Cablevision said earlier this year it would reach some 1 million public Wi-Fi access points by the end of 2014. The cable MSO beat its forecast by five months, announcing it has already reached that 1 million hotspot goal.
2020 may seem like a long way off, but it is less than six years from now. That means although 5G is still not officially defined, every company on the industry value chain is already working out how its products will fit into this next generation of wireless connectivity, said Tareq Bustami, vice president of product management of Freescale Semiconductor's digital networking group.
Concern is growing about the vulnerabilities presented by what are called Wi-Fi Pineapple devices, which can be used to enable man-in-the-middle attacks on users of unsecured Wi-Fi access points, and this timely topic will be addressed during the upcoming Def Con 22 hacker event.
CenturyLink and the Denver Broncos announced a three-year sponsorship deal, under which the telco will provide Internet and data connectivity at the team's stadium and training facility, ensuring redundancy for certain services already provided by Comcast.
Cavium and Quortus are combining their respective technologies to create portable small cell networks that can be rapidly deployed for site-specific applications in public safety, emergency services and military environments.
People accessing the Wi-Fi service supplied by Google in certain Starbucks stores have been raving for months on social media about improved connectivity, and now SpeedSpot has confirmed that its users experienced up to 18 times faster download speeds at Starbucks locations that have swapped out their AT&T Mobility Wi-Fi service for Google's.
Competition in the WiGig market is heating up rapidly, with Tier 1 smartphone companies asking for 11ad for late-2015 models. The latest WiGig offering is from fabless semiconductor company Nitero, which is applying its 60 GHz CMOS expertise to 60G, its new family of 802.11ad solutions designed for mobile devices plus displays and peripherals.
Verizon is joining chipmaker Qualcomm and infrastructure vendor Ericsson on field trials of spectrum-sharing technology in the 3550-3650 MHz band at multiple locations.
Alcatel-Lucent's move to outsource research, development and maintenance activities related to 2G and 3G technologies should not be a big deal to most of its customers, as long as the outsourcing scheme still results in solid products, according to industry analyst Peter Jarich of Current Analysis.
Alcatel-Lucent is now the supplier of reference for LTE metro cells that are integrated with Wi-Fi under Vodafone's nearly $12 billion Project Spring network investment and upgrade plan.