NGMN finalizes 5G white paper; C-RAN market to near $5B in five years, report says

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> The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance announced the finalization and publication of the 5G White Paper. Release

> The FCC's Gigi Sohn says Google and Facebook "sat this one out" when it came to the net neutrality proceeding. Article

> The C-RAN market will approach $5 billion in five years, according to Dell'Oro Group. Release

> Vodafone Netherlands is the first to deploy Ericsson's second-generation indoor picocell base stations (RBS 6402) in Vodafone shops. Release

> Summit Tech says it has a new RCS-based Home Automation and Home Security solution that will help mobile operators bridge a market that is estimated to be worth $16.4 billion by 2019. Release

> Car makers are moving in advance of any agreed-upon standard to install wireless charging systems for mobile devices so they can attract tech-savvy customers. Article (sub. req.)

> Freescale Semiconductor announced support for the OpenDataPlane (ODP) standard, a common programming model for software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Release

> Securing the Internet of Things is central to the consumers who use it. Blog

> The wireless industry is getting mired in discussions about standards and infrastructure related to the connected home instead of spending time making the concept easy for consumers to deploy and understand, executives said during a FierceWireless executive luncheon at Mobile World Congress. Article

> Qualcomm CTO Matt Grob said LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) can easily coexist with and protect Wi-Fi operations in unlicensed spectrum, similar to how different variants of Wi-Fi already perform today. Article

> A top Ericsson executive believes that in the not-to-distance future, spectrum will become more valuable than oil. He also predicted that the industry will see a lot more investment in technologies that make spectrum use more efficient. Article

And finally… Oculus VR's mobile virtual reality headset, the Samsung Gear VR, will get a full-on consumer push by the end of the year, CTO John Carmack said at the Game Developers Conference. Article