FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Which companies are making the biggest waves in the Internet of Things? <p>Will Google&nbsp; and Apple Continue to vie for the connected home, or will someone else emerge triumphant? How well positioned is AT&amp;T to grab market share? Can Cisco conquer the world with its Internet of Everything analytics? Find out in this <a href=""><strong>special report</strong></a>.</p> Apple AT&T Mobility Cisco Google Internet of Things M2M and Connected Devices Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:20:44 +0000 347676 at U.S. Cellular launches 'OnLook' home automation and security service, challenging AT&T <p>U.S. Cellular is jumping into the digital home automation and security market, presenting a challenge to AT&amp;T Mobility, which has largely had the market to itself among wireless carriers via its Digital Life unit.</p> AT&T Mobility connected home Digital Life home automation Internet of Things M2M and Connected Devices OnLook Digital System Service Provider Strategies U.S. Cellular Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:08:07 +0000 347656 at Google seeks to toss out antitrust lawsuit over default Android apps <p>Lawyers for Google are going to try to persuade a federal judge on Thursday to toss out an antitrust suit that claims Google forces its Android hardware partners to use Google Search, Maps and other services as default applications. Google contends that agreements it strikes with companies like Samsung Electronics and HTC on Android that include those provisions are not anti-competitive.</p> Android antitrust Google Litigation Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:30:04 +0000 347646 at Keep an eye out for these IoT movers and shakers of 2015 <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a>So much for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications--that part of the wireless industry that used to get knocked for its low average revenue per unit (ARPU) tendencies. Now it&#39;s the Internet of Things (IoT), a colossal category that not only includes M2M but also every other kind of thing imaginable, from toothbrushes to cars, and it promises to brings lots of revenues.</p> Apple AT&T Cisco Google Internet of Things M2m M2M and Connected Devices Network Infrastructure Samsung Service Provider Strategies Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:22:57 +0000 67556 at Sprint hit with government lawsuit over third-party charges, as FCC's $105M fine looms <p>Sprint is facing a lawsuit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that alleges the carrier illegally billed wireless consumers for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges.</p> AT&T Mobility Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cramming FCC Federal Trade Commission lawsuit Litigation premium SMS Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies SMS Sprint T-Mobile USA text messaging Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:14 +0000 347611 at Time Warner Cable, Boingo lead the way in Passpoint roaming <p>Timed to coincide with the holiday travel season, Boingo Wireless and Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced that Passpoint roaming is now available to their subscribers in the first such reciprocal Passpoint roaming of its kind.</p> boingo wireless Passpoint roaming Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:24:45 +0000 67546 at Entner: Out of the net neutrality Title II news blizzard with AWS-3 auction <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>All the while when we were trapped in the Title II News Blizzard that made any other topic seem small and irrelevant, the FCC has been conducting an auction of wireless spectrum. This wasn&#39;t supposed to be the big auction--that honor was reserved for the incentive auction, in which broadcasters would sell spectrum they hadn&#39;t deployed since the digital TV transition consolidated things. This was just an auction for &quot;AWS-3&quot; spectrum, Advanced Wireless Service frequencies in a high band that wasn&#39;t expected to pique much carrier interest. The FCC had set a reserve price of $10.6 billion.</p> 700 MHz AWS-3 net neutrality roger entner Spectrum Auction Spectrum News Title II Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:16:35 +0000 347306 at AT&T, Apple, Google and more: Companies to watch in the Internet of Things <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Given the colossal nature of the Internet of Things and activity buzzing around the industry, <em>FierceWirelessTech</em> decided to take a closer look at some of the companies making the biggest waves, querying a handful of industry analysts for their take on which ones to watch in 2015. While it&#39;s by no means a scientific survey, this report provides a glimpse into the position of some of the biggest household names in the IoT space--as well as some not-so-well-known upstarts.</p> Apple AT&T Cisco Google Internet of Things IoT Network Infrastructure Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:00:33 +0000 67511 at Swedish start-up Anyfi takes 'a different approach' to carrier Wi-Fi system <p>Swedish start-up Anyfi Networks says its Wi-Fi architecture is very much inspired by software-defined networking principles. The company announced this week the general availability of its Carrier Wi-Fi System.