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Telrad focused on its TD-LTE future but still sees WiMAX demand

Telrad, which bought Alvarion's WiMAX business about 14 months ago, is gearing up to sell production TD-LTE networks soon. But a company executive contends many of Telrad's customers are actually in no rush to deploy TD-LTE.

Google and Facebook conjuring up drone magic, but the public has concerns

Google's acqusition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, which followed Facebook's newly announced initiative with drone maker Ascenta, reflects tech magicians' visions for new ways of enabling Internet connectivity. But John Q. Public is less than enthusiastic about unmanned aerial vehicles, perhaps because drones can also serve as flying broomsticks for the wicked witches of surveillance.

Inflight Wi-Fi providers allegedly cut wiretap deals with feds

Some inflight Wi-Fi providers have allegedly voluntarily exceeded the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, by providing U.S. law enforcement and the National Security Agency (NSA) with additional surveillance or control capabilities not provided for by the law. Further, it is unclear what the full scope of those capabilities might be.

SensePost's Snoopy drone highlights pitfalls of constant connectivity

SensePost's do-it-yourself Snoopy drone is an example of how a drone can become a Not-So-Big Brother in the sky, using RF signals to spy on a host of devices and the people who use them.

Affirmed's CEO: NFV 'has made telecom sexy again'

Affirmed Networks wasn't exactly flying below the radar before AT&T announced plans to include the vendor's virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) as the carrier develops its "user-defined network cloud," which is being enabled by the carrier's Domain 2.0 supplier program. After all, four-year-old Affirmed has some 30 technology trials underway and deployments with Tier 1 wireless operators in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Juniper exec: LTE is bringing the mobile market to us

Juniper Networks expects to make more gains in the mobile market as a direct consequence of the fact that the architecture of LTE is based on IP.

SoftBank execs check out Qualcomm's NASCAR small cell test

When Qualcomm asked if I'd be interested in hopping on a plane to Phoenix some 24 hours after returning home from the Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain, I hesitated. But I relented because I knew the trip would give me an up-close glimpse at the vendor's small cell network that it had deployed over Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Maybe it's time for the Virtual World Congress

BARCELONA, Spain--Attendees at this year's Mobile World Congress were treated to a plethora of announcements and discussions regarding all varieties of network virtualization, so much so that the show seems to have morphed into the Virtual World Congress even if it is not rebranded as such.

Micro-location is an attractive but fast-moving target

Indoor positioning technologies and related location-based services (LBS) will be a major topic of discussion at the 2014 Mobile World Congress later this month, and the market outlook is pointing to significant growth opportunities.

Sprint's 2.6 Gbps demo shows it is time to walk the walk

Sprint CTO Stephen Bye wants to know what you would do with a 2.6 Gbps mobile broadband network. I want to know when Sprint is going to build it.