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Google's Wi-Fi sniffing activities still at issue in lawsuit

Four years after acknowledging that it mistakenly gathered payload data from open Wi-Fi networks at the same time it collected publicly broadcast SSID information and MAC addresses for use in future geolocation services, Google still faces a lawsuit filed in federal court regarding its alleged collection of personal information.

Report: U.S. cable operators closing in on 10M hotspots

U.S. cable operators are expected to deploy some 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots by early 2015, according to analysts at Heavy Reading. The forecast was released in Denver during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) convention.

Accuris will use $15M investment to extend Wi-Fi offload, roaming efforts

Accuris Networks attracted a $15 million equity funding round and hired as its new CEO wireless industry veteran Jeff Brown, who was most recently CEO and president of Kineto Wireless.

Advocates of dynamic spectrum access hope to boost their agenda within ITU

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is working within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to spread its advocacy for new spectrum policies that favor opportunistic spectrum access and concepts such as spectrum sharing.

Radisys takes aim at the mobile network's data plane

Radisys rolled out new wireless infrastructure platforms aimed at enabling mobile operators to virtualize data plane processing, as opposed to the more commonly targeted control plane processing.

Alcatel-Lucent exec says NFV will drive spending from 2016 onward

LAS VEGAS--All of the world's Tier 1 mobile operators are putting network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives into place and will start focusing their capital expenditures on NFV Mobile in 2015, said Keith Allan, director of IP mobile core product strategy at Alcatel-Lucent.

Ericsson reaches 300 Mbps in over-the-air trial of intraband LTE carrier aggregation

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom's Slovak Telecom business unit achieved data speeds of 300 Mbps in over-the-air field trials for intraband contiguous LTE carrier aggregation. The trials were the first for LTE Band 7, 2.6 GHz spectrum, using a 20+20 MHz configuration in a field environment, Ericsson said.

Qualcomm SDK aims to boost LTE Multicast development

Qualcomm unveiled a software-development toolkit (SDK) during its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers to take advantage of LTE Multicast technology. The SDK for LTE Multicast, also called LTE Broadcast, will provide developers with a common API that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying the technology.

T-Mobile takes LTE roaming north to Alaska

When it comes to expanding LTE coverage, T-Mobile US and General Communication (GCI) may have found a match made in heaven, as the former needs to extend its service to more rural and remote areas while the latter needs coverage outside of its home stomping ground in Alaska.

'Pocketsourcing' turns smartphones into passive sensors to drive location apps

Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.

Sprint's Phone Connect 3 cuts the landline cord but keeps the phones

Sprint is providing transitional technology to people who want to cut the cord and use their mobile phone number as their only personal number but still like the convenience of having a call ring in on their landline phones.

Paolini: 6 issues guiding discussions on traffic management

By Monica Paolini, Senza Fili ConsultingThe challenge of how operators can pack more traffic and services on the infrastructure it already has and improve subscribers' experience is not a new one--but there has been great innovation in the tools, their availability and their effectiveness over the last few years. Our understanding of how traffic dynamics have changed and continue to change, and how to track them in live networks makes the case for active traffic management much more compelling from a cost-saving and revenue-generating perspective.

5G reflects the wireless industry's increasingly rapid pace of change

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.

Sprint sells 900 MHz spectrum to firm led by Nextel co-founders

Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce communications provider is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum.

FirstNet RFI, public notice lay groundwork for network procurement

The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network acquisition strategy. In addition, the board approved a public notice that seeks input regarding preliminary interpretations of the law that created FirstNet, and it approved a $120 million management budget for fiscal year 2015.

Genband's Kandy sweetens unified communications with PaaS

Genband officially released Kandy, its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables the embedding of real-time video, voice, presence and text into Web and mobile applications for a seamless unified-communications experience.

AT&T, Nokia among those endorsing spectrum-sharing tests in 'model city'

Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Gauging the trends at CTIA's Super Mobility Week

CTIA's Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas was an ambitious effort that relied upon partnerships with other events such as the Competitive Carriers Association show, 4G World and IFA (the big consumer electronics trade fair held in Berlin every year). Lots of business got conducted during Super Mobility Week, but major no-shows, including Apple and T-Mobile US--each of which elected to hold its own separate event in northern California during the same week--cast a pall on Super Mobility Week's future.

Wi-Fi Alliance improves Wi-Fi Direct certification to support new services

The Wi-Fi Alliance added an optional set of services to its Wi-Fi Direct certification program, all of which are aimed at reducing operations to a single step.

NFL's iffy private Wi-Fi network irks some coaches

The vagaries of unlicensed spectrum are causing some coaches in the National Football League to lose their cool even more than usual.