FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Verizon gets OK for 28 GHz tests in Texas, New Jersey <p>The FCC has granted Verizon&#39;s request for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to conduct tests near its office locations in Euless, Texas, and South Plainfield, New Jersey.</p> Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Thu, 26 May 2016 20:56:09 +0000 75296 at Indoor deployments to be key as 5G bridges wireless and wireline <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Just as the term &quot;mobile&quot; generally refers to on-the-go connectivity, discussions about 5G often focus on faster and more reliable services for users as they move from place to place. But speakers at the Wireless Infrastructure Show this week reminded me not to dismiss the importance of indoor usage as carriers prepare to enter the 5G era.</p> 5G Fixed Wireless Hillol Roy Hossam Hmimy indoor wireless Network Infrastructure Wi-Fi Wireless Infrastructure Show Thu, 26 May 2016 17:42:11 +0000 412431 at Cellular gears up to take on proprietary tech in the IoT: Explaining LTE Cat M, Cat 1 and Cat 0 <p>Players such as Sigfox, Ingenu and the LoRa Alliance are rushing to meet those demands with low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies, taking advantage of a head start as standards for cellular-based IoT offerings are finalized. As those cellular technologies begin to come to market, though, the two sides will battle to provide connectivity for everything from autonomous cars to industrial components to sensors in agricultural fields.</p> Ingenu IoT LoRA LTE M2M M2M and Connected Devices Sigfox Standards Thu, 26 May 2016 16:13:30 +0000 412421 at Cellular wraps its arms around the Internet of Things <p>Given all the attention on the Internet of Things (IoT), we decided to take&nbsp;<a href="">a closer look</a>&nbsp;at what wireless operators are looking to deploy when it comes to low power wide area networking (LPWAN) technologies.</p> 3gpp Internet of Things LTE Service Provider Strategies Thu, 26 May 2016 16:06:42 +0000 75286 at Moody's: U.S. carriers could rack up $55B in outstanding EIP loans <p>The move toward equipment installment plans (EIPs) could generate a total net outstanding balance of consumer loans of $55 billion across the four major U.S. carriers, Moody&#39;s analysts wrote this week. And while carriers who adopted EIPs early &quot;have already addressed the majority of their shortfall,&quot; the loans don&#39;t incur interest and could actually end up costing operating money.</p> consumer credit EIPs Financial News Moody's T-Mobile Verizon Thu, 26 May 2016 15:56:07 +0000 412416 at Wells Fargo: Tensions between carriers and tower companies 'at an all-time high' <p>The tension between U.S. carriers and tower companies is &quot;at an all-time high,&quot; according Jennifer Fritzsche of Wells Fargo Securities, as operators continue to try drive down macrocell pricing.</p> AT&T Jennifer M. Fritsche Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure small cells Tower Companies Wells Fargo Securities Thu, 26 May 2016 15:26:08 +0000 412411 at IBM's Rod Smith: Voice is the key to 'conversational commerce' <p>DALLAS -- Consumers and businesspeople are increasingly looking to access information quickly, on the go, and from specific devices. And according to Rod Smith, IBM&#39;s vice president of emerging internet technologies, voice is how they want to ask for it.</p> Alexa Amazon Echo Content / Programming conversational commerce IBM Rod Smith Siri voice navigation Thu, 26 May 2016 14:29:34 +0000 412406 at LTE gets ready to fight against proprietary tech for the IoT <p><a href=""><img align="center" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="200" /></a></p> <p>While cellular-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are still being finalized in the standards process, non-cellular solutions like those promoted by Ingenu, Sigfox and members of the LoRa Alliance are catching a bit of a break.</p> Ericsson IoT LoRa M2M and Connected Devices Service Provider Strategies Sigfox Thu, 26 May 2016 13:51:26 +0000 75281 at T-Mobile's $420M price tag for Chicago's 700 MHz may not point to 600 MHz auction values: analysts <p>T-Mobile reportedly will pay $420 million for 12 MHz of 700 MHz A Block spectrum in Chicago -- far more than the $250 million to $300 million UBS valued it at -- despite the fact that T-Mobile was the only legitimate prospective bidder for those airwaves. But whether that transaction is a harbinger of bidding in the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves is still anyone&#39;s guess.