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  • 'Pocketsourcing' turns smartphones into passive sensors to drive location apps

    21 September 2014, 4:43 pm

    Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research…
  • Sprint's Phone Connect 3 cuts the landline cord but keeps the phones

    21 September 2014, 3:55 pm

    Sprint is providing transitional technology to people who want to cut the cord and use their mobile phone number as their only personal number but still like the convenience of having a call ring in on their landline phones.
  • Apple's iPhone 6 goes on sale to long lines as Chinese gray market seeks $3,000

    19 September 2014, 1:00 pm

    The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale today to long lines in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The new phones are not officially on sale in China yet, but that is not…
  • LightSquared burned through $81.4M in August, as bankruptcy proceedings churn on

    19 September 2014, 12:44 pm

    Bankrupt wireless firm LightSquared burned through $81.4 million in August, and the company has now lost $1.6 billion since it filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2012. The losses are piling up as Philip Falcone and his Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund…
  • GSA: 79 carriers are working on LTE Advanced

    19 September 2014, 12:24 pm

    LTE Advanced is advancing. According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 79 carriers in total have launched, have deployed or are trialing LTE Advanced technologies in their networks. The GSA also said 21 operators have launched LTE Advanced…
  • Microsoft axes 2,100 workers, shutters Silicon Valley research lab

    19 September 2014, 11:57 am

    Microsoft slashed 2,100 employees from its work force, part of a previously announced plan to cut 18,000 workers as the software giant integrates former Nokia employees and shifts its focus to the cloud, mobile and productivity tools. As a result of this round…
  • Qualcomm touts LTE Broadcast software at Uplinq conference, sidesteps China issues

    19 September 2014, 11:32 am

    Qualcomm unveiled a software toolkit at its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers take advantage of LTE Broadcast technology, and it got a vote of confidence on the technology from Facebook. However, the company stayed mum on its troubles…
  • Verizon expands AWS spectrum deployment for LTE to 400 markets nationwide

    19 September 2014, 10:54 am

    Verizon Wireless said it expanded its deployment of AWS spectrum to boost capacity for LTE service to 22 additional markets, making it available in four out of five of its LTE markets nationwide. Since the carrier has around 500 LTE markets in total, that…
  • Telefónica seals deal to acquire GVT from Vivendi

    19 September 2014, 3:42 am

    Telefónica agreed to acquire Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT for just over €7 billion ($9 billion) in cash and stocks, following three weeks of exclusive negotiations.
  • Paolini: 6 issues guiding discussions on traffic management

    18 September 2014, 4:22 pm

    The challenge of how operators can pack more traffic and services on the infrastructure it already has and improve subscribers' experience is not a new one--but there has been great innovation in the tools, their availability and their effectiveness over the…
  • EE launches new SIM-only LTE plans; extends Cash on Tap to London's tube

    18 September 2014, 2:42 pm

    EE has launched a "refreshed" range of SIM-only LTE plans as a latest salvo in the LTE subscriber acquisition wars between UK operators.
  • Huawei hopes to expand enterprise sales to $10B annually by 2017

    18 September 2014, 12:41 pm

    Huawei is aiming to crack into the market for technology sales to large businesses as a way to diversify its revenue streams and make use of what it has learned in the telecoms market. The company said it has had a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent in…
  • Mosaik Solutions moves into network-testing market

    18 September 2014, 12:36 pm

    Mosaik Solutions is getting into the wireless-network-testing market and aims to provide carriers and M2M-solution providers with a more efficient way to measure how end-user devices are performing on networks.
  • Apple highlights privacy safeguards amid concerns over user data being compromised

    18 September 2014, 12:05 pm

    Apple put a major new focus on how it safeguards its users' private information and launched a website to keep its customers better informed of how their data is stored and protected. Meanwhile, amid concerns that its new iPhones and forthcoming Apple Watch…
  • Ericsson to exit wireless-modem market, cut 1,000 jobs

