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Dell introduces new NFV platform, starter kits

Dell is moving full steam ahead in the network functions virtualization (NFV) market with the introduction of its new NFV platform and starter kits to accelerate carrier trials and adoption.

HP hopes to boost NFV with new technology partner program

HP announced that leading telecom organizations have joined the HP OpenNFV Program as technology partners to help carriers take advantage of network functions virtualization (NFV) technology.

Samsung claims Wi-Fi speed breakthrough using 60 GHz WiGig standard

Samsung Electronics says it has developed a 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology capable of bridging the gap between theoretical and actual Wi-Fi speeds.

Globalstar fights back against investor who claims the company's spectrum is worthless

Mobile satellite firm Globalstar is taking an activist investor to task for claiming that the company's wireless spectrum is worthless. Kerrisdale Capital, a short-seller that would benefit from a drop in the company's stock price, said earlier this week that Globalstar's spectrum, which is in the upper 2.4 GHz band, is not valuable because there is already a glut of Wi-Fi spectrum in the U.S.

T-Mobile: Wide-area wireless networks 'will never provide accurate, dispatchable locations' for E911

In a new filing with the FCC, T-Mobile US argued that none of the current options for improving wireless carriers' in-building location technology--including NextNav's indoor location technology, TruePosition's U-TDOA offering, Polaris Wireless' RF Pattern Matching, and OTDOA--will be able to meet the commission's ambitious goals of more accurately locating wireless 911 callers inside buildings. And instead, T-Mobile is urging the FCC to consider other location technologies that fall outside of wireless carriers'' purview, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth beacons and other commercial location systems.

Jab Broadband maintains growth trajectory in nascent WISP market

Jab Broadband, the country's largest fixed wireless broadband service provider, continues to look for acquisition targets as it addresses one of the problems that has vexed the communications industry for years: serving rural areas and making a profit.

AT&T strikes agreements with Accuris, BSG to deliver Wi-Fi Hub solution

AT&T, Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless are bringing the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hub to market, making it possible for wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers.

Samsung, SK Telecom tout mobile video latency breakthrough

Given the South Korean mobile communications market is one of the world's most competitive and innovative, it's not surprising to hear that Samsung and SK Telecom have taken the lead on another important enabler of high quality mobile video, MPEG Media Transport (MMT) technology.

AT&T taps big data for network management

AT&T is using big data and network analytics to better understand its customers' network experience and thereby improve on that. Through AT&T's program, called Service Quality Management, AT&T Labs has invented "breakthrough technologies that use sophisticated analytics to make sense of this massive volume of network data and discern what customers are experiencing."

French start-up seeks funding for global Internet of Things network

French technology startup Sigfox is making the rounds in an attempt to raise funds to expand its dedicated network for the Internet of Things, according to the Financial Times.

Wi-Fi a hit with Major League Baseball's marketing machine

Major League Baseball wants every stadium to have Wi-Fi by opening day of the 2015 season--but maybe not for the usual reasons. In a twist to the traditional model, the league says it really wants to provide Wi-Fi to its customers so they can do the marketing for them.

Wi-Fi Alliance's new Passpoint features ease login process, support preferred providers

The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to give Wi-Fi-only service providers a boost by including a number of new features into its Passpoint certification program.

Coca-Cola, BT test Wi-Fi vending machines in South Africa

Coca-Cola is once again out front on the mobile marketing scene. The company, along with British Telecom, is testing Wi-Fi-enabled vending machines in two communities in South Africa.

As networks strain, pay-TV operators begin embracing OTT distribution

It appears operators' work in the area of video transmission is coming at the right time. According to a new report from FierceCable, major video content producers like ESPN and others are increasingly embracing over-the-top (OTT) distribution. Content owners are hoping that this slimmed-down, lower-cost, digitally focused set of OTT alternatives will bring a legion of millennial-generation pay-TV holdouts into the fold. For more on this topic, check out this FierceCable special report.

Wi-Fi expansion would add nearly 90K jobs, boost GDP by $11B, report says

The FCC's proposal to add 22 MHz to support Wi-Fi would provide a significant economic boost for consumers, generating $11 billion in gross domestic product per year and creating nearly 90,000 jobs, according to the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research.

Meet the new editor of FierceWirelessTech

Sue Marek, FierceWirelessI'm excited to introduce the newest member of the Fierce editorial team, Monica Alleven.  Monica is the editor of FierceWireless:Tech and will be writing about all the latest developments in wireless technology--from LTE Advanced to 5G to Wi-Fi and more.

FBI keeps police quiet on use of cell phone trackers

The FBI is keeping under wraps the use of a device that lets police officers zero in on the location of cell phones--and thereby persons of interest or suspects, according to a document released through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Mobile tools could be vital in Africa's Ebola fight

While Ebola is devastating Liberia, a North Carolina-based nonprofit is teaming with Unicef and the World Health Organization to quickly build a mobile communications system that gives health workers in that nation the resources they need to fight the disease, reports Politico.

Open Internet Consortium adds new members

One of the groups working to standardize technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) just got a little bigger. Make that 27 member companies bigger.

FirstNet aims to release final RFP by end of 2015

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to hold an Industry Day in early 2015 for potential vendors and hopes to release a final request for proposal by the end of 2015, according to an Urgent Communications report.