Big cable = big bullies in LTE-U debate?

The debate over LTE-U, which was developed outside the usual standards bodies, continues to pit the cable industry against the wireless industry. Are cable companies just being big bullies, or do they have legitimate objections to the technology?

AT&T describes 'critical' need for 600 MHz field testing

Testing hardware and software in field trials has been routine for wireless operators, especially when new spectrum bands are introduced, but in the case of 600 MHz, which would involve both the introduction of a new spectrum band, and "perhaps new 5G technology," the need for thorough testing "would be even more critical," AT&T told the FCC in a filing earlier this week.

NASCTN launches first spectrum-sharing project with Federated Wireless

The National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) has launched its first spectrum-sharing project, focusing on the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), with Federated Wireless.

Small Cell Forum spells out 5G requirements

The Small Cell Forum is on a roll. Last week, the forum formally established six teams to tackle specific work areas, including small cells in unlicensed spectrum and multi-operator cells. It also mapped out the requirements for 5G at a 3GPP 5G workshop in Phoenix.

Ericsson, China Mobile demo LTE TDD three carrier aggregation

Ericsson and China Mobile are claiming an industry first in Beijing with the live demonstration of LTE TDD three carrier aggregation, including 256 QAM modulation scheme to increase speeds even more.

Wi-Fi Alliance opens arms to more Internet of Things companies

The Wi-Fi Alliance is doing its part to make sure Wi-Fi remains a viable Internet of Things (IoT) technology in the connected home, adding a new level of membership for certain companies that make things like refrigerators, door locks and lighting systems.

AT&T explains delay on iOS 9 and Wi-Fi calling

It looks like it will be up to the FCC to determine when AT&T will commercially offer Wi-Fi calling through Apple's iOS 9.

Internet of Things drives microcontroller market growth

The market for microcontroller units (MCUs) used in Internet of things (IoT) applications is on the rise, leading to a positive effect on the overall MCU market growth. In fact, without the IoT, the MCU market would likely stagnate by the end of the decade, according to research firm IHS.

AT&T's Chiosi: Open source is critical to integrated cloud architecture

The telecom industry needs to be wary of different versions of open source platforms taking hold in the industry as it moves to the new IP. That was the message from Margarent Chiosi, a distinguished network architect at AT&T Labs and president of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), at the NFV Everywhere event in Dallas last week.

Ericsson CTO Laxdal dishes on virtualization, network slicing and 600 MHz

Glenn Laxdal, CTO and head of strategy for Ericsson in North America, explains how networks are becoming more programmable, the prospects for 600 MHz radios after next year's auction and how the U.S. can lead in 5G by rallying behind a standards-based approach.

Small Cell Forum to tackle multi-operator and license-free small cells

The Small Cell Forum formally established six teams that will tackle specific work areas, including small cells in unlicensed spectrum, 5G and multi-operator small cells.

Ericsson extends Wi-Fi calling to tablets, PCs

Ericsson is extending its Wi-Fi calling offering to more types of devices, like tablets and personal computers, in a way that the Swedish vendor says will make adding coverage faster and less expensive for operators.

Boingo gets certified on iOS in Sprint offload deal

Boingo Wireless CEO David Hagan says it is now certified by Apple on iOS for Sprint, putting Boingo's Wi-Fi offload technology on another approximately 12 million handsets with Sprint, adding to around 10 million Android handsets it's already on.

IoT requires new ways of thinking about security

As companies like Apple, AT&T, GE, Google and others fight for a piece – or the whole pie – of the connected home in the Internet of Things (IoT) era, companies big and small are going to need to think differently about how they secure all these "things."

Ericsson launches 5G for Europe program

Ericsson is broadening the scope of its 5G research and development initiatives in Europe, moving beyond Sweden to include a range of European markets.

CEO: Comcast 'very much' part of mobile video conversation with Wi-Fi

Just as operators like Verizon and AT&T hone their mobile video strategies, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says the cable company is "very much" part of the conversation going forward with Wi-Fi.

Qualcomm, NCTA, auto makers push for 5.9 GHz testing for vehicles

Automobile associations, as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Intelsat and Qualcomm are all asking the FCC, in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Commerce (DOC), to conduct thorough testing for the development of vehicle safety technology in the 5.9 GHz band.

Globalstar touts TLPS benefits in Chicago trial deployment

Globalstar says new tests conducted at a college campus in Chicago over the summer give the company even more confidence that its Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) operations will not interfere with existing 2.4 GHz unlicensed operations. But to allay concerns, it's ready to commit to using a network operating system (NOS) to employ interference detection and mitigation techniques, and it has identified the existing Wi-Fi network management system of ViaSat as an ideal platform for doing so.

University of Surrey opens 5G innovation center

The University of Surrey celebrated the opening of its 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at its Guildford, UK campus, with support from its partners, including Huawei, EE, Telefonica, Samsung, Vodafone and more.

Update: Nokia working with Google in 3.5 GHz spectrum

LAS VEGAS --Nokia is working with Google in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band and may be considering deploying LTE-U in that band. According to Ricky Corker, president of North America and EVP of Nokia Networks, the company is seeing interest in deploying LTE-U in the 3.5 GHz band from non-traditional players like Google.  However, Google denies it is working with Nokia specifically on LTE-U.