    18 September 2014, 11:26 am

    Ericsson is exiting the wireless-modem business and will most likely slash about 1,000 jobs as a result. The decision comes as pricing pressure builds in the stand-alone-modem business and more device makers choose to buy system-on-a-chip solutions with modems…
  • Berg Insight: Smartphone navigation app users grow; stand-alone device shipments fall

    18 September 2014, 8:47 am

    Berg Insight revealed the sector of personal navigation is rapidly becoming a mobile play, as the number of personal navigation devices (PNDs) shipped fell in 2013 while the number of people utilising mobile navigation apps grew.
  • Ericsson modem exit places 1,000 jobs at risk

    18 September 2014, 8:01 am

    Ericsson is consulting with workers unions and representatives over the lay off of around 1,000 staff from its modems business after announcing it will quit the sector in favour of an increased focus on its radio networks unit.
  • GSA: Operators have commercially launched 331 LTE networks

    18 September 2014, 5:49 am

    Some 331 operators have commercially launched LTE networks and service in 112 countries, according to data released by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
  • 5G reflects the wireless industry's increasingly rapid pace of change

    18 September 2014, 12:50 am

    Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on…
  • Sprint sells 900 MHz spectrum to firm led by Nextel co-founders

    17 September 2014, 8:45 pm

    Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce…
  • FirstNet RFI, public notice lay groundwork for network procurement

    17 September 2014, 5:54 pm

    The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network acquisition strategy. In addition, the…
  • Infonetics Research: New revenue is leading driver for SDN and NFV

    17 September 2014, 3:19 pm

    NICE, France--Savings in both operating and capital expenditure are often cited as leading drivers behind the move towards software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV), but operators themselves say service agility and new revenue…
  • Slovak Telekom outlines virtualisation progress

    17 September 2014, 3:00 pm

    NICE, France--Slovak Telekom gave an update on its progress with the virtualisation and "softwarisation" of its network, but key aspects of network functions virtualisation (NFV) are distinctly lacking in the integrated operator's deployments to date: the…
  • Virgin Mobile CEE secures €10M in funding to fuel expansion

    17 September 2014, 5:04 am

    Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe (VMCEE), a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has secured funding of up to €10 million ($12.9 million) to fuel its expansion in Poland, Turkey, and other parts of the region.
  • Genband's Kandy sweetens unified communications with PaaS

    17 September 2014, 2:01 am

    Genband officially released Kandy, its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables the embedding of real-time video, voice, presence and text into Web and mobile applications for a seamless unified-communications experience.
  • AT&T, Nokia among those endorsing spectrum-sharing tests in 'model city'

    17 September 2014, 1:03 am

    Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and…
  • Hilton: We need to make buying a complete Internet of Things solution easier

    16 September 2014, 3:41 pm

    According to MachNation's Next Generation IoT Forecast, we will have 24 billion connected IoT devices by 2024. That's 30-40 per cent annual growth for the next 10 years.But we will never see that level of growth unless we make it easy for buyers of IoT to…
  • Gauging the trends at CTIA's Super Mobility Week

    16 September 2014, 1:10 pm

    CTIA's Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas was an ambitious effort that relied upon partnerships with other events such as the Competitive Carriers Association show, 4G World and IFA (the big consumer electronics trade fair held in Berlin every year). Lots of…
  • Telefónica exec emphasises need to avoid vendor lock-in with NFV

    16 September 2014, 10:22 am

    NICE, France--Pieces of the network functions virtualisation (NFV) puzzle are starting to fall into place, although experts working in this field stress that care must be taken to avoid repeating the mistakes of previous legacy equipment that saw operators…
  • Wi-Fi Alliance improves Wi-Fi Direct certification to support new services

    16 September 2014, 1:03 am

    The Wi-Fi Alliance added an optional set of services to its Wi-Fi Direct certification program, all of which are aimed at reducing operations to a single step.

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