FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us AT&T, T-Mobile voice support for small cell backhaul from Aviat and Fastback in 70/80 GHz bands <p>AT&amp;T and T-Mobile US said they support a plan by Aviat Networks and Fastback Networks to use the 71-76 and 81-86 GHz bands for backhaul for small cells. The two companies are asking the FCC for authorization to deploy their backhaul technology and equipment in the bands.</p> AT&T Aviat Aviat Networks backhaul Fastback Fastback Networks FCC Network Software small cells T-Mobile Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:39:49 +0000 403861 at Google introduces data-saving feature for Chrome on Android <p>Google this week introduced a feature for its Chrome mobile browser that it claims can reduce data consumption on the web as much as 70 percent. Data Saver, as the feature is dubbed, omits most images when a page is loaded through a slow network connection. Users can tap the screen to display specific images or all of them, reducing load times as well as data charges.</p> Chrome Google mobile data Service Provider Strategies Smartphones and Devices T-Mobile Verizon Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:03:52 +0000 403856 at Dynamic ad insertion, programmatic marketplaces could help mobile video business <p>As Verizon, AT&amp;T and T-Mobile each make moves into the mobile video arena, new advertising technologies like dynamic ad insertion and programmatic advertising could help them reap more cash from a market that so far has relied largely on blanket, 30-second TV advertisements.</p> Content / Programming Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:53:51 +0000 403851 at AT&T pushes Cricket brand at millennials with new 'Family Guy' ad strategy <p>As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, it appears that AT&amp;T is doing all it can to push its Cricket prepaid brand among millennials (Americans born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s). As reported by <em>Adweek</em>, Cricket Wireless will be the sole advertiser tonight on Turner&#39;s Adult Swim episode of <em>Family Guy</em>, a new advertising technique that Turner is offering to those brands that want to make an impression on its younger Adult Swim audience.</p> advertisements AT&T Content / Programming Cricket Cricket Wireless Turner Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:59:18 +0000 403841 at Samsung's new mobile chief, D.J. Koh, seen refocusing on software and services <p>As expected, Samsung replaced the head of its mobile business, J.K. Shin, with a longtime Samsung executive who helped usher in the company&#39;s mobile payments and enterprise software efforts, a move that analysts believe may signal a shift within Samsung away from hardware innovations and toward new offerings based on software and services.</p> D.J. Koh Galaxy S6 J.K. Shin Koh Dong Jin samsung Samsung Electronics Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:25:21 +0000 403836 at Confirmed: AT&T to hike price of legacy unlimited data plan by $5 to $35/month <p>AT&amp;T confirmed that it will increase the price of its legacy unlimited data plan by $5 per month, to a total of $35 per month, starting in February. <em>9to5Mac </em>first reported the news, citing an unnamed source, and an AT&amp;T representative subsequently confirmed the price increase to <em>FierceWireless</em>.</p> AT&T Service Provider Strategies unlimited data Verizon Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:01:12 +0000 403811 at New Street: Comcast could get 20% of its customers onto its MVNO in 5 years <p>According to new research from the financial analysts at New Street Research, a cable company like Comcast could entice around 20 percent of its customer base to switch to its own MVNO service within five years of moving into the wireless industry. The report offers some important implications for Verizon, AT&amp;T, T-Mobile US and the rest of the nation&#39;s wireless network operators, which may indeed compete against cable MVNOs in the coming years.</p> AT&T Cable Comcast Service Provider Strategies Verizon Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:55:56 +0000 403806 at Analysts predict J.K. Shin will lose his job this week as Samsung's smartphone chief <p>Every year, the South Korean owners of the Samsung conglomerate conduct a corporate shuffling that moves out poorly performing managers and gives newer executives a chance to shine. And many analysts in the region expect J.K. Shin -- the executive who has been in charge of Samsung&#39;s smartphone operations since 2011 -- to get the boot this week.