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GSMA: North American Mobile Industry Accounts for 3% of GDP

September 22, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The North American mobile industry accounted for $550 billion, or three percent of the GDP in the region in 2013, according to a new report from the GSMA. The GSMA expects that total to grow to $620 billion by 2020. It found that mobile ecosystem directly supports 1.1 million jobs—and another 380,000 indirectly—while contributing more than $63 billion in public funding. That funding total does not include regulatory or spectrum fees.

Attwell Baker Says Existing Open Internet Rules Sufficient

September 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In comments made at the kickoff of a GSMA event...

Super Mobility Week: A Show of Contrasts

September 22, 2014 6:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

Analyst Elliott Drucker went to CTIA's Super...

Apple Creates Privacy Website Ahead of iPhone Launch

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We don’t build a profile based on your email...

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Regulation Hits Self-Driving Cars in California

September 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The permits formally regulate testing that is already was underway. Google alone is closing in on 1 million miles. The technology giant has bet heavily on the vehicles, which navigate using sophisticated sensors and detailed maps.

Walkway in China Dedicated to Smartphone Addicts

September 15, 2014 11:06 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.

Confirmed: Sprint Won't Participate in AWS Auction

September 12, 2014 11:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The AWS-3 spectrum is probably less suited to pair with Sprint's existing portfolio, which includes airwaves in the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The FCC has said it expects the AWS-3 auction, which will take place in November, to raise about $10 billion. 

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Zappos CEO is Organically Creating Innovation

September 11, 2014 4:20 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh faced a problem all growing companies face. He had to maintain a good environment for innovation and not let it get lost in widening scale. “How can Zappos be organized and function more like a city and less like a company?” Hsieh asked during his CTIA Super Mobility Week Day 3 keynote.

Mobile Drives New Levels of Sports Engagement

September 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Andrea Kremer, chief correspondent for the NFL Network, spoke with Colin Smith, managing director of digital media at NASCAR; John Kosner, executive vice president of digital and print media at ESPN; Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and chairman and founder of Prova; and Simon Wardle, chief strategy officer at Octagon.

SMW: Multi-Screen Advertising Poised for Greatness

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Craig Kuhl | Articles | Comments

The mass appeal of mobile devices and the multiple screens they bring to consumers is driving the advertising and T-commerce markets and their evolving technologies and business models into uncharted waters. Content and service providers, along with many in the video delivery eco-system, are paying close attention to the advertising and commerce upsides in the blossoming multi-screen space.

SMW: Channel Quality: The Other Factor in Broadband Performance

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

To enter a discussion of the balance between spectrum bandwidth, network loading, channel quality, and QoE we should probably first dismiss any importance that might be attached to mythical “up to” peak speeds. The only speed that is of significance to a user is the one he or she experiences.

SMW: BlackBerry’s John Sims Maps the Enterprise Road Ahead

September 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

John Sims hasn’t been with BlackBerry long but he goes way back with CEO John Chen. BlackBerry's president of global enterprise services is excited to be a part of Chen’s quest to rebuild BlackBerry. Ahead of his Day One CTIA talk outlining new mobile challenges for IT and the risks of not making mobility a boardroom-level priority, Sims spoke with us about his transition from SAP, BlackBerry’s focus on security and the evolving MDM space.

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SMW: CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker Puts Spectrum First

September 9, 2014 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Meredith Attwell Baker has returned to CTIA in time for its biggest show yet. Stepping in for departing CEO Steve Largent, Attwell Baker brings her experience at the FCC, NTIA and Comcast-NBC Universal along for her second CTIA stint. Ahead of Super Mobility Week, Attwell Baker spoke with Wireless Week about her focus on finding available mobile broadband spectrum, spectrum report cards and preserving the open internet on mobile networks.

Apple to Beef Up Security Protocol After Celebrity Photo Thefts

September 5, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Apple maintains that its iCloud has not been hacked, the company did admit in a statement on its website that "certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." 

Google Fined $19M to Cover In-App Purchase Refunds

September 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to the FTC complaint, when Google introduced in-app charges to the Google Play in 2011, they were not password protected. As a result, children could buy virtual items just by clicking on popup boxes within an app while they used it. 

