FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile say customers are protected from Heartbleed bug <p>Now that the dust has settled, the nation&#39;s Tier 1 wireless carriers say their subscribers are largely protected against the Heartbleed Internet security bug, which was first disclosed last week. The bug affected open-source OpenSSL cryptography, which is used by millions of web servers around the world. The bug&#39;s disclosure prompted millions of people to change their passwords for fear that malicious hackers could use the Heartbleed bug to access their personal information.</p> AT&T Mobility Boingo boingo wireless Heartbleed bug mobile security OpenSL Smartphones and Devices Sprint T-Mobile USA Verizon Wireless Wireless Carrier News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:10:24 +0000 270140 at AT&T's Aio launches 'Group Save' plans, taking a page from Sprint's 'Framily' <p>AT&amp;T Mobility&#39;s Aio Wireless prepaid brand is launching a new group plan that offers customers increasing discounts as they continue adding lines to a single account. The plans are similar to Sprint&#39;s &quot;Framily&quot; plans, which Sprint has been selling since January.</p> Aio Wireless AT&T Mobility Cricket Framily Framily Plan prepaid Pricing Sprint Wireless Carrier News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:55:57 +0000 270138 at Report: Verizon outpaces rivals in Q1 with phone activations <p>Verizon Wireless took the largest share of phone subscriber activations in the first quarter, according to a survey released by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.</p> AT&T Mobility CIRP handset upgrade program Pricing Sprint subscriber grwoth subscriber numbers T-Moblie USA Verizon Wireless Wireless Carrier News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:34:55 +0000 270137 at Good Friday holiday Holidays Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:51:24 +0000 270092 at Ericsson, NSN and NYU Wireless ramp up 5G efforts <p>Ericsson has become the ninth major international technology firm to join NYU Wireless as an affiliate sponsor, giving added momentum to the research center&#39;s efforts one week before the start of its inaugural Brooklyn 5G Summit, which is being jointly organized with Nokia&nbsp;Solutions and Networks.</p> 5G Brooklyn 5G Summit Ericsson Laurie Oksanen millimeter wave Next-generation Network Technology Nokia Solutions and Networks NYU Wireless Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:41:55 +0000 62436 at Google and Facebook conjuring up drone magic, but the public has concerns <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a></p> <p>Google&#39;s acqusition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, which followed Facebook&#39;s newly announced initiative with drone maker Ascenta, reflects tech magicians&#39; visions for new ways of enabling Internet connectivity. But John Q. Public is less than enthusiastic about <span id="redesign_default"><span id="MNGiSection">unmanned aerial vehicles, perhaps because drones can also serve as flying broomsticks for the wicked witches of </span></span>surveillance.</p> Content drone Facebook Google Next-generation Network Technology Pew Research privacy surveillance Titan Aerospace Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:17:18 +0000 62434 at Time Warner announces massive Hotspot 2.0 deployment <p>Time Warner Cable confirmed its rollout out of &quot;TWCWiFi-Passpoint,&quot; a national Wi-Fi network that includes Hotspot 2.0 technology on most of its public access points as well as upgraded encryption.</p> Broadband Carrier News Comcast hotspot Hotspot 2.0 Passpoint roaming Rob Cerbone Small Cells and Offloading Time Warner Cable Unlicensed Networks Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Alliance Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:27:59 +0000 62432 at Google's advertising prices take a hit in Q1 amid shift to mobile <p>Google reported first-quarter revenue that missed analysts&#39; expectations, as the company&#39;s core advertising business continues to grapple with a decline in how much advertisers pay per click amid a shift in computing from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablets.</p> Android Google Lenovo mobile advertising Motorola Mobility Nikesh Arora quarterly earnings Smartphones Smartphones and Devices tablets Twitter Yahoo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:31:04 +0000 270058 at Ranking the wireless industry's 10 highest-paid CEOs <p>&quot;Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who&#39;s the highest-paid CEO of them all?&quot; In the wireless world, the answer to that question is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.</p> Apple Broadband Carrier News CEO compensation Dan Hesse Sprint Tim Cook Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:23:36 +0000 62428 at AT&T warns it might skip 600 MHz incentive auction due to FCC's proposed restrictions <p>AT&amp;T warned that it would have to &quot;reevaluate&quot; whether it would participate in the FCC&#39;s planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum if the FCC places restrictions on how much spectrum it could purchase.