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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...

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...

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,...

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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. 

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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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Broadcom Launches First "5G WiFi" Hotspot with SK Telekom

April 3, 2013 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Broadcom continues its push to support 5G WiFi with the announcement today of a router that supports the technology. According to a press release, Broadcom has made the 5G WiFi hotspot available through SK Telecom. Based on the, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard...

FCC Moves to Open More Unlicensed Spectrum

February 20, 2013 5:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to make more unlicensed spectrum available for robust public Wi-Fi networks. According to a press release, the commission today proposed to make up to 195 megahertz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band...

FCC to Move on Better Wi-Fi

January 10, 2013 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC is pursuing a plan to open a nationwide swath of unlicensed spectrum specifically for the deployment of "Gigabit" Wi-Fi technology in major hubs, such as airports and convention centers. The plan increase the capacity and speed of Wi-Fi networks in public spaces...

WiGig, Wi-Fi Alliances Join Forces

January 3, 2013 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance announced today that they will merge the two entities into one organziation that will operate under the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Wi-Fi Alliance and WiGig Alliance have been collaborating for over two years on the WiGig Alliance's work to develop...

Are HetNets the Answer?

July 31, 2012 11:49 am | by Elliot Drucker | Articles | Comments

Integration of small cells into the “macro” network could be more effective than even Wi-Fi offload in solving the problem of data traffic outstripping increases in available spectrum.

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Wi-Fi Offload Rising Amid Soaring Data Traffic

July 23, 2012 11:39 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

How important is Wi-Fi offload to solving the capacity crunch? Extremely important, if new numbers from iGR are any indication.

Marvell, Wilocity Partner on Tri-Band Wi-Fi

July 23, 2012 7:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

 Marvell and Wilocity today announced a new partnership to bring tri-band Wi-Fi solutions enabled with 802.11ad to market. 

Cisco Preps Next-Gen Wi-Fi Hotspots

February 28, 2012 11:36 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Cisco took aim at the burgeoning small cell market today with a new generation of hotspots that will bring a cellular-type roaming experience to Wi-Fi.

ALU Introduces Wi-Fi Solution

February 14, 2012 7:00 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Over at Alcatel-Lucent, they're feeling the love for Wi-Fi, which might not have been the case some years back.

Stoke Ups Ante on Wi-Fi Offload

February 9, 2012 7:02 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Mobile broadband startup Stoke has come out with a new network gateway designed to make it easier for operators to dump network-clogging data traffic...

Cisco Introduces Faster Access Point

January 31, 2012 6:51 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Cisco used its Cisco Live! event in London today to introduce what it calls the fastest Wi-Fi access point on the market...

Alliance: Super Wi-Fi an 'Inaccurate Moniker'

January 30, 2012 6:54 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Last week, the city of Wilmington, N.C., went live with technology that allowed it to run video surveillance, water monitoring modules and limited broadband service...

Frontier to Resell AT & T Wireless Service

November 17, 2011 7:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Frontier Communications yesterday announced an agreement that will offer Frontier customers a broad assortment of AT&T smartphones and access to its mobile broadband network.

Review: iCloud 'Just Works' for Songs, So Far

October 20, 2011 8:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem.

AT & T Ups Ante on Android Wi-Fi Offload

October 3, 2011 7:58 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

AT&T has stepped up its efforts to offload traffic from data-hungry Android smartphones onto Wi-Fi networks.

No Ordinary Wi-Fi: Why the Network Matters for Mobile Data Offloading

September 27, 2011 12:53 