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Qualcomm drives 802.11ac 2.0 ecosystem for faster Wi-Fi, intros new chip

Qualcomm Atheros is doing its part of make better use of Wi-Fi spectrum with multi-user (MU), multiple input-multiple output (MIMO) technology. Expanding on its portfolio of 802.11ac 2.0 capable chips, the company is introducing the QCA9377, which extends the performance benefits of Qualcomm's branded MU|EFX technology to notebooks, TVs, cameras and other consumer electronics that are connected to crowded Wi-Fi networks.

SK Telecom, Samsung sign MOU for 5G, Internet of Things R&D

South Korean giants SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start joint research on 5G network technology and service development.

Qualcomm leading push for 4K

Qualcomm  is touting the advantages of 4K streaming video over wireless and asserting that mobile devices will lead the way in making 4K video more widely available.

Royal Caribbean sponsors free Wi-Fi at New York subway platforms

From the high seas to underground tunnels, Royal Caribbean wants to make sure people get their Wi-Fi. The cruise line partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York to bring free Wi-Fi to underground subway platforms in Manhattan and Queens.

Investor says Globalstar's Wi-Fi tests are 'not real tests'

The short-seller activist investor who declared war on Globalstar is not backing down, releasing yet another scathing report against the company. In its latest salvo, hedge fund Kerrisdale Capital released a report saying it conducted tests using an independent firm, Allion Engineering Services--the same firm that Comcast uses to test its Wi-Fi--and found the test results that Globalstar filed with the FCC in June 2013 "do not reflect real-world tests."

Nokia Networks establishes multi-stakeholder ETSI ISG for mobile edge computing

Nokia Networks is collaborating with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for mobile edge computing (MEC).

Fujitsu develops lower-cost millimeter-wave radar for automobiles

The connected car may be getting smarter at a lower cost thanks to R&D coming out of Japan's Fujitsu Laboratories that could help cars better detect objects and people around them.

FCC to explore 5G services, auctioned or unlicensed, above 24 GHz

WASHINGTON--The FCC voted 5-0 to launch an inquiry into how best to deploy next-generation wireless services at spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz. Such spectrum is being eyed as a key element of still-undefined "5G" networks.

NTU-Singapore develops ultra-fast charging batteries

Scientists at Nangyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new lithium-ion battery that can be recharged to 70 percent capacity in just two minutes. But that's not all: The battery also will have a lifespan of more than 20 years.

Incentive auction: Let the facts talk

Debate about licensed and unlicensed spectrum has been raging as long as I can remember--and it continues as the FCC faces questions about how to arrange the band plan for 600 MHz in a manner that allows the fastest and broadest possible use of spectrum.

Google to test millimeter wave transmissions in 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz bands

Google filed applications with the FCC to conduct a variety of tests across a number of spectrum bands, including the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz millimeter wave bands. It's unclear exactly what Google is seeking to discover through the testing--the company said only that it will "enable testing of radios in a way that is likely to contribute to the development, extension, expansion, or utilization of the radio art."

Mimosa Networks unwraps super-fast broadband technology

Mimosa Networks, the Campbell, Calif., startup that wrapped a $20 million funding round in May and released its first product in August, is now ready to deliver on its second product release: devices that will enable ISPs to get wireless broadband signals into consumers' homes.

DoCoMo completes proof-of-concept NFV trials with 6 vendors

It appears that NTT DoCoMo's sphere of vendors capable of supplying network functions virtualization is getting bigger. The Japanese service provider announced it has completed proof-of-concept trials using the software and equipment of six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Nokia Networks.

Huawei to commercialize '4.5G' technology in 2016, aims for speeds of 6 Gbps

While standards around what "5G" network technology is are being contemplated, Huawei is thinking ahead to an interim evolution, which it calls "4.5G" and plans to launch commercially in 2016. According to Huawei, such 4.5 G networks will support latency rates of around 10 milliseconds, peak downlink speeds of around 6 Gbps, and the ability to support 100,000 connections within a single square kilometer.

Dell introduces new NFV platform, starter kits

Dell is moving full steam ahead in the network functions virtualization (NFV) market with the introduction of its new NFV platform and starter kits to accelerate carrier trials and adoption.

HP hopes to boost NFV with new technology partner program

HP announced that leading telecom organizations have joined the HP OpenNFV Program as technology partners to help carriers take advantage of network functions virtualization (NFV) technology.

Samsung claims Wi-Fi speed breakthrough using 60 GHz WiGig standard

Samsung Electronics says it has developed a 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology capable of bridging the gap between theoretical and actual Wi-Fi speeds.

Globalstar fights back against investor who claims the company's spectrum is worthless

Mobile satellite firm Globalstar is taking an activist investor to task for claiming that the company's wireless spectrum is worthless. Kerrisdale Capital, a short-seller that would benefit from a drop in the company's stock price, said earlier this week that Globalstar's spectrum, which is in the upper 2.4 GHz band, is not valuable because there is already a glut of Wi-Fi spectrum in the U.S.

T-Mobile: Wide-area wireless networks 'will never provide accurate, dispatchable locations' for E911

In a new filing with the FCC, T-Mobile US argued that none of the current options for improving wireless carriers' in-building location technology--including NextNav's indoor location technology, TruePosition's U-TDOA offering, Polaris Wireless' RF Pattern Matching, and OTDOA--will be able to meet the commission's ambitious goals of more accurately locating wireless 911 callers inside buildings. And instead, T-Mobile is urging the FCC to consider other location technologies that fall outside of wireless carriers'' purview, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth beacons and other commercial location systems.

Jab Broadband maintains growth trajectory in nascent WISP market

Jab Broadband, the country's largest fixed wireless broadband service provider, continues to look for acquisition targets as it addresses one of the problems that has vexed the communications industry for years: serving rural areas and making a profit.