FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Microsoft to release flagship Windows 10 phone later this year, unveils mid-range Lumia 640 and 640 XL in meantime <p>BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft reiterated that it will release at least one flagship Windows phone when it rolls out Windows 10 later this year, even as the company unveiled new mid-range Windows smartphones, the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, here at Mobile World Congress.</p> Lumia Lumia 640 Lumia 640 XL Microsoft MWC15 Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Stephen Elop Windows 10 Windows Phone Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:46:01 +0000 367391 at Nokia CEO argues against banning paid prioritization in net neutrality, introduces 'programmable world' concept <p>BARCELONA, Spain--Nokia&#39;s CEO spoke out against a main tenet of the FCC&#39;s new net neutrality guidelines, arguing that wireless carriers should be allowed to provide faster connections to customers who wish to pay for them. CEO Rajeev Suri also introduced the company&#39;s concept of the &quot;programmable world,&quot; a new marketing term Nokia appears poised to use in the coming months to set itself apart from the competition.</p> FCC MWC15 net neutrality Network Infrastructure Nokia Nokia Networks paid prioritization Rajeev Suri Regulatory News Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:25:48 +0000 366926 at Mozilla partners with Verizon to bring Firefox OS to the U.S. <p>BARCELONA, Spain--Mozilla is teaming with major operators like Verizon Wireless&nbsp;to bring Firefox OS devices to developed countries where it currently has very little traction. The first Firefox OS phones sold by Verizon will likely hit the U.S. market in 2016.</p> Firefox OS Mozilla MWC15 Smartphones and Devices Verizon Wireless Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:53:45 +0000 366911 at Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sport new design and new payment system <p>BARCELONA, Spain--Samsung Electronics unveiled the next versions of its flagship line of smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with high hopes that these devices will be a bigger hit than their predecessor, the S5.&nbsp; The two smartphones are dramatically different from the pastic-backed progenitors of the Galaxy S family because they have metal bodies.</p> Galaxy S6 Galaxy S6 Edge J.K. Shin JK Shin mobile payments samsung Samsung Pay Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:27:18 +0000 366901 at HTC debuts One M9, Grip fitness tracker and enters virtual reality market <p>BARCELONA, Spain--As expected, HTC debuted its new flagship smartphone, the One M9, which will available in mid-March from &nbsp;AT&amp;T, Verizon Wireless,&nbsp;T-Mobile US and Sprint. The company also revealed &nbsp;a new fitness tracker geared toward serious athletes and surprisingly announced its entrance into the virtual reality market with a VR headset.</p> HTC HTC Grip HTC One M9 MCW15 One M9 Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Under Armour Vibe Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:35:19 +0000 366841 at Huawei hopes smart watch's savvy design will attract consumers <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="Huawei Watch" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>BARCELONA, Spain--Huawei is hoping that the striking design of its new Android Wear-based smart watch, the Huawei Watch, will attract consumers ahead of Apple&#39;s April launch of its first wearable, the Apple Watch.</p> Huawei MWC15 smart watch Smartphones and Devices wearable computing wearables Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:22:21 +0000 366831 at Entner: Internet's regulatory future will bring near-endless litigation <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines Thursday week to apply &quot;public utility&quot; style regulations to the Internet. This is a dramatic turn away from the more nuanced regulatory framework the FCC had been considering before President Obama asked the agency to flex its regulatory muscles under Title II of the Communications Act. There has to be a better way to achieve net neutrality than through Title II as life under Title II has been an extremely litigious one.</p> FCC net neutrality Regulatory News roger entner Title II Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:59:13 +0000 366781 at AT&T's slowdown in spending on its mobile network affects SBA, American Tower <p>Tower companies SBA Communications and American Tower both said that AT&amp;T significantly slowed down its spending on its mobile network during the fourth quarter of 2014, and the carrier&#39;s spending remains somewhat sluggish compared with AT&amp;T&#39;s network spending during the first half of last year.