Companies register a win-win when they not only generate profits but also improve the lives of their customers, sometimes quite dramatically. Microsoft has embarked on a global strategy to develop and promote TV white space technology.
Struggling to catch up with Asia and North America, which have set the pace for LTE deployments, Europe is focusing on the next generation of mobile communications, commonly called 5G. The flagship project leading this effort is METIS 2020, which aims to position Europe as a 5G leader.
When it comes to Wi-Fi advancements, a lot of the focus over the years has been on improving maximum data speeds. But IEEE's 802.11HEW initiative is a taking a different tack.
Qualcomm's newly unveiled Internet Processor product line for networking the "smarthome" via an always-on gateway puts the spotlight on an ugly reality regarding the envisioned Internet of Things: If we, our devices and homes are constantly connected to the cloud, that more than likely means the power-hungry network equipment in our residences is sucking up energy 24x7.
On the Hot Seat
Ulf Ewaldsson, the company's senior vice president and CTO, talked with Sue Marek, editor in chief of FierceWirelessTech about 5G, the coming launch of VoLTE and the company's "network for a networked society" vision. The following is an excerpt of that interview.
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Software is at the core of many of the patent skirmishes that have punctuated the wireless space. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed examine to whether software is legally patentable as it takes the case of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v CLS Bank International.
Stadiums, indoor sports arenas and other large multi-use entertainment venues continue to be attractive locations for rollouts of distributed antenna systems (DAS). The massive Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., is representative of that trend as it will soon have a new DAS built by Mobilitie.
A majority of service providers responding to a recent survey said they expect network functions virtualization (NFV) to bring opex and capex savings, and 80 percent of those surveyed already are in or will be in some type of production or lab trial with NFV during 2014.
Ericsson and Australian telco Telstra said they have demonstrated downlink data speeds up to 300 Mbps via LTE Advanced carrier aggregation that combined 20 MHz of bandwidth from the 1800 MHz band with 20 MHz form the 2600 MHz band.
Reports of spectrum interference causing problems for LTE networks are growing more commonplace, with everything from fluorescent lights to electric cash registers being implicated. In the latest twist, Verizon Wireless LTE data service is getting the blame for interfering with some channels delivered over the Time Warner Cable system in Raleigh, N.C.