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CTIA not thrilled with how 3.5 GHz decision came out

While everyone pretty much agrees that releasing more spectrum is good, the experimental nature the FCC is taking with the 3.5 GHz band isn't making all wireless carriers jump with joy. In fact, CTIA says the FCC failed to put into place appropriate incentives and protections for licensed users and risks undermining the success of its spectrum sharing model.

T-Mobile calls out Verizon on 5G 'bluster'

Say what you will of the finger-pointing and name-calling that has come to typify T-Mobile US executives, especially Twitter rock star CEO John Legere, but last week, they kind of nailed it.

AT&T isn't as keen on LTE-B as Verizon

While Verizon boasts how it has deployed LTE Broadcast (LTE-B) technology throughout its LTE footprint, its biggest rival, AT&T, isn't so gung-ho about it.

FirstNet to get new contracting officer

FirstNet will replace its current contracting officer, Terrie Callahan, with Gregory Ruderman from the U.S. Department of the Interior as Callahan will actually take a job within FirstNet, according to IWCE's Urgent Communications.

Qualcomm, Intel, others urge Obama to release 5.9 GHz for Wi-Fi

A diverse group of organizations that do not often agree on policy matters rallied to urge President Barack Obama to make the 5.9 GHz band a "centerpiece" of his administration's efforts to make new unlicensed frequencies available for Wi-Fi.

Google files patent for eyeball device that uses 'energy harvesting antenna'

Google has been known to work on a smart contact lens to assist people with diabetes by measuring glucose levels, but now, based on a patent filing, it appears to be working on a device that would be inserted into the eye to improve vision.

O3b throws water on idea of near-term solution for 28 GHz sharing

Saying uplink interference is an enormously complex problem, O3b told the FCC that absent serious engagement right away, it's unlikely that any solution can be developed in the near term when it comes to shared satellite and terrestrial use of the 28 GHz band.

ABI: IoT to account for 28% of wireless connectivity IC market by 2021

Smart home, beacon, wearable and other nascent Internet of Things (IoT) applications will propel the wireless IoT connectivity market, with IoT to account for 28 percent of the wireless connectivity IC market by 2021, according to ABI Research.

LTE-U coexistence moves along but not fast enough for some stakeholders

While some LTE-U stakeholders are frustrated with how long it's taking, the Wi-Fi Alliance says it's on track to meet its goal of releasing this summer a final test plan for ensuring coexistence between LTE-U and Wi-Fi in unlicensed spectrum.

Samsung relies on long-time cellular expertise to deliver Wi-Fi to I-X Center

Samsung Electronics America might not be well-known its Wi-Fi offerings – it's been in the business a relatively short time compared with its history in cellular – but it powers the Wi-Fi network in Cleveland's I-X Center, which presented a significant coverage challenge.

Verizon, Telstra, kt and EE launch LTE-Broadcast Alliance

Four mobile network operators – Verizon, Telstra, kt and EE – announced the launch of the LTE-Broadcast Alliance, which aims to increase global device support for LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B) services. The goal is to ensure that LTE-B is available in every top- and mid-tier device launched in 2017.

Riverside Public Utilities signs on to use Ingenu's RPMA technology

The city of Riverside, Calif., selected Ingenu's Machine Network to provide network connectivity for the city's electricity distribution infrastructure.The city of Riverside, Calif., selected Ingenu's Machine Network to provide network connectivity for the city's electricity distribution infrastructure.

Madden: Will the real CRAN please stand up?

The mobile industry loves its acronyms, like a dog loves a bone. We chew on them until they're ragged and shapeless. CRAN is a good example. The original meaning of the term has been lost in a flurry of marketing hype.

Huawei, Vodafone open first NB-IoT lab in UK

Huawei and Vodafone are off and running in the quest to build an ecosystem for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology. The two companies opened a new test lab in the UK to work on the development of products and applications related to NB-IoT.

Verizon goes big on OpenStack NFV deployment

Coinciding with the OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas, this week, Verizon announced that it completed what's believed to be the industry's largest known NFV OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its U.S. data centers.

AT&T debuts 'Drum Set' antenna at Coachella

You can credit Millennials attending the music festival Coachella for some of the wireless industry's breakthroughs in antenna technology. Every year, they stress AT&T's network, and every year, engineers are coming up with new, innovative ways to keep those texts, tweets and posts humming along.

FCC commissioner renews call for 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi

Speaking at the WiFi Now conference last week, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a group of industry representatives that the 5.9 GHz band is "our best near shot for having more Wi-Fi" and called for tests to ensure that it can be effectively used for this purpose.

AT&T expects to start outdoor 5G tests in Austin this summer

AT&T provided more details about its 5G tests during sessions of the Brooklyn 5G Summit last week, saying it will extend its current lab testing to an outdoor test in Austin, Texas, this summer, predominantly focusing on fixed wireless.

National Instruments unveils mmWave SDR to speed 5G research

National Instruments (NI) took the wraps off what it describes as the world's first software defined radio (SDR) for millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.

Verizon, Samsung, Qualcomm among those pushing for increased base station power levels for 5G

As the FCC crafts rules for spectrum bands above 24 GHz, Verizon, Qualcomm, Nokia, Samsung Electronics America, Intel and Ericsson are all urging the FCC to increase maximum allowable base station power levels from the proposed 62 dBm to 75 dBm EIRP per 100 MHz.