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Keep an eye out for these IoT movers and shakers of 2015

So much for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications--that part of the wireless industry that used to get knocked for its low average revenue per unit (ARPU) tendencies. Now it's the Internet of Things (IoT), a colossal category that not only includes M2M but also every other kind of thing imaginable, from toothbrushes to cars, and it promises to brings lots of revenues.

Muni Wi-Fi 2.0: This time, cities are getting smarter

While it's mind boggling in this day and age that cities need to go through so many hoops to build their own broadband networks, it's encouraging to see what's being done in the area of municipal Wi-Fi.

Apple, HotSpot 2.0 and massive hotspot deployments mean Wi-Fi has left the building

The notion that Wi-Fi is somehow a second-class citizen because it's the "offload" for cellular operators? Well, that just doesn't hold water any longer. If given a choice, most consumers already choose Wi-Fi first and cellular second.

U.S. needs to put more resources into 5G--and let the world know about it

With the advent of 5G, the United States once again has an opportunity to prove it is the kind of trailblazer that can deliver leading-edge technology.

Incentive auction: Let the facts talk

Debate about licensed and unlicensed spectrum has been raging as long as I can remember--and it continues as the FCC faces questions about how to arrange the band plan for 600 MHz in a manner that allows the fastest and broadest possible use of spectrum.

Meet the new editor of FierceWirelessTech

Sue Marek, FierceWirelessI'm excited to introduce the newest member of the Fierce editorial team, Monica Alleven.  Monica is the editor of FierceWireless:Tech and will be writing about all the latest developments in wireless technology--from LTE Advanced to 5G to Wi-Fi and more.

5G, transformations and a fond farewell

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

Suggestions that 5G--the next generation of wireless networks--will include a basket of technologies or a network of networks highlight the looming risk of 5G fragmentation. I sometimes wonder if 5G might end up with the dreaded silos of vertical solutions that share little or no commonality.

Multicast content eyed as a necessity for modern venues

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators' minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.

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.

Cable Wi-Fi: The MSOs finally get wireless right

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

Cable operators have dallied in wireless numerous times over the years, but nothing has really stuck. Their Pivot and SpectrumCo initiatives came and went, and it seemed the MSOs might never carve out a significant role in wireless communications. But their wireless prospects changed for the better as soon as they started dabbling in unlicensed, rather than licensed, spectrum and nomadic, rather than highly mobile, services.