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Madden: What we know and what we don't in 5G forecasts

A forecast was recently published, predicting "100 million 5G subscribers by 2025." Give me a break. Come on people, 5G is not defined yet. We don't know what the use cases are. We don't know what kind of terminals will be used. We don't know if "subscribers" is a relevant metric for 5G. We don't have any standards for new technology, with only the first study items underway now.

Cablevision prepares to launch Wi-Fi-exclusive Freewheel service

Cablevision announced the soon-to-be-launched Freewheel, its Wi-Fi phone service with unlimited data, talk and text, marking the first all-Wi-Fi service from a cable provider. Offered initially with the Motorola Moto G smartphone, it will work exclusively over Wi-Fi when it launches next month.

New ETSI working group sets sights on millimeter wave technology

While researchers in the U.S. are making strides in millimeter wave technologies, the European standards organization ETSI announced that its Industry Specifications Group on millimeter wave transmission held its first meeting and immediately started working on a set of five specifications.

Sigfox operator Aerea strikes M2M deal with Tele2 in the Netherlands

Swedish-backed operator Tele2 and Dutch company Aerea entered into a machine-to-machine / Internet of Things partnership in the Netherlands, making Aerea the exclusive Sigfox network operator for the Netherlands.

Russia's GLONASS system a sticking point in deployment of new 911 location tech

Some Washington security officials have voiced concerns over a plan to use Russia's satellite location system to augment an effort in the United States to improve U.S. wireless carriers' ability to find 911 callers. In response, U.S. wireless industry executives and others have argued that using Russia's GLONASS location system won't create security problems for Americans.

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AT&T reported the addition of 73,000 U-verse TV subscribers in the fourth quarter, a significant decline from the 194,000 added in the same period of 2013. In its full year and Q4 earnings call with investors Tuesday, the conglomerate attributed the decline to a "strategic move to improve profitability" by concentrating on subscribers with lower churn rates.
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AT&T reported that U-verse was the star performer in the wireline portfolio, rising 21.9 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2014, driving up residential wireline revenues slightly 0.1 percent to $5.6 billion.