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FirstNet: Partnering is way for wireless providers to gain valuable spectrum assets

FirstNet officials told industry representatives at its second Industry Day last week that partnering with FirstNet is a way for wireless service providers to gain access to valuable spectrum assets in less time and with less upfront costs than traditional methods, such as bidding in FCC auctions, according to IWCE's Urgent Communications.

LTE, Wi-Fi delegates collaborate, not clash, during coexistence workshop in Beijing

Despite what appeared to be a lot of defensive posturing before the meeting, there were no fists flying when delegates from the Wi-Fi and LTE communities met over the weekend for a 3GPP coexistence workshop in Beijing, China, to discuss Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.

Verizon files patent for ultrasonic frequency-based messaging

Verizon may be working on a device that could pick up on ultrasonic frequencies and digitally translate them into messages.

Internet of Things startup snags deals with Sylvania, Whirlpool, Maytag

The founder of a Redwood City, Calif., company that supplies Internet of Things (IoT) software for brands like Whirlpool and Maytag says he doesn't differentiate between the industrial IoT and the consumer IoT -- it's more like one big IoT.

Intel sees drone technology investment as game changer

Intel's more than $60 million investment in Chinese drone maker Yuneec Holding Ltd. is the latest evidence that chip makers are serious about drone technology and expanding into new technologies.

Nokia Networks lobbies for 70, 80 GHz bands for mmWave, 5G

Nokia Networks is pressing the FCC to consider 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz, along with other millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, for 5G as part of the FCC's proceeding that looks at the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz.

Madden: How Wi-Fi will save LTE ... And how LTE will save Wi-Fi

LTE operators have a major problem. ARPU is dropping, but data consumption continues to grow. The big LTE operators are forced to give bigger data bundles for lower prices. This will not end well. Wi-Fi operators also have a major problem. They're spending more money on equipment than they collect in Wi-Fi service revenues. Frankly, that's unsustainable without some way to create revenue from the Wi-Fi network. The basic problem: Nobody pays for Wi-Fi anymore.

Qualcomm's 'Why Wait?' slogan gets put to the test

Qualcomm has seen its share of wireless technology wars, and it survived. Now it's got a new war on its hands, one involving LTE-U and Wi-Fi, as well as adversaries like Google. How will it survive this one? 

Qualcomm CTO: LTE, Wi-Fi need to work side by side

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Qualcomm hosted a media event at its headquarters on Wednesday as part of its ongoing efforts to "set the record straight" about LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Wi-Fi coexistence, with the bottom line being: If you want to improve the quality of Wi-Fi, your best bet is to develop and deploy LTE-U sooner rather than later.

Marking 10 years of consolidation in the cable industry

While the wireless industry certainly has seen its fair share of consolidation over the years and speculation persists that it will continue to do so, the consolidation trend has been going steady in the cable industry as well. FierceCable reviews the major acquisitions and mergers that happened in the last 10 years. Special Report

Korean researchers use Li-Fi for medical testing

South Korean researchers from the Pukyong National University are using lights to replace wires in medical treatment via light fidelity, or "Li-Fi." The technology transmits information through a visible light communication, or VLC, link using the red, green and blue spectrums of LED lights.

FCC gives Sprint go-ahead to upgrade 800 MHz network in Portland metro area

As part of Sprint's years-long effort to reband public safety entities, the FCC has granted a waiver that will allow Sprint to deploy its 800 MHz network in parts of Washington state that are considered key to its service in the Portland, Ore., metro area.

Verizon, T-Mobile and other LTE U supporters castigate Wi-Fi Alliance certification proposal

In a new filing to the FCC, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent blasted a proposal by the Wi-Fi Alliance to certify LTE Unlicensed technologies, arguing the Wi-Fi Alliance is seeking to become a "gatekeeper" for technology in unlicensed spectrum. The companies said the Wi-Fi Alliance's proposal would "jeopardize the [FCC's] entire framework that has made unlicensed spectrum so successful as an open platform for permissionless innovation."

T-Mobile patent points to efforts to improve video call quality

A patent filing from T-Mobile US shows that the nation's third-largest wireless carrier is working to make video calls over its network more efficient. Such an effort by the carrier is not surprising considering video chews up dramatically more bandwidth than most other types of communications.

Schoolar: Listening to the 5G jazz

Here is a thought: are 5G presentations becoming some sort of mobile tech jazz performance? With a song there are certain notes musicians have to play. In classical there is very little room for improvisation. The notes and timing of those notes are to be played exactly as written. Jazz on the other hand provides much more room for improv; the musicians are free to play around with the notes and timing so long as they don't stray too far from the rest of the band. Extending this metaphor to 5G, the mobile ecosystem is the band while the technologies and innovations vendors and operators hope to deliver 5G are the notes.

AT&T among those backing GSMA's Low Power Wide Area M2M initiative

With backing from companies like AT&T, the GSMA has launched an initiative to accelerate the rollout of cellular networks customized for machine-to-machine communications.

Republic Wireless to roll out Salsa update following 3% increase in Wi-Fi calling

Republic Wireless is slowly implementing its "Salsa" technology that it says will better support Wi-Fi calling and handoffs between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. According to the company's spokeswoman, the update, which grew out of Republic Wireless's recent Project Salsa, will be distributed to all current Republic phones, as well as second generation Android phones operating on Lollipop.

Cambium introduces cnMaestro for detecting network connection issues

Cambium Networks introduced cnMaestro, a platform that is available in the cloud or deployable on premise, for operators to use as a network management and analytics tool to pinpoint which segments of a city or neighborhood are having connection issues.

T-Mobile accuses cable companies of using LTE-U tests that rely on extremes, not reality

T-Mobile US took a stab at its cable rivals in a recent FCC filing, saying that claims by LTE-U opponents that the technology will adversely impact Wi-Fi operations are based on testing "with parameters set at extremes that do not represent realistic deployments or do not reflect actual LTE-U specifications."

Gimbal integrates beacons with mobile, out-of-home messaging

Gimbal is going truly mobile with its beacons. That is, by putting beacons on moving assets, such as on the sides of buses and on Segways and jet packs, it's going about as mobile as you can get.