FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Mallinson: Licensing mobile technology will become even more essential <p>Dramatic structural changes in mobile communications technology supply, with the demise of vertical integration, is forcing those who are developing standard-essential technologies for 4G and &quot;5G&quot; networks to monetise these efforts through patent licensing, as well as their own product sales.</p> Ericsson Handsets Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure Nokia Patent Patent Holders Patent Infringement Claims Qualcomm Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:12:41 +0000 26446 at C Spire to let customers roll over unused data <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">Regional operator C Spire Wireless is bringing back the rollover concept but is applying it to unused data instead of voice minutes. Specifically, the company will let customers carry over unused data to the next month to help mitigate overage charges that can occur when they use their data bucket.</span></p> C Spire rollover data Service Provider Strategies Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:35:42 +0000 341021 at Apple's market cap soars to $700B <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Fueled by the popularity of its new products, such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple&#39;s </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">market capitalization soared to a record $700 billion in intraday trading Tuesday, a milestone that no other U.S. company has reached. By close on Tuesday, Apple&#39;s market cap had fallen to $690 billion, but that still makes the company significantly more valuable than Exxon Mobile, which is No. 2 in market cap, at $401 billion.</span></p> Apple iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus market cap Smartphones and Devices Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:31:27 +0000 341011 at Sprint expands its iPhone for Life program <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Sprint </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">is trying to make the Apple </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus even more appealing to consumers by offering a 30-month lease program as part of the company&#39;s previously announced iPhone for Life program. The 30-month plan will reduce the monthly cost of the iPhone to $18 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 or $23 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus.</span></p> iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone for Life Smartphones and Devices Sprint Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:57:24 +0000 340986 at What enterprise app developers need to know about MSA <p>For consumer app developers that want to make a move into enterprise work, even on a contract basis, getting up to speed quickly on MSA is probably a good idea.</p> Content / Programming microservices architecture mobile apps MSA Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:42:42 +0000 340941 at Ericsson's Qureshi looks to M&A to tap new markets <p>Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has been strategically moving into new areas like video and M2M through acquisitions--such as its 2013 purchase of Microsoft&#39;s Mediaroom TV solution and its 2011 purchase of Telenor Connexion&#39;s M2M platform. This M&amp;A activity is part of a carefully crafted plan to help the company transform itself from a hardware company into a software and services firm.</p> Ericsson M&A Network Infrastructure Rima Qureshi Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:35:31 +0000 339581 at Thanksgiving publishing break Holidays Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:08:48 +0000 340401 at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and more unleash device deals for Black Friday <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">Verizon Wireless</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">), AT&amp;T Mobility</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">, Sprint</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">, T-Mobile US</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">&nbsp;and U.S. Cellular&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">have unleashed a bevy of deals on smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and accessories this week to drive store traffic and online sales ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving.</span></p> AT&T Mobility Black Friday equipment installation plans Holiday Handsets HTC iPhone LG promotions samsung Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Sony Sprint T-Mobile USA tablets Verizon Wireless wearables Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:54:56 +0000 340896 at Orange, T-Mobile among 6 operators seeking Polish LTE spectrum <p>Orange and Deutsche Telekom&#39;s respective Polish subsidiaries are among six operators bidding for fresh LTE spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands, the country&#39;s regulator revealed.