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Multicast content eyed as a necessity for modern venues

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators' minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.

Public-safety agencies leverage FirstNet spectrum during Phish concert

Public-safety officials in the Denver area were able to use the First Responder Network Authority's Band 14 spectrum to access network databases during a three-day concert by the band Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The city is located in Adams County, which is leasing 700 MHz spectrum from FirstNet for use by its ADCOM911 communications center.

Wi-Fi offloading will drive up revenues for test equipment, report says

Mobile operators offloading their data traffic to Wi-Fi need the latest and greatest testing and monitoring solutions to ensure the Wi-Fi networks being used meet carrier-grade quality requirements, and that will drive continued growth in the market for Wi-Fi test equipment, according to a new study from Frost & Sullivan.

OMB approval eliminates regulatory hurdle to Wi-Fi use at 5150-5250 MHz

The final section of new rules opening up the 5.15-5.25 GHz band for broader Wi-Fi use has now been enacted after being vetted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Apple jumps into 5G development via NGMN

Apple intends to play a leading role as the definitions and specifications for 5G emerge. Its ambitions were highlighted by the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, which said Apple has joined the group and is among companies "expected to significantly contribute to the upcoming work of the NGMN 5G Initiative."

SideSwipe detects gestures based on disturbances to cell phone signals

Researchers at the University of Washington unveiled SideSwipe, a system that enables a cell phone to detect nearby hand gestures based upon how those movements disturb GSM signals.

Report: Starbucks has fastest Wi-Fi download speeds among coffee chains

In honor of National Coffee Day (yes, there is such a thing), wefi released analytics regarding Wi-Fi connectivity trends at coffee chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Tully's Coffee and Panera. Starbucks, Tully's and Dunkin Donuts offer the fastest Wi-Fi download speeds, with Starbucks leading the way with average download speed of 0.18 Mbps, wefi said.

Wi-Fi Multicast: Ericsson, Cisco see new tech as complementary to LTE Multicast

LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. And while numerous operators are laying out plans to deploy LTE Multicast, a complementary technology--Wi-Fi Multicast--has already been deployed by venue owners and is being considered by both mobile operators and cable MSOs.

Madden: The small cell world needs certification

Remember the early days of Wi-Fi? It's easy to forget that Wi-Fi technology went through a period of very slow growth, where proprietary systems did not interoperate well and many companies exited the market due to poor ROI. The Small Cell market reminds me of the 1980's and 1990's unlicensed market, and there are lessons to be learned from Wi-Fi history in today's ecosystem development.

Google, Microsoft keep pushing for unlicensed use of 600 MHz band

Google and Microsoft are keeping up the pressure as they lobby the FCC to include technical rules enabling the use of unlicensed devices in the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will be auctioned next year.

Google's Wi-Fi sniffing activities still at issue in lawsuit

Four years after acknowledging that it mistakenly gathered payload data from open Wi-Fi networks at the same time it collected publicly broadcast SSID information and MAC addresses for use in future geolocation services, Google still faces a lawsuit filed in federal court regarding its alleged collection of personal information.

Report: U.S. cable operators closing in on 10M hotspots

U.S. cable operators are expected to deploy some 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots by early 2015, according to analysts at Heavy Reading. The forecast was released in Denver during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) convention.

Accuris will use $15M investment to extend Wi-Fi offload, roaming efforts

Accuris Networks attracted a $15 million equity funding round and hired as its new CEO wireless industry veteran Jeff Brown, who was most recently CEO and president of Kineto Wireless.

Advocates of dynamic spectrum access hope to boost their agenda within ITU

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is working within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to spread its advocacy for new spectrum policies that favor opportunistic spectrum access and concepts such as spectrum sharing.

Radisys takes aim at the mobile network's data plane

Radisys rolled out new wireless infrastructure platforms aimed at enabling mobile operators to virtualize data plane processing, as opposed to the more commonly targeted control plane processing.

Alcatel-Lucent exec says NFV will drive spending from 2016 onward

LAS VEGAS--All of the world's Tier 1 mobile operators are putting network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives into place and will start focusing their capital expenditures on NFV Mobile in 2015, said Keith Allan, director of IP mobile core product strategy at Alcatel-Lucent.

Ericsson reaches 300 Mbps in over-the-air trial of intraband LTE carrier aggregation

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom's Slovak Telecom business unit achieved data speeds of 300 Mbps in over-the-air field trials for intraband contiguous LTE carrier aggregation. The trials were the first for LTE Band 7, 2.6 GHz spectrum, using a 20+20 MHz configuration in a field environment, Ericsson said.

Qualcomm SDK aims to boost LTE Multicast development

Qualcomm unveiled a software-development toolkit (SDK) during its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers to take advantage of LTE Multicast technology. The SDK for LTE Multicast, also called LTE Broadcast, will provide developers with a common API that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying the technology.

T-Mobile takes LTE roaming north to Alaska

When it comes to expanding LTE coverage, T-Mobile US and General Communication (GCI) may have found a match made in heaven, as the former needs to extend its service to more rural and remote areas while the latter needs coverage outside of its home stomping ground in Alaska.

'Pocketsourcing' turns smartphones into passive sensors to drive location apps

Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.