</p> J.K. Shin Lee Jae Yong samsung Smartphones and Devices Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:18:23 +0000 403796 at Rumor mill: Apple to drop 3.5mm headphone jack, will move to OLED iPhone screens <p>Apple is reportedly planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone port from its upcoming iPhone and will instead connect headphones through Bluetooth or the company&#39;s Lightning charging port. Separately, the company is also rumored to be considering moving to OLED screens on its future iPhones, reportedly prompting South Korea&#39;s LG Display to invest $8.71 billion to build an OLED panel manufacturing plant.</p> Apple headphone LG Display OLED Smartphones and Devices Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:53:45 +0000 403786 at TracFone's Straight Talk, AT&T's Cricket offer new discounts as smartphones top Black Friday shopping lists <p>As the critical holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, the Consumer Technology Association said that smartphones stand at the top of Americans&#39; list of most-wanted tech products, beating out TVs, tablets and laptops. And wireless players continue to work to stimulate that demand, with AT&amp;T&#39;s Cricket Wireless and Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil&#39;s U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, offering new discounts today.</p> AT&T Black Friday Cricket Wireless Service Provider Strategies Straight Talk Tracfone Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:15:03 +0000 403781 at Orange teams with utility Engie to expand electricity grid in Africa <p>Orange and France-based energy utility Engie have signed a partnership covering plans to expand the rural electricity grid in Africa as well as improve the supply of energy to Orange&#39;s infrastructure in the region.</p> Africa Engie Network Infrastructure Orange Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:06:43 +0000 33911 at Swatch, Visa plan NFC-enabled smart watch for 2016 <p>Swiss watch maker Swatch teamed with Visa and its Visa Europe subsidiary to enable NFC-based contactless payments on its forthcoming Bellamy smart watch.</p> M2M and Embedded Wireless Mobile Payment Smart watch Smartphones and Devices Swatch Visa Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:52:59 +0000 33906 at Nokia Networks and Polkomtel partner for Wi-Fi calling in Poland <p>Polkomtel is gearing up to become the first mobile operator in Poland to offer Wi-Fi calling after it teamed up with Nokia Networks to trial the vendor&#39;s voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) technology.</p> Network Infrastructure Nokia Networks Polkomtel VoLTE VoWi-Fi Wi-Fi calling Wi-fi Networks Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:26:39 +0000 33891 at Cisco-style partnerships will fuel Ericsson's push into new markets, strategy chief says <p>Ericsson will seek further partnerships like the one it recently struck with Cisco in order to achieve its goal of becoming a leader in non-core markets and offset a likely slowdown in telecoms infrastructure sales, chief strategy officer Rima Qureshi revealed.</p> Cisco Ericsson Merger and acquisition Network Infrastructure Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:35:44 +0000 33881 at TeliaSonera hails success of 'ambitious' Norwegian merger <p>TeliaSonera said the merger of its Norwegian operations with Tele2 Norway could be judged a success, with almost 300,000 former Tele2 customers electing to become subscribers of its NetCom brand in six months.</p> NetCom Service Provider Strategies Tele2 Norway Teliasonera Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:42:06 +0000 33876 at Report: Almost 4,600 miles of UK roads have no 2G coverage <p>The RAC Foundation said Ofcom data shows mobile coverage on UK roads is patchy, almost 4,600 miles of roads unable to receive basic 2G signals.</p> 2g 3G 4G coverage Network Infrastructure UK Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:32:22 +0000 33856 at The return of 4.5G – Why LTE-A Pro is more than just a silly name <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>In a column from earlier this year, I referenced a survey we were planning to run around so-called 4.5G technologies. As vendor messaging around technologies began to ramp up, we could all see their value in terms of driving service provider network investments in the run-up to 5G commercialization. And yet, 4.5G as a sales tool doesn&#39;t indict the concept of 4.5G as distinct set of technologies that should help mobile operators keep up with market demands.</p> 4.5G Network Infrastructure Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000 73031 at Google could be preparing to expand Project Loon tests across U.S.: report <p>Based on filings with the FCC, it looks as if Google may be angling to test its Project Loon balloons across the United States using millimeter wave spectrum.</p> Network Infrastructure Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:52:43 +0000 73066 at NTT DoCoMo touts 5G trials with Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson, Huawei and Fujitsu <p>Japan&#39;s NTT DoCoMo says it has successfully conducted 5G trials in actual-use environments with no less than five big-name vendors: Nokia Networks, Samsung, Ericsson, Huawei and Fujitsu.