</p> Hubb Investments LTE NetNet orange poland P4 Polkomtel Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Spectrum News T-Mobile Poland UKE Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:56:29 +0000 26481 at Sony sacrifices smartphone sales for profitability <p>Sony can enjoy greater success as a supplier of smartphone components than a manufacturer in its own right, analysts say.</p> Apple Chipsets Ericsson Jefferies International samsung Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Sony Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:03:04 +0000 26476 at Danish operators sell Paii mobile payments company to bank-owned rival Swipp <p>TDC, Telenor, Telia and Three Denmark have sold their mobile payments venture Paii to a rival company owned by banks, conceding that payment activities are perhaps more suited to financial institutions than telecoms service providers.</p> Content / Programming mobile payments Nfc Paii Service Provider Strategies Swipp TDC Telenor Telia Three Denmark Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:46:16 +0000 26471 at Airtel picks Ericsson for its first LTE network in Africa <p>Airtel is to deploy its first African LTE network in the Republic of Seychelles, and has selected Ericsson as its network partner for the rollout.</p> Africa Afrimax Airtel Ericsson LTE Orange Smile Surfline Vodafone Yoomee Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:50:46 +0000 26466 at Telekom Austria raises €997M; rolls out LTE-A in Austria and Slovenia <p>Telekom Austria has completed a capital increase announced earlier in November, raising total proceeds of &euro;997 million ($1.24 billion) from the cash call but not quite achieving its goal of obtaining &euro;1 billion in extra funding.</p> A1 America Movil Carlos Slim Financial News Hannes Ametsreiter Network Infrastructure OIAG si.mobil Telekom Austria Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:01:10 +0000 26456 at ABI Research: Small cell backhaul market to exceed US$5B by 2019 <p>ABI Research expects the small cell backhaul equipment market to exceed $5 billion (&euro;4 billion) in 2019, which it said aligns with operators&#39; deliberate approach to small cell deployments.</p> ABI Research Backhaul millimetre wave Network Infrastructure Small cell Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:10:08 +0000 26441 at AWS-3 auction climbs past $36.4B in bids <p>After 32 rounds of bidding the AWS-3 spectrum auction has generated a whopping $36.44 billion in aggregate provisional winning bids. That figure is almost double what the 700 MHz auction raised in 2008.</p> AT&T Mobility AWS-3 AWS-3 auction DISH Network FCC Regulatory News Spectrum News T-Mobile USA Verizon Wireless wireless spectrum Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:55:32 +0000 340641 at BT, O2 and EE: kickstarting UK consolidation? <p>Whether BT now rues the day it sold O2 is a moot point; it now knows it needs a mobile strategy, and <a href="">has confirmed</a> it is in &quot;highly preliminary&quot; talks with O2 and one other operator--which Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday confirmed is EE. If BT does buy O2 or EE, there is a fair chance that its strategy to roll out a small cell network, building what some term as an &quot;inside out&quot; mobile network, may be put on hold.</p> BT Deutsche Telekom EE O2 Uk Orange Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:54:25 +0000 26431 at Ericsson teams with IBM to research '5G' antenna design <p>Ericsson is partnering with cloud and enterprise powerhouse IBM to jointly research phased-array antenna designs for &quot;5G&quot; networks, though such networks are still being contemplated and have not yet been defined. &nbsp;The companies said they hoped to provide customers with data speeds that are &quot;orders of magnitude faster&quot; than what is available today.</p> 5G Ericsson IBM Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure Network Infrastructure phased-array antennas Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:45:50 +0000 340636 at CCA urges FCC to drop specific price target for triggering 'reserved' spectrum in 600 MHz auction <p>The Competitive Carriers Association is pressuring the FCC to reconsider its rules for triggering when bidding in the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum will split into &quot;unreserved&quot; airwaves and &quot;reserved&quot; spectrum set aside for smaller carriers.</p> Competitive Carriers Association FCC incentive auction Regulatory News Spectrum News wireless spectrum Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:17:39 +0000 340626 at Dish's bidding in AWS-3 auction raises questions about its long-term strategy <p>Now that the FCC&#39;s AWS-3 spectrum auction has raised more than $34 billion in provisional winning bids, attention is turning to the role Dish Network&nbsp;may be playing.</p> AWS-3 Dish FCC Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Spectrum Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:49:38 +0000 67286 at AT&T deploys EchoBOTs to improve DAS in high-traffic venues <p>It might have started out rather haphazardly, with a couple dozen or so people huddled in a boardroom with hot glue guns and spare parts, but the product that has now become EchoBOT is jam-packed with all the intelligence you can fit into a 10x10-inch square.