SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.
Will Comcast, Cablevision, Google and other companies take a "Wi-Fi first" approach to compete with traditional wireless carriers on a large scale across the U.S.? Probably not, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk.
Republic Wireless, a Wi-Fi first carrier that jumps onto Sprint's cellular network when Wi-Fi coverage isn't available, plans to launch a new offer that will give customers credits for their unused cellular data. The company argues this provides more value to customers than simply rolling over unused data to the next month.
Sprint will likely be helping to power a free Wi-Fi network for downtown Kansas City, Mo., as part of a smart cities project the city has developed in collaboration with network vendor Cisco Systems. The project is expected to cost around $15 million over the next decade.
CableLabs this week submitted a report to the FCC detailing its findings from a Globalstar demonstration of terrestrial low power service (TLPS) at FCC headquarters, saying the tests are inconclusive and urging further technical study.
Virtual reality goggles, Wi-Fi and cellular network modeling and RF testing are just a few of the treats at CableLabs' newly refurbished headquarters in Louisville, Colo., a short drive northwest of downtown Denver. At the lab, the company tests new and innovative technologies that eventually might make their way into some new product from a cable provider. Special report
It just goes to show. Some topics are so hot, you can't make it through a discussion about 5G and millimeter wave (mmW) bands without the subject coming up. In this case, the subject is LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U)/LTE Assisted Access (LTE-LAA), and it came up during the Q&A part of a "Spectrum for 5G" session during the Brooklyn 5G Summit in New York last week.
Sprint's Wi-Fi calling service is coming to Apple's iPhone. The carrier said that starting today, Sprint customers with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s and 5c will get access to the feature via an over-the-air software update that will be distributed over the next week.
Globalstar says that demonstrations performed at the FCC's Technology Experience Center confirm that terrestrial low power service is a good neighbor to Wi-Fi operations and Bluetooth. Bluetooth Special Interest Group disputes that, but Globalstar continues to urge the commission to expeditiously approve its TLPS proposal. What gives?
AT&T says it wants to make it easy for businesses to keep their customers connected with AT&T Wi-Fi--Small Site. Businesses with small locations can self-install the service to give their customers free public Wi-Fi from AT&T, while keeping their internal Wi-Fi traffic separate and secure.