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Verizon gets OK for 28 GHz tests in Texas, New Jersey

The FCC has granted Verizon's request for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to conduct tests near its office locations in Euless, Texas, and South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Cellular wraps its arms around the Internet of Things

Given all the attention on the Internet of Things (IoT), we decided to take a closer look at what wireless operators are looking to deploy when it comes to low power wide area networking (LPWAN) technologies.

LTE gets ready to fight against proprietary tech for the IoT

While cellular-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are still being finalized in the standards process, non-cellular solutions like those promoted by Ingenu, Sigfox and members of the LoRa Alliance are catching a bit of a break.

How wireless carriers can get in on the VR action

Google's not the only one making a splash in the virtual reality (VR) waters. Virtually every major tech company, including big device makers, are making a VR play as well.

DoCoMo CTO tries to debunk myths about 5G

With all the talk about 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), things can get pretty confusing. Seeking to dispel some of the most pervasive myths about 5G, NTT DoCoMo CTO Seizo Onoe presented a keynote at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday.

AT&T's 5G trials could deliver speeds around 5 Gbps this year

AT&T will start a 5G trial with "friendly" customers by the end of this year, delivering a multi-gigabit, fixed type of service, according to a keynote at the Big Communications Event (BCE) 2016 in Austin, Texas.

German researchers claim record with 6 Gbit/s data rate at 71-76 GHz

Researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF are boasting a big achievement: Transmitting the contents of a conventional DVD in under 10 seconds by radio transmission, setting a new world record in wireless data transmission. The team used transmitters and receivers at 71-76 GHz E band.

Vasona Networks expands RAN deal with Telefonica UK in London

A pilot that Vasona Networks started with Telefonica UK just over a year ago has led to a full commercial deployment.

Microsoft gets OK from FCC to conduct tests related to Globalstar's TLPS

Perhaps to settle questions once and for all – if that's possible – Microsoft can proceed with plans to test terrestrial use of the 2483.5-2500 MHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) band currently assigned for use by Globalstar.

Hologram wants to build cellular platform just for Internet of Things

Chicago-based Hologram last week launched its cellular platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), a platform that it says, unlike legacy cellular solutions, is built specifically for developing and deploying IoT products.

CTIA, AT&T propose different frameworks for 28 GHz sharing

Both CTIA and AT&T are proposing frameworks for sharing spectrum with satellite operators, but they're not the same framework.

NYU Wireless sees trouble ahead for 5G unless 3GPP adopts new channel modeling methods

Researchers at NYU Wireless are warning the cellular industry that it needs to change the "alpha-beta-gamma" (ABG) model used in the past and start using simpler, more accurate models for predicting signal coverage for frequencies above 6 GHz.

Cambridge Broadband gets early start on 28, 39 GHz

Given all the tests and trials that Tier 1 U.S. operators are embarking upon with their big-name vendor partners, it might be easy to forget that some lesser-known vendors and service providers have been dallying in the 28 GHz space for quite a while.

Verizon says ViaSat analysis for 28 GHz assumes 'unrealistic' scenario on several fronts

As Verizon politely put it in its May 19 ex parte, it "has been engaging" with the satellite industry to mutually explore a "workable satellite-terrestrial coexistence regime" in the 28 GHz band. But so far, it's finding ViaSat's analysis to be unworkable.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint: How did they stack up in Q1?

Now that the first-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, it's time to take stock and see how each of the major carriers performed. FierceWireless has compiled several reports from leading analysts to present an in-depth look at just how Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint each performed in the first quarter of 2016.

Sprint confirms 5G demos at Copa soccer games in Santa Clara, Philadelphia in June

It's official: Sprint will conduct 5G demonstrations on June 3 and June 6 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and on June 9, 11 and 14 at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia.

Google, Federated Wireless, others apply to fill role of SAS, ESC for 3.5 GHz

As expected, Google and Federated Wireless threw their hats into the FCC's Spectrum Access System (SAS) ring, joining several other entities in the aim to provide spectrum sharing capabilities for the 3.5 GHz band.

Report: Apple acquiring wireless charging expertise

Those in the wireless charging business are probably not surprised to hear that Apple has been hiring people with expertise in wireless charging, including two former uBeam staffers. The Verge counts more than a dozen staffers with wireless charging expertise hired in the last two years.

Verizon seeks to drive enterprise side of LTE-B

Much of the talk around LTE-B has been around its mobile video applications. Both Verizon and AT&T demonstrated as much during sporting events. But Verizon, which recently recruited a team of like-minded operators to rally for support of LTE-B in mid- and top-tier devices, sees a lot more applications for the technology.

South Africa's Vodacom goes live with LTE-U - a tiny bit

Vodacom in South Africa has launched a commercial LTE-Unlicensed, or LTE-U, site using unlicensed spectrum in the 5.8 GHz band in a section of Sandton City, a large shopping center  in Johannesburg, according to Tech Central. But even though it's said to be commercially available, the handsets and routers still need to catch up, so it will be some time before users can try it out.