone development indefinitely, according to the&nbsp;<em>Wall Street Journal</em>, a sign that last year&#39;s Fire phone flop is coming back to bite the retailing giant.</p> Amazon Fire phone Jeff Bezos Kindle Kindle Fire rumors Smartphones Smartphones and Devices tablets Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:33:46 +0000 398776 at Marking 10 years of consolidation in the cable industry <p>While the wireless industry certainly has seen its fair share of consolidation over the years and&nbsp;speculation persists&nbsp;that it will continue to do so, the consolidation trend has been going steady in the cable industry as well.&nbsp;<em>FierceCable </em>reviews the major acquisitions and mergers that happened in the last 10 years. <strong><a href=""><em>S</em>pecial Report</a></strong></p> cable consolidation Cablevision Comcast Cox fiercecable Service Provider Strategies Time Warner Cable Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:51:48 +0000 71721 at Korean researchers use Li-Fi for medical testing <p>South Korean researchers from the Pukyong National University are using lights to replace wires in medical treatment via light fidelity, or &quot;Li-Fi.&quot; The technology transmits information through a visible light communication, or VLC, link using the red, green and blue spectrums of LED lights.</p> IEEE Li-Fi Wi-fi Networks Wi-Fi networks Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:27:17 +0000 71716 at FCC gives Sprint go-ahead to upgrade 800 MHz network in Portland metro area <p>As part of Sprint&#39;s&nbsp;years-long effort to reband public safety entities, the FCC has granted a waiver that will allow Sprint to deploy its 800 MHz network in parts of Washington state that are considered key to its service in the Portland, Ore., metro area.</p> FCC Network Infrastructure portland Public Safety rebanding Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Sprint Washington Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:48:08 +0000 71706 at Verizon, T-Mobile and other LTE U supporters castigate Wi-Fi Alliance certification proposal <p>In a new filing to the FCC, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent blasted a proposal by the Wi-Fi Alliance to certify LTE Unlicensed technologies, arguing the Wi-Fi Alliance is seeking to become a &quot;gatekeeper&quot; for technology in unlicensed spectrum. The companies said the Wi-Fi Alliance&#39;s proposal would &quot;jeopardize the [FCC&#39;s] entire framework that has made unlicensed spectrum so successful as an open platform for permissionless innovation.&quot;</p> Ericsson LTE U LTE Unlicensed Network Infrastructure Qualcomm T-Mobile Verizon Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Alliance Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:08:38 +0000 71701 at T-Mobile patent points to efforts to improve video call quality <p>A patent filing from T-Mobile US shows that the nation&#39;s third-largest wireless carrier is working to make video calls over its network more efficient. Such an effort by the carrier is not surprising considering video chews up dramatically more bandwidth than most other types of communications.</p> FaceTime Network Software T-Mobile video calling Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:06:18 +0000 71696 at Vodafone Turkey takes lead in Turkish 4G tender <p>Vodafone Turkey emerged as the highest bidder in a 4G network tender process launched by the country&#39;s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) that aims to raise &euro;2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) in total.</p> Avea LTE Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Turkcell Vodafone Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:17:51 +0000 31896 at Myanmar attracts 17 applications for fourth mobile licence <p>Myanmar received applications from 17 companies to join a consortium that would operate the country&#39;s fourth mobile network, <em>Reuters </em>reported.</p> MPT Myanmar Ooredoo Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telenor Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:17:12 +0000 31891 at Three Group Europe's H1 EBITDA boosted by UK and Ireland <p>Three Group Europe said underlying EBITDA improved in the first six months of 2015, with strong contributions made by its operations in the UK and Ireland.</p> O2 Uk Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Three Group Europe Three Ireland Three Italy Three UK VimpelCom Wind Italy Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:33:08 +0000 31887 at Ooredoo Qatar tasks Nokia with small cell network deployment <p>Ooredoo Qatar awarded a nationwide 3G and LTE small cell deployment contract to Nokia Networks following successful trials of the equipment vendor&#39;s infrastructure in the country&#39;s capital, Doha.</p> 3G LTE Network Infrastructure Network Software Nokia Networks Ooredoo Small cell Small Cells and Offloading Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:44:28 +0000 31886 at Schoolar: Listening to the 5G jazz <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Here is a thought: are 5G presentations becoming some sort of mobile tech jazz performance? With a song there are certain notes musicians have to play. In classical there is very little room for improvisation. The notes and timing of those notes are to be played exactly as written. Jazz on the other hand provides much more room for improv; the musicians are free to play around with the notes and timing so long as they don&#39;t stray too far from the rest of the band. Extending this metaphor to 5G, the mobile ecosystem is the band while the technologies and innovations vendors and operators hope to deliver 5G are the notes.</p> 5G Daryl Schoolar IoT Network Infrastructure NFV SDN Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:40:22 +0000 71686 at AT&T among those backing GSMA's Low Power Wide Area M2M initiative <p>With backing from companies like AT&amp;T, the GSMA has launched an initiative to accelerate the rollout of cellular networks customized for machine-to-machine communications.</p> AT&T GSMA Internet of Things LPWA M2m M2M and Connected Devices Service Provider Strategies Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:17:37 +0000 71681 at