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CableLabs wants to help forge unlicensed LTE, ensure it 'plays well' with Wi-Fi

CableLabs is exploring the impact of LTE technology in wireless access networks, including the potential for LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) to replace or supplant Wi-Fi.

Google revamps its TV white-space database system ahead of 600 MHz auction

Google has upgraded its TV band database system, which enables unlicensed use of TV white space spectrum (TVWS), and the new and improved system can be tested by the public for 45 days starting June 2.

FirstNet: Swenson replaces Ginn at helm, puts focus on strategic program roadmap

Las Vegas bookies probably would have calculated pretty strong odds against Sam Ginn staying on as chairman of the First Network Responders Authority once his term expires in August. And that's exactly why Las Vegas bookies make money.

BandwidthX's 'dark Wi-Fi' capacity marketplace is in trials, says CEO

BOULDER, Colo.—Executives from BandwidthX recently brought their "dark Wi-Fi" message to Colorado, where they pitched their vision of a cloud-based marketplace for Wi-Fi spectrum that would enable on-demand Wi-Fi offloading.

Telefonica, DoCoMo aim to steer the NFV bandwagon

Spain's Telefonica and Japan's NTT DoCoMo separately announced major, long-term commitments to developing and deploying network functions virtualization (NFV) architecture as they pioneer efforts to develop this quite nascent technology frontier.

Time Warner Cable's new portal helps users calculate savings from offloading cellular data to MSO's Wi-Fi hotspots

Time Warner Cable took the wraps off My WiFi, an online customer portal that positions the company's networks of Wi-Fi hotspots as a stronger competitor to cellular.

Japan will provide free Wi-Fi access to tourists

The Japanese government has partnered with KDDI and NTT DoCoMo to give tourists visiting the island nation free Wi-Fi service starting in 2016.

Ericsson CTO claims North America is driving 5G development

Ericsson hopes to prompt Europe's public sector to invest more in next-generation telecom technology, including 5G mobile broadband, by disclosing more information about the diminishing returns the company is seeing from R&D it conducts in the region.

Cisco aims to prepare tech workers for SDN-driven skills shift

It is no secret that the emergence of software-defined networking and open computing environments is drastically altering the entire networking landscape. This is being experienced across all vertical markets, including telecom, which is why Cisco has added network programmability education to its certification program.

T-Mobile providing Nextivity signal boosters to keep indoor customers satisfied

After taking a  brief hiatus, T-Mobile US is again offering Nextivity's Cel-Fi signal boosters to customers who demand better cell phone coverage in their homes and is even providing the devices for free to qualifying customers, according to reports.

Verizon touts numbers behind its XLTE rollout

Verizon Wireless' marketing push behind its newly branded "XLTE" network includes an infographic highlighting some of the numbers underlying this higher-capacity service, which runs over the operator's AWS spectrum.

MIT lasers in on wireless broadband for the cosmos

Wireless broadband service went cosmic in a demo conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory and NASA, in which a laser-based communication uplink between the moon and earth beat the previous record transmission speed by a factor of 4,800.

Madden: The small cell market takes a coffee break

For the past five years, Mobile Experts has been the most conservative analyst firm in the femtocell and small cell market. That's why we were selected to track the market on behalf of the Small Cell Forum. We've predicted flat numbers for femtocells (nailed that one) and we've predicted steady growth in carrier-deployed small cells, which has been accurate through the end of 2013.

Rumor mill: Google getting into managed Wi-Fi services with help from Hotspot 2.0

Google is reportedly preparing to subsidize commercial-grade Wi-Fi gear and software for small- and medium-size businesses, possibly in exchange for having Wi-Fi users use their Google accounts to sign into those businesses' Wi-Fi hotspots, which will in turn help Google better target advertising to them.

IBB: Bringing mobility inside: Small cell deployment strategies for malls, stadiums and more

Small cells are more than just an answer to persistent in-building penetration and high-density RF challenges. They are critical in satisfying user bandwidth capacity needs in difficult indoor environments like malls, stadiums and convention centers. These unique locations couple significant bandwidth demands with a largely stationary or nomadic user population. Strategic use of small cell sites allow network operators to focus available bandwidth in confined areas by adding improved service quality, but this opportunity comes with unique challenges.

Cisco vs. VMware highlights divide in SDN thinking

Cisco CEO John Chambers indicated the company is staking out a beachhead in software-defined networking (SDN), predicting his company will come to dominate the nascent category.

Marian Croak on why and how AT&T is moving to SDN, NFV and an all-IP future with Domain 2.0

with Marian Croak, senior vice president of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services development, AT&T

AT&T Mobility's "User-Defined Network Cloud" initiative, which makes use of Software-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization, is aimed at transforming the carrier's network. AT&T wants to virtualize hardware functions, cut costs and put more control of its network in the cloud and in the hands of users, both in the consumer and enterprise markets. Marian Croak, senior vice president of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services development, discussed these initiatives in a recent interview.

Nokia: 69% of wireless subs are heavy data users

Nokia's annual wireless end-user survey reveals that the share of heavy users of advanced data services keeps rising globally, with 69 percent of subscribers worldwide fitting into that category. In the most advanced markets, such as South Korea, the result is as high as 84 percent.

AT&T's Marian Croak reveals the inner workings of Domain 2.0 and AT&T's plan for an all-IP future

AT&T is leading the way into the worlds of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) via its Domain 2.0 architecture and "User-Defined Network Cloud" initiatives. At AT&T's recent Innovation Showcase event in New York, my colleague, FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein, spoke with Marian Croak, senior vice president of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services development, about these initiatives.

Sprint/T-Mobile, Google's MVNO and Apple's iWatch highlight the recent spate of rumors

The high-tech world is constantly awash with rumors, and many these days revolve around the wireless industry. Will Sprint and T-Mobile US merge? Is Google planning an MVNO? Will we see an iWatch from Apple? FierceWireless is taking a look at some high-profile rumors to assess the evidence behind them and determine how likely it is that a particular rumor will become reality.