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SK Telecom claims another first with launch of tri-band LTE-A service

SK Telecom announced that it launched commercial tri-band LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, which the carrier said was a world's first.

Google, Cisco, Microsoft, others weigh in on Marriott's Wi-Fi network management petition

Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless are just a handful of the companies weighing in on an FCC petition filed on behalf of Marriott International and related parties. The petition asks for a ruling from the FCC on the legalities around how Wi-Fi operators manage their networks.

Globalstar gets OK for experimental tests using TLPS

The FCC gave Globalstar the green light to conduct experimental tests in San Carlos, Calif., using terrestrial low power service (TLPS), provided certain conditions are met.

Holiday publishing break

FierceWirelessTech will be on a publishing break for the holidays. We will update the website with any breaking news during the interim, and our newsletter will be back in your inbox on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Enjoy the holidays and have a great New Year!

Report: IIC expects to wrap framework for industrial IoT early next year

The Industrial Internet Consortium is expected to complete its work on a broad reference architecture for the Internet of Things early next year, according to EE Times.

Service provider NFV, SDN investments to reach $21B by 2020, report says

Service provider-centric network functions virtualization and software-defined networking investments are expected to reach nearly $21 billion by 2020, according to SNS Research.

LoRa Alliance prepares to tackle Internet of Things with LPWAN

Don't look now, but there's at least one more industry group tackling the Internet of Things (IoT). The LoRa Alliance sent invitations to media for a Jan. 7 information session during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where members of the alliance will be available to explain their mission.

Ofcom seeks comments on changes to UWB regulations

The UK's Ofcom is seeking comments on a proposal to change regulations around license-exempt ultra-wideband (UWB) devices intended to reduce the regulatory burden on stakeholders and allow them to consult on one set of regulations rather than three.

Lancaster engineers set sights on millimeter-wave milestone

While millimeter-wave (W-band) research is being conducted at universities around the world, the UK's Lancaster University is said to be creating the fastest outdoor wireless Internet connection in the world.

Keep an eye out for these IoT movers and shakers of 2015

So much for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications--that part of the wireless industry that used to get knocked for its low average revenue per unit (ARPU) tendencies. Now it's the Internet of Things (IoT), a colossal category that not only includes M2M but also every other kind of thing imaginable, from toothbrushes to cars, and it promises to brings lots of revenues.

Time Warner Cable, Boingo lead the way in Passpoint roaming

Timed to coincide with the holiday travel season, Boingo Wireless and Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced that Passpoint roaming is now available to their subscribers in the first such reciprocal Passpoint roaming of its kind.

AT&T, Apple, Google and more: Companies to watch in the Internet of Things

FierceWirelessTech takes a closer look at some of the companies making the biggest waves in IoT, querying industry analysts for their take on which ones to watch in 2015.

Swedish start-up Anyfi takes 'a different approach' to carrier Wi-Fi system

Swedish start-up Anyfi Networks says its Wi-Fi architecture is very much inspired by software-defined networking principles. The company announced this week the general availability of its Carrier Wi-Fi System.

Cable industry could see big fortunes in Wi-Fi

One of the most buzzed about topics in 2014 was the cable industry's wide embrace of Wi-Fi. While it's difficult for industry analysts to pinpoint the eventual size of the cable Wi-Fi business, it's clearly growing like gangbusters.

Confirmed: T-Mobile to launch unlicensed LTE at 5 GHz, possibly next year

It looks as though T-Mobile US will be one of the first carriers using License Assisted Access (LAA) in the 5 GHz spectrum band, possibly as early as next year.

More than 50 companies get behind Thread initiative for home-based products

The Thread Group says it now supports more than 50 members since it opened its doors for membership applications in October, and it's working with UL to set up testing and certification facilities to ensure a high quality user experience, as well as interoperability and security across Thread products.

AT&T: 75% of network will be software-driven by 2020

AT&T is leading the way to a world of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), making good on some of the promises it laid out earlier this year.

Devicescape offers additional security layer to its virtual Wi-Fi network

Security on publicly available Wi-Fi is, or should be, a concern for many consumers. Now Devicescape, which helps service providers integrate Wi-Fi and cellular together, is trying to remove some of the complexity around security.

Google seeks proposals for Internet of Things research expedition

Google is formally seeking proposals from university faculty members for pioneering research related to the Internet of Things. It's all part of its mission to make IoT devices as easy to discover and interact with as it is to find and use information on the open web.

Dark fiber poses challenges, opportunities for operators

Dark fiber, which is the practice of leasing fiber optic cables from a network service provider, has re-emerged as the latest fashion trend in the wireline industry. The dark fiber opportunity is focused on serving three main markets: wireless backhaul, enterprise customers and traditional carriers. However, like any market segment, service providers remain divided on the opportunity.