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Counting down the top wireless, wireline nightmares

Halloween is upon us and it's time to take a look at the biggest nightmares to face the world of wireless and wireline telecom. Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, takes a look at various scary scenarios that are keeping wireless industry executives awake at night, while Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, examines the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.

Time Warner Cable, Ruckus and others voice support for Release 2 of HotSpot 2.0

Support for HotSpot 2.0 Release 2 is gathering momentum as more vendors and service providers are expected to roll out the technology.

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.

Reports of Exalt's death 'greatly exaggerated,' CEO says

Exalt Communications may be long gone, but its successor, Exalt Wireless, is in for the long haul. So says the company's CEO, who's still bullish on the company's long-term prospects.

FirstNet gets earful from interest groups: 122 responses to its RFI, 63 on its Public Notice

If you're planning on building a nationwide LTE network for first responders, you'd better be prepared to hear from a cadre of interest groups. Such is the case for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which recently closed the comment period on its Public Notice.

Marriott rolls out wireless charging stations with Qi technology

Marriott Hotels is providing wireless charging stations in the lobbies of 29 of its hotels this month thanks to portable charging stations from Kube Systems that use Qi technology.

Senators request hearing on Internet of Things before year's end

It was probably just a matter of time. Given the range and ramifications of the Internet of Things (IoT), it's no surprise that members of Congress are pushing for congressional attention on the issues. In fact, a group of senators wants  a hearing scheduled before the end of the year.

Chicago, L.A. install Bluetooth beacons in transit areas

The Chicago Transit Authority is launching a pilot project that involves the use of beacon technology for transit authorities, consumers and brands, including the potential for coupon offers for travelers within range of a store, Mobile Marketer reports.

After Broadcom imbroglio, Open Interconnect Consortium, AllSeen Alliance wrestle with IP issues in IoT

The Open Interconnect Consortium and the AllSeen Alliance are both working to standardize the Internet of Things space and make devices interoperable--and in doing so they pit some of the industry's biggest giants against one other. And that battle appears to be entering a new phase over intellectual property licensing.

Boingo serves up broadband for U.S. military

Boingo Wireless, well-known as a provider of distributed antenna systems and Wi-Fi, is also in the business of serving the U.S. military with Internet and IPTV services.

Jarich: The edge of the mobile network: Can't we all just get along?

The recent formation of an ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) around "Mobile Edge Computing" is supported by IBM, Intel, Huawei, Nokia Networks, NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone. Announcing the launch, Nokia positioned Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) in terms of its own Liquid Applications solution which built compute capabilities into the RAN, "allowing for the rapid deployment of new services and the optimization of service delivery from the mobile edge." Yet, as good as this all sounds, there's a fundamental problem here.

4G Americas weighs in on 5G, calls for LTE-A extensions

With many parties weighing in on the 5G debate, 4G Americas has decided to throw its hat into the ring with the release of a white paper that makes recommendations on how operators in the Americas should deploy 5G.

Startup Federated Wireless working on spectrum sharing scheme for 3.5 GHz

A Boston-based firm founded by a group of scientists is building a system that will help operators, government entities and others navigate the tricky world of spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, or Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The FCC has said it intends to apply spectrum sharing to the 3550-3650 MHz spectrum band and is considering extending that service to the 3700 MHz, which would provide a total of 150 MHz of spectrum to CBRS.

Swedish researchers set new world record for wireless data transmission rates

A group of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Ericsson is getting recognition for setting a new world record in wireless data transmission rates using a new type of microwave circuit.

South Korea pushes forward on 5G, promises global cooperation

Perhaps it's only fitting that South Korea should be grabbing all the headlines out of the 5G Global Summit, a special event for the 2014 ITU Pleniopotentiary Conference (PP-14) aimed at sharing information about 5G technology and facilitating international cooperation. After all, the event is staged in the southern port city of Busan, South Korea.

Wi-Fi represents big future for cable

This year may be remembered as one of the most transformational in the history of the cable business--and not because of huge pending mergers. While video services are beginning to give way to over-the-top distribution, a big opportunity has emerged in Wi-Fi.

UWB: Back from the dead, bound for IoT location-based services

If you thought ultra-wideband technology had joined the ranks of zombies on The Walking Dead, think again. It never totally died; it just got new again.

NWave joins Weightless SIG to drive IoT specification

An Internet of Things (IoT) standards organization just got a jolt with the involvement of a new member, NWave Technologies, which is contributing its years of expertise to the Weightless SIG for the advancement of the Weightless-N standard.

Qualcomm drives 802.11ac 2.0 ecosystem for faster Wi-Fi, intros new chip

Qualcomm Atheros is doing its part of make better use of Wi-Fi spectrum with multi-user (MU), multiple input-multiple output (MIMO) technology. Expanding on its portfolio of 802.11ac 2.0 capable chips, the company is introducing the QCA9377, which extends the performance benefits of Qualcomm's branded MU|EFX technology to notebooks, TVs, cameras and other consumer electronics that are connected to crowded Wi-Fi networks.

Nokia Networks touts software producing 20% faster browsing on 3G networks

Nokia Networks says it has conducted the first live network trial of a software feature that improves smartphone performance on 3G networks by making browsing 20 percent faster while reducing battery power consumption by 40 percent.