News

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.

Verizon's Shammo: 5G pilot in 2017 is all about fixed wireless, not mobility

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo reiterated the company's commitment to be the first U.S. company to roll out 5G wireless technology and made it clear that its initial pilot starting in 2017 is all about fixed wireless – not mobility.

RF signals tackle drone hazards

SkySafe is offering a way to avoid drone collisions with planes by using radio frequency signals to wirelessly bring drones to the ground when they're flying in areas they shouldn't be.

Republic Wireless develops bonded calling technology to improve Wi-Fi call quality

Call quality using Wi-Fi on cell phones always has been an issue, and engineers at Republic Wireless have been obsessed with refining the process to make it better. Now, they're introducing Bonded Calling, a type of "patch" that intelligently senses sub-optimal conditions on a Wi-Fi network and responds by patching the gaps in a Wi-Fi call with redundancy on a cell data network.

Analysts: Wi-Fi is ready for prime time at 60 GHz

It's been a long time coming, but analysts at SAR Insight & Consulting say they believe 2016 will be the year that WiGig finally takes off.

Sprint on track to launch intelligent Wi-Fi in Kansas City

Sprint is getting ready to roll with its intelligent Wi-Fi network that will launch in conjunction with Kansas City, Mo.'s new street car.

SoftBank, others join MulteFire Alliance

The MulteFire Alliance is getting even more traction with the addition of Japan's SoftBank Corp. as a new member.

Verizon stays focused on Boston – for now

While Verizon had little time to fete its win with Boston after some 40,000 wireline workers on the East Coast went on strike last week, its $300 million fiber investment in the city is something to celebrate.