</p> AT&T AT&T Mobility C Spire Wireless Competitive Carriers Association DISH Network FCC incentive auction Joan Marsh Regulation Spectrum News Sprint U.S. Cellular Verizon Wireless Wireless Carrier News wireless spectrum Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:30:46 +0000 270053 at Q1 earnings season kicks off <p>The first-quarter earnings season is already underway, and <em>FierceWireless</em> will be covering all of the reports on profit, revenue and industry trends from across the wireless market. <a href=""><strong>Special report</strong></a></p> quarterly earnings Smartphones and Devices Vendor News Wireless Carrier News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:22:47 +0000 270043 at Google wants first Project Ara smartphone to go on sale in January 2015 <p>Google aims to have the first smartphone designed as part of its Project Ara modular smartphone program on sale in January 2015. The so-called &quot;gray phone&quot; will cost around $50 to make and will be an entry-level phone, with prices determined by commerce partners.</p> Advanced Technology and Projects augmented reality Google gray phone modular phone design Project Ara Smartphones and Devices Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:16:51 +0000 270042 at Intel's mobile group lost $929M in Q1 on revenue of just $156M <p>Intel reported overall first-quarter results that slightly beat analysts&#39; expectation, but the company also laid bare its current financial weakness in the mobile market. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and other executives said the company has a solid roadmap and path to profitability, but that it will take time to make money from chips it puts into smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.</p> Brian Krzanich chipsets Intel LTE LTE Advanced quarterly earnings Smartphones Smartphones and Devices tablets Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:57:13 +0000 270041 at Samsung to release high-end Tizen phone <p>Samsung Electronics plans to release at least two Tizen-based smartphones in the months ahead, even though it is banking heavily on strong sales from its flagship Android Galaxy S5 smartphone, according to a Samsung executive.</p> Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 samsung smart watch Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Tizen we wearables Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:24:33 +0000 270039 at Israel's Cellcom picks NSN for LTE, plans deployment by end of 2014 <p>Cellcom Israel has picked Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) as the supplier of its LTE and LTE Advanced network and said it expects to achieve a wide deployment of the network by the end of the year.</p> Altice Cellcom Israel Golan Telecom HOT Mobile Israel Network Infrastructure Nokia Solutions and Networks NSN Partner Communications Patrick Drahi Pelephone Xavier Niel Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:40:22 +0000 21912 at ABI: Consumer wearables to drive big data adoption in healthcare <p>As consumers continue to use wearable devices to track their levels of activity, there is growing impetus to also make use of the data to inform health management and healthcare provision.</p> ABI Research Devices Healthcare Wearables Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:04:43 +0000 21911 at German operators sharpen tools in battle for the mobile data generation <p>As Germany&#39;s operators await the outcome of the European Commission&#39;s probe into the planned merger between Telef&oacute;nica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus, they have been stepping up their efforts to win the hearts and minds of a generation of German subscribers for whom mobile data is now becoming king.</p> Deutsche Telekom E-Plus European Commission Hutchison Whampoa KPN O2 Germany O2 Ireland Operator Strategies Pricing Simyo Telefonica Deutschland Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:43:55 +0000 21908 at IHS: Samsung S5 costs more to build than S4 and iPhone 5s <p>Samsung&#39;s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, costs around $12 (&euro;8.67) more to make than the vendor&#39;s S4 smartphone, and nearly $50 more than rival Apple&#39;s iPhone 5S, research by IHS shows.</p> Apple Components Devices IHS samsung Smartphone Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:40:24 +0000 21907 at Deutsche Telekom partners with Xyo for app discovery <p>Deutsche Telekom has partnered with Berlin-based Xyo to tap into its smart app search technology, also marking the first time that Xyo has publicly unveiled a tie-up with an operator for app search advertising.</p> app discovery app search app search advertising Content Deutsche Telekom Operator Strategies Top Apps Xyo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:24:42 +0000 21906 at Telefónica targets mobile ad market with dedicated exchange platform <p>Telef&oacute;nica launched a mobile advertising exchange platform it said is the first to be owned and backed by a mobile operator, as it vies for a slice of a market that generated an estimated 13 per cent of all internet ad spending in 2013.