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Lawmakers introduce bill to open up 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi use

Four House lawmakers joined together to introduce legislation that would direct the FCC to conduct tests within the 5.9 GHz band to see if more can be opened up for unlicensed Wi-Fi without interfering with current users. However, the bill could run into opposition from car makers and the auto industry at large because part of the band has been dedicated to safety and transportation applications.

Verizon, AT&T oppose Dish, T-Mobile's plans to split AWS-3 auction

Verizon Wireless and AT&T have signaled their opposition to proposals from T-Mobile US and Dish Network to effectively split the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum between paired and unpaired airwaves.

Ericsson CEO says AT&T, Verizon unlikely to outsource network management

Despite rumors that Tier 1 operators AT&T and Verizon may be talking to Ericsson about outsourcing the management of their networks, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg said that is a very unlikely scenario because those operators have size and scale and a history of doing it themselves. "I wouldn't believe they would outsource their networks," Vestberg said during an interview with FierceWireless.

Cisco, Ericsson CEOs claim they always are thinking 5 to 10 years ahead

Cisco CEO John Chambers and Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg may have very different management styles but one area where they are similar is that they claim to always be thinking five to 10 years into the future.

AT&T, Google and others pick apart FCC's 3.5 GHz spectrum-sharing scheme

The FCC has a lot of work ahead if it hopes to create consensus around its plans for a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) at 3.5 GHz, as specific parts of its proposed rulemaking have come under attack from multiple corners.

Ericsson: 5G will require lots of new spectrum above 10 GHz

The most critical aspect that will influence how 5G networks manage envisioned traffic increases is the availability of additional spectrum, according to Ericsson. In a new white paper on 5G, the vendor said radio spectrum from 10 GHz up to 100 GHz is being  considered for use by 5G mobile communication systems.

T-Mobile's 4x2 MIMO upgrade proves its worth in recent tests

T-Mobile US has been leading the way in the United States to 4x2 MIMO cell site configurations, and a recent Signals Research Group study of the operator's upgraded infrastructure shows impressive gains from the approach.

Nitero's WiGig, 802.11ad chip family specifically designed for mobile use

Competition in the WiGig market is heating up rapidly, with Tier 1 smartphone companies asking for 11ad for late-2015 models. The latest WiGig offering is from fabless semiconductor company Nitero, which is applying its 60 GHz CMOS expertise to 60G, its new family of 802.11ad solutions designed for mobile devices plus displays and peripherals.

xG peddling its xMax cognitive-radio system for public-safety use

Making a push to extend its all-IP cognitive radio network technology into the public-safety space, xG Technology said it will showcase its xMax private broadband wireless network solution during next month's APCO International Conference and Expo in New Orleans. The event should attract some 5,000 attendees and exhibitors and is the largest industry gathering of public-safety communications professionals.

TD-LTE rollouts, connections starting to snowball, say analysts

Recent reports from Dell'Oro Group and Juniper Research highlight the rampant rollouts of LTE networks worldwide and ongoing uptakes of LTE service by end users. Further, both firms are bullish regarding the growing importance of the TDD variant of LTE, particularly in emerging markets.

SK Telecom planning 'hyper-connected infrastructure' for 5G

Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division

The South Korean mobile communications market is one of the world's most competitive and innovative. That keeps the pressure on SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile service provider, to find way to keep implementing cutting-edge technologies. Editor Tammy Parker recently conducted an email Q&A with Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, regarding the operator's roadmaps for LTE-Advanced and 5G. The following is an edited and condensed version of that Q&A.

Apple refutes China TV report about iOS7 'frequent locations' feature

Apple refuted a report from China's state broadcaster that described the iPhone as a "national security concern" because of a location-determination feature that it said records the time and location of a user's movements. According to The Wall Street Journal, researchers quoted in China Central Television's report said such data could provide people with knowledge of China's economic situation or "even state secrets."

Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson partner on field trials of 3.5 GHz spectrum sharing

Verizon is joining chipmaker Qualcomm and infrastructure vendor Ericsson on field trials of spectrum-sharing technology in the 3550-3650 MHz band at multiple locations.

FCC, NTIA eye creation of model city for dynamic spectrum-sharing tests

The FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are jointly soliciting comments regarding plans to set up a public-private partnership aimed at creating an urban test city where dynamic spectrum sharing could be demonstrated and evaluated.

Alcatel-Lucent's outsourcing of 2G, 3G R&D unlikely to rock the boat

Alcatel-Lucent's move to outsource research, development and maintenance activities related to 2G and 3G technologies should not be a big deal to most of its customers, as long as the outsourcing scheme still results in solid products, according to industry analyst Peter Jarich of Current Analysis.

Wi-Fi's 802.11ax standard could deliver gigabit speeds to devices

Researchers are busily working on 802.11ax, a follow-on technology for 802.11ac Wi-Fi that uses MIMO-OFDA signaling to deliver faster, even gigabit-speed, connections to individual devices rather than simply improving overall network capacity. But 802.11ax will not hit the shelves for a few years, given that 2019 is the target date for a ratified 802.11ax standard.

Verizon's LTE Band 13 included in Anritsu's LTE Multicast test cases

Verizon Wireless' interest in deploying commercial LTE Multicast services has apparently not been lost on Anritsu. The vendor announced that one of its test systems now provides validated eMBMS test cases across spectrum bands for the U.S. market, and it specifically mentioned the system's "unique coverage" in the 700 MHz LTE Band 13 used by Verizon.

Nokia will collaborate with SDN, big data challenge winners

MidoNet and ParStream, which created solutions for software-defined networking (SDN) and big data analytics, respectively, were named the winners of an innovation challenge held by Nokia's networks unit, which will continue working with both companies on future offerings.

Alcatel-Lucent metro cells included in Vodafone's HetNet plan

Alcatel-Lucent is now the supplier of reference for LTE metro cells that are integrated with Wi-Fi under Vodafone's nearly $12 billion Project Spring network investment and upgrade plan.

Metaswitch's Project Calico aims to simplify NFV connectivity

Metaswitch Networks rolled out Project Calico, an open-source effort that aims to shift connectivity for large-scale network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud implementations from Layer 2 to Layer 3, enabling the connection model to work directly at the Internet Protocol (IP) level.