Next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum might attract bids from companies that are not wireless carriers, including Comcast, Charter Communications, Dish Network and Google, financial and industry analysts said. However, the analysts also said that even if these wild card players do win spectrum, they likely will not be looking to build out wireless networks of their own.
Google's YouTube gets blamed for generating a lot of the traffic on mobile networks and doing little to help from a traffic management standpoint, but the company says it has plans to offer quality of service insights for video applications.
While the Wi-Fi Alliance conducted its first workshop aimed at harmonizing Wi-Fi and LTE-U yesterday, the LTE-U Forum, based on feedback from the Wi-Fi community, has revised its specifications for LTE-U to be "doubly sure" that LTE-U coexists with Wi-Fi and to provide a "smooth upgrade path" from LTE-U to LAA.
Lenovo's Motorola Mobility unit is opening up an "experimental boutique" retail store in downtown Chicago, not far from its headquarters there. The launch could give some luster to Motorola's brand and is a reminder that even though it is cutting jobs in Chicago it still is based in the Windy City. The rollout also reflects a growing trend among technology companies to open their own retail outlets in large cities.
While Microsoft is accusing Globalstar of using misleading tactics to demonstrate its proposed terrestrial low power service (TLPS) does not interfere with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, another company is invoking Lily Tomlin's telephone operator character Ernestine to demonstrate how archaic Globalstar's proposal is for managing interference.
Google plans to merge its Chrome OS with its Android mobile operating system and have Android become its primary platform for computing, according to multiple reports.
YouTube's new subscription service, Red, is now live and offering a month-long free trial to U.S. subscribers. The launch adds a new competitive element to the SVOD (subscription video on demand) segment of the online video industry, lining up YouTube more directly against smaller companies that also specialize in user-generated content such as Vimeo.
ABI Research said smart watches will drive the most interest for the integration of wearable devices into the smart home even though fitness trackers accounted for about two thirds of all wearables shipments in 2014.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said he expects "dark horse" companies like Google, Comcast and Charter Communications to bid in next year's incentive auction of 600 MH broadcast TV spectrum. Legere said the next six to 12 months are going to be a "fascinating time period" in the industry as the future of the wireless market takes shape as more content goes online and more Internet traffic goes mobile.
In the ongoing war over the use of LTE in unlicensed spectrum, a group of companies, including Google, Boingo Wireless and Broadcom, is once again urging the FCC to push for a solution that won't have a negative impact on consumers of Wi-Fi.