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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.

Mimosa secures $20M in new funding to aid gigabit Wi-Fi backhaul product development

It hasn't launched a product yet, but Mimosa Networks just snagged $20 million in Series C funding to help boost development and sales of the company's last-mile 802.11ac Wi-Fi platform for Internet service providers.

Ruckus' virtual WLAN controller is first component in a larger NFV plan

Ruckus Wireless unveiled a virtualized wireless LAN controller targeted at mobile network operators, cable operators, managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprises requiring a carrier-class solution. The cloud-based controller is designed to run in a service provider's data center.

Researchers say new atomic clock may fill in GPS gaps

UK researchers are looking at using cheap, but incredibly accurate atomic clocks to fill in the coverage gaps when GPS is unavailable. The quantum timing technology is quite nascent but one day might be even find a home in cellular base stations to keep them running when GPS signals fail.

Baidu's Silicon Valley R&D center targets deep learning

Artificial intelligence is a new battleground for tech giants, and China's Web search leader Baidu, often termed "China's Google," is getting in on the action via a new research lab in Sunnyvale, Calif. In addition, the company announced it has hired Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng, who previously worked on deep learning at Google, to head Baidu Research, which also includes labs in Beijing.

Infonetics: HSPA+ still has a long life despite LTE rollouts

Despite ongoing LTE rollouts worldwide, older wireless air interfaces such as EDGE and HSPA will remain workhorses for many 3GPP operators, according to Infonetics Research.

Trade groups back inflight calling using smartphones

Many members of the public cringe at the very idea that their seatmates on aircraft might be able to make inflight voice calls using their own smartphones, but trade groups representing network gear suppliers, consumer electronics makers and the high-tech sector are urging the FCC to end the ban on inflight calls.

AT&T exec: VoLTE launch is one 'beachhead' project in User-Defined Network Cloud efforts

NEW YORK--AT&T Mobility's forthcoming launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is one iteration of its "User-Defined Network Cloud" SDN and NFV efforts, and part of its strategy of starting to roll out "beachhead" projects this year that demonstrate new networking capabilities, according to an AT&T executive.

Intel expects amateurs to advance wearable technologies

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich expects that amateur inventors seeking to satisfy their own needs will be key to developing a new class of smart clothing.

Indoor-location technology is not ready for E911 use, argues TIA

Federal regulators should refrain from adopting new location accuracy rules until indoor-positioning technology is truly ready for prime time, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which represents manufacturers and suppliers of communications networks.

Samsung LTE Cat 4 chipset wins kudos in benchmark study

In an independent performance benchmark study of six LTE Category 4 chipsets conducted by Signals Research Group, a Samsung pre-commercial chipset came out on top as the best performer.

Globecomm adds two regional carriers to hosted LTE service

Adams NetWorks in Illinois and Chariton Valley Communications in Missouri have each launched fixed LTE services for rural customers using Globecomm Systems' hosted platform.

Check out the Q1 performance metrics for the 8 top U.S. wireless carriers

The ongoing horse race between the top U.S. mobile operators made the first three months of 2014 quite interesting, as revealed by their first-quarter earnings results.

Time Warner Cable's Rob Cerbone: 'Wi-Fi is our network'

With Rob Cerbone, Time Warner Cable's vice president of wireless products

Rob Cerbone has been with Time Warner Cable almost nine years and now runs all of TWC's wireless activities on the corporate development team, overseeing Wi-Fi, the company's relationship with Verizon Wireless and certain mobile apps, such as TWC's WiFi Finder. FierceWirelessTech Editor Tammy Parker recently spoke with Cerbone regarding TWC's 2014 wireless roadmap. The following is an edited and condensed version of that conversation.

Microsoft, Facebook launch TV white-space pilot in Ghana

Microsoft's latest TV white-space (TVWS) spectrum pilot is being enabled with help from Facebook and SpectraLink Wireless, an Internet service provider in Ghana.

Time Warner Cable's Cerbone dishes on Wi-Fi, cellular and the need for unlicensed spectrum

Trying to get executives from leading cable operators to spill the goods regarding the likelihood that their Wi-Fi networks might someday provide head-to-head competition against cellular networks has become something of a parlor game for analysts and media. I, too, gave it a shot when I recently got the opportunity to speak with Rob Cerbone, vice president of wireless products at Time Warner Cable.

Global Wi-Fi hotspots to pass 10.5M mark in 2018, says ABI

Wi-Fi hotspot deployments worldwide reached 4.2 million hotspots last year and should exceed 10.5 million in 2018, predicts ABI Research. The estimates include Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party operators.

Comcast extends Wi-Fi roaming to KDDI, Taiwan Mobile

Comcast is extending its Wi-Fi influence globally under trial roaming partnerships signed earlier this year with Japan's KDDI and Taiwan Mobile.