So much for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications--that part of the wireless industry that used to get knocked for its low average revenue per unit (ARPU) tendencies. Now it's the Internet of Things (IoT), a colossal category that not only includes M2M but also every other kind of thing imaginable, from toothbrushes to cars, and it promises to brings lots of revenues.
Timed to coincide with the holiday travel season, Boingo Wireless and Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced that Passpoint roaming is now available to their subscribers in the first such reciprocal Passpoint roaming of its kind.
Given the colossal nature of the Internet of Things and activity buzzing around the industry, FierceWirelessTech decided to take a closer look at some of the companies making the biggest waves, querying a handful of industry analysts for their take on which ones to watch in 2015. While it's by no means a scientific survey, this report provides a glimpse into the position of some of the biggest household names in the IoT space--as well as some not-so-well-known upstarts.
Swedish start-up Anyfi Networks says its Wi-Fi architecture is very much inspired by software-defined networking principles. The company announced this week the general availability of its Carrier Wi-Fi System.
One of the most buzzed about topics in 2014 was the cable industry's wide embrace of Wi-Fi. While it's difficult for industry analysts to pinpoint the eventual size of the cable Wi-Fi business, it's clearly growing like gangbusters.
It looks as though T-Mobile US will be one of the first carriers using License Assisted Access (LAA) in the 5 GHz spectrum band, possibly as early as next year.
The Thread Group says it now supports more than 50 members since it opened its doors for membership applications in October, and it's working with UL to set up testing and certification facilities to ensure a high quality user experience, as well as interoperability and security across Thread products.
AT&T is leading the way to a world of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), making good on some of the promises it laid out earlier this year.
Security on publicly available Wi-Fi is, or should be, a concern for many consumers. Now Devicescape, which helps service providers integrate Wi-Fi and cellular together, is trying to remove some of the complexity around security.
Google is formally seeking proposals from university faculty members for pioneering research related to the Internet of Things. It's all part of its mission to make IoT devices as easy to discover and interact with as it is to find and use information on the open web.
Dark fiber, which is the practice of leasing fiber optic cables from a network service provider, has re-emerged as the latest fashion trend in the wireline industry. The dark fiber opportunity is focused on serving three main markets: wireless backhaul, enterprise customers and traditional carriers. However, like any market segment, service providers remain divided on the opportunity.
The French startup Sigfox, which announced plans in May to launch a network dedicated to Internet of Things applications, is making good on its promise, going live in 10 UK cities using infrastructure from network site host Arqiva.
Cisco introduced a data and analytics strategy and a suite of analytics software designed to allow customers to translate their Internet of Things (IoT) data--or Internet of Everything, as Cisco calls it--into actionable business insights regardless of where the data resides.
Several ex-Cisco executives are pitching a new startup, Avi Technologies, to solve some of the biggest problems in the application delivery controller and network monitoring markets.
Intel is doing its part to advance the Internet of Things (IoT), unveiling a new Intel IoT Platform designed to serve as an end-to-end reference model to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the IoT.
Carriers sometimes tout the maximum speeds their networks can deliver to subscribers. T-Mobile US, for example, claims that customers are seeing real-world peak downlink speeds of up to 145 Mbps in markets where it has deployed at least 15x15 MHz of spectrum for LTE. But how do the carriers really stack up when it comes to maximum speeds?
Nokia this week opened the doors of its Nokia Security Center in Berlin, where the company will bring together mobile network operators, governments, academic institutes and other partners to develop and share know-how and expertise.
Former Qualcomm executive Rob Chandhok is channeling his expertise in the Internet of Things market into an IoT startup, Helium Systems, where he has just taken the role of president and COO.
The First Responder Network Authority received a final government report citing problems with financial disclosures and recommendations for improvement, but that's not the end of the matter if some lawmakers have their way.
Gogo likely will make deals with other wireless carriers or companies to make texting and other capabilities available onboard airplanes, similar to what it's doing with T-Mobile US, Gogo's president and CEO said during an investor conference Monday.