FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Auto industry fires back after tech industry asks Obama to release 5.9 GHz for Wi-Fi <p>An auto industry group, including Ford and General Motors, is urging President Barack Obama to ignore the recommendations that tech companies recently made about opening up the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and instead stick to a previous plan for dedicated short range communication (DSRC) that they say will lead to safer roads.</p> 5.9 GHZ auto industry DSRC Ford M2M and Connected Devices Regulatory News Wi-Fi Thu, 05 May 2016 21:27:37 +0000 75036 at Qualcomm gets green light to test LTE-U with T-Mobile <p>Qualcomm got what it asked for: permission to continue LTE-U product development testing with T-Mobile at several locations, including where T-Mobile is based in Bellevue, Washington.</p> FCC LTE-U Network Infrastructure Qualcomm Regulatory News STA T-Mobile Verizon Wi-Fi Alliance Thu, 05 May 2016 19:15:47 +0000 75031 at Sprint's latest deployment shows femtocells are moving outside the home <p>Sprint&#39;s latest small cell is actually a next-generation femtocell targeted at small and medium-sized businesses rather than the residential customers that traditionally represent the femtocell market.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Airvana CommScope FCC femtocells Network Infrastructure small cells Sprint Thu, 05 May 2016 17:12:40 +0000 411346 at Sprint's 5G plans: No surprise to analysts <p>Sprint&#39;s plans to conduct 5G demos with Nokia and Ericsson during the COPA America soccer tournament next month didn&#39;t come to any surprise to analysts. After all, all the other major U.S. operators are conducting 5G tests, so why wouldn&#39;t Sprint?</p> 2.5 GHz 5G Marcelo Claure Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Sprint Thu, 05 May 2016 17:08:37 +0000 75026 at Samsung overtakes Apple in U.S. smartphone market on the strength of Galaxy S7 <p>According to data from Counterpoint Research, Samsung surpassed Apple in terms of smartphone market share in the United States, the first time the company has done so in almost a year. Samsung passed Apple based on the sales of its new Galaxy S7 flagship Android smartphone, which is currently sold by AT&amp;T, Verizon and other top U.S. wireless carriers.</p> Apple Counterpoint Galaxy S7 handset market share iPhone samsung Smartphones and Devices Thu, 05 May 2016 16:32:24 +0000 411341 at Allnet 5G spectrum maps show all the millimeter wave spectrum currently in FCC hands <p>Millimeter wave spectrum -- stretching from 28 GHz to 39 GHz to 37 GHz to the 64-71 GHz band -- has been identified as a key element of forthcoming 5G networks. And according to new maps provided by Allnet Insights &amp; Analytics, there is a lot of millimeter wave spectrum currently under control by the FCC.</p> 5G Allnet FCC Millimeter Wave Spectrum News Thu, 05 May 2016 16:00:30 +0000 411336 at Sprint gets in on 5G with two COPA America stadium trials planned <p>Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure revealed this week that the carrier will leverage the COPA America soccer tournament in June to demonstrate 5G capabilities with the help of Nokia and Ericsson, and it looks like those demos could be conducted in Philadelphia and Santa Clara, Calif.</p> 5G 5G demos copa america Ericsson Nokia Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Sprint STA Thu, 05 May 2016 15:49:37 +0000 75021 at Netflix introduces cellular data controls, sets default at 600 Kbps <p>As expected, Netflix today introduced cellular data controls to its mobile apps that will allow mobile users to adjust the settings of their Netflix video streams. The release of the feature comes just weeks after the disclosure that Netflix throttles the transmission of video it makes available to AT&amp;T and Verizon because of those carriers&#39; data overage charges.</p> AT&T Binge On Content / Programming net neutrality Netflix throttling Verizon Thu, 05 May 2016 15:32:31 +0000 411321 at UK's Tello launches in a cutthroat MVNO segment via Sprint's network <p>The MVNO space became a little more crowded today with the launch of Tello, a service provider that has been active in the U.K. market for two years.</p> KeepCalling MVNOs Scott Kalinoski Service Provider Strategies Tello Thu, 05 May 2016 14:30:34 +0000 411311 at T-Mobile said to be 'comfortable' with unlimited pricing as network strengthens, refarming continues <p>T-Mobile US executives are content with T-Mobile&#39;s current pricetag for unlimited talking, texting and data, partially as a result of the carrier&#39;s continued efforts to expand and improve its wireless network. Indeed, only 50 percent of T-Mobile&#39;s spectrum is currently used for LTE service -- meaning T-Mobile still has a significant amount of spectrum it can refarm for LTE.