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  • 5G reflects the wireless industry's increasingly rapid pace of change

    Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

    Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.

Sprint sells 900 MHz spectrum to firm led by Nextel co-founders

Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce communications provider is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum.

FirstNet RFI, public notice lay groundwork for network procurement

The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network acquisition strategy. In addition, the board approved a public notice that seeks input regarding preliminary interpretations of the law that created FirstNet, and it approved a $120 million management budget for fiscal year 2015.

Genband's Kandy sweetens unified communications with PaaS

Genband officially released Kandy, its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables the embedding of real-time video, voice, presence and text into Web and mobile applications for a seamless unified-communications experience.

AT&T, Nokia among those endorsing spectrum-sharing tests in 'model city'

Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Gauging the trends at CTIA's Super Mobility Week

CTIA's Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas was an ambitious effort that relied upon partnerships with other events such as the Competitive Carriers Association show, 4G World and IFA (the big consumer electronics trade fair held in Berlin every year). Lots of business got conducted during Super Mobility Week, but major no-shows, including Apple and T-Mobile US--each of which elected to hold its own separate event in northern California during the same week--cast a pall on Super Mobility Week's future.

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