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Nokia lifts 2014 outlook for its networks business

No longer weighed down by its stumbling devices business, Nokia cast an optimistic outlook for its 2014 performance, with second-quarter net profit of 2.51 billion euros ($3.38 billion) offering a healthy start. Having just completed his first quarter as Nokia's CEO, Rajeev Suri told analysts during a conference call that the recently ended period was "a very positive quarter for the company."

Cavium, Quortus partner on rapidly deployable small cells for public safety

Cavium and Quortus are combining their respective technologies to create portable small cell networks that can be rapidly deployed for site-specific applications in public safety, emergency services and military environments.

Smartphone charging generates megatons of 'dirty energy'

Juniper Research issued a report alleging that smartphone battery charging will generate more than 13 megatons of CO2e (CO2 equivalent) of greenhouse gases annually around the world by 2019. That is more than double the amount estimated to be generated this year. Half of the expected 2019 emissions--equivalent to annual emissions from 1.1 million cars--will stem from coal-fired Asian electricity grids, Juniper said.

Google bolstering Starbucks' Wi-Fi speeds by up to 18x over AT&T, says SpeedSpot

People accessing the Wi-Fi service supplied by Google in certain Starbucks stores have been raving for months on social media about improved connectivity, and now SpeedSpot has confirmed that its users experienced up to 18 times faster download speeds at Starbucks locations that have swapped out their AT&T Mobility Wi-Fi service for Google's.

AOptix's wireless transport product gets a boost from NASA

AOptix announced that its Intellimax wireless transport product, which combines free-space optics and millimeter-wave links, is being deployed for evaluation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

AT&T adds Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu to list vendors backing its SDN, NFV efforts

AT&T's User-Defined Network Cloud initiative continues to expand, with Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications becoming the latest vendors to join the program, which is launching a number of so-called beachhead programs starting this year as part of the operator's shift to an IP- and cloud-based network.

Huawei, Qualcomm to show off live TV via eMBMS on a 'heavily loaded' network

Huawei and Qualcomm are working to push eMBMS technology by using it to broadcast live TV over a fully loaded wireless network in Europe. The companies said the test is intended to show broadcasters how much more efficient eMBMS is when compared with standard unicast streaming. 

Google, Cisco, IBM may transform payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots in NYC

Several big names in telecom are considering a plan that would breathe new life into 7,300 payphones in New York City by converting them into free Wi-Fi hotspots.

Lawmakers introduce bill to open up 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi use

Four House lawmakers joined together to introduce legislation that would direct the FCC to conduct tests within the 5.9 GHz band to see if more can be opened up for unlicensed Wi-Fi without interfering with current users. However, the bill could run into opposition from car makers and the auto industry at large because part of the band has been dedicated to safety and transportation applications.

Verizon, AT&T oppose Dish, T-Mobile's plans to split AWS-3 auction

Verizon Wireless and AT&T have signaled their opposition to proposals from T-Mobile US and Dish Network to effectively split the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum between paired and unpaired airwaves.

Ericsson CEO says AT&T, Verizon unlikely to outsource network management

Despite rumors that Tier 1 operators AT&T and Verizon may be talking to Ericsson about outsourcing the management of their networks, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg said that is a very unlikely scenario because those operators have size and scale and a history of doing it themselves. "I wouldn't believe they would outsource their networks," Vestberg said during an interview with FierceWireless.

Cisco, Ericsson CEOs claim they always are thinking 5 to 10 years ahead

Cisco CEO John Chambers and Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg may have very different management styles but one area where they are similar is that they claim to always be thinking five to 10 years into the future.

AT&T, Google and others pick apart FCC's 3.5 GHz spectrum-sharing scheme

The FCC has a lot of work ahead if it hopes to create consensus around its plans for a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) at 3.5 GHz, as specific parts of its proposed rulemaking have come under attack from multiple corners.

Ericsson: 5G will require lots of new spectrum above 10 GHz

The most critical aspect that will influence how 5G networks manage envisioned traffic increases is the availability of additional spectrum, according to Ericsson. In a new white paper on 5G, the vendor said radio spectrum from 10 GHz up to 100 GHz is being  considered for use by 5G mobile communication systems.

T-Mobile's 4x2 MIMO upgrade proves its worth in recent tests

T-Mobile US has been leading the way in the United States to 4x2 MIMO cell site configurations, and a recent Signals Research Group study of the operator's upgraded infrastructure shows impressive gains from the approach.

Nitero's WiGig, 802.11ad chip family specifically designed for mobile use

Competition in the WiGig market is heating up rapidly, with Tier 1 smartphone companies asking for 11ad for late-2015 models. The latest WiGig offering is from fabless semiconductor company Nitero, which is applying its 60 GHz CMOS expertise to 60G, its new family of 802.11ad solutions designed for mobile devices plus displays and peripherals.

xG peddling its xMax cognitive-radio system for public-safety use

Making a push to extend its all-IP cognitive radio network technology into the public-safety space, xG Technology said it will showcase its xMax private broadband wireless network solution during next month's APCO International Conference and Expo in New Orleans. The event should attract some 5,000 attendees and exhibitors and is the largest industry gathering of public-safety communications professionals.

TD-LTE rollouts, connections starting to snowball, say analysts

Recent reports from Dell'Oro Group and Juniper Research highlight the rampant rollouts of LTE networks worldwide and ongoing uptakes of LTE service by end users. Further, both firms are bullish regarding the growing importance of the TDD variant of LTE, particularly in emerging markets.

SK Telecom planning 'hyper-connected infrastructure' for 5G

Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division

The South Korean mobile communications market is one of the world's most competitive and innovative. That keeps the pressure on SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile service provider, to find way to keep implementing cutting-edge technologies. Editor Tammy Parker recently conducted an email Q&A with Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, regarding the operator's roadmaps for LTE-Advanced and 5G. The following is an edited and condensed version of that Q&A.

Apple refutes China TV report about iOS7 'frequent locations' feature

Apple refuted a report from China's state broadcaster that described the iPhone as a "national security concern" because of a location-determination feature that it said records the time and location of a user's movements. According to The Wall Street Journal, researchers quoted in China Central Television's report said such data could provide people with knowledge of China's economic situation or "even state secrets."