</p> LTE Michael Sievert Neville Ray refarm Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile unlimited data Thu, 05 May 2016 13:40:16 +0000 411306 at Report: Smart city projects could 'squander' billions due to lack of IoT standardisation <p>InterDigital warned that city authorities could waste billions of dollars if they deploy non-standardised Internet of Things (IoT) products in their smart city projects.</p> Interdigital IoT M2M and Embedded Wireless Machina Research Smart city Thu, 05 May 2016 08:55:22 +0000 36661 at Verizon, AT&T, Dish – everyone wants a piece of the mmWave spectrum pie <p>Millimeter wave frequencies are all the rage these days, with myriad mobile operator tests and trials in the works. As this spectrum is key to 5G, many mobile operators &ndash; and others &ndash; want to get their hands on it. That&#39;s why, in our latest special report, we&#39;re featuring a set of spectrum maps created by Allnet Insights &amp; Analytics.</p> 5G Allnet Insights & Analytics LMDS Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Thu, 05 May 2016 04:00:00 +0000 75011 at NASA, FAA use Wi-MAX-based tech to communicate with on-ground aircraft <p>NASA says that for the first time, it has demonstrated that a wireless communication system can transmit aviation data -- including route options and weather information -- to an airplane on the ground.</p> AAtS FAA Hitachi NASA Network Infrastructure WiMAX Wed, 04 May 2016 21:41:08 +0000 75006 at ViaSat responds to Verizon, Samsung, Qualcomm, et al in 5G spectrum quarrel <p>ViaSat is making it clear: Both the satellite interests and 5G stakeholders need to work together in order to facilitate shared use of 27.5-28.35 GHz and the 37.5-40.0 GHz bands.</p> Wed, 04 May 2016 20:41:25 +0000 75001 at T-Mobile and AT&T are killing the gap between prepaid and postpaid <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src=" " vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Prepaid customers have long been almost an afterthought for most major U.S. network operators, who have opted instead to focus on postpaid users who often generate higher ARPU and lower churn. But as the growth of smartphone sales slows -- and as the gap between prepaid and postpaid ARPU narrows -- carriers are increasingly focused on the prepaid segment.</p> ARPU AT&T Boost Mobile Cricket John Legere Metropcs prepaid Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile Tracfone Verizon Virgin Wed, 04 May 2016 19:26:31 +0000 411256 at AT&T validates Altair's Cat-1 chipset for Internet of Things devices <p>AT&amp;T has validated Altair Semiconductor&#39;s FourGee-1160 Cat-1 chipset, which is designed to improve time-to-market and reduce costs associated with the introduction of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices.</p> Altair AT&T FourGee IoT LTE M2M and Connected Devices sequans Service Provider Strategies Verizon Wed, 04 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000 74996 at How Arris, Huawei and others stack up in the cable, mobile and OTT video marketplace <p>The cable industry is rapidly becoming an extremely complex and competitive world where new technologies such as high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K are coming to market and OTT providers increasingly target viewers on tablets, smartphones and other platforms. And uncertainty regarding potential regulation looms as the FCC tries to address a market that has expanded far beyond traditional video providers and networks.</p> 4K AT&T Content / Programming DirecTV HDR Mobile TV Mobile Video Verizon Wed, 04 May 2016 16:55:30 +0000 411246 at Sigfox to challenge AT&T, Verizon by deploying its IoT network in 100 U.S. cities this year <p>Sigfox announced plans to expand its U.S. operations in a big way, vowing to deploy its IoT network in 100 cities across America this year. The move could create additional challenges for AT&amp;T and Verizon as they work to sell IoT services through their LTE networks.</p> Allen Proithus Altice Ingenu IoT IoT networks LoRA M2M M2M and Connected Devices Sigfox Wed, 04 May 2016 16:13:03 +0000 411241 at Dish warns key 5G spectrum 'will be controlled almost exclusively by Verizon' if XO deal approved <p>Dish Network is lobbying the FCC to deny Verizon&#39;s proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications&#39; spectrum assets and fiber business, claiming among other things that the deal would have an adverse impact on competition in multiple markets.