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Germany's Fraunhofer Institute prepares to show off Li-Fi hotspot at Electronica

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems in Dresden, Germany, is ready to shine the light on its communication modules that can wirelessly transfer data at a speed of up to 1 Gigabit per second over a distance of up to 10 meters.

Internet of Things ecosystem to reach 30B 'things' by 2020, but revenue opportunities still murky

There's little dispute that the Internet of Things represents huge growth and seemingly endless business opportunities, but understanding exactly where the revenue opportunities lie is another matter.

Tesla's Elon Musk considers using 700 small satellites to deliver Internet access, report says

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is looking at ways to make smaller, less-expensive satellites that can deliver Internet access across the globe, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.

Boingo reveals Wi-Fi offload market trial with top tier operator involving 'millions of handsets'

The Wi-Fi industry has been talking about carriers using Wi-Fi to address network capacity issues for seven or eight years now, but now it's getting real, with Boingo Wireless disclosing that it's conducting a market trial with a top tier U.S. operator.

Ericsson's Vestberg discusses software transformation, 5G aspirations and more

ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg STOCKHOLM--On a snowy day in Stockholm during Ericsson's Business Innovation Forum conference,  Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg talked with FierceWireless Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek about the company's transformation from a hardware to a software company, its sudden exit from the modem business and why he thinks 5G will be a reality in 2020. The following is an excerpt of their conversation.

Strategy Analytics counts 25% of global households with Wi-Fi in 2014, but methods differ from iPass study

Earlier this week, iPass released research showing that France is the "country of Wi-Fi" with the most hotspots in total, followed by the U.S. and the UK. However, Strategy Analytics later came out with a report showing the Netherlands as the No. 1 ranked region based on total household Wi-Fi penetration, with France ranking No. 7. Can they both be right?

Ruckus, Devicescape, others see Wi-Fi calling as next big frontier

Momentum for Wi-Fi calling among wireless operators continues to build, and it's making players in the Wi-Fi market more bullish than ever.

Carrier SDN and NFV market to reach $11B by 2018, report says

The global service provider software-defined networking and network functions virtualization market is projected to reach $11 billion in 2018, according to Infonetics Research.

Volvo will unleash autonomous driving in Swedish city in 2017

Volvo is planning to unleash 100 autonomous driven cars on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. Called "Drive Me," the program will distribute 100 cars to specially selected drivers, who will then provide commentary and diagnostic information that will help the company's development of autonomous vehicles.

Huawei invests in 5G test bed at University of Surrey

Given Huawei's stated desire to be perceived as a European company, it's not a big surprise to hear the company is investing heavily in a 5G test bed at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England.

ON.Lab aims to disrupt with SDN Open Source Network Operating System

There's a contingent of engineers who really want to see software defined networking succeed for operators, and they're doing their part to make that happen by offering up the SDN Open Network Operating System.

iPass report: Public hotspots to grow to 340M worldwide by 2018

Here's your pop quiz for the day: Which country has the most hotspots? If you guessed France, you'd be right, according to new research released by iPass, which bills itself as the world's largest Wi-Fi network. France is the "country of Wi-Fi," with the most hotspots, followed by the United States and the UK. By 2018, however, that's going to change, and the U.S. will hold the top spot, followed by China and France.

Report: More than 2B WebRTC users by 2019

By 2019, there will be more than 2 billion active users of "embedded" communications worldwide, spanning consumer, enterprise and Internet of Things applications, according to Disruptive Analysis.

Nokia exec: Look for more small cells, carrier aggregation in 2015

Nokia has undergone a lot of changes over the past several years, but there is one thing that hasn't changed. The company can still tie its roots back to the original Finnish company that manufactured not phones but paper, tires and rubber boots.

Huawei to deploy Wi-Fi network as part of its first U.S. sports sponsorship

Huawei's deployment of a Wi-Fi network for the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Md., is just one of several stadium projects for the infrastructure vendor.

Report: Cricket blocked encrypted emails for months

Some Cricket customers were unable to send or receive encrypted email for months, according to The Washington Post, citing security researchers.

SK Telecom, Ericsson test Smart Wake-up to manage small cell traffic

SK Telecom, along with vendor partner Ericsson, developed Smart Wake-up, a technology that dynamically wakes up small cells when traffic enters the cell.

Counting down the top wireless, wireline nightmares

Halloween is upon us and it's time to take a look at the biggest nightmares to face the world of wireless and wireline telecom. Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, takes a look at various scary scenarios that are keeping wireless industry executives awake at night, while Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, examines the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.

Time Warner Cable, Ruckus and others voice support for Release 2 of HotSpot 2.0

Support for HotSpot 2.0 Release 2 is gathering momentum as more vendors and service providers are expected to roll out the technology.

U.S. needs to put more resources into 5G--and let the world know about it

With the advent of 5G, the United States once again has an opportunity to prove it is the kind of trailblazer that can deliver leading-edge technology.