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SNR urges FCC to consider 'negative implications' of Ligado proposal on AWS-3 licensees

While Ligado Networks, as the former LightSquared, worked through plenty of opposition in the GPS community, its proposal to conduct terrestrial mobile downlink operations in the 1675-1680 MHz band is triggering opposition from the AWS-3 spectrum community.

Satellite industry says hundreds more earth stations will be added to 28 GHz band in 2-4 years

In the ongoing process of hashing out divergent interests between satellite and mobile terrestrial systems for sharing spectrum in the 28 GHz band, the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) is answering a few questions for the FCC – and leaving others in the "we'll-get-back-to-you-later" category.

Commissioners stress importance of unlicensed, 5G before lawmakers

Appearing before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this week, FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O'Rielly stuck to their bipartisan upper 5 GHz guns and continued to call for increasing efforts to open up the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use.

Ericsson teams with MIT on autonomous cars

Ericsson struck an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) System Design & Management (SDM) program to jointly create solutions for Ericsson's Autonomous Driving – Predictive Mobility project.

How to decipher the 600 MHz incentive auction

As Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile US line up to participate in the 600 MHz incentive the auction, which kicks off March 29, whoever ends up walking away with spectrum from the auction will gain access to low-band airwaves that offer distinct propagation characteristics for deployments over long distances and strong in-building penetration.

ETSI publishes updated oneM2M Release 1 specs

oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT), recently issued updated editions of its Release 1 global specifications, and ETSI has now published them as Technical Specifications.

Facebook network manager: Just assume parts of network will fail

Experts in the computing industry for a while now have advised against using the old five-nines reliability standard that historically characterized the telecom industry, and Facebook is no exception.

Verizon enlists Dell, Big Switch, Red Hat in NFV deployment

While Verizon revealed last year that it is working with Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks to develop its software-based solutions and strategies, it's also working with Dell, Big Switch Networks and Red Hat, a Verizon spokesman confirmed.

Cisco partners with Parallel Wireless on DIY kit for Band 14

Cisco is partnering with Parallel Wireless on a deploy-it-yourself kit to help mission-critical public safety agencies deploy Band 14 tactical operations.

Blue Danube touts synchronization as its secret sauce in 5G beamforming

Blue Danube Systems, a Mountain View, Calif., startup whose investors include AT&T and Sequoia Capital, is getting ready to hit the field with trials of its capacity-boosting antenna technology.

Google gets license for nationwide airborne mmWave testing

The FCC has given Google the go-ahead to conduct nationwide airborne and terrestrial millimeter wave testing, granting it an experimental license that had sparked informal objections from commenters registering their concerns about health effects and interference.

Analyst: T-Mobile's 28-39 GHz spectrum could give it advantage in 5G trials

T-Mobile US' 200 MHz of high-band spectrum in the 28-39 GHz range could give the carrier a first-mover advantage in 5G trials, Wells Fargo equity analysts said in a recent research note.

AT&T's cloud ambitions: Moving 80% of apps to private cloud by end of year

AT&T plans to move 80 percent of its applications into a private cloud by the end of 2016 as it continues to revamp its technology infrastructure.

Qualcomm Atheros hooks up with Acuity Brands to deploy Lumicast indoor location technology

Qualcomm announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, is working closely with Acuity Brands in the commercial deployment of LED lighting fixtures/services that use Qualcomm Lumicast technology to bring indoor positioning capabilities and services to retailers.

SK Telecom SVP: Future of SDN, NFV is mobile

So far, much of the open networking around SDN and NFV technologies has been focused on fixed networks, but the future of networking is mobile, and traditional telcos need to transform their networks into something that more closely resembles the Facebook-style networks of the world.

Broadcom: LTE-U as currently contemplated would be a 'disaster' for Wi-Fi

LTE-U as currently contemplated would be a disaster for Wi-Fi, and any type of co-channel LTE, including LAA, is likely to significantly reduce Wi-Fi coverage area unless specific coexistence mechanisms are adopted, according to a presentation Broadcom delivered to the FCC last week.

C-RAN: Old buzzword evolves as part of densification strategies

In our latest feature at FierceWirelessTech, we decided to take a look at some of the activity around C-RAN, which emerged as an industry buzzword a few years ago.

Verizon, Sprint and others circle the C-RAN wagons

Considering the price of spectrum, it's no wonder that operators are turning to every tool in their arsenal to squeeze the most out of their networks. If that means small cells, distributed antenna systems (DAS), Wi-Fi and more, so be it.

SK Telecom to build nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things

Similar to what Orange is doing in France, South Korea's SK Telecom says it plans to build a nationwide low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) this year based on the LoRa (LoRaWAN) protocol.

Li-Fi products move from lab to offices

While much of the attention was focused on 5G at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, products based on Li-Fi were lurking in the shadows. According to Electronic Design, PureLiFi, one of the earliest companies to develop Li-Fi products, presented a new dongle for computers and laptops, and French startup Oledomm demonstrated its Internet lighting system for offices and hospitals.