FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us There's no clear business model for LTE Broadcast <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="Phil Goldstein" height="116" src="" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; float: right;" width="80" /></a>LTE Broadcast has potential, but I think it will be at least a few years before it takes off commercially. Even then, it&#39;s not clear how it will be monetized. For now LTE Broadcast is more about hype than reality.</p> LTE LTE Broadcast LTE Multicast Mobile Video mobitv Patrick Lopez Qualcomm Service Provider Strategies Verizon Wireless Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:34:51 +0000 320641 at FreedomPop launches its own branded $89 Android phablet, targets low-cost device market <p>Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is launching its own branded tablets and soon a smartphone for under $100, hoping that the low-cost devices will help drive subscriber growth. The company is still going to support devices from branded OEMs like Samsung Electronics, but is working with contract manufacturers on its own devices, which could help build up its brand.</p> Android FreedomPop FreedomPop Frenzy FreedomPop Liberty MVNO phablet Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Stephen Stokols tablets Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:02:20 +0000 320596 at Sprint doubles data of its shared plans in response to AT&T's similar promotion <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">Two can play that game, according to Sprint.</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">&nbsp;For a limited time, the carrier is doubling the data on some of its shared data plans, just days after AT&amp;T Mobility&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">offered to do the same for its shared plans.</span></p> AT&T Mobility data share data throttling data-share plans promotions Service Provider Strategies Sprint Sprint Family Share Pack throttling Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:47:03 +0000 321191 at Belgacom rebrands as Proximus, announces Netflix deal <p>Belgacom is now selling all of its commercial services under the Proximus brand, and has kicked off the next chapter for the Belgian operator by also unveiling a deal to add Netflix to Proximus TV.</p> Belgacom Content / Programming Netflix Proximus Service Provider Strategies Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:05:43 +0000 25311 at Orange reveals growing consumer trust of personal data sharing <p>Consumers are getting savvier about the value of their personal data to businesses and the majority are comfortable with sharing information despite recent furore over personal data privacy, according to latest research.</p> Content / Programming Data privacy Loudhouse mobile phone Orange Service Provider Strategies Smartphones and Devices Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:47:57 +0000 25296 at Dell'Oro: Worldwide telco capex to decline $6B in 2015 <p>Network investments by telecoms operators worldwide are expected to increase by 3 per cent in 2014, but Dell&#39;Oro believes that multiple factors will contribute to a decline in capex by around $6 billion (&euro;4.7 billion) during 2015.</p> Capex dell'oro fibre LTE Network Infrastructure Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:25:03 +0000 25291 at TeliaSonera sees Tele2 Norway's Ice deal as regulatory smoother <p>TeliaSonera welcomed Tele2-owned Mobile Norway&#39;s announcement that it has signed a frequency licensing and network purchase agreement with Ice Communication Norge, saying the move helps to meet the &quot;political target&quot; of maintaining three mobile networks in the country.</p> Access Industries AINMT Ice Communication Norge Network Infrastructure Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telco Data Tele2 Tele2 Norway Teliasonera Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:14:57 +0000 25281 at UAE cracks down on fake iPhone 6 smartphones <p>UAE operator du said it has enough Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones to meet strong demand for the devices, amid warnings of counterfeit versions being sold in the market.</p> Apple du iTunes Regulatory News Smartphone Smartphones and Devices TRA Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:05:03 +0000 25276 at 'New' Telefónica Deutschland emerges as mobile market leader <p>Telef&oacute;nica Deutschland has assumed the position as the leading mobile operator in Germany with 41 million subscriptions, after formally completing the acquisition of 100 per cent of E-Plus from KPN on Wednesday.</p> Drillisch E-Plus Network Infrastructure Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Deutschland Vodafone Germany Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:08:39 +0000 25261 at AT&T: Next upgrade plans powered half of all smartphone sales in Q3 <p>In an SEC filing AT&amp;T said said it expects total AT&amp;T Next adoption rates to be around 50 percent in third quarter and to have more 400,000 postpaid smartphone gross additions from customers who brought their own phones.</p> AT&T AT&T Mobility AT&t Next Connected Car Digital Life Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:53:16 +0000 320646 at Microsoft scores 50 new device partners after making Windows free for smaller devices <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Microsoft </span><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">has attracted 50 new hardware partners that are making Windows-based smartphones and tablets, a senior executive said. The influx in partners comes after the company decided in April that it would make Windows free for devices with screens smaller than nine inches.