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IoT startup Sigfox launching 902 MHz network nationwide in U.S.

BARCELONA, Spain--French startup Sigfox is rolling out its slow-speed Internet of Things wireless network in San Francisco today, and hopes to cover 90 percent of the U.S. population with the network within the next three years.

Verizon's LTE-U Forum completes LTE Unlicensed tests on way toward carrier's 2016 deployment in 5 GHz, 3.5 GHz

Verizon Wireless released its first technical report evaluating the use of LTE in unlicensed spectrum, which the operator calls LTE-U. Verizon said the release of the report represents "an important step toward demonstrating how LTE-U can coexist with Wi-Fi and other technologies that share unlicensed spectrum."

5G predicted to include new air interface, expected to generate new revenues

BARCELONA, Spain--Top executives from wireless carriers and network vendors generally believe that, when the technology becomes standardized in the coming years, 5G will feature a new air interface. Further, they said, 5G also will create major new revenue streams for wireless carriers.

Spirent adds support for testing Wi-Fi through RF interface

Spirent Communications is using Mobile World Congress 2015 to announce support for testing Wi-Fi access points through an RF interface on its flagship product Spirent Landslide, enabling operators to ensure they can deliver reliable and seamless Wi-Fi calling services to subscribers under fully loaded conditions.

Nokia, NTT DoCoMo target 2020 Olympic Games for 5G showcase

Nokia and Japan's NTT DoCoMo are using Mobile World Congress 2015 to demonstrate jointly developed technology that will form the foundation of new 5G networks the two companies plan to showcase at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

HP to acquire Aruba Networks for $3B

HP will acquire networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $3 billion, giving the manufacturer a strong boost in the enterprise WLAN market.

T-Mobile sets LAA deployment for 2016

T-Mobile US will be one of the first carriers to deploy Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in 5 GHz spectrum in 2016.

Alcatel-Lucent steps away from 'polarizing' debate, touts blending of Wi-Fi, LTE

There's a lot of talk about LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), or LTE-Unlicensed, but Alcatel-Lucent says there's no reason to wait for LTE-U. With the launch of its "Wireless Unified Networks," or WUN for short, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the vendor is blending the upload and download capabilities of Wi-Fi and cellular technologies to offer faster download and upload speeds and extended network range.

Renault Nissan CEO: driverless cars will be here by 2025

Early autonomous cars will hit the road but 2016 but don't expect to see driverless cars until at least 2025. Speaking at a keynote address here at Mobile World Congress 2015, Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said regulators will be reluctant to allow cars without drivers because the technology is more complex and cyber security issues must first be resolved.

Samsung showcases mmW for backhaul, FD-MIMO

Millimeter wave (mmW) wireless backhaul at 60 GHz, full dimension multiple input multiple output (FD-MIMO), and mmWave mobile radio access are three of the technologies that Samsung Electronics will demonstrate during Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona this week.

Boingo expands Wi-Fi offload trial to include 5M handsets

Boingo Wireless has expanded its Tier 1 carrier offload trial to include millions more handsets using its Passpoint-enabled network. The company is not revealing the identity of the carrier.

Net neutrality: Long-term implications loom for Internet of Things

The FCC's order to protect the open Internet carries with it implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), even though the immediate impact might not be felt for quite some time.

Two FCC commissioners advocate new uses for DSRC

It looks as though FCC Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel are not interested in letting the automobile industry indefinitely hold onto spectrum set aside for roadway safety.

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.

Innovative leaders in wireline to watch in 2015

As vice president of network on demand, mobile and business solutions for AT&T, Josh Goodell is in charge of the telco's move to implement software-defined networking and network functions virtualization capabilities. He's just one of the emerging innovators spotlighted in FierceTelecom's latest special report.

Bluetooth SIG establishes mesh working group for Internet of Things

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is forming the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group to look at standardizing mesh networking for Bluetooth Smart technology and explore various use case scenarios to benefit from mesh, from the smart home to other Internet of Things (IoT) verticals.

SK Telecom, Samsung to show off 3D beamforming at 7.55 Gbps

SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics are apparently making progress on their commitment to work together on 5G network technology research. The pair will jointly demonstrate 3D beamforming using millimeter-wave (mmW) frequency bands when the industry convenes at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.

XCellAir emerges from stealth mode, launches ecosystem for LTE, Wi-Fi network optimization

Newly out of stealth mode, XCellAir is launching its own ecosystem, a network comprised of vendors of Wi-Fi access points and LTE small cell, as well as self-organizing network (SON) suppliers, to accelerate the adoption of its network optimization solutions.

Nokia Networks gears up for ultra-dense networks, LAA demo

Armed with the knowledge that by 2020, mobile networks will need to serve 1,000 times the traffic served in 2010, Nokia Networks is rolling out the red carpet for a smorgasbord of network technologies designed to help operators meet the challenge.

Globalstar asked to prove TLPS will work on iPhone 6

Investment firm Gerst Capital wrote an open letter to Globalstar CEO James Monroe asking for evidence that terrestrial low power services (TLPS) will work for the iPhone 6 and other LTE-capable smartphones.