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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.

FirstNet's making progress with draft RFP, but road is fraught with potholes

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released its report on the First Responder Network Authority, finding, among other things, that while the organization has made progress, it still needs to complete a risk assessment, develop standards of conduct and come up with an evaluation plan for early builder projects.

Summit take-away: Wi-Fi's still got a quality of service issue

It was probably apropos that Google would announce its MVNO on the second day of the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit. After all, many of the players at the summit are pioneers in the Wi-Fi-to-cellular handoff business.

LAA/LTE-U makes appearance at Brooklyn 5G summit

It just goes to show. Some topics are so hot, you can't make it through a discussion about 5G and millimeter wave (mmW) bands without the subject coming up. In this case, the subject is LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U)/LTE Assisted Access (LTE-LAA), and it came up during the Q&A part of a "Spectrum for 5G" session during the Brooklyn 5G Summit in New York last week.

With Globalstar proceeding, saying 'it's complicated' is an understatement

Globalstar says that demonstrations performed at the FCC's Technology Experience Center confirm that terrestrial low power service is a good neighbor to Wi-Fi operations and Bluetooth. Bluetooth Special Interest Group disputes that, but Globalstar continues to urge the commission to expeditiously approve its TLPS proposal. What gives?