</span></p> Joe Belfiore Microsoft Smartphones Smartphones and Devices tablets Terry Myerson Windows Windows 10 Windows Phone Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:27:44 +0000 320631 at Bringing together app designers and app developers on one team <p>As apps and mobile games get more sophisticated, tools are emerging that are intended to address gaps in some developers&#39; skill sets and foster better collaboration among those who come more from a designer or development background. <a href=""><strong>Special report</strong></a></p> Application Developers Mobile Applications Smartphones and Devices Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:20:54 +0000 320576 at BlackBerry plans more smartphones with unconventional designs <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">BlackBerry </span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">plans to release more devices that are differentiated in their design, along the lines of its new Passport phone, which sports a square 4.5-inch screen and a physical Qwerty keyboard.</span></p> BlackBerry BlackBerry 10 BlackBerry Passport John Chen Passport Ron Louks Smartphones and Devices Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:14:16 +0000 320561 at Verizon pushes back on notion that it's falling behind AT&T in connected car market <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">Verizon Communications&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">argues that it&#39;s no slouch in the connected-car market even though rival AT&amp;T </span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">has twice as many deals as it does with automakers. Verizon notes that it provides services beyond simple connectivity. Meanwhile, other carriers, including Sprint</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">, continue to plow ahead with their connected-car efforts.</span></p> AT&T Mobility Connected Car Hughes Telematics Sprint T-Mobile USA Verizon Telematics Verizon Wireless Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:59:53 +0000 320556 at AT&T, Sprint, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia and more join forces for open-source NFV effort <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">A broad array of wireless carriers and network vendors have joined together to create an open-source group to accelerate deployments of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. The group, called the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), aims to deliver a carrier-grade, integrated, open-source reference platform in an effort to create new NFV products and services.</span></p> Linux Foundation Mobile Networks network functions virtualization Network Infrastructure Network Infrastructure NFV Open Platform for NFV Project SDN software-defined networking Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:41 +0000 320551 at Google's Project Ara will let users swap out modules as needed <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">Google&#39;s </span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">Project Ara, which is focusing on creating modular-designed smartphones, will come with specialized software that lets users swap out nearly all hardware modules, according to Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara within Google&#39;s Advanced Technology and Projects&nbsp;group.</span></p> Google Paul Eremenko Project Ara Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:44:36 +0000 320531 at Hungarian telecoms authority issues mobile broadband spectrum <p>Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor, and new entrant Digi Telecommunications each won spectrum in an auction of mobile broadband frequencies in Hungary, the country&#39;s telecoms authority revealed today.</p> 4G Deutsche Telekom Digi Telecommunications LTE Magyar Telekom NMHH Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Spectrum News Telenor Hungary Vodafone Hungary Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:30:54 +0000 25246 at EC net closes in on Apple Irish tax scandal <p>The European Commission (EC) is today expected to release initial details of a probe into Apple&#39;s tax arrangements in the region that could see the U.S. smartphone maker fined billions of Euros.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> Apple European Commission Google Regulatory News Starbucks Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:13:29 +0000 25241 at Oracle teams with Vodafone on IoT, expands European cloud data centres <p>Oracle is seeking to beef up its wireless credentials by collaborating with Vodafone to develop internet of things (IoT) systems, as well as working on a separate plan to open new cloud data centres in Europe.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> Cloud Computing IoT M2M and Embedded Wireless mobile health Oracle Service Provider Strategies Smart cities Vodafone Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:50:29 +0000 25236 at Telefónica lowers Spanish tariffs to remain competitive <p>Telefonica is pushing to gain ground on competitors in Spain by launching a set of radical new airtime and data tariffs for consumers.