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NTT DoCoMo outlines phased approach to 5G, 5G+

Japan's NTT DoCoMo shared an update on its plans for launching 5G in 2020, and it will be split into two phases, one termed 5G and another dubbed 5G+.

Fastback Networks deploys NLOS gear with nod to VoLTE, LTE-A

Fastback Networks' hyper-focus on latency is starting to pay off as more and more advanced technologies rely on super-low latency. 

Meet the big winners in pay-TV industry's executive compensation

Despite all the talk about competition from over-the-top and consumers' increasing desire to cut the cord, 2014 was a pretty good year for pay-TV executives. FierceCable created a list of the highest-paid executives in the cable and pay-TV industry. Special report

SK Telecom, Ericsson team up for 5G small cell demo

Super-low latency is expected to be one of the cornerstones of 5G, and SK Telecom and Ericsson are paving the way with a successful demonstration of small cell technology with super-low latency.

Apple inventions could signal new geofencing features for iPhone

Two Apple patent applications were published last week that demonstrate Apple's ongoing interest in mobile device location sharing, including one that details a new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation, according to AppleInsider. 

Gogo: Antenna is important component for in-flight communications

In case there was any doubt, executives at in-flight connectivity provider Gogo made it clear during their analyst day that the design of their antenna makes a big difference in how the company will serve the aviation industry now and into the future.

AT&T remains mum on LTE-Advanced, VoLTE for network in Mexico

AT&T is talking about investing $3 billion to build an LTE network in Mexico that will tie into its U.S. wireless network, but so far it's not saying much about whether it will deploy LTE-Advanced or VoLTE.

Huawei successfully demos its SDN-based Open Network Hypervisor

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei successfully demonstrated its Open Network Hypervisor (OpenNH) solution at California's Open Networking Summit 2015, held June 15-18. The solution is an independent tenant virtual network based on software-defined networking (SDN).

Wheeler gives shout-out to unlicensed spectrum, sharing

Noting that some 60 percent of licensed traffic is carried by unlicensed Wi-Fi--and referring to the fact that wireless operators at one time were Wi-Fi haters--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he thinks the industry and regulatory world are going through an evolutionary process where the outcome has to be recognition that spectrum is something that has to be shared.

Meerkat, Beamr, Popcornflix among the Fierce15 in online video

FierceOnlineVideo just published its first Fierce 15, identifying the movers and shakers that are driving the online video industry. Special Report

LTE World panel: Operators need to 'radically simplify' LTE network core

It's imperative that the telecom industry simplify the LTE network to accommodate future data growth and emerging services, according to keynote speakers at the LTE World Summit 2015 going on this week in Amsterdam, telecoms.com reports.

Vivint combines licensed, unlicensed spectrum to offer high-speed Internet

Instead of slogging through local zoning and other hassles to deploy fiber, wireless ISP (WISP) Vivint is using a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum to offer high-speed Internet service to single-family homes.

Google-backed Sidewalk Labs to take over NYC Wi-Fi rollout

Sidewalk Labs, the Google-backed urban innovation company that launched earlier this month to improve technology in cities, is taking control of the project that will bring free Wi-Fi to New York City via LinkNYC.

Apple expands role with Bluetooth SIG, becomes Promoter member

It's not every day that an industry group can claim Apple as a member, but the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that Apple has expanded its participation by becoming a Promoter member.

Qi standard to support 15 watt fast charging

The Qi wireless charging standard is now capable of delivering 15 watts of power to mobile phones, according to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The advancement means Qi-enabled devices will be able to "fast charge" wirelessly, imitating accelerated wired charging that provides as much as 60 percent battery life in half an hour of charging.

Is there an alternative to LTE-U/LAA that won't tick everyone off?

Given how much the industry has discussed LTE in unlicensed spectrum during the past several months or so, some stakeholders might have gotten the impression that all the questions have been asked and answered, thank you very much. But that's not the case.

Closing the world's mobile gender gap

More than 3 billion people in low- and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones, and 1.7 billion of them are estimated to be women, according to the GSMA's 2015 report on Connected Women. However, efforts are underway to narrow the gender gap--but there's no silver bullet. Special report

ITU sets next steps for 5G, picks 'IMT-2020'

The ITU has decided on the term it will use to refer to IMT-2020, and it is, appropriately enough, "IMT-2020," referencing the year in which most industry watchers expect 5G to commercially deploy.

CTIA, CCA applaud re-introduction of Wireless Innovation Act

Wireless operators both large and regional are happy that a group of senators re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, with both CTIA and the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) issuing statements of support.

Small Cell Forum tackles 5G in Release 5.1

While a lot of discussions are underway about 5G and what exactly it will entail, one thing is widely expected: It will involve ever-smaller cells, one very good reason for the Small Cell Forum to get involved in the early discussions about 5G.