Europe, South Korea enter 5G development pact

Seeking to lead the world into the dawn of 5G wireless networks, South Korea and the European Union have signed off on a pact that will see them collaborate on systems, standards and radio-frequency harmonization.

T-Mobile requiring Android smartphones to pass Apkudo app testing

Suppliers of Google Android smartphones to T-Mobile US have a new hoop to jump through before they can win device approval from the operator. Apkudo announced that pre-release Android handsets will have to pass its application platform testing starting this month.

SON for mobile backhaul to rake in $700M annually by 2021, report says

Wireless operators seeking ways to automate and optimize their mobile backhaul use will invest more than $700 million yearly in self-organizing network (SON) technology by the end of 2020, estimates SNS Research. Mobile backhaul-related SON revenue is expected register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48 percent between 2014 and 2020.

Connectify commercializes Speedify channel bonding service

Connectify shifted its Speedify offering from beta testing to commercial service, enabling users to sign up for an application and service that bonds Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE and wired channels for greater bandwidth and faster connections.

AT&T's search for small-cell backhaul highlights opportunities for cable, telcos

Wireless operators are seeking an arsenal of backhaul tools to support their small cell deployments, as evidenced by AT&T's revelation that it will work with cable operators to test their HFC-based DOCSIS products for just that purpose. And backhaul providers such as cable operators and wireline telcos are lining up to satisfy demand.

MIT uses RF reflections to track people, bodily functions

WiZ, developed by the Wireless Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), takes a new approach to locating people as well as tracking bodily functions such as breathing without the need for carried devices or wearables. That is because WiZ uses radio-frequency reflections from people's bodies to provide centimeter-scale motion tracking.

FierceWireless' Fierce 15 for 2014 hails hot wireless startups

There are key ongoing trends in the wireless market: Wireless data traffic is increasing, carriers are hunting for more spectrum, more appliances and devices both inside and outside the home are being connected to the "Internet of Things," and Wi-Fi offloading remains a prevalent practice. The Fierce 15 list for 2014 reflects those trends and their impact on the wireless industry.

Verizon snags 'fastest LTE network' crown from AT&T in new test

Verizon Wireless' topped the national rankings in PCMag's fifth annual Fastest Mobile Networks testing, with its LTE network getting rave reviews, though the operator's CDMA-based 3G network left a lot to be desired when compared with rival 3G networks. But that is exactly why Verizon has invested so much time and effort to build a first-class LTE network with a massive nationwide footprint.

Huawei exec warns governments to stop cashing in on spectrum

A Huawei executive wants the world's governments to stop considering wireless spectrum to be "an asset to be maximized for cash" and instead take a healthier view of radio frequencies as an enabler of social and economic development.

Intel sees NFV unlocking huge networking opportunity, with AT&T as a potential partner

Intel envisions a multibillion-dollar opportunity to bring its chipsets into network infrastructure as more and more operators turn to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and run commoditized servers and other gear. Carriers are just starting this process with their vendor partners, but Intel sees AT&T's Domain 2.0 initiative to get vendors to virtualize their hardware as a promising opportunity, according to Intel's Rose Schooler.

METIS task group lays out first 5G channel models

A METIS 2020 task group led by Anite, a provider of technology for testing wireless equipment, has published what the group claims is the world's first radio-channel models for 5G technologies. Anite said the channel models are "an essential step towards further development of candidate 5G technologies."

Qualcomm's latest small-cell SoC delivers LTE, Wi-Fi to neighborhoods, businesses

Qualcomm's latest small-cell system-on-chip (SoC) targets operators that want to extend LTE and Wi-Fi into neighborhoods and small-to-medium-size businesses.

LTE Advanced carrier aggregation's pitfalls are few and far between

It's been one year since South Korea's SK Telecom became the world's first carrier to activate LTE Advanced carrier aggregation with a commercial smartphone available for use with the service. That anniversary prompted me to ask around about any pitfalls to this technology that carriers and vendors may have come across now that there is a year of carrier-aggregation experience under the industry's collective belt.

Sequans' low-cost LTE platform makes a play for the Internet of Things

sequans Colibri LTE platform

Sequans Communications is aiming to make LTE as affordable as older 2G technologies for use in machine-to-machine applications and the Internet-of Things. The Paris-based chipmaker says it has closed in on that goal with its new Colibri LTE platform.

Airvana unveils multi-operator small-cell product, while Radisys touts distributed SON offering

Enterprises and venue owners have been clamoring for multi-operator small cell products, while wireless operators demand multimode small cell solutions. Vendors are responding in kind, as evidenced by a couple of new product announcements from this week's Small Cells World Summit in London.

LTE-based femtocell market catching fire, Infonetics says

The market for femtocells and enterprise small cells is picking up, driven in part by LTE deployments, and looks like it will remain strong through 2018, according to Infonetics Research. The report appears more bullish than forecasts recently released by Mobile Experts.

Code On licensing its technology, which uses algebra to speed up networks

Code On is working to build an ecosystem based upon its proprietary coding algorithm, Random Linear Network Coding (RLNC), by licensing the technology to vendors that want to make mobile devices, cloud services and networks operate better. The company claims its technology "can be inserted opportunistically in existing systems or products--typically with only a few lines of software code."

NTIA discusses progress on sharing 3.5 GHz, 5 GHz spectrum

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) pledged in a blog post to continue engaging federal and industry stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition of the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz AWS-3 bands. The agency also said it will also work with these stakeholders and the FCC to develop "sharing options to accommodate new and innovative broadband applications and devices in the 3.5 GHz and 5 GHz bands."

Nokia makes big play for small cells with Mesaplexx buy

Nokia's acquisition of Mesaplexx is a strategic move in line with new CEO and president Rajeev Suri's plan to acquire smaller firms that will fill gaps in Nokia's product portfolio.

LTE antenna issues getting a second look in networks, smartphones

It can be easy to dismiss the importance of the antenna, whether used in a mobile network or smartphone. But researchers and vendors are increasingly recognizing the fact that antenna issues can directly impact the customer experience and, ultimately, a mobile operator's success.