</p> Anyfi cable carrier Wi-Fi SDN Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:04:55 +0000 67541 at MachNation: What will be the M2M carrier legacy? <p>Top-performing IoT carriers over the next two to three years will focus on their evolution from providing legacy M2M connectivity services to offering a solution that extends IT-based technologies into operational technology organisations.</p> connected car connected devices Embedded mobile devices Internet of Things M2M M2M and Embedded Wireless Wireless Carriers Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:51:46 +0000 26891 at Cable industry could see big fortunes in Wi-Fi <p>One of the most buzzed about topics in 2014 was the cable industry&#39;s wide embrace of Wi-Fi. While it&#39;s difficult for industry analysts to pinpoint the eventual size of the cable Wi-Fi business, it&#39;s clearly growing like gangbusters.</p> Comcast Hotspots Network Infrastructure Wi-Fi cable Wi-fi Networks Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:56:37 +0000 67531 at BlackBerry's Chen sees devices as more than just phones, focuses on Internet of Things opportunity <p>NEW YORK--BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he thinks the company&#39;s device business is important--but he said he&#39;s spending much of his time looking beyond smartphones to the wider Internet of Things (IoT) market.</p> BlackBerry BlackBerry 10 BlackBerry Classic BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 Internet of Things John Chen M2M and Connected Devices Marty Beard Sandeep Chennakeshu Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:12:13 +0000 347271 at Confirmed: T-Mobile to launch unlicensed LTE at 5 GHz, possibly next year <p>It looks as though T-Mobile US will be one of the first carriers using License Assisted Access (LAA) in the 5 GHz spectrum band, possibly as early as next year.</p> LAA LTE Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile US unlicensed Wi-Fi Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:40:51 +0000 67526 at Sprint to end Nascar sponsorship in 2016 <p>Sprint will not renew its sponsorship of Nascar when its current contract with the auto-racing series ends in 2016, the carrier said. &quot;As we look to the future, Sprint is focused on investing in maintaining a competitive edge and providing consumers with the best value in wireless,&quot; Steve Gaffney, Sprint&#39;s VP of marketing, told <em>USA Today</em>.</p> Content / Programming Jeff Hallock Marcelo Claure NASCAR Sprint Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:08:47 +0000 347206 at BlackBerry brings back the keyboard with Classic phone, partners with AT&T, Verizon <p><a href=" "><img align="right" alt="blackBerry classic " hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>NEW YORK--BlackBerry formally unveiled its new Classic smartphone, an upgrade to its iconic Bold smartphone with a physical Qwerty keyboard and trackpad. The company also is partnering with AT&amp;T Mobility and Verizon Wireless to release the Classic.</p> 10 AT&T Mobility BlackBerry BlackBerry Classic BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 Enterprise Mobility John Chen mobile security Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Verizon Wireless Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:26:42 +0000 347196 at Sprint MVNO Ting says it will build 1 Gbps fiber Internet service starting in Charlottesville <p>Ting, which currently operates as a mobile virtual network operator of Sprint, said it purchased a majority stake in a small, independent Internet service provider (ISP) in Charlottesville, Va., called Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI). &quot;Just like that, we&#39;re starting our new mission to bring the things that people love about Ting for mobile to the world of fixed access,&quot; the company said.</p> fiber Google Google Fiber MVNO Network Infrastructure Sprint Ting Ting Internet Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:20:16 +0000 347191 at Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV Stick: The streaming video holiday battle <p>Roku, Amazon and Google are competing in a new and potentially significant market opportunity this holiday season: streaming TV sticks. Roku is offering its Roku Stick, Amazon&nbsp;is selling its Fire TV Stick and Google is offering its Chromecast gadget. All three devices allow TV owners to access streaming video services from their existing UBS-enabled TVs. Check out this new&nbsp;<strong style="font-size: 13px;"><a href="">feature</a>.</strong></p> Amazon Chromecast Content / Programming Roku Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:54:18 +0000 347146 at Telenor Hungary offers 'MyCard' mobile banking service to drive customer loyalty <p>The CEO of Telenor&#39;s Hungarian business said a new mobile banking service launched in the country provides a boost to the operator&#39;s customer experience by providing a new form of banking to consumers.</p> Dnb mobile banking Service Provider Strategies Smartphone Smartphones and Devices SpareBank 1 Group Telenor Valyou Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:26:26 +0000 26936 at BT's plan to buy EE raises questions about O2's future <p>BT&#39;s announcement this week that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Deutsche Telekom and Orange over a potential acquisition of EE was generally given the thumbs up by analysts and industry players, although one question now being asked is what a successful deal might mean for rival mobile operator O2 UK and its parent company Telef&oacute;nica.