</p> 600 MHz 700 MHz BTIG Research Chicago incentive auction low-band spectrum mid-band spectrum Spectrum News T-Mobile UBS Verizon Walter Piecyk Thu, 26 May 2016 12:55:29 +0000 412396 at How wireless carriers can get in on the VR action <p>Google&#39;s not the only one making a splash in the virtual reality (VR) waters. Virtually every major tech company, including big device makers, are making a VR play as well.</p> Google IBB Consulting Jefferson Wang M2M and Connected Devices Service Provider Strategies virtual reality VR Wed, 25 May 2016 22:42:18 +0000 75271 at DoCoMo CTO tries to debunk myths about 5G <p>With all the talk about 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), things can get pretty confusing. Seeking to dispel some of the most pervasive myths about 5G, NTT DoCoMo CTO Seizo Onoe presented a keynote at the&nbsp;IEEE International Conference on Communications&nbsp;in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday.</p> 5G myths DoCoMo IEEE LTE Network Infrastructure Seizo Onoe Service Provider Strategies Wed, 25 May 2016 22:26:33 +0000 75266 at AT&T's 5G trials could deliver speeds around 5 Gbps this year <p>AT&amp;T will start a 5G trial with &quot;friendly&quot; customers by the end of this year, delivering a multi-gigabit, fixed type of service, according to a keynote at the Big Communications Event (BCE) 2016 in Austin, Texas.</p> 5G AT&T Austin Dave Wolter Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Wed, 25 May 2016 19:56:16 +0000 75261 at German researchers claim record with 6 Gbit/s data rate at 71-76 GHz <p>Researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF are boasting a big achievement: Transmitting the contents of a conventional DVD in under 10 seconds by radio transmission, setting a new world record in wireless data transmission. The team used transmitters and receivers at 71-76 GHz E band.</p> E Band Fraunhofer millimeter wave Network Infrastructure Network Software Stuttgart Wed, 25 May 2016 19:44:33 +0000 75256 at Lowenstein's View: What should cellular, pay TV and broadband services cost? <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>A familiar refrain among consumers is that cellular, pay TV, and broadband are overpriced. But if you take a look at the cost of providing some of these services, plot them against demand and usage patterns, and consider some of the unique aspects of the North America market and geography, a different picture emerges. So here&#39;s my take, in terms of what looks reasonable from the perspective of the consumer, and service providers&#39; requirement to operate a viable business.</p> LTE Mark Lowenstein MVNO Service Provider Strategies Wed, 25 May 2016 18:22:08 +0000 412356 at AT&T reportedly bidding against Verizon for Yahoo <p>AT&amp;T has submitted a bid for Yahoo and remains active in the auction of Yahoo&#39;s core internet business, according to a new report from <em>Bloomberg</em>. AT&amp;T&#39;s interest in Yahoo puts the company directly into competition with Verizon, which is also reportedly bidding on Yahoo&#39;s business and reportedly remains the frontrunner.</p> advertising AOL AT&T Content / Programming Verizon Yahoo Wed, 25 May 2016 16:23:54 +0000 412351 at Microsoft to cut 1,850 jobs in further retreat from smartphones <p>Microsoft today announced it will cut up to 1,350 jobs in Finland and up to 500 jobs globally as part of its further withdrawal from the smartphone business. The company said it would record an impairment and restructuring charge of around $950 million related to the move, of which it said $200 million would relate to severance payments.</p> Microsoft Satya Nadella Smartphones and Devices Terry Myerson Windows 10 windows mobile Windows Phone Wed, 25 May 2016 15:54:36 +0000 412341 at T-Mobile eases into IoT through Twilio's new Programmable Wireless service for developers <p>T-Mobile US will power a new service from startup Twilio called Programmable Wireless that essentially gives developers the ability to control the operation of voice, texting and data on Twilio&#39;s T-Mobile-powered SIM cards. The SIM cards can be installed on phones or into IoT-style sensors and gadgets.</p> IBM IoT M2M Programmable Wireless Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile ThingSpace Twilio Verizon Wed, 25 May 2016 14:45:10 +0000 412336 at Tele2 to build LoRa IoT network in Greater Gothenburg <p>Tele2 said it planned to build a network based on the Long Range (LoRa) standard in Greater Gothenburg to connect low power devices as part of the Internet of Things (IoT).