</p> American Tower AT&T AT&T Mobility Capex LTE Network Infrastructure Sba Communications Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:31:14 +0000 366706 at Boingo expands Wi-Fi offload trial to include 5M handsets <p>Boingo Wireless has expanded its Tier 1 carrier offload trial to include millions more handsets using its Passpoint-enabled network. The company is not revealing the identity of the carrier.</p> boingo fourth quarter earnings 2014 Passpoint Small Cells and Offloading Wi-fi Networks Wi-Fi offload Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:47:34 +0000 68611 at Google's Pichai: China is 'a huge opportunity' for Android <p>A top Google executive said the company is seeing interest from Chinese Android application developers, and is working on ways it can reintroduce its services into the country.</p> Android China Google Smartphones and Devices Sundar Pichai Xiaomi Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:46:09 +0000 366631 at Ericsson sues Apple again as patent dispute intensifies <p>Ericsson is escalating its legal battle with Apple&nbsp;over patent royalties Ericsson believes Apple owes it for using its wireless technologies in the iPhone and iPad.</p> Apple Ericsson Litigation Patent Disputes Patents Smartphones and Devices Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:03:10 +0000 366621 at Telefónica uses WebRTC for TU Go, as Orange ramps up Libon <p>Telef&oacute;nica and Orange announced further enhancements to their respective messaging and calling apps, although the two operators continue to maintain very different strategies for TU Go and Libon.</p> Content / Programming LibOn Orange Telefonica Tu Go Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:20:25 +0000 28351 at Three Group to explore opportunities for further growth <p>Three Group Europe will continue to explore growth opportunities through potential consolidation in markets where it currently operates, as the Hutchison Whampoa-owned mobile group seeks to &quot;enhance network capabilities and maintain operational efficiencies.&quot;</p> Hutchison Whampoa Service Provider Strategies Three Group Three Italy Three UK Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:50:50 +0000 28336 at eircom grows mobile revenues for third straight quarter, as LTE users take over <p>eircom said nearly half of its mobile subscribers now have an LTE (4G) compatible device, as it revealed its mobile unit recorded its third straight quarter of revenue growth in the three months to end-December.</p> Earnings Eircom Financial News LTE Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:26:57 +0000 28331 at Belgacom sees 2015 as 'tipping point' en route to growth <p>Belgacom provided its first positive financial outlook since 2010 for the coming year, saying that its underlying revenue and EBITDA would remain stable or grow slightly in 2015.</p> Belgacom Earnings Financial News mobistar Orange Service Provider Strategies Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:25:30 +0000 28326 at EE says Wembley Stadium LTE carrier advanced demo a first for UK <p>EE said it achieved a UK first when it delivered a data rate of 400 Mbps to a single device during a demonstration of LTE carrier aggregation conducted in conjunction with Qualcomm</p> carrier aggregation EE Huawei LTE Network Infrastructure Qualcomm Service Provider Strategies Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:23:19 +0000 28321 at Report: High churn rates persist amongst service providers <p>Churn--the term coined to describe subscriber turnover rates--remains high within the communications industry, although customers still prefer &quot;traditional&quot; service providers over &quot;OTT disruptors&quot;, according to a new report.</p> Churn Service Provider Strategies Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:37:56 +0000 28311 at Net neutrality: Long-term implications loom for Internet of Things <p>The FCC&#39;s order to protect the open Internet carries with it implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), even though the immediate impact might not be felt for quite some time.</p> FCC Internet of Things M2M and Connected Devices Net Neutrality Regulatory News Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:34:03 +0000 68601 at Two FCC commissioners advocate new uses for DSRC <p>It looks as though FCC Commissioners Michael O&#39;Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel are not interested in letting the automobile industry indefinitely hold onto spectrum set aside for roadway safety.</p> 5 GHz DSRC FCC Regulatory News Wi-Fi Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:04:07 +0000 68596 at Why wait? Unleash spectrum for mmW now <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a>As the world races toward 5G, it&#39;s hard to argue with NYU Wireless&#39; assertions that the FCC should move quickly to allocate new spectrum in the millimeter wave (mmW) radio bands. But the satellite industry, in particular, is raising concerns in the FCC&#39;s Notice of Inquiry on the subject.