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> jazztel Ono Orange Service Provider Strategies Spain Telefonica Vodafone Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:46:05 +0000 25231 at Multicast content eyed as a necessity for modern venues <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA&#39;s Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators&#39; minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.</p> arena Cisco content Content / Programming ctia Ericsson LTE Multicast Service Provider Strategies stadium Wi-Fi Multicast Wi-fi Networks Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:11:41 +0000 66431 at Public-safety agencies leverage FirstNet spectrum during Phish concert <p>Public-safety officials in the Denver area were able to use the First Responder Network Authority&#39;s Band 14 spectrum to access network databases during a three-day concert by the band Phish at Dick&#39;s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The city is located in Adams County, which is leasing 700 MHz spectrum from FirstNet for use by its ADCOM911 communications center.</p> 700 MHz Adams County ADCOM911 band 14 Colorado Commerce City Denver Gary Pulford Intrado LTE Phish Public Safety Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:36:59 +0000 66421 at Wi-Fi offloading will drive up revenues for test equipment, report says <p>Mobile operators offloading their data traffic to Wi-Fi need the latest and greatest testing and monitoring solutions to ensure the Wi-Fi networks being used meet carrier-grade quality requirements, and that will drive continued growth in the market for Wi-Fi test equipment, according to a new study from Frost &amp; Sullivan.</p> 802.11ac Frost & Sullivan offloading test and measurement test equipment Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:56:05 +0000 66416 at OMB approval eliminates regulatory hurdle to Wi-Fi use at 5150-5250 MHz <p>The final section of new rules opening up the 5.15-5.25 GHz band for broader Wi-Fi use has now been enacted after being vetted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).</p> 5 GHz FCC globalstar OMB U-NNI-1 Wi-Fi Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:14:01 +0000 66406 at Apple jumps into 5G development via NGMN <p>Apple intends to play a leading role as the definitions and specifications for 5G emerge. Its ambitions were highlighted by the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, which said Apple has joined the group and is among companies &quot;expected to significantly contribute to the upcoming work of the NGMN 5G Initiative.&quot;</p> 5G Apple Dresdent University of Technology Gerhard Fettweis Network Infrastructure Network Software NGMN Alliance Vodafone Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:30:56 +0000 66401 at SideSwipe detects gestures based on disturbances to cell phone signals <p>Researchers at the University of Washington unveiled SideSwipe, a system that enables a cell phone to detect nearby hand gestures based upon how those movements disturb GSM signals.</p> gesture recognition GSM SideSwipe Smartphones and Devices University of Washington Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:11:31 +0000 66396 at Updated: Report: Dunkin' Donuts has fastest Wi-Fi download speeds among coffee chains <p>In honor of National Coffee Day (yes, there is such a thing), wefi released analytics regarding Wi-Fi connectivity trends at coffee chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Tully&#39;s Coffee and Panera.</p> AT&T coffee Dunkin Donuts Google Panera starbucks Tully's Coffee WeFi Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Zur Feldman Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:55:10 +0000 66381 at Wi-Fi Multicast: Ericsson, Cisco see new tech as complementary to LTE Multicast <p><a href=" "><img align="right" alt="" src=" " width="80" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. And while numerous operators are laying out plans to deploy LTE Multicast, a complementary technology--Wi-Fi Multicast--has already been deployed by venue owners and is being considered by both mobile operators and cable MSOs.</span></p> Cisco Ericsson LTE Broadcast LTE Multicast Wi-Fi Multicast WiFi Multicast Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:50:18 +0000 66366 at Madden: The small cell world needs certification <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">Remember the early days of Wi-Fi? It&#39;s easy to forget that Wi-Fi technology went through a period of very slow growth, where proprietary systems did not interoperate well and many companies exited the market due to poor ROI. The Small Cell market reminds me of the 1980&#39;s and 1990&#39;s unlicensed market, and there are lessons to be learned from Wi-Fi history in today&#39;s ecosystem development.</span></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:53:36 +0000 66361 at Google, Microsoft keep pushing for unlicensed use of 600 MHz band <p>Google and Microsoft are keeping up the pressure as they lobby the FCC to include technical rules enabling the use of unlicensed devices in the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will be auctioned next year.</p> 600 MHz 802.11af Auction FCC Google Microsoft Regulatory News TV White Space Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks WLAN Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:49:41 +0000 66346 at