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Cuban Govt Is Expanding Wi-Fi Access, Making It Cheaper

June 18, 2015 8:10 am | by Michael Weissenstein - Associated Press | News | Comments

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says it's expanding Internet access by adding Wi-Fi capacity to dozens of state-run Internet centers and more than halving the cost that users pay for an hour online. The government announcement Thursday is the first significant expansion of the Internet in Cuba since President...

NCTA to FCC: LTE-U Will Gravely Harm Wi-Fi

June 15, 2015 10:24 am | by Ben Munson, Editor | News | Comments

“Widespread deployment of LTE-U or LAA would therefore harm American consumers, schools, and...

Charter-Time Warner Deal A Boon for Boingo

June 9, 2015 9:14 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

As cable and wireless providers engage in a frenzied period of consolidation, Wi-Fi and DAS...

Sprint, Cisco Partner on Smart City Public Wi-Fi Project

June 5, 2015 11:11 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, CED | News | Comments

The network will provide connectivity for Sprint customers, Kansas City residents and visitors....

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Wi-Fi’s Problem with LTE Over Unlicensed Spectrum

May 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Articles | Comments

“We’re talking about an engineering question that’s potentially getting turned into a manufactured crisis because folks are moving too fast.”

Sprint Signs Airport Wi-Fi Deal, Offers Wi-Fi Calling Router

April 30, 2015 10:53 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Sprint phones should automatically connect and authenticate on Boingo’s Wi-Fi when in range and...                                                                                                      

Sprint Fires Up Wi-Fi Calling on iPhones

April 9, 2015 10:54 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

An over-the-air update coming over the next week will give the feature to Sprint customers on an iPhone 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.3.                                                                 

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Senators Push Wi-Fi Innovation Act to Senate

February 10, 2015 2:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), and cosponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA).

Freewheelin' Cablevision Launches $30 Wi-Fi Plans

January 26, 2015 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Cablevision's Optimum WiFi network is available at 1.1 million access points and includes both indoor and outdoor locations as well as an expanding...                          

The Future is Streaming

December 5, 2014 9:50 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

No matter how you cut it, if 50 percent (or more) of Internet traffic is going to be delivered over wireless networks, and 79 percent of Internet traffic is going to be streaming video, there is going to be a whole lot of video on our smartphone screens.

Qualcomm LTE Direct Coming in 2016

November 12, 2014 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Tuesday at the Open Mobile Summit, Mahesh Makhijani, senior director for Qualcomm Research, fit the technology in with Release 12 and said...                   

GoGo Shares Up Big After AT&T Shelves In-Flight LTE PLans

November 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T had previously announced that it was preparing to build an “air-to-ground network” to provide the connectivity, which at the time it said...                    

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San Francisco Expands Free Public Wi-Fi Access

October 2, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

"This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbor — getting online is as easy as heading to the local park," Rebecca Prozan, Google's public policy and government affairs manager, said in a statement.

A Roadmap for Spectrum Sharing

July 24, 2014 3:01 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

The growing difficulty in identifying new spectrum for the exclusive use of wireless networks, and the length of time the reallocation process takes, has precipitated a growing interest in using shared spectrum for offloading some broadband network traffic.

Google, Others Mull NYC WI-Fi Project

July 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” The companies would be able to charge for phone service but the city has mandated that Internet service would need to be provided at the structures free of charge. 

Globalstar Launches New Satellite-Based Wi-Fi Service

June 23, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

Globalstar calls the new solution Sat-Fi, essentially a satellite router that provides a Wi-Fi signal for mobile devices. Globalstar customers can use their current smartphones, tablets and laptops to send and receive communications when traveling beyond cellular. 

Time Warner Cable, Boingo Enter Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement

June 4, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has signed a Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Boingo that will give Time Warner customers access to more than 100 of Boingo locations including 23 U.S. airports, 36 NYC subway stations and locations like Soldier Field in Chicago are also included. Boingo customers will now have access to Time Warner’s more than 35,000 hotspots in cities including New York and Los Angeles.

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FCC Opens 100 MHz of 5 GHz Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi Use

March 31, 2014 2:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The new report and order focused on relaxing the rules governing the operation of Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) in the 5 GHz band, specifically removing current restriction on indoor-only use and increasing the permissible power in the 5.150-5.250 GHz band.

Altair Supplying Single-Mode LTE Chip for HP's New Chromebook

January 15, 2014 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Isreal-based Altair Semiconductor will provide single-mode LTE chips for HP's Google Chromebooks. According to a press release, Altair's FourGee-3100/6202 chipset was selected to connect the new HP Chromebook 11.6” LTE to the Verizon's LTE network. 

CES: AT&T Providing GM with LTE for Chevy Vehicles

January 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today announced a partnership with General Motors to get LTE inside the company’s line of Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet says it will offer the “OnStar LTE” option will first be available in the Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt lines. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV.

Backhaul Services - A Winning Business Proposition

December 12, 2013 12:34 pm | Webinars

The landscape of mobile networks is evolving rapidly:  LTE, LTE-Advanced, Carrier Wi-Fi, small cells, large venues, smart phones, tablets, new services, new apps, tidal waves of video.  All of these factors and many more affect how mobile networks are designed and operate, creating new opportunities for innovative Backhaul Service Providers.

The Potential for Mobile RAN Virtualization

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | Webinars

The mobile RAN is about to undergo a fundamental change as virtualization becomes real and mobile operators around the world start building base station hotels and C-RANs.  Using standard hardware for the baseband units together with deployment in data centers can significantly lower operating costs for the operators, as well as providing new deployment options. 

Is Wi-Fi Friend or Foe for Operators – Can the Cloud Save Them?

November 11, 2013 2:05 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | Articles | Comments

Mobile operators everywhere are at a crossroad. With their advantages of mobility slipping away, it’s time for mobile operators to identify the next generation of business opportunities that they are uniquely qualified to pursue. It’s time for operators to look to the cloud.

Scratch Wireless Launches with Wi-Fi Strategy, Free Texting

October 16, 2013 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Scratch Wireless today joined a spate of other MVNOs that lean on Wi-Fi as a way of offering "free" wireless service. Launched today with $5 million in funding, Scratch will offer customers service over existing Wi-Fi networks and partnerships with cellular network operators. 

First News Briefs: InterDigital, Flowfinity, Nest Labs, Ruckus Wireless

September 26, 2013 10:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

InterDigital today announced that its patent holding subsidiaries have amended their worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-bearing patent license agreement with Panasonic Mobile Communications to add coverage for 4G technologies, including LTE and LTE-Advanced.

New Broadcom Chips Go In-Car with 5G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

September 26, 2013 9:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Broadcom is taking its chips on the road, with today's announcement of a new line of wireless chips for use in automotive infotainment applications. The new chips featur the latest in 11AC/5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology on a single chip. 

Boingo Wireless to Acquire Advanced Wireless Group

September 19, 2013 10:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless today announced that the company will acquire Advanced Wireless Group, the second largest airport Wi-Fi provider in the United States. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Cricket Partners with Devicescape for Curated Wi-Fi Offering

September 17, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid carrier Cricket is looking to offer its subscribers a Wi-Fi solution through a partnership with Devicescape. According a press release, Cricket has deployed Devicescape’s Curator Service to provide "offload services and capacity-reach." Cricket customers now have access to the Devicescape Curated Virtual...

New Boingo iOS App Leverages iTunes Account for Payment

May 8, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless has announced that iOS users can now use their iTunes account to purchase a Boingo subscription. According to a press release, the latest version of Boingo’s iOS app links directly to a customer’s iTunes account, streamlining subscription sign-up and monthly billing...

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