FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Microsoft's CEO defends making Windows Phone free, hints at wearables <p>In his first quarterly conference call with investors as Microsoft&#39;s new CEO, Satya Nadella promised the company would work to innovate more quickly in an effort to redefine itself as a mobile-first, cloud-first company. Nadella also explained Microsoft&#39;s recent decision to eliminate licensing fees for Windows device makers that are building smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.</p> first quarter earnings 2014 Microsoft Satya Nadella Smartphones and Devices Windows Phone Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:42:56 +0000 270570 at The long-term effects of AT&T's Next, Verizon's Edge are still not clear <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>The shift away from the traditional U.S. model of a subsidized smartphone in exchange for a two-year contract appears to be accelerating and is likely going to continue to do so for the next few quarters. However, the shift might not be in the best interests of carriers, handset makers or consumers in the long run.</p> AT&T Mobility AT&t Next handset upgrade program Handsets Jump Pricing smartphone subsidies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Sprint Sprint Easy Pay subsidies T-Mobile USA Verizon Edge Verizon Wireless Wireless Carrier News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:25:31 +0000 270565 at Time Warner Cable: Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi provides a 'complementary offering' to cellular <p>Time Warner Cable thinks of Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi access points as &quot;complementary&quot; to a cellular contract, but not likely as a replacement, according to CEO Rob Marcus. Hotspot 2.0, Marcus said in prepared remarks during an analyst conference, &quot;will make our ever-expanding Wi-Fi network more secure and even easier to use.&quot; It also &quot;makes our HSD (high-speed data) product more valuable,&quot; he added later.</p> Hotspot 2.0 Network Infrastructure Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi Wireless Carrier News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:40:20 +0000 270541 at Qualcomm faces possible SEC actions over alleged Chinese bribery <p>Qualcomm&nbsp;continued to chug along in the first quarter, posting gains in revenue and profit, but the company could face significant challenges in China, one of its growth markets, as consumers wait to buy smartphones equipped with faster TD-LTE technology.</p> China chipsets Qualcomm Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Steve Mollenkopf TD-LTE Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:32:46 +0000 270540 at Facebook now gets 59% of ad revenue from mobile <p>Facebook saw a surge in mobile advertising revenue in the first quarter and the social network said it now counts more than 1 billion mobile monthly active users.</p> Facebook Google mobile advertising quarterly earnings Sheryl Sandberg Smartphones and Devices Social Networking Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:52:38 +0000 270536 at FCC's proposed new net neutrality rules won't apply to wireless <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="fcc tom wheeler" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to circulate a draft proposal on new net neutrality regulations that could allow broadband providers to give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers who pay for the privilege on &quot;commercially reasonable terms.&quot; However, the new proposal would not apply to wireless carriers, according to an FCC official familiar with the proposal.</p> FCC net neutrality open Internet Regulation Tom Wheeler Wireless Carriers Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:10:55 +0000 270530 at VoLTE's success rests on advanced services <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>It&#39;s been more than two years since operators first started hinting that Voice over LTE would be widely deployed as a way to make their networks more efficient and provide customers with more advanced voice services. But after many fits and starts, the technology has yet to see any widespread traction in the U.S. market.</p> HD Voice Network Infrastructure RCS VoLTE Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:22:05 +0000 270457 at Verizon's Q1 performance in select slides Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:17:28 +0000 270524 at Verizon falls to AT&T in Q1 with just 539K retail postpaid net adds <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Verizon Wireless reported weaker subscriber growth for the first quarter on a year-over-year basis and its postpaid customer additions in the period were driven by the addition of tablet customers.