</p> IoT LoRa M2M and Embedded Wireless Tele2 Wed, 25 May 2016 11:34:30 +0000 37036 at Samsung faces first IPR challenge from Huawei <p>Samsung vowed to defend itself after Huawei filed its first patent lawsuits against the South Korean vendor covering alleged infringements in technologies used in Samsung mobile phones.</p> Huawei IPR samsung Smartphones and Devices Wed, 25 May 2016 11:03:18 +0000 37031 at Bouygues Telecom and Huawei achieve 1 Gbps 4G speeds using 4-band CA <p>Bouygues Telecom said it achieved speeds of more than 1 Gbps in tests on its 4G network with Huawei, becoming the latest operator in Europe to join what some have dubbed the &quot;Gigabit LTE&quot; club at least in terms of trials.</p> 4G bouygues telecom LTE Network Infrastructure Wed, 25 May 2016 10:51:28 +0000 37026 at Telefónica expands use of Vasona Networks RAN management system in London <p>Telef&oacute;nica made its first investment in its UK mobile business since the European Commission blocked a planned sale to CK Hutchison by extending its use of a Vasona Networks RAN congestion management product.</p> Merger and acquisition Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Vasona Networks Wed, 25 May 2016 10:05:02 +0000 37021 at Report: Telefónica could list Telxius tower unit in July <p>Telef&oacute;nica could carry out an initial public offering (IPO) for its Telxius mobile tower unit as soon as July as part of measures to reduce group debt, reported <em>Bloomberg</em>.</p> Financial News IPO Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Telxius Wed, 25 May 2016 09:55:38 +0000 37016 at Dell'Oro: RAN market expected to decline by 8% in 2016 <p>Dell&#39;Oro Group said the total radio access network (RAN) infrastructure market declined at a double-digit rate year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016.</p> Ericsson Huawei Network Infrastructure Nokia RAN Wed, 25 May 2016 08:22:47 +0000 37011 at Three's MMS pricing hike is a sign of changing market dynamics <p>Three UK advised customers to use Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber et al for sending MMS after announcing it would increase the charge for sending multimedia messages from 17.4 pence to 40 pence per MMS in June.</p> Content / Programming Service Provider Strategies Wed, 25 May 2016 08:12:00 +0000 37001 at Vasona Networks expands RAN deal with Telefonica UK in London <p>A pilot that Vasona Networks started with Telefonica UK just over a year ago has led to a full commercial deployment.</p> Network Infrastructure Network Software O2 Telefonica Vasona Networks Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 75246 at Microsoft gets OK from FCC to conduct tests related to Globalstar's TLPS <p>Perhaps to settle questions once and for all &ndash; if that&#39;s possible &ndash; Microsoft can proceed with plans to test terrestrial use of the 2483.5-2500 MHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) band currently assigned for use by Globalstar.</p> Bluetooth FCC globalstar Microsoft Regulatory News Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Mon, 23 May 2016 22:03:25 +0000 75251 at Hologram wants to build cellular platform just for Internet of Things <p>Chicago-based Hologram last week launched its cellular platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), a platform that it says, unlike legacy cellular solutions, is built specifically for developing and deploying IoT products.</p> Hologram Internet of Things Konekt M2M and Connected Devices Mon, 23 May 2016 16:27:06 +0000 75241 at Vodafone Germany to offer 375 Mbps LTE speeds in 50 cities this year <p>Vodafone Germany said it planned to offer download speeds of up to 375 Mbps on its LTE network in 50 cities this year, as part of a broader plan to increase cable and mobile broadband speeds across the country.</p> Network Infrastructure Vodafone Germany Mon, 23 May 2016 12:00:36 +0000 36991 at Ericsson and UAE's du strike long-term managed services deal <p>Ericsson has signed a long-term agreement to manage the IT infrastructure and applications for the Dubai-based operator du.</p> Mon, 23 May 2016 11:55:30 +0000 36986 at Reports: Sky could play key role in future O2 UK, Wind Italy deals <p>The Sky group could play a pivotal role in future deals both for O2 in the UK and Wind in Italy, according to reports.</p> CK Hutchison European Commission O2 Uk Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Sky Three Italy Three UK VimpelCom Wind Italy Mon, 23 May 2016 10:35:03 +0000 36981 at