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Google pushes FCC to study high-altitude platform stations for broadband services

Google supports the idea of the FCC authorizing resources for the study of broadband delivered from high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), which are 20 to 50 kilometers above ground.

Amtrak derailment triggers bickering over positive train technology

Positive train control (PTC) technology has been the focus of attention--and finger pointing--ever since the May 12 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.

Nokia touts its LTE Network in a box

Targeting public safety and the energy industry, Nokia Networks is launching a compact, rapidly deployable LTE network in a box with macro site capacity and coverage to provide real-time communication services.

Globalstar gets boost from Ignition Partners amid calls for further TLPS tests

Globalstar, which has been lobbying the FCC for the ability to use terrestrial low power service (TLPS), got a boost in the form of a letter in support of its proposal from a partner of Ignition Partners, an early stage venture capital firm whose founders include cellular industry pioneer Steve Hooper.

Grading the top 8 U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015


The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers.

Gogo, others set sights on future small, high-capacity antennas for regional jets

Count Gogo as one of those involved in efforts to get ultra-thin satellite antenna solutions to market. "A small, high-capacity antenna for satellite for business aviation jets or regional jets is the holy grail," said Norman Smagley, executive vice president and CFO at in-flight Wi-Fi service provider Gogo during the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.

Huawei, Qualcomm demonstrate 600 Mbps using LTE Cat 11

Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies have completed tests using LTE CAT11, achieving a downlink peak data rate of up to 600 Mbit/s by aggregating three component carriers--3CC carrier aggregation--with 256QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation).

Sizing up Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in Q1

Now that the first-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, it's time to see how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US performed in the first quarter of 2015.

Google touts Spectrum Access System for 3.5 GHz spectrum management

Spectrum sharing was a theme at the International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART 2015) in Boulder, Colo., last week, and Google shared what it's been doing to enable the FCC's spectrum-sharing vision in the 3.5 GHz band.

FirstNet deems 'Industry Day' a success as financial challenges loom

More than 425 representatives from federal, state and local jurisdictions, as well as vendor community participants, showed up either in person or via webcast for the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) first "Industry Day."

Ruckus introduces Hotspot 2.0, Release 2 products

Ruckus Wireless is using the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress event in London to introduce what it calls the industry's first commercially available products to be Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) Passpoint certified for Hotspot 2.0, Release 2, setting the stage for a whole new way for organizations and users to connect to new public Wi-Fi network services.

Fixed WISP Rise plans network upgrade as it unites under one brand

JAB Broadband, which is now celebrating acquisition No. 108, is on a path to upgrade its technology at the same time it's adopting a new brand name to encompass all of its divisions: Rise Broadband.

Los Angeles to upgrade street lights with GPS

The city of Los Angeles is emerging a leader in smart city lights. While the city currently has the ability to control about 50,000 of its 160,000 LED streetlights remotely, an upgrade will add GPS capability, CNN Money reports.

AT&T gets even more software-defined with SDS

Ever wonder how AT&T is able to stick to its ambitious goal of making 75 percent of its network software-driven by 2020? Part of it might have to do with the experience it has via AT&T Labs.

Wireless power: Who's leading the charge?

A lot of people have been working on wireless charging for a lot of years. What makes anyone so sure that 2015 will be "the year" for wireless charging? A few things are converging to make 2015 different from years past, prompting this latest feature, where we examine some of the forces that are in place that make some very smart people predict that indeed, this is The Year.

What makes a smart city so smart?

It's no secret that cities are trying to get smarter through wireless technologies. Smart cities will use an estimated 1.1 billion connected things this year alone, according to Gartner. That figure is expected to jump to 9.7 billion by 2020.

From Z-Wave to ZigBee: new VP Walters sees changes in the IoT air

Even though the ZigBee Alliance's new vice president of strategic development has been in the industry for more than a decade, he still sees the Internet of Things as a very young space.

Samsung seeks to jumpstart IoT with Artik platform

Samsung Electronics is trying to help everybody move faster to deliver on the Internet of Things (IoT), unveiling its set of Artik-branded modules that contain the processors, memory, communications chips and software required for device makers to create connected devices.

Boingo's Hagan anticipates more Wi-Fi offload deals

Boingo Wireless is still in the early days of rolling out carrier Wi-Fi offloading with Sprint, but its Wi-Fi technology is on about 10 million handsets today, growing to 40 million, including some of Sprint's other brands like Virgin Mobile.