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  • Bringing together app designers and app developers on one team

    30 September 2014, 1:20 pm

    As apps and mobile games get more sophisticated, tools are emerging that are intended to address gaps in some developers' skill sets and foster better collaboration among those who come more from a designer or development background. Special report
  • BlackBerry plans more smartphones with unconventional designs

    30 September 2014, 1:14 pm

    BlackBerry plans to release more devices that are differentiated in their design, along the lines of its new Passport phone, which sports a square 4.5-inch screen and a physical Qwerty keyboard.
  • Verizon pushes back on notion that it's falling behind AT&T in connected car market

    30 September 2014, 12:59 pm

    Verizon Communications argues that it's no slouch in the connected-car market even though rival AT&T has twice as many deals as it does with automakers. Verizon notes that it provides services beyond simple connectivity. Meanwhile, other carriers, including…
  • AT&T, Sprint, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia and more join forces for open-source NFV effort

    30 September 2014, 12:19 pm

    A broad array of wireless carriers and network vendors have joined together to create an open-source group to accelerate deployments of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. The group, called the Open Platform for…
  • Google's Project Ara will let users swap out modules as needed

    30 September 2014, 11:44 am

    Google's Project Ara, which is focusing on creating modular-designed smartphones, will come with specialized software that lets users swap out nearly all hardware modules, according to Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara within Google's Advanced Technology…
  • Apple to start selling iPhone 6, 6 Plus in China after addressing security concerns

    30 September 2014, 11:06 am

    Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will go on sale in China on Oct. 17, giving the company a chance to regain market share in the world's largest smartphone market. Apple received approval from Chinese regulators to sell the phones only after it addressed privacy…
  • Ho's Perspective: Sprint needs to step up its 2.5 GHz LTE deployment

    29 September 2014, 1:34 pm

    Rather than network improvement, Sprint needs network acceleration. Just as he was aggressive in pricing and promotions, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has the opportunity to step on the gas to expand the 2014 2.5 GHz target and accelerate the 2015 rollout with at…
  • Ericsson, Cisco see Wi-Fi Multicast as a complement to LTE Multicast

    29 September 2014, 12:49 pm

    Whereas LTE Multicast, based on the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) standard, is in the early stages of being rolled out, Wi-Fi Multicast has been around for years in office WLAN environments. Its use has since been broadened to include…
  • FCC to explore wireless operations above 24 GHz, presaging '5G' networks

    29 September 2014, 12:44 pm

    The FCC is going to start exploring whether and how wireless services can be used in extremely high-band spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz, potentially presaging work carriers will engage in to develop "5G" networks.
  • Neustar's lobbying for key number-portability contract gets boost from Michael Chertoff

    29 September 2014, 11:53 am

    Neustar's lobbying effort to stop a key federal number-portability contract from slipping away to Ericsson's Telcordia unit took another turn via a report sent to the FCC from Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of homeland security. The report, from…
  • Hungarian telecoms authority issues mobile broadband spectrum

    29 September 2014, 7:30 am

    Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor, and new entrant Digi Telecommunications each won spectrum in an auction of mobile broadband frequencies in Hungary, the country's telecoms authority revealed today.
  • EC net closes in on Apple Irish tax scandel

    29 September 2014, 7:13 am

    The European Commission (EC) is today expected to release initial details of a probe into Apple's tax arrangements in the region that could see the U.S. smartphone maker fined billions of Euros.  
  • Oracle teams with Vodafone on IoT, expands European cloud data centres

    29 September 2014, 6:50 am

    Oracle is seeking to beef up its wireless credentials by collaborating with Vodafone to develop internet of things (IoT) systems, as well as working on a separate plan to open new cloud data centres in Europe.  
  • Telefonica lowers Spanish tariffs to remain competitive

    29 September 2014, 6:46 am

    Telefonica is pushing to gain ground on competitors in Spain by launching a set of radical new airtime and data tariffs for consumers.  
  • Analysis Mason: Sub-Saharan Africa telecoms' fastest-growing market