</p> data-share plans LTE mobile data More Everything Smartphones Smartphones and Devices subscriber growth subscriber numbers tablets Verizon Communications Verizon Wireless Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:14 +0000 270516 at Telrad focused on its TD-LTE future but still sees WiMAX demand <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a></p> <p>Telrad, which bought Alvarion&#39;s WiMAX business about 14 months ago, is gearing up to sell production TD-LTE networks soon. But a company executive contends many of Telrad&#39;s customers are actually in no rush to deploy TD-LTE.</p> 3.5 GHz 3gpp Alvarion Chris Daniels Network Infrastructure Next-generation Network Technology Operator Strategies Release 10 Release 9 TD-LTE Telrad WiMAX Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:33:23 +0000 62469 at Ossia's Cota system delivering long-range charging through walls, doors <p>Redmond, Wash.-based Ossia has been demonstrating for investors the latest generation of its Cota wireless charging technology, which can charge a mobile device from up to 40 feet away without requiring direct line of sight.</p> Cota Ossia wireless charging Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:29:18 +0000 62466 at ATIS releases eMBMS-based standard for LTE Multicast <p>The Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) released a new standard for LTE Multicast content delivery to mobile devices based upon the Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast System (eMBMS).</p> AT&T ATIS eMBMS LTE Broadcast LTE Multicast Next-generation Network Technology Susan Miller Verizon video Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:08:56 +0000 62465 at Apple crushes expectations with 43.7M iPhone sales <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Apple easily beat analysts&#39; expectations for iPhone sales in its most recent quarter, delivering 43.7 million iPhone unit sales. However, the company&#39;s iPad sales fell below analysts&#39; expectations, and were lower than Apple&#39;s iPad sales in the year-ago period.</p> Apple iPad iPhone iPhone 5C iPhone 5S iPhone 6 quarterly earnings Smartphones Smartphones and Devices tanlets Tim Cook Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:47:36 +0000 270455 at Drexel University pursues smart networking via WiMAX <p>Drexel University in Philadelphia has joined a handful of other universities using WiMAX technology in an effort to meet the data transfer demands of U.S. research institutions.</p> Drexel University GENI Moshe Kam National Science Foundation Network Infrastructure Next-generation Network Technology philadelphia WiMAX Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:17:52 +0000 62464 at Ericsson exec: VoLTE deployment delays not surprising due to network complications <p>Several U.S. wireless carriers have either pushed back their commercial launches of Voice over LTE or said they are not rushing to deploy VoLTE. According to a senior Ericsson executive, that&#39;s not exactly a surprise.</p> Ericsson Johan Wibergh network functions virtualization Network Infrastructure Next-generation Network Technology NFV SDN software-defined networking voice over LTE voLTE Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:03:38 +0000 62463 at Range Networks' OpenBTS enables helicopter-based GSM network <p>A technology integrator in Iceland has used Range Networks&#39; open-source OpenBTS software to create a helicopter-based GSM network that can be used to find lost hikers and others in the Icelandic highlands.</p> Baldvin Hannson Harvind Samra Iceland Network Infrastructure Norris Positioning System Range Networks Rogg search and rescue Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:28:29 +0000 62459 at FCC's latest proposal for 3.5 GHz band includes auctioned licenses <p>As expected, the FCC issued updated proposals regarding a three-tiered access and spectrum-sharing model for the 3.5 GHz band, with a flexible approach now being proposed for the priority access tier that could include auctioned licenses under certain conditions.</p> 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service FCC Michael O'Reilly Mignon Clyburn PALs priority access Regulatory News Small Cells and Offloading Unlicensed Networks WifiForward Wireless Innovation Alliance Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:47:36 +0000 62456 at Rumour Mill: Orange to appoint France's Treasury chief as CFO <p>Orange could be lining up France&#39;s Treasury chief, Ramon Fernandez, as its next chief financial officer, reports say, as CEO St&eacute;phane Richard looks for new blood to help him improve the company&#39;s competitive position during his second term in office.</p> Altice France Free Mobile Gervais Pellissier Iliad jazztel Numericable Operator Strategies Orange Ramon Fernandez Sfr Sosh Stephane Richard Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:55:52 +0000 21934 at Ericsson reports drop in Q1 sales as it focuses on margins <p>Ericsson said sales declined by 7 per cent to 47.5 billion krona (&euro;5.2 billion/$7.2 billion) in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year when adjusted for currency, although the Sweden-based equipment manufacturer said efforts to improve its profit margin are having a positive impact.