</p> 5G Access Network mmW Network Infrastructure NYU Wireless Regulatory News Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:07:51 +0000 68591 at Innovative leaders in wireline to watch in 2015 <p>As vice president of network on demand, mobile and business solutions for AT&amp;T,&nbsp;Josh Goodell is in charge of the telco&#39;s move to implement software-defined networking and network functions virtualization capabilities. He&#39;s just one of the emerging innovators spotlighted in <em>FierceTelecom&#39;</em>s latest special report.</p> AT&T rising stars Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:29:11 +0000 68571 at Bluetooth SIG establishes mesh working group for Internet of Things <p>The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is forming the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group to look at standardizing mesh networking for Bluetooth Smart technology and explore various use case scenarios to benefit from mesh, from the smart home to other Internet of Things (IoT) verticals.</p> Bluetooth bluetooth special interest group IoT M2M and Connected Devices Smartphones and Devices Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:34:14 +0000 68561 at SK Telecom, Samsung to show off 3D beamforming at 7.55 Gbps <p>SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics are apparently making progress on their commitment to work together on 5G network technology research. The pair will jointly demonstrate 3D beamforming using millimeter-wave (mmW) frequency bands when the industry convenes at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.</p> beamforming MWC15 Network Infrastructure Samsung SK Telecom Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:45:17 +0000 68546 at XCellAir emerges from stealth mode, launches ecosystem for LTE, Wi-Fi network optimization <p>Newly out of stealth mode, XCellAir is launching its own ecosystem, a network comprised of vendors of Wi-Fi access points and LTE small cell, as well as self-organizing network (SON) suppliers, to accelerate the adoption of its network optimization solutions.</p> access point MWC15 Network Infrastructure Network Software Wi-fi Networks XCellAir Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:36:24 +0000 68541 at Vodafone launches IoT technology for low-power devices <p>Vodafone said it will become the first operator to introduce low-cost technology for connecting devices that have very low demands for power and bandwidth to the Internet of Things (IoT).</p> Cellular Internet of Things IoT M2M M2M and Embedded Wireless Vodafone Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:10:12 +0000 28281 at Huawei, Ericsson will go head to head with 5G demos at MWC <p>Huawei hailed the success of its researchers in developing new air interfaces for 5G technology that it plans to demonstrate at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, but rival Ericsson is keeping it in check with a new 5G test bed</p> 5G Ericsson Huawei LTE MWC15 Network Infrastructure Network Software Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:41:09 +0000 28276 at Bouygues Telecom sees stable EBITDA in 2015 <p>Bouygues Telecom expects EBITDA to remain stable in 2015 as the France-based operator continues to implement its transformation plan to enable it to survive in a market with four mobile players.</p> bouygues telecom Financial News Free Mobile Numericable-SFR Orange Regulatory News Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:23:13 +0000 28266 at Gemalto reveals GCHQ, NSA failed to crack SIM encryption keys <p>Gemalto confirmed that UK and U.S. security agencies likely mounted an operation to hack SIM card encryption in 2010 and 2011, but said the attacks failed to get beyond its office networks thanks to a secure encryption key transfer system.</p> Edward Snowden GCHQ Gemalto Giesecke & Devrient NSA Smartphones and Devices Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:27:33 +0000 28256 at Nokia Networks gears up for ultra-dense networks, LAA demo <p>Armed with the knowledge that by 2020, mobile networks will need to serve 1,000 times the traffic served in 2010, Nokia Networks is rolling out the red carpet for a smorgasbord of network technologies designed to help operators meet the challenge.</p> Licensed-Assisted Access LTE-U MWC15 Network Infrastructure Network Software Nokia Networks Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:22:12 +0000 68526 at Globalstar asked to prove TLPS will work on iPhone 6 <p>Investment firm Gerst Capital wrote an open letter to Globalstar CEO James Monroe asking for evidence that terrestrial low power services (TLPS) will work for the iPhone 6 and other LTE-capable smartphones.</p> Gerst Capital globalstar Regulatory News TLPS Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:47:21 +0000 68516 at