</p> 5G Ericsson Fujitsu Huawei Network Infrastructure Nokia NTT DoCoMo Samsung Service Provider Strategies Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:37:08 +0000 73061 at Nokia reassures France it will be a prominent contributor <p>Nokia&nbsp;wants to make sure France knows it will continue to be a prominent contributor to the overall development of France&#39;s technology ecosystem after it completes its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.</p> Network Infrastructure Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:47:35 +0000 73056 at Orange extends IoT trial with LoRa in France <p>It looks as though French telco Orange is covering its bases when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT). The operator is deploying a LoRa network in 17 French urban areas while it continues standardization work on future cellular networks optimized for the IoT.</p> Ericsson Internet of Things LoRa M2M and Connected Devices Orange Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:44:13 +0000 73051 at Ericsson hits 500 Mbps in LTE carrier aggregation demo on live Cosmote Greece network <p>Ericsson said a demonstration of LTE carrier aggregation conducted on the live Cosmote Greece network is a first for Europe after data download rates hit 500 Mbps.</p> carrier aggregation Cosmote Greece Ericsson LTE Network Infrastructure Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:27:34 +0000 33851 at Bouygues Telecom launches VoLTE on a limited basis <p>Bouygues Telecom is offering voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services to some of its clients ahead of a wider launch in 2016.</p> bouygues telecom EE O2 Uk Orange France Service Provider Strategies Smile Telecom Three UK Vodafone UK VoLTE VoWi-Fi Wi-Fi calling Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:01:08 +0000 33846 at UK government sets aside £550M to clear 700 MHz spectrum <p>The UK government said up to &pound;550 million (&euro;781 million/$827 million) is to be invested over the next five years to free up the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband use.</p> GSMA mobile broadband Ofcom Spectrum News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:20:38 +0000 33841 at GSMA, EBU satisfied with WRC-15 spectrum allocations <p>The mobile and broadcasting industries both have something to cheer about following the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), which ends in Geneva on Friday.</p> EBU GSMA Regulatory News Spectrum News UHF WRC-15 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:29:39 +0000 33836 at Startup Velmenni moves Li-Fi from lab to real-world tests <p>New Delhi startup Velmenni is moving its Li-Fi technology from the research lab to real-world tests. The company&#39;s CEO told the&nbsp;<em>International Business Times UK</em>&nbsp;that it has started testing the technology within offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia.</p> Harald Haas Li-Fi Network Infrastructure pureVLC Velmenni Wi-Fi Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:07:43 +0000 73041 at Rice University to study massive MU-MIMO thanks to $2.4M grant <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Researchers at Houston&#39;s Rice University won $2.4 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research into the use of massive multi-user, multi-input multi-output (MU-MIMO) for upcoming 5G standards.</p> Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs millimeter wave Network Infrastructure NYU Wireless Qualcomm Rice University Service Provider Strategies Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:52:38 +0000 73036 at Holiday break <p><em>FierceWirelessTech</em> will not be publishing this Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:20:21 +0000 73026 at Globalstar gets positive vibe from Public Knowledge's letter to FCC <p>Globalstar is hopeful after the public interest group Public Knowledge filed a letter with the FCC last week urging the commission use the Globalstar proceeding as an opportunity to clearly explain the relationship between licensed and unlicensed spectrum.</p> globalstar Harold Feld Public Knowledge Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:19:56 +0000 73021 at AT&T launches new capabilities using RCS, but interoperability remains up in the air <p>AT&amp;T Mobility last week launched its native&nbsp;Advanced Messaging&nbsp;and&nbsp;Video Call&nbsp;capabilities on its network using&nbsp;Rich Communication Services (RCS), but the vision of having the services work across multiple carriers remains elusive.</p> AT&T GSMA RCS Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile Verizon Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:57:29 +0000 73016 at