</p> BSkyB BT Deutsche Telekom EE Hutchison Whampoa O2 Uk Ofcom Orange Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Talktalk Three UK Vodafone Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:04:14 +0000 26921 at Ericsson, Orange hit 300 Mbps in French trials of FDD LTE carrier aggregation <p>Ericsson revealed it achieved data rates of 300 Mbps during trials of FDD LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology conducted with Orange in October and November.</p> Ericsson Network Infrastructure Nokia Networks Orange Polkomtel STC Telekom Austria Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:29:45 +0000 26916 at Orange's Mobistar takes further steps towards return to convergence play <p>Belgium-based mobile operator Mobistar has taken its first concrete steps towards resuming sales of fixed-line services with tests of its Internet and digital TV services on cable networks and the recruitment of its first external test users in the Charleroi borough.</p> BASE Belgacom KPN mobistar Orange Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:42:18 +0000 26911 at Ofcom confirms Sharon White as new CEO <p>Ofcom said Sharon White has been appointed as the new CEO of the UK communications regulator with effect from late March 2015, confirming <a href="">previous reports</a>.</p> BSkyB BT EE O2 Uk Ofcom Regulatory News Sharon White Talktalk Three UK Vodafone Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:51:44 +0000 26906 at Gartner: Global smartphone sales grew 20.3% in Q3 2014 <p>Sales of smartphones to end-users grew 20.3 per cent year-on-year to reach 301 million units globally.</p> Gartner Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:33:20 +0000 26901 at More than 50 companies get behind Thread initiative for home-based products <p>The&nbsp;Thread Group&nbsp;says it now supports more than 50 members since it opened its doors for membership applications in October, and it&#39;s working with UL to set up testing and certification facilities to ensure a high quality user experience, as well as interoperability and security across Thread products.</p> M2M and Connected Devices product certification Thread UL Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:33:17 +0000 67521 at AT&T: 75% of network will be software-driven by 2020 <p>AT&amp;T is leading the way to a world of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), making good on some of the promises it laid out earlier this year.</p> Network Infrastructure Network Software SDN Service Provider Strategies Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:38:50 +0000 67516 at BT and EE: A very British affair <p>With a Dutch CEO, and French and German parents, EE today has a more European than British flavour. That could all change if BT acquires the UK operator: the former UK incumbent entered into exclusive negotiations with EE shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Monday.</p> BT Deutsche Telekom EE Network Infrastructure O2 Olaf Swantee Orange Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:08:17 +0000 26886 at BT enters into exclusive talks on £12.5B deal to buy EE <p>BT has entered into exclusive negotiations with Orange and Deutsche Telekom regarding the sale of EE, ending weeks of speculation over whether the former UK incumbent would choose to buy, EE or its rival O2 UK. The purchase price of &pound;12.5 billion (&euro;15.7 billion/$19.6 billion) would be split equally between Orange and Deutsche Telekom.</p> BT Deutsche Telekom EE Hutchison Whampoa Mergers and Acquisitions O2 Uk Orange Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Three UK Vodafone UK Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:37:34 +0000 26866 at Devicescape offers additional security layer to its virtual Wi-Fi network <p>Security on publicly available Wi-Fi is,&nbsp;or should be, a concern for many consumers. Now Devicescape, which helps service providers integrate Wi-Fi and cellular together, is trying to remove some of the complexity around security.</p> cellular cybersecurity devicescape Network Infrastructure private data Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:29:16 +0000 67501 at Telefónica Deutschland aims to offer same network quality as rivals by 2017 <p>Telef&oacute;nica Deutschland intends to put itself on an equal footing with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany by offering the same network quality as its rivals no later than 2017.</p> Deutsche Telekom E-Plus Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Germany Thorsten Dirks Vodafone Germany Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:01:58 +0000 26861 at Google seeks proposals for Internet of Things research expedition <p>Google is formally seeking proposals from university faculty members for pioneering research related to the Internet of Things. It&#39;s all part of its mission to make IoT devices as easy to discover and interact with as it is to find and use information on the open web.</p> Google IoT M2M and Connected Devices Physical Web Vint Cerf Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:42:37 +0000 67491 at