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As the (wireless) world turns, operators and vendors adjust to SDN, NFV

Now that the two largest wireless operators have reported their second-quarter earnings, it's a good time to start speculating how they might spend their budgets the rest of this year.

NASA researchers create Wi-Fi-powered chip tech for wearables to improve battery life

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, in combination with researchers at UCLA, are working on a Wi-Fi reflector chip that they say would drastically improve battery life in wearable devices by reducing the power needed to transmit or receive information to computers and cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Google, Verizon contribute to NASA's drone management efforts

Verizon is just one of scores of companies that are raising their hands to help NASA in its mission to figure out a way to manage unmanned aerial systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones.

Bluetooth SIG, FIDO collaboration could bring better security to Internet of Things

The Bluetooth SIG's work with the Fast iDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance on two-factor authentication could have implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), providing a layer of much-needed security.

Verizon patent document outlines method of providing QoS based on bandwidth

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office last week published a patent application that Verizon filed in January 2014 that describes a method for determining quality of service (QoS) policy based on requested bandwidth.

Verizon, Qualcomm among partners in Michigan test site for connected cars, autonomous vehicles

The University of Michigan last week opened its 32-acre simulated city, Mcity, in Ann Arbor, Mich., that it, along with partners like Verizon Communications and Qualcomm Technologies, will use to test connected car and automated vehicle technologies.

Republic Wireless launches Project Salsa to test cellular-to-Wi-Fi handovers

Wi-Fi first service provider Republic Wireless kicked off a several week initiative, which it is calling Project Salsa, to test in-call two-way handover between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

FirstNet developing base stations for police cars, but deployment still several years away

FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas. However, FirstNet said the technology likely won't be deployed for several more years.

Analysts: Verizon could run out of network capacity in 2-3 years

While Verizon's CFO touted the company's network densification plans during the company's second-quarter conference call, analysts are speculating the operator will face LTE network congestion issues over the next couple of years.

NAB offers compromise on duplex guard band plan

It looks as though unlikely allies have their limits. Earlier this month, a diverse coalition of broadcasters and unlicensed spectrum advocates rallied to get the FCC to reject a staff recommendation on a "duplex gap" plan related to next year's incentive auction. Now the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), while saying it still prefers the compromise worked out more than a year ago, is suggesting another compromise--one that unlicensed spectrum advocates are not so keen on.

Hackers prompt lawmakers to address connected car safety

On the same day lawmakers introduced legislation intended to secure connected cars from hacking and protect drivers' privacy, Wired published a report on how hackers were able to take advantage of an existing car's in-car technology system that relies on Sprint's cellular network.

Nokia, KT hook up for Internet of Things lab in Korea

South Korean operator KT is joining forces with Nokia Networks to set up the country's first Internet of Things (IoT) lab, an initiative that underscores the companies' commitment to foster a "programmable world" through the convergence of IT and telecom.

Researchers design indoor location solution using time of flight, Wi-Fi

Researchers at the IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid, Spain, say they have come up with a way to improve indoor location positioning by using time-of-flight (ToF) measurements and adding software upgrades to commercial off-the-shelf 802.11 chipsets integrated into access points.

Verizon, Qualcomm lobby for LTE-U, Wi-Fi coexistence scheme

Verizon and Qualcomm presented a technical briefing on LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) to the IEEE 802.19 group at the IEEE 802 Plenary Session last week, the purpose of which was to provide detailed technical information to 802.19 about LTE-U and to assist 802.19 in its work to advance coexistence among wireless technologies.

Home Depot's marketing of RF lighting devices rankles amateur radio group

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for amateur radio, filed a formal complaint with the FCC, alleging that the Home Depot chain has been illegally marketing certain RF-ballast lighting devices to consumers in violation of FCC Part 18 rules.

Comparing operator network latency in the second quarter

In partnership with OpenSignal, FierceWireless is trying to shed some light on the latency issue, with a closer look at how operators stack up against each other. Special report

Study: NFV market will hit $11.6B in 2019

The global market for network functions virtualization (NFV) is expected to reach $11.6 billion in 2019, up from $2.3 billion in 2015, according to IHS.

3G/4G wireless network latency: How did Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile compare in Q2 2015?


In OpenSignal's latest charts, AT&T showed a slight increase in latency speeds on its LTE network in the second quarter, when compared with the operator's results from the first quarter. Sprint too showed an increase in its 3G latency speeds during that period. Overall, Sprint showed some of the lowest latency figures in the second quarter when compared with its rivals.

Nokia CEO: ALU acquisition will make it 'very strong' in North America

Nokia's deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent will give it a stronger position in wireless but also make it "very strong" in North America, said Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri during a fireside chat at the GSMA's Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

Google's Project Fi handoffs: Is it magic?

It's been less than a week since Google's Project Fi arrived at our door, but it's been enough time to come up with a few early impressions of the service. It's worth noting that there's still a "Project" in front of the endeavor.