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Alcatel-Lucent steps away from 'polarizing' debate, touts blending of Wi-Fi, LTE

There's a lot of talk about LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), or LTE-Unlicensed, but Alcatel-Lucent says there's no reason to wait for LTE-U. With the launch of its "Wireless Unified Networks," or WUN for short, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the vendor is blending the upload and download capabilities of Wi-Fi and cellular technologies to offer faster download and upload speeds and extended network range.

Renault Nissan CEO: driverless cars will be here by 2025

Early autonomous cars will hit the road but 2016 but don't expect to see driverless cars until at least 2025. Speaking at a keynote address here at Mobile World Congress 2015, Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said regulators will be reluctant to allow cars without drivers because the technology is more complex and cyber security issues must first be resolved.

Samsung showcases mmW for backhaul, FD-MIMO

Millimeter wave (mmW) wireless backhaul at 60 GHz, full dimension multiple input multiple output (FD-MIMO), and mmWave mobile radio access are three of the technologies that Samsung Electronics will demonstrate during Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona this week.

Boingo expands Wi-Fi offload trial to include 5M handsets

Boingo Wireless has expanded its Tier 1 carrier offload trial to include millions more handsets using its Passpoint-enabled network. The company is not revealing the identity of the carrier.

Net neutrality: Long-term implications loom for Internet of Things

The FCC's order to protect the open Internet carries with it implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), even though the immediate impact might not be felt for quite some time.

Two FCC commissioners advocate new uses for DSRC

It looks as though FCC Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel are not interested in letting the automobile industry indefinitely hold onto spectrum set aside for roadway safety.

Why wait? Unleash spectrum for mmW now

As the world races toward 5G, it's hard to argue with NYU Wireless' assertions that the FCC should move quickly to allocate new spectrum in the millimeter wave (mmW) radio bands. But the satellite industry, in particular, is raising concerns in the FCC's Notice of Inquiry on the subject.

Innovative leaders in wireline to watch in 2015

As vice president of network on demand, mobile and business solutions for AT&T, Josh Goodell is in charge of the telco's move to implement software-defined networking and network functions virtualization capabilities. He's just one of the emerging innovators spotlighted in FierceTelecom's latest special report.

Bluetooth SIG establishes mesh working group for Internet of Things

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is forming the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group to look at standardizing mesh networking for Bluetooth Smart technology and explore various use case scenarios to benefit from mesh, from the smart home to other Internet of Things (IoT) verticals.

SK Telecom, Samsung to show off 3D beamforming at 7.55 Gbps

SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics are apparently making progress on their commitment to work together on 5G network technology research. The pair will jointly demonstrate 3D beamforming using millimeter-wave (mmW) frequency bands when the industry convenes at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.

XCellAir emerges from stealth mode, launches ecosystem for LTE, Wi-Fi network optimization

Newly out of stealth mode, XCellAir is launching its own ecosystem, a network comprised of vendors of Wi-Fi access points and LTE small cell, as well as self-organizing network (SON) suppliers, to accelerate the adoption of its network optimization solutions.

Nokia Networks gears up for ultra-dense networks, LAA demo

Armed with the knowledge that by 2020, mobile networks will need to serve 1,000 times the traffic served in 2010, Nokia Networks is rolling out the red carpet for a smorgasbord of network technologies designed to help operators meet the challenge.

Globalstar asked to prove TLPS will work on iPhone 6

Investment firm Gerst Capital wrote an open letter to Globalstar CEO James Monroe asking for evidence that terrestrial low power services (TLPS) will work for the iPhone 6 and other LTE-capable smartphones.

In 5G proceeding, SpaceX urges FCC to protect future satellite ventures

Space Exploration Technologies, otherwise known as SpaceX, the space transport company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, wants the FCC to consider not only existing but future innovative uses of Ka-band spectrum before committing to a proceeding that might create barriers to entry.

Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia get ready to rumble at MWC

Some of the industry's biggest vendors clearly will be showcasing their wares with an eye toward 5G when they exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.

SiBeam expands indoor gigabit portfolio with new WiGig 802.11ad solution

Millimeter wave technology pioneer SiBeam announced the release of its new SB6501 and SB6510 UltraGig network processor and RF transceiver chipset, expanding on the company's indoor gigabit solutions.

Diving into how Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile stacked up in Q4 2014

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere may be crowing about how his company passed Sprint in total number of subscribers, but what does that mean exactly? Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson breaks down key U.S. operator metrics for an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile performed in the fourth quarter.

WBA, GSMA expand next-gen Wi-Fi network at MWC

What a difference a year makes. Last year, six operators were involved in the Wi-Fi network sponsored by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and GSMA at the Mobile World Congress Fira Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain. This year, that number has ramped up to more than 30.

Wireless industry executives to watch in 2015

Most everyone knows industry household names like Tim Cook, Tom Wheeler, Randall Stephenson and John Legere, but how about the less obvious innovators who are shaking things up behind the scenes?

Comcast Labs teams with Boomtown to build IoT lab

Comcast Labs is getting together with startup accelerator Boomtown to build what they are calling one of the world's first Internet of Things labs.