</p> Axonix Blackstone mobile advertising Mobile Money Mobile Operator News Telefonica Zenith Optimedia Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:20:20 +0000 21905 at Motorola Solutions banking 100% on government, public-safety <p>Motorola Solutions, bolstered by its early success in public-safety LTE, is selling off its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion cash, enabling Motorola to focus exclusively on mission-critical communications for government and public-safety customers.</p> FirstNet Greg Brown iDEN LTE Motorola Solutions Public Safety Public Safety Zebra Communications Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:50:43 +0000 62421 at Quantenna promises 10 Gbps Wi-Fi chip in 2015 <p>Competition in the 802.11ac Wi-Fi arena continues ramping up, with Quantenna, Broadcom and Qualcomm each announcing new generations of chipsets with improved data performance and network capacity. However, the rivals are taking different tacks to achieve those performance gains.</p> 802.11ac Broadcom Chipsets MIMO MU-MIMO Qualcomm Quantenna Unlicensed Networks wave 2 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:28:49 +0000 62418 at Vodafone brand stands strong, as rivals scramble marketing teams <p>I read today that Wally Olins, described as the man who rebranded British Telecom as BT, has died at the age of 83. According to the report in the <em>Guardian,</em> Olins was also &quot;an integral part&quot; of the launch of the Orange brand, and was generally described as the &quot;world&#39;s leading practitioner of branding and identity&quot;. Yet no brand is irreplaceable it seems, and indeed the European mobile brand landscape has been subtly changing in recent months.</p> Belgacom bouygues telecom BT EE Iliad Numericable Operator Strategies Orange Portugal Telecom Sfr T-Mobile Telefonica Vodafone Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:35:02 +0000 21903 at Ruckus unveils cloud-based Wi-Fi management <p>Ruckus Wireless&#39; new Smart Wi-Fi Access Management Service (SAMS) shifts local network infrastructure--such as WLAN controllers, authentication servers, captive portals, advertising engines and content filtering--into the cloud, a move the company claims will enable businesses to more quickly and easily roll out public Wi-Fi hotspots.</p> cloud Global Reach IDC MSP reseller Ruckus Wireless Salah Nassar SAMS Small Cells and Offloading Unlicensed Networks VAR Wi-Fi as a service WLAN Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:10:31 +0000 62415 at Orange secures 2 operators for new Orange Alliance programme <p>Orange has unveiled a new international partnership programme called Orange Alliance that the French operator said will help spread its services and products to markets where it does not have a foothold.</p> Operator Strategies Orange Orange Alliance Orange Horizons Vini ZonOptimus Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:23:50 +0000 21902 at Apple smart devices protected from 'Heartbleed' bug <p>Apple said users of smart devices running its iOS software face no risk from a flaw in the OpenSSL web security standard, despite BlackBerry working up a fix for its messenger service for iOS and Android devices.</p> Android Apple BlackBerry Devices Google iOS security Smartphone tablet Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:15:47 +0000 21900 at IDC: Global wearables shipments to reach almost 112 million in 2018 <p>Shipment volumes of wearable technology are expected to exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year&#39;s sales.</p> Devices IDC wearable computing Wearables Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:36:01 +0000 21899 at True-Grit Wireless tries to rise from Cell-Loc's ashes <p>The head of True-Grit Wireless, who has taken over patents that originally belonged to a geo-location services company formed in the 1990s, is searching for a way forward to leverage that intellectual property.</p> Cell-Loc Dave Guebert InFedra John Redding TDOA True-Grit Wireless Unlicensed Networks Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:18:25 +0000 62410 at Cisco, TI recruit partners in IoT ecosystem <p>Cisco Systems and Texas Instruments are both staking claims in the Internet of Things space by forming partnerships with other companies in hopes of advancing this emerging area. Specifically, TI partnered with eight IoT cloud service providers and Cisco launched a challenge to help IoT startups get more visibility.</p> Cisco Systems Internet of Things Next-generation Network Technology Operator Strategies Texas Instruments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:41:57 +0000 62409 at Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent test new ways of reducing wireless network energy consumption <p>Two major wireless network vendors are researching ways to save wireless network operators money by reducing the amount of power they need to run their networks. In separate announcements, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent&nbsp;each announced new efforts geared toward saving energy--and therefore money--in wireless.</p> Alcatel-Lucent Dual Connectivity Dynamic On/Off Ericsson GWATT Network Infrastructure Operator Strategies Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:11:30 +0000 62408 at