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Nokia shares its rules for 5G deployment

The next generation of wireless known as 5G will provide at least 10-fold improvement in the user experience and must be able to handle low-cost devices across the whole range of 5G frequency bands, according to Nokia Networks.

FirstNet sets 'Industry Day,' starts taking one-on-one meetings with vendors

The First Responder Network Authority made a couple of significant moves of late, setting May 14 as an "Industry Day" for interested parties to convene and beginning the process of accepting requests for one-on-one meetings with vendors starting May 15.

Report: C-RAN architecture networking market worth $14 billion by 2020

Global spending on centralized radio access network (C-RAN) architecture networking gear is expected to reach $14 billion annually by 2020, according to SNS Research.

Global Mobile Alert collaborates with U.S. DoT on connected car

Global Mobile Alert, a small company that got its start after its founder was hit--not once, but twice--by distracted drivers, is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a universal standard for, among other things, communicating the phases of traffic lights and other road conditions to drivers using mobile devices.

Regional carriers urge FirstNet to 'maximize interoperability'

The Competitive Carriers Association wants the First Responder Network Authority to adopt technical requirements for the National Public Safety Broadband Network that maximize interoperability of the network.

Broadcom joins the Wi-Fi Wave 2 party, launches new portfolio

Broadcom announced a new portfolio of Wi-Fi Wave 2 solutions for enterprise wireless access points. The expanded portfolio targets various segments of the enterprise and cloud WLAN markets, including campus, education, hospitality, healthcare and public venues.

Smartphone OS rollouts: What to expect from Google, Apple and Microsoft

Google, Apple and Microsoft are all expected to show off new enhancements to their respective smartphone operating systems over the next few months.

Sigfox, Texas Instruments collaborate to deliver Internet of Things solutions

Sigfox, the French startup with ambitious plans to provide its slow-speed Internet of Things network throughout the world, is working with Dallas-based Texas Instruments to deliver sub-1 GHz solutions.

Security researchers plan to show how to wirelessly hack car

The hacking of connected cars is often discussed, but details regarding actual successful attacks, if ever made public, are non-comprehensive at best, according to two security experts who plan to show how it's done.

Transparent armor could be used to ruggedize smartphones: report

What's better than glass? A special ceramic called spinel, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which has been researching the technology for the past 10 years. It's actually a mineral called magnesium aluminate, according to Jas Sanghera, who leads the research.

Globalstar not interested in Iridium's latest spectrum sharing proposal

Iridium Constellation says it can share additional 1.6 GHz band spectrum without causing harm to Globalstar, but a Globalstar representative says the satellite company is just acting in its own best interests.

Jarich: 4.5G – What's the big deal about half a "G"?

A quick scan of these 5G discussions might leave you confused. On the one hand, you have announcements, demos, and innovations suggesting that 5G matters in the here and now. On the other hand, you have operators and vendors reminding us that 5G won't likely be a commercial reality for, at least, another five years. How do you reconcile this? Split the difference and start talking about 4.5G!

Amtrak still getting slammed for crappy Wi-Fi service in Northeast

It looks as though for all intents and purposes, Amtrak still hasn't managed to fix the Wi-Fi problems that have plagued the railroad service provider in the Northeast.

Seattle Center pilot uses TV white space to deliver faster Wi-Fi

Seattle Center is using TV white space as part of a pilot project to see how the technology could be rolled out to city neighborhoods.

Twitter-backed Swirl raises $18M to advance beacon technology

Giving a vote of confidence to Bluetooth-powered beacon technology, Boston-based in-store beacon company Swirl Networks raised an $18 million Series C round that was led by Twitter Ventures, Hearst Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Longworth Venture Partners also participated, bringing Swirl's total funding to $32 million.

FirstNet board OKs draft RFP, setting comment period in motion

Let the games begin--the games being the comment period on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) draft Request for Proposal documents.

Summit take-away: Wi-Fi's still got a quality of service issue

It was probably apropos that Google would announce its MVNO on the second day of the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit. After all, many of the players at the summit are pioneers in the Wi-Fi-to-cellular handoff business.

Wi-Fi, LTE worlds bump into each other in WIS panel debate

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.

Boingo CTO calls on industry to be more disruptive

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Noting the "uncarrier" moves by operators like T-Mobile US that already are making waves, Boingo CTO Derek Peterson told attendees here at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit that he would like to see more disruption like that from the industry.

South Korean researchers develop app to help those with arm paralysis

An app that helps people with arm paralysis use smartphones is expected to be released to the Samsung Apps platform in a few months.