Multipath TCP, currently being used by Apple in iOS 7 to combine cellular and Wi-Fi for use by its voice-query Siri technology, could be tweaked to provide a 10- to 20-fold bandwidth increase, according to researchers in a multi-university group.
Verizon Wireless wants to deploy small cells but only if they are inexpensive, according to a recent rumor. If true, that could help explain why the wireless industry's expected small cell ramp-up has not yet happened and, in fact, keeps being pushed out.
Intel is working with Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, on a joint project in the area of dynamic spectrum sharing. The university is inviting applications for PhD scholarships for the joint project.
When it comes to Wi-Fi advancements, a lot of the focus over the years has been on improving maximum data speeds. But IEEE's 802.11HEW initiative is a taking a different tack.
Nokia Solutions and Networks said it has virtualized the latest version of its NetAct operations support system to provide off-the-shelf management of network functions virtualization.
Alcatel-Lucent's Shift plan involves becoming a specialist in IP networking and ultra-broadband access and will incorporate a mix of technologies that are driving service providers toward cloud-based services, said CEO Michel Combes.
Weather balloons naturally expand as they rise into high altitudes where air pressure decreases, and they eventually get so high that they rupture. However, Google indicates its Project Loon airborne broadband balloons should be able to avoid such a frightful and early demise as they surf the stratosphere's winds.
Researchers from Microsoft and the Chinese University of Hong Kong are touting an alternative to geo-location technology for detecting available TV white space spectrum within indoor spaces.
The expanding vision for location-based services is driving the need for solutions that enable mobile operators and device manufacturers to test location features on devices in real-world conditions. To that end, Spirent Communications has added what it describes as carrier-approved Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System record-and-playback capabilities to its Hybrid Location Technology Solution.
Some may consider this the ultimate in convenience while others eye it suspiciously as the ultimate in privacy invasion, but either way Cisco Systems and Facebook are expanding their initiative that enables people to log into public Wi-Fi networks using their Facebook credentials.
On Oct. 7, FierceBroadbandWireless is changing its name to FierceWirelessTech to better reflect its coverage of technical innovation in the wireless industry. To the existing coverage, we will be adding news from carrier test labs, standards bodies, and academic breakthroughs. With LTE networks now covering hundreds of millions in the United States and rapidly expanding across the globe, we've reached the day that almost all wireless is "broadband." FierceBroadbandWireless has covered this transformation from 2G to 4G, and now we need a new name to take us into the future.
The FCC said it will consider loosening restrictions on the construction and rollout of small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems, an effort by the commission to help carriers flesh out their wireless capacity and coverage. The issue is key for wireless carriers turning to small cell and DAS technologies to fill in the gaps in their networks that macrocells are unable to reach.
A California judge has signed off on the details of a settlement between Apple and AT&T and customers who claimed they were tricked into buying an Apple iPad in 2010 only to have AT&T then switch its unlimited data plans to a usage-based pricing system.
After years of fits and starts, demand for cellular/Wi-Fi roaming appears to be reaching a fever pitch, which is in turn driving companies and standards groups to respond with solutions they say will allow smartphone users to blissfully travel across Wi-Fi networks with all of the same services (like voice, texting and so on) they are used to receiving while on cellular networks.
Major League Baseball is working closely with Apple on a project that uses iBeacon indoor mapping technology, which incorporates Bluetooth Smart and iOS 7 software. The goal of the trial is to develop different ways to interact with fans at the stadium.
Sprint currently has a total of three operational inbound LTE roaming agreements, and has inked contracts with two providers for outbound roaming, according to internal Sprint documents obtained by FierceWireless.
Broadcom has adapted its latest 802.11ac chipsets to fit the growing demand for automotive connectivity. The company introduced the BCM89335 combo chip, also called "5G Wi-Fi," that combines 802.11ac with Bluetooth Smart technology to allow vehicles to connect to smartphones and home networks and give drivers access to a bevy of new applications.
Ericsson is making a big play for the enterprise and campus environment with the introduction of its Radio Dot System, a miniature disk-shaped cellular radio that weighs only 300 grams and will be available commercially in late 2014.
Verizon Wireless launched a new fixed LTE voice and data offer for homes and small businesses that runs over a broadband router supplied by Novatel Wireless.