</p> AT&T DAS EchoBOT Network Infrastructure Network Software Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:10:02 +0000 67276 at Huawei constructs NFV/SDN test facilities <p>Huawei revealed the construction of a Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) lab that will allow operators and equipment manufacturers on three continents to trial NFV, software defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing technologies.</p> 5G Eric Xu Huawei LTE M2M and Embedded Wireless Network Infrastructure NFV SDN Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:37:52 +0000 26421 at BT confirms talks with 2 mobile network operators including O2 <p>BT said it is in early discussions with two mobile network operators about a possible acquisition, and confirmed that Telef&oacute;nica-owned O2 UK is one of the companies involved.</p> BT Deutsche Telekom EE O2 Uk Orange quad play Talktalk Telefonica Three UK Vodafone UK Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:49:37 +0000 26416 at Google executive tells mobile industry Loon is not a threat as team reveals lessons learned <p>A Google executive presenting at a mobile industry event in Shanghai, China, assured the mobile industry last week that it need not be afraid of Project Loon, which is trying to bring the Internet to everyone, anywhere.</p> balloons Google Internet LTE mobile Network Infrastructure Project Loon Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Telstra Vodafone Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:21:37 +0000 67271 at Cisco-backed Altiostar launches C-RAN solution <p><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px;">Altiostar unveiled the complete portfolio of its carrier-grade, cloud-based software-intensive radio access (C-RAN) solution with Ethernet fronthaul. The solution is designed to improve the quality of experience, enhance spectral efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) of LTE access networks, according to a press release.</span></p> Altiostar Ashraf Dahod C-RAN Cisco LTE Network Infrastructure Network Software NFV Starent Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:45:05 +0000 67266 at Huawei keeps 5G in the limelight with talk of defining it <p>When you&#39;re the host of the party, it&#39;s natural to take the stage at some point, which is exactly what Huawei&#39;s rotating CEO did when the company hosted the second day of the Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum 2014, supported by the GSMA and the China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT, in Shanghai, China.</p> 5G Huawei Network Infrastructure Network Software Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:39:47 +0000 67261 at Sources: Ruckus is supplier of Wi-Fi gear for ambitious NYC project <p>The vendor supplying up to 10,000 802.11ac access points for New York City&#39;s LinkNYC is Ruckus Wireless, the same company that is supplying Wi-Fi gear for cities like San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., albeit on a much smaller scale, sources close to the matter say.</p> Ruckus Wireless Wi-fi Networks Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:29:36 +0000 67256 at Verizon Telematics' Link discusses autonomous cars, embedded connectivity and more <p><a href=""><img align="right" border="0" height="100" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a>It&#39;s been more than two years since Verizon Communications acquired Hughes Telematics in a $162 million cash deal and created Verizon Telematics.&nbsp; Since the acquisition, Verizon has been quietly integrating the company into its fold. <em>FierceWirelessTech</em>&#39;s&nbsp;Editor in Chief Sue Marek recently talked with Kevin Link, SVP of Verizon Telematics about the company&#39;s connected car strategy, its vision for the future and more.</p> connected car Network Infrastructure On the Hot Seat Verizon Telematics Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:11:54 +0000 67251 at The 25 Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless and Wireline 2014 <p>Ever wonder what it takes to change the direction of an entire industry? If so, you might want to take a cue from some of the players featured in this <a href="">Fierce Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless and Wireline 2014 list</a>.</p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:38:43 +0000 67246 at ZigBee Alliance aims to unify with ZigBee 3.0 for easier product development, adoption <p>While it might seem as though new efforts aimed at standardizing the Internet of Things (IoT) are coming out every other month, the companies behind the old standard ZigBee are giving it a new, more cohesive whirl.</p> Internet of Things M2M and Connected Devices zigbee zigbee alliance Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:37:53 +0000 67236 at Huawei targets 2018 World Cup in Russia for 5G trial <p>Huawei is getting even deeper into 5G waters, inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MegaFon in Russia, with plans to demonstrate 5G in a trial during the FIFA World Cup in 2018.</p> 5G Huawei MegaFon Network Infrastructure Network Software World cup Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:17:36 +0000 67231 at