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Summit take-away: Wi-Fi's still got a quality of service issue

It was probably apropos that Google would announce its MVNO on the second day of the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit. After all, many of the players at the summit are pioneers in the Wi-Fi-to-cellular handoff business.

Wi-Fi, LTE worlds bump into each other in WIS panel debate

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.

Boingo CTO calls on industry to be more disruptive

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Noting the "uncarrier" moves by operators like T-Mobile US that already are making waves, Boingo CTO Derek Peterson told attendees here at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit that he would like to see more disruption like that from the industry.

South Korean researchers develop app to help those with arm paralysis

An app that helps people with arm paralysis use smartphones is expected to be released to the Samsung Apps platform in a few months.

Google's Project Fi aims to combine the best of LTE, Wi-Fi

Finally and officially, Google has unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US.

AllCity Wireless launches ÜberWi cloud-based Wi-Fi management platform

AllCity Wireless, which provides solutions for enterprise-class wireless broadband and Wi-Fi deployments, introduced ÜberWi, a cloud-based solution that allows businesses to manage and monetize their own Wi-Fi networks.

Google's Loon refines processes, gets close to rolling out 'thousands' of balloons

Since launching a handful of balloons in New Zealand at its Project Loon launch in 2013, Google says it has flown millions of test kilometers around the world trying to learn what it will take to provide Internet connectivity with balloons.

Study: Dual-band Wi-Fi devices surpass single-band 2.4 GHz products

The use of dual-band Wi-Fi devices using 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum has surpassed that of single-band 2.4 GHz devices, according to an ABI Research study.

New 3.5 GHz rules reveal less control-freaky Department of Defense

When the FCC voted to adopt new spectrum sharing rules for the 3.5 GHz band, it acknowledged the hard work the FCC staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and U.S. Department of Defense did in order to come up with a workable plan.

Ofcom identifies potential 5G bands above 6 GHz

UK regulator Ofcom has identified a preliminary set of bands in different parts of the 6-100 GHz range that it believes offer the best potential use for 5G in the UK and harmonization of 5G mobile services globally.

Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent combination to create 5G powerhouse, analysts say

Is Nokia Networks' $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent all about becoming a 5G powerhouse? Some analysts believe that's the case.

Reports cite Wi-Fi as potential security threat to avionics

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report recommending that the Federal Aviation Administration develop a more comprehensive approach to address cybersecurity as it transitions to its NextGen air traffic control system sparked a flurry of reports about how in-flight Wi-Fi could be used by terrorists or other hackers to take control of an aircraft's avionic systems.

ARM buys Bluetooth players Wicentric, Sunrise Micro in Internet of Things push

ARM Holdings acquired two small companies focused on power-efficient Bluetooth technologies, Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices, as part of a broader effort to push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

FCC votes to adopt new 3.5 GHz spectrum sharing plan for 'Innovation Band'

The FCC voted today to adopt new spectrum sharing tools and policies to make 150 MHz of spectrum available for mobile broadband and other commercial uses. The radio waves sit in the 3.5 GHz band that previously was locked up by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

ZTE touts 5G breakthrough with MUSA technology

China's ZTE is claiming a 5G breakthrough with its new multi-user shared access (MUSA) technology, which the company said can triple overload capacity on wireless access networks.

Analysts: Verizon's prospects for winning FirstNet project increasing

In a report reviewing American Tower's prospects for improving its tower business, analysts at Macquarie Research say they are increasingly of the view that Verizon could win the FirstNet public-safety-network project.

Photo tour of CableLabs provides a look into cable's future

Step right up … and take a look at what CableLabs is doing at its digs in Louisville, Colo. This is where the organization conducts tests to help its customers better understand the Wi-Fi services they hope to provide to their customers.

CableLabs: TLPS Channel 14 can negatively impact nearby Wi-Fi networks

CableLabs this week submitted a report to the FCC detailing its findings from a Globalstar demonstration of terrestrial low power service (TLPS) at FCC headquarters, saying the tests are inconclusive and urging further technical study.

Smartphone device might help doctors diagnose cancer

Medical experts using a device that attaches to a smartphone could more accurately and economically diagnose cancer, especially in remote areas, according to research described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed U.S. journal.

Bluetooth SIG offers SDK to jump-start development around IoT

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is determined to make it easier for developers to create products for the Internet of Things (IoT), culminating in the beta release of its Bluetooth Developer Studio software-based development kit.