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Verizon, T-Mo, Sprint still not jumping into Facebook's TIP

When it comes to Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP) that the social networking giant launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, it appears that the biggest U.S. wireless carriers are just not that into it.

Ruckus rolls out Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi

Ruckus Wireless announced the general availability of Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi, a wireless local area network (WLAN) management-as-a-service offer.

SoftBank keeps up SDN push with Cradlepoint NetCloud offering

Cradlepoint, which supplies its routers and gateways for all kinds of M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) applications – including Redbox kiosks for movie rentals – just announced its NetCloud platform strategy that combines its existing software and cloud services with the SDN technology it acquired with the recent purchase of Pertino.

Google, Samsung, Radisys join CORD project

The Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) and The Linux Foundation have spun off the "Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center" (CORD) initiative into its own, new open source project, and Google, Samsung Electronics and Radisys are joining the CORD and ONOS Projects as new partners.

Thread Group, OCF create liaison agreement to boost collaboration on IoT

The Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) are joining forces in their mission to conquer the connected home market, creating a liaison agreement to drive improved cross-application interoperability and device connectivity.

AT&T looks to expand drone program

Flying drones might sound like a fun hobby, but some RF engineers are making it part of their job, going so far as to envision flying COWs, or cells on wings, to provide LTE coverage at concerts or during emergencies.

AT&T officially throws hat into the ring for FirstNet

AT&T had indicated it would be an aggressive participant in the FirstNet bidding process, and CFO and Senior Executive Vice President John Stephens made it official Thursday during the company's second-quarter earnings call, saying AT&T has submitted a bid for the FirstNet business.

Globalstar CEO keeps pressure on FCC to allow TLPS

Globalstar CEO Jay Monroe rang up FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's legal advisor Edward "Smitty" Smith last week, saying the commission should expeditiously adopt rules to authorize Globalstar to use Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS).

Qualcomm CEO bullish about prospects for 5G

Even executives at Qualcomm, which is trying to drive 5G as fast as it can, may need to adjust their expectations due to the speed at which the industry is moving to the next generation of wireless.

Wheeler appoints two industry veterans to WRC-19 advisory committee

In preparation for the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) next World Radiocommunication Conference scheduled to convene in 2019, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appointed two professionals, from both the wireless and satellite industries, to represent the U.S.

Facebook to enlist E-band spectrum for enormous flying drone Aquila

Facebook's Connectivity Lab announced a big milestone toward its goal of providing internet to the unconnected: The first full-scale test flight of Aquila, its high-altitude unmanned aircraft.

Cable industry aims to shape 5G as CableLabs joins innovation center at University of Surrey

The standards around next-generation mobile technologies – 2G, 3G, 4G – typically were driven by mobile operators and their vendor partners, but CableLabs aims to change that with the next iteration, namely 5G technology.

DARPA's Spectrum Collaboration Challenge kicks off

At the heart of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) newest challenge is finding ways to optimize the use of wireless spectrum in ways not possible with today's approaches – and the challenge is now officially on.

Millimeter wave veteran Cambridge gears for more competition after Spectrum Frontiers vote

Being early to any technology brings with it both risks and rewards, as Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) can attest. The company, which was established back in 2000 by 10 engineers from Cambridge University, has honed its skills in the 28 and 39 GHz departments, both of which were part of last week's history-making Spectrum Frontiers ruling.

C Spire achieves 2.2 Gbps in 5G test with Nokia at Mississippi HQ

Ridgeland, Mississippi-based C Spire last week became the first company to successfully demonstrate a 5G fixed wireless solution in Mississippi using Nokia equipment with a direct connection to its fiber-based commercial television service.

Jarich on Facebook's OpenCellular: Old shirt, new starch, fancy designer label?

Back at the start of the month, Facebook announced OpenCellular, its open-source radio access platform. It wasn't that difficult to see it coming. Yet, I'm not so sure that OpenCellular is going to have a massive impact on the market. It's not that I want it to fail. It's just that I feel like we've all been here before in some fundamental ways.

Ericsson CEO: Almost all our products are already virtualized, but industry moving slowly to SDN, NFV

Although carriers including AT&T and Telefonica have boasted of their progress toward virtualized, software-defined networks, the overall wireless industry remains in the very early stages of this transition, said Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg.

Facebook's Connectivity Lab uses light collector to achieve data rates of more than 2 Gbps

Researchers from Facebook's Connectivity Lab say they've demonstrated a conceptually new approach for detecting optical communication signals traveling through the air – and it could have implications for delivering internet service to far-flung places around the world.

5G: US is off to the races

While the ink is still drying on the FCC's 278-page order on Spectrum Frontiers, it's worth taking special note of this moment in time – one that has been compared to the magnitude of releasing the 1900 MHz PCS band spectrum in the 1990s.

Qualcomm: We're working at a feverish pace to develop 5G tech

Prior to last week's unanimous FCC vote to open up vast amounts of millimeter wave spectrum for 5G, Qualcomm had all kinds of suggestions for how it should be implemented. But the day after the historic vote, it was more interested in savoring the moment.