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As the (wireless) world turns, operators and vendors adjust to SDN, NFV

Now that the two largest wireless operators have reported their second-quarter earnings, it's a good time to start speculating how they might spend their budgets the rest of this year.

Google's Project Fi handoffs: Is it magic?

It's been less than a week since Google's Project Fi arrived at our door, but it's been enough time to come up with a few early impressions of the service. It's worth noting that there's still a "Project" in front of the endeavor.

With Wi-Fi, the mobile carrier of the future might be American Express, Facebook or Microsoft (or almost anyone)

Companies like Google, Republic Wireless and others are taking advantage of this trend by offering "Wi-Fi-first" service plans that push users' data traffic onto Wi-Fi networks if they are available, and fall back only to cellular when necessary (thereby keeping costs low). But such services may be the start of something much bigger.

Which academic institutions are leading in 5G?

While major wireless infrastructure and software vendors are devoting significant resources to the development of 5G, scores of academic institutions also are working hard to make contributions by way of research, experimentation and testbed facilities. That's why FierceWirelessTech decided to take a closer look at what some of them are doing in our latest feature, "Top 5 academic institutions leading in 5G research."

Is there an alternative to LTE-U/LAA that won't tick everyone off?

Given how much the industry has discussed LTE in unlicensed spectrum during the past several months or so, some stakeholders might have gotten the impression that all the questions have been asked and answered, thank you very much. But that's not the case.

Hello SDN/NFV, goodbye rats' nests

It's been almost 18 months since I had the opportunity to interview Alcatel-Lucent CTO Marcus Weldon about the challenges and opportunities for future telco networks, as well as his views on software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), broadly speaking. Something he said stuck in my mind.

Why 4.5G shouldn't be a dirty word

Not everybody in the wireless industry is keen to use the term "4.5G," but FierceWirelessTech decided to informally survey some of the industry's biggest vendors to see what they have to say about it.

With Brillo and Weave, Google introduces yet another fragment to the Internet of Things

Google's big announcement last week about Brillo and Weave was not particularly surprising. But like the Android ecosystem itself, one can't help but wonder if it's something that will start small and eventually grow into something very, very big.

Memorial Day publishing break

To commemorate the annual Memorial Day holiday, FierceWirelessTech will not publish Monday, May 25, but we'll be back in your inbox on Tuesday, May 26.

Wireless power: Who's leading the charge?

A lot of people have been working on wireless charging for a lot of years. What makes anyone so sure that 2015 will be "the year" for wireless charging? A few things are converging to make 2015 different from years past, prompting this latest feature, where we examine some of the forces that are in place that make some very smart people predict that indeed, this is The Year.