</p> AT&T Ericsson Hans Vestberg Network Infrastructure Project Spring Vodafone Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:22:57 +0000 21932 at Alcatel-Lucent paves way for DTAC LTE upgrade with Thailand's first 100G optical network <p>Alcatel-Lucent is paving the way for LTE in Thailand by constructing the country&#39;s first 100G optical network, said local operator DTAC.</p> 3G Alcatel-Lucent DTAC Ericsson LTE Mobile Operator News Network Infrastructure NSN Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:20:17 +0000 21931 at Huawei prepares for life after founder Zhengfei <p>Huawei executive vice president, Eric Xu, said the company will end its practice of rotating its CEO as part of changes to the management structure designed to prepare the company for the departure of founder, Ren Zhengfei.</p> GCHQ Huawei Network Infrastructure NSA security Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:21:47 +0000 21930 at NSN opens offices in Myanmar's Yangon to support mobile rollouts <p>Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has stepped up its local presence in Myanmar by opening two offices in the country&#39;s former capital Yangon, previously known as Rangoon.</p> Ericsson Myanmar Network Infrastructure Nokia Solutions and Networks NSN Ooredoo Telenor Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:57:23 +0000 21929 at ABI: IMS emerging as a contender for enterprise communications <p>Now IP Multimedia Subsystem is gaining traction with VoLTE it is becoming a viable solution for enterprise communications with revenue expected to reach $1.2 billion (&euro;866 million) through 2019.</p> ABI Research Alcatel-Lucent Avaya BroadSoft Ericsson IMS Network Infrastructure VoLTE Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:28:54 +0000 21927 at Net neutrality: a stab in the dark? <p>Netflix has stepped up the argument in favour of &#39;strong net neutrality&#39;, even as it negotiates connectivy deals with ISPs on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure decent services for its end-users. It&#39;s a war of words that will continue, and there is clearly a great deal at stake for both sides. However, beyond the commercial bun fights over who should pay and how, much more needs to be clarified; the devil with net neutrality is in the detail.</p> Analysis Mason AT&T Comcast net neutrality Netflix Regulation Strand Consult Vodafone Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:50:09 +0000 21925 at Mallinson: Roaming charges are in terminal decline <p>International roaming is a major growth opportunity for operators in the face of domestic market saturation, however tales of bill shock for data roamers do little for operators&#39; reputation with consumers, and are sparking attempts to eliminate roaming fees altogether.</p> EU Neil Diamond Operator Strategies Pricing Regulation Roaming Smartphone Vodafone Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:58:31 +0000 21924 at Czech Republic's MVNO boom continues apace in 2014 <p>The Czech market for mobile virtual network operators has continued to grow in the first few months of 2014 after the country registered 50 MVNOs and secondary mobile brands at the end of 2013, according to reports from the <em>Czech News Agency</em> (<em>CTK</em>).</p> Czech Republic MVNOs Network Infrastructure Operator Strategies T-Mobile Czech Republic Telefonica Czech Republic Vodafone Czech Republic Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:18:09 +0000 21922 at ABI Research: LTE helps boost ARPU in Eastern Europe <p>Mobile service revenues in Eastern Europe grew 4.3 per cent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2013 as LTE subscriber adoptions continued to gather pace.</p> ABI Research Eastern Europe LTE Operator Strategies Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:33:36 +0000 21920 at Juniper provides OpenContrail plug-in for OpenDaylight controller <p>Juniper Networks has offered a plug-in for its OpenContrail controller to the OpenDaylight Project. According to a description on the OpenDaylight wiki log, the plug-in &quot;will provide the integration/interworking between the OpenDaylight controller and OpenContrail.&quot;</p> Juniper Networks Next-generation Network Technology NFV OpenContrail OpenDaylight SDN Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:05:32 +0000 62446 at Shift from WiMAX to TD-LTE gaining momentum, report says <p>A new report from Signals Research indicates that the transition from WiMAX to TD-LTE is occurring much more quickly than originally anticipated.</p> Broadband Carrier News Kddi Next-generation Network Technology Operator Strategies Signals Research SoftBank Sprint TD-LTE TDD LTE UQ WiMAX Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:34:35 +0000 62445 at Report: Google's Project Loon tests using LTE spectrum in the Nevada desert <p>Google&#39;s Project Loon airborne Internet tests have reportedly expanded to the Nevada desert, where the company is relying upon paired radio spectrum that is commonly used for LTE transmissions.</p> Carlin Cyrus Behroozi Google LTE Nevada Next-generation Network Technology Project Loon Winnemucca Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:53:38 +0000 62444 at