</p> 28 GHz 39 GHz DISH Network FCC Fiber Optic Network FiOS LMDS Regulatory News spectrum Verizon XO Communications Wed, 04 May 2016 15:33:52 +0000 411231 at Virgin Mobile MEA in talks with banks over IPO <p>Virgin Mobile Middle East &amp; Africa (VMMEA) is considering a possible initial public offering (IPO) to fund its expansion plans in the region.</p> MVNOs Service Provider Strategies Virgin Mobile MEA VMMEA Wed, 04 May 2016 11:08:35 +0000 36656 at Swisscom CEO criticises plans that would limit operator's ability to generate profit <p>Swisscom CEO Urs Schaeppi hit out at government proposals that would curb the ability of state-owned companies to generate profits, as the operator reported a 3.7 per cent year-on-year rise in net income for the opening quarter of 2016.</p> Earnings Financial News Regulatory News Swisscom Urs Schaeppi Wed, 04 May 2016 10:54:53 +0000 36651 at Machina Research: 'Missing' IoT revenue boosts forecasts to $4T by 2025 <p>Machina Research said it has become clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a far greater revenue opportunity than that offered by machine-to-machine (M2) applications alone.</p> IoT M2M M2M and Embedded Wireless Wed, 04 May 2016 10:20:14 +0000 36646 at Deutsche Telekom offsets European earnings weakness with strong showing in systems, U.S. <p>Deutsche Telekom&#39;s first-quarter 2016 earnings were broadly in line with analysts&#39; expectations, although the Germany-based operator&#39;s domestic and broader European operations continued to show weakness during the period.</p> Deutsche Telekom Earnings Financial News Wed, 04 May 2016 09:48:21 +0000 36641 at Despite the cut in fees, Europe is still far from done with mobile roaming <p>The end of retail roaming fees in the EU will not end the debate over mobile roaming in general, with consumers and mobile service providers continuing to face their own challenges.</p> Ec EU Regulatory News Roaming Service Provider Strategies Wed, 04 May 2016 09:22:13 +0000 36636 at STC launches Jawwy brand with ItsOn to disrupt Saudi mobile market <p>Saudi Telecom Company (STC) launched a new brand called Jawwy as part of a new effort to target so-called &quot;digital natives&quot; and disrupt the Saudi mobile market.</p> ItsOn Jawwy Service Provider Strategies STC Wed, 04 May 2016 08:21:02 +0000 36631 at ABI Research: LTE M2M cellular module shipments to exceed 50% of total by 2021 <p>The recent ratification of the Cat M1 standard and later Cat M2 indicates that LTE will rapidly replace 2G and 3G connections in some of the major M2M markets.</p> ABI Research LTE M2M M2M and Embedded Wireless Wed, 04 May 2016 07:24:18 +0000 36621 at 5G spectrum maps: How much 24 GHz, 28-29 GHz, 31 GHz, 39 GHz spectrum is available and where <p><a href=""><img align="center" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="200" /></a></p> <p>In its Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, the FCC decided to focus on spectrum bands where the most spectrum is potentially available. The following maps, provided by Allnet Insights &amp; Analytics, show just how much spectrum is out there for various bands.</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:00:15 +0000 74991 at Nokia joins Z-Wave Alliance, integrates Z-Wave IoT standard into smart home offerings <p>Recognizing the size of the Z-Wave ecosystem and potential for accelerating smart home efforts, Nokia has joined the Z-Wave Alliance, which now boasts almost 400 members supporting the Z-Wave standard.</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 16:28:20 +0000 74986 at Telenor CFO, general counsel resign as report points to weaknesses in handling of VimpelCom <p>Telenor CFO Richard Olav Aa and general counsel P&aring;l Wien Espen resigned from the Norway-based operator, after a law firm said it found weaknesses in the way the operator handled allegations of corruption at VimpelCom.</p> Deloitte Advokatfirma Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telenor VimpelCom Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:06:20 +0000 36606 at Ericsson teams with Trriple for UAE mobile wallet service <p>Ericsson said it has established a strategic partnership with payment services provider Trriple to provide managed mobile wallet services for the banking and smart city sectors in the United Arab Emirates.</p> Ericsson M2M and Embedded Wireless mobile payments Mobile Wallet Smartphones and Devices Trriple Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:48:09 +0000 36601 at