FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly sided with Qualcomm and T-Mobile US in the debate over whether or not the FCC should regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies.
Ericsson said a joint demonstration of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) conducted with Qualcomm Technologies is another step along the path towards commercialising 5G technology.
Ofcom has reached a decision on how much UK mobile operators should pay for spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands, ending a process that has dragged on since 2010 and also raising fears that consumer mobile prices will be increased as a result.
The debate over LTE-U, which was developed outside the usual standards bodies, continues to pit the cable industry against the wireless industry. Are cable companies just being big bullies, or do they have legitimate objections to the technology?
The Small Cell Forum formally established six teams that will tackle specific work areas, including small cells in unlicensed spectrum, 5G and multi-operator small cells.
Qualcomm is cutting 1,314 full-time jobs at its San Diego headquarters and hundreds of jobs in other locations, part of a previously announced restructuring the chipset giant its undertaking as it reacts to a slowing smartphone market.
Automobile associations, as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Intelsat and Qualcomm are all asking the FCC, in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Commerce (DOC), to conduct thorough testing for the development of vehicle safety technology in the 5.9 GHz band.
Qualcomm said its Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is expected to be in many flagship smartphones in 2016, will support LTE-Unlicensed technology thanks to its upgraded modem. The silicon and technology giant noted that new phones powered by the chipset will be out in the first half of next year, and if customers are on a network that supports LTE-U, users "may experience a sudden boost in LTE speeds in areas that normally suffer from congestion."
LAS VEGAS--Research firm Signals Research Group (SRG) presented its third-party assessment of LTE-U and Wi-Fi co-existence at the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 conference Wednesday, showing that the impact of LTE-U on real-time applications running over Wi-Fi was relatively modest and largely comparable to the impact of introducing a new Wi-Fi access point into the channel.
LAS VEGAS-- Partnerships with vendors are key to making smart city initiatives a reality because they allow cities to make investments in infrastructure without taking unnecessary risk – such as investing in platforms that may become outdated. But partnerships alone won't make a smart city a success – it also depends upon the leadership in the city government and the community.