    29 September 2014, 5:32 am

    The telecoms market in Sub-Saharan Africa is transitioning, as growing revenue from mobile data services increasingly matches mobile voice growth.
  • Eircom CEO Hribar stands down

    29 September 2014, 4:53 am

    Eircom is on the hunt for a new CEO after Herb Hribar quit the role with immediate effect a few days after the company backed down from plans to list on the stock market.
  • Multicast content eyed as a necessity for modern venues

    29 September 2014, 12:11 am

    One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports…
  • Public-safety agencies leverage FirstNet spectrum during Phish concert

    28 September 2014, 8:36 pm

    Public-safety officials in the Denver area were able to use the First Responder Network Authority's Band 14 spectrum to access network databases during a three-day concert by the band Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The city is…
  • Wi-Fi offloading will drive up revenues for test equipment, report says

    28 September 2014, 7:56 pm

    Mobile operators offloading their data traffic to Wi-Fi need the latest and greatest testing and monitoring solutions to ensure the Wi-Fi networks being used meet carrier-grade quality requirements, and that will drive continued growth in the market for Wi-Fi…
  • OMB approval eliminates regulatory hurdle to Wi-Fi use at 5150-5250 MHz

    28 September 2014, 7:14 pm

    The final section of new rules opening up the 5.15-5.25 GHz band for broader Wi-Fi use has now been enacted after being vetted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Apple jumps into 5G development via NGMN

    28 September 2014, 6:30 pm

    Apple intends to play a leading role as the definitions and specifications for 5G emerge. Its ambitions were highlighted by the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, which said Apple has joined the group and is among companies "expected to…
  • SideSwipe detects gestures based on disturbances to cell phone signals

    28 September 2014, 5:11 pm

    Researchers at the University of Washington unveiled SideSwipe, a system that enables a cell phone to detect nearby hand gestures based upon how those movements disturb GSM signals.
  • Updated: Report: Dunkin' Donuts has fastest Wi-Fi download speeds among coffee chains

    28 September 2014, 3:55 pm

    In honor of National Coffee Day (yes, there is such a thing), wefi released analytics regarding Wi-Fi connectivity trends at coffee chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Tully's Coffee and Panera.
  • Wi-Fi Multicast: Ericsson, Cisco see new tech as complementary to LTE Multicast

    26 September 2014, 12:50 pm

    LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting…
  • EC says no change to plan to end roaming charges

    26 September 2014, 6:25 am

    The European Commission (EC) insisted there is absolutely no delay to its plans to end roaming charges across the European Union, noting that all three EU institutions--the EC, European Parliament and national governments--agree on the need to end these…
  • French watchdog rejects call to suspend Bouygues Telecom-SFR network deal

    26 September 2014, 6:22 am

    France's competition regulator L'Autorité de la concurrence has rejected calls by Orange to suspend a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR, saying the deal did not pose an immediate or serious threat to consumers or the sector.
  • Telenor to go live in Myanmar on Sept. 27

    26 September 2014, 5:45 am

    Telenor said it will officially launch commercial services in Myanmar on Sept. 27, when it will become the third operator to provide mobile services in the country.
  • 5G developments gather pace in UK

    26 September 2014, 5:34 am

    Developments in 5G technology are gathering pace in the UK after a global forum held in London this week saw the launch of a new programme to promote innovation to encourage growth in this field. Earlier this week Vodafone also announced a partnership with the…
  • Madden: The small cell world needs certification

    25 September 2014, 12:53 pm

    Remember the early days of Wi-Fi? It's easy to forget that Wi-Fi technology went through a period of very slow growth, where proprietary systems did not interoperate well and many companies exited the market due to poor ROI. The Small Cell market reminds me of…
  • Google, Microsoft keep pushing for unlicensed use of 600 MHz band

    24 September 2014, 11:49 pm

    Google and Microsoft are keeping up the pressure as they lobby the FCC to include technical rules enabling the use of unlicensed devices in the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will be auctioned next year.

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