The Small Cell Forum's ongoing research agenda targets a host of possible deployment scenarios, including the use of movable small cells as well as dedicated and standalone small cell-based networks. Further, a "tremendously exciting" initiative within the forum aims to apply the concept of virtualization to small cells, said Alan Law, the group's newly elected chairman.
Ineda Systems, a startup funded by the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung and others, is testing samples of two chip designs that could extend battery lives for wearable devices. Mass production of the chips is expected next year.
The rapid and massive rollout of TD-LTE by China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, propelled Asia Pacific to $3 billion in LTE infrastructure revenue during 2014's second quarter. That helped make the region into the largest LTE revenue generator, accounting for 54 percent of total global LTE infrastructure revenues, according to Infonetics Research.
More than 70 percent of consumers--72 percent to be more precise--expect their mobile networks to provide good mobile data performance all of the time, according to the most recent survey of U.S. smartphone owners conducted by traffic management vendor Vasona Networks.
Vendors Nokia and Intel as well as operators Orange and Telecom Italia are some of the backers behind MiWaveS, a collaborative project launched in Europe to develop millimeter-wave radio technologies for use in ultra-fast 5G radio networks.
Anite announced the new version of a network testing tool that now lets carriers test the capacity of LTE Advanced wireless networks, while Global Wireless Solutions unveiled an upgraded mobile benchmarking application for Google Android OS devices.
Verizon Wireless will employ Danal's mobile identity and authentication services to provide mCommerce merchants with device identification, fraud prevention and consent-based mobile account details. The vendor said its mobile identity platform links in real time with Verizon systems to provide added security and convenience in mobile transactions.
Skyfire's Rocket Optimizer now offers streaming audio optimization designed to work with most of the world's most popular streaming music services. The company, a unit of Opera Software, noted the move comes as more mobile operators are partnering with digital music streaming services as a way to differentiate their networks, improve customer loyalty and reduce churn.
The importance of Wi-Fi to cable operators, mobile carriers and telcos is evidenced by the list of 14 companies joining the Wireless Broadband Alliance, whose mission includes enabling Wi-Fi interoperability and roaming. The group said the new members "have joined its efforts to unite the ecosystem and progress the development of carrier Wi-Fi throughout the world."
The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) is reporting that LTE Broadcast has attracted the attention of at least 16 mobile network operators, which are trialing or deploying the technology in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
TV white space (TVWS), the spectrum that sits between channels in traditional TV band spectrum, continues to generate interest in Africa, and a new trial of the technology in Namibia is being called the largest yet in terms of geography covered.
FierceWireless has released its annual list of the Most Influential Women in Wireless. The 2014 list takes a look at female leaders who are helping guide the industry and whose efforts inspire others in the business.
Every time a new "G" comes around, the engineers try to define what it means in terms of technology. This worked fairly well for 2G, 3G, and 4G, where each generation involved a new way of scrambling the bits for highest spectral efficiency.
Though many in the industry expected September to bring a functional freeze for 3GPP Release 12, this latest set of specifications for LTE-Advanced is now not slated for finalization until December. And the freeze date may be pushed back by an additional quarter as 3GPP works out final kinks in what has become a complicated technology release, according to Said Tatesh, director, 3GPP standards leader, at Alcatel-Lucent.
Its backers no longer call it LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U), though that is an apt description. Regardless, the technology now referred to as Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) has won kudos for its performance in the 5 GHz band, with tests conducted by Huawei and NTT DoCoMo showing the approach delivers better performance in both coverage and capacity compared with current widely deployed Wi-Fi equipment based on the 802.11n standard.
One of the more interesting filings in the FCC's ongoing 3.5 GHz proceeding is a letter submitted by China Mobile, the world's largest wireless operator, which pushes the TD-LTE agenda.
Ericsson said its latest count revealed 35 percent year-on-year growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers during the second quarter of 2014, with the total reaching 2.4 billion.
Two law enforcement officials have confirmed they are hoping for reappointment to the board of the First Responder Network Authority, which is charged with planning, building and operating the LTE-based, 700 MHz nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).
The vast mobile applications ecosystem, enabled by the ability of apps to run on a shared smartphone infrastructure or operating system, has created open doors for hackers that want to obtain personal information from mobile device users. And the threat is believed to extend across Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems, according to a group of university researchers.