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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? 

LTE, Wi-Fi camps need to cooperate, not collide, on LTE-U/LAA

With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only apropos that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.

Will Aruba be the next Palm?

Palm didn't fare well after HP bought it in 2010. Will Aruba Networks suffer the same fate? Based on HP's acquisition track record, the outlook is less than bright.

Why wait? Unleash spectrum for mmW now

As the world races toward 5G, it's hard to argue with NYU Wireless' assertions that the FCC should move quickly to allocate new spectrum in the millimeter wave (mmW) radio bands. But the satellite industry, in particular, is raising concerns in the FCC's Notice of Inquiry on the subject.

Move to SDN/NFV represents game-changing evolution for industry

Operators around the world are moving toward software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, some faster than others but all with the idea that the move will make them less dependent on single, big vendors and more nimble.

High-flying 2.0 satellite ventures not likely to fail like 1.0 satellite firms

With its storied history of broken promises and multiple bankruptcies, the satellite communications industry isn't exactly one that stands out as an attractive investment. Still, when you've got personalities like Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson investing in new ventures, you can't help but wonder if they're onto something.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday publishing schedule

FierceWirelessTech will not publish on Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will return to your inbox on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

IoT emerges as the 'Internet of everything to everybody' at CES

You'd have to be hiding under a blackjack table to miss the barrage of Internet of Things rhetoric pouring out of the panels, press conferences and exhibitors at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.