User Manipulation or ‘Network Optimization’?

September 3, 2014 9:26 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

In a highly publicized letter to Verizon, Wheeler raised concerns over the carrier’s policy of limiting downlink throughput to a certain class of user when localized traffic demand exceeds network capacity. Affected users are those with legacy “unlimited” data plans and who fall within the top 5 percent of monthly data consumers. 

FCC Slaps T-Mobile with $819,000 Fine

August 28, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC has levied a $819,000 fine against T-Mobile, citing the carriers has for more than two years failed to offer its customers enough hearing aid-compatible digital wireless handsets. Originally spotted by Phone Scoop, the FCC’s complaint against T-Mobile alleges the carrier “willfully and repeatedly” violated the mandate toward carrying hearing aid-compatible phones.

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CTIA Preps Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage for iPhone Launch

August 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they're going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo," Mesirow said, referring to the throngs of mobile executives in attendance at Super Moblity.

CTIA Chief Urges FCC to Revise Wireless Siting Process

August 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker implored the FCC to revise rules in order to speed up the process for building and updating cellular network sites. In an op-ed, Attwell Baker said a “commonsense national approach to further streamline and modernize the wireless siting process is long overdue.”

Connecting the Home Creates New Security Risks

August 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The connected home is built largely on a promise of heightened security. But by adding smart capabilities to the home, we’re opening it up to new threats. Gary Davis, vice president of global consumer marketing at McAfee, will address these concerns during his Day One talk at CTIA.

Fitbit Denies Claims It Sells Personal Data

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based fitness wearables company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

Assange Hints at Leaving Embassy

August 18, 2014 9:14 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaving the embassy would be a big move for Assange, who has remained trapped in the building since he sought refuge there more than two years ago. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes allegations, or the United States, where authorities are investigating his spectacular disclosures of secret information.

T-Mobile Urges FCC to Reserve Half of 600 MHz Spectrum for Smaller Carriers

August 13, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is asking the FCC to consider reserving half or more of the 600 MHz spectrum cleared for auction for smaller carriers to bid on. In an FCC filing, T-Mobile said adjusting the spectrum reserve based on different clearing scenarios would “promote robust competition among service providers and ensure the continued vitality of four nationwide providers.”

Judge Rejects Settlement over Tech Hiring Practices

August 11, 2014 8:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The settlement would have been paid by Apple, Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. The lawsuit alleges they and three other companies — Intuit Inc., Pixar Animation and Lucasfilm — secretly agreed not to recruit each other's workers at various junctures from 2005 through 2009.

FCC Expands Text-to-911 to Smaller Carriers, Messaging Apps

August 8, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a push to make the service more uniformly available, the new rules expand availability beyond the U.S.’s big four carriers, all of which agreed to support the service by May 2014. Now all other carriers will have to make the service available and “interconnected” text messaging providers including OTT apps like Whatsapp.

FCC Streamlines Tower Regulations

August 8, 2014 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Commission said that the order adopted today puts the FAA in charge of overseeing rules regarding the marking and lighting of cell towers so that planes can see them. It also makes changes to Commission rules such as allowing tower owners to provide tenants with antenna structure registration (ASR) information via mail, email or other electronic methods. 

Google Focusing on Encrypted Messaging

August 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google beefed up security of its search engine and popular Gmail service after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government has been vacuuming up personal data. The surveillance programs exploited gaping holes in unencrypted websites.

WTO Accuses China of "Rare Earths' Violations

August 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China has about one-third of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90 percent of production. In 2009, it alarmed foreign companies by limiting rare earth exports in an attempt to boost its domestic manufacturing base. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said that Thursday's decision "marks the end of the line" for the rare earths dispute.

Verizon to FCC: Throttling Unlimited Users “Widely Accepted”

August 5, 2014 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon has officially responded to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler after the Commissioner criticized the carrier’s decision to start slowing data speeds for some unlimited plan customers on its LTE network. The United States’ largest carrier called the practice “widely accepted,” according to Reuters. Verizon CEO Dan Mead, to whom the FCC’s letter was addressed, said the policy was in line with FCC principles.

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