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'Pocketsourcing' turns smartphones into passive sensors to drive location apps

Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.

Sprint's Phone Connect 3 cuts the landline cord but keeps the phones

Sprint is providing transitional technology to people who want to cut the cord and use their mobile phone number as their only personal number but still like the convenience of having a call ring in on their landline phones.

Paolini: 6 issues guiding discussions on traffic management

By Monica Paolini, Senza Fili ConsultingThe challenge of how operators can pack more traffic and services on the infrastructure it already has and improve subscribers' experience is not a new one--but there has been great innovation in the tools, their availability and their effectiveness over the last few years. Our understanding of how traffic dynamics have changed and continue to change, and how to track them in live networks makes the case for active traffic management much more compelling from a cost-saving and revenue-generating perspective.

5G reflects the wireless industry's increasingly rapid pace of change

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.

Sprint sells 900 MHz spectrum to firm led by Nextel co-founders

Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce communications provider is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum.

FirstNet RFI, public notice lay groundwork for network procurement

The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network acquisition strategy. In addition, the board approved a public notice that seeks input regarding preliminary interpretations of the law that created FirstNet, and it approved a $120 million management budget for fiscal year 2015.

Genband's Kandy sweetens unified communications with PaaS

Genband officially released Kandy, its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables the embedding of real-time video, voice, presence and text into Web and mobile applications for a seamless unified-communications experience.

AT&T, Nokia among those endorsing spectrum-sharing tests in 'model city'

Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Gauging the trends at CTIA's Super Mobility Week

CTIA's Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas was an ambitious effort that relied upon partnerships with other events such as the Competitive Carriers Association show, 4G World and IFA (the big consumer electronics trade fair held in Berlin every year). Lots of business got conducted during Super Mobility Week, but major no-shows, including Apple and T-Mobile US--each of which elected to hold its own separate event in northern California during the same week--cast a pall on Super Mobility Week's future.

Wi-Fi Alliance improves Wi-Fi Direct certification to support new services

The Wi-Fi Alliance added an optional set of services to its Wi-Fi Direct certification program, all of which are aimed at reducing operations to a single step.

NFL's iffy private Wi-Fi network irks some coaches

The vagaries of unlicensed spectrum are causing some coaches in the National Football League to lose their cool even more than usual.

Comcast, Liberty Global agree to international Wi-Fi roaming

Cable operators Comcast and Liberty Global will allow one another's customers to roam on their respective Wi-Fi hotspots in the United States and Europe starting in 2015. The MSOs said they will first trial the Wi-Fi roaming service later this year.

Sprint's ability to offer blazing peak speeds worries rivals, says Nokia exec

LAS VEGAS--Rival U.S. operators are concerned about the "peak wars" that Sprint might initiate using its vast spectrum holdings, said Mike Murphy, Nokia Networks' head of technology, North America.

Apple CEO Cook: We're working on secret products 'that haven't been rumored'

Apple ramped up its R&D spending over the past few years, and a number of products the company is working on are so secret they have not even generated whispers and gossip among the public, according to CEO Tim Cook.

LTE small cells present security threat, says Vitesse CTO

Most mobile operators are planning or actually deploying indoor and outdoor small cells to densify their LTE networks, but the pending widespread deployment of small cells is creating an urgent and unprecedented IT security threat, according to Martin Nuss, CTO at Vitesse Semiconductor.

AWS-3 auction: DoD pledges to enable greater access to shared spectrum

The next major U.S. spectrum auction, for AWS-3 frequencies, is slated to begin in less than two months, and the Department of Defense (DoD) is pledging to do what it can to reduce the size of coordination zones in the 1755-1780 MHz band to enable greater access to shared spectrum by commercial operations.

DoCoMo 5G white paper details phantom cell, NOMA and massive MIMO

Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo released a white paper regarding the 5G network it intends to commercially launch during 2020 in time for the opening of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus add to the momentum behind VoWiFi, VoLTE

Apple's decision to support Wi-Fi calling as well as voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus represents a bellwether for the wireless industry given the iPhone's high profile worldwide, say industry executives.

FirstNet will issue RFI, kick off public comment period at next board meeting

LAS VEGAS--The First Responder Network Authority will release a request for information (RFI) at its Sept. 17 board meeting and will also announce a public comment-and-notice period, through which FirstNet will seek input on issues such as whether FirstNet access should be expanded beyond public-safety users, according to Ed Parkinson, FirstNet's director of government affairs.

Rice University claims multiuser MIMO breakthrough for TV white space

Researchers from the wireless network group at Rice University have crafted a multiuser MIMO transmission scheme for TV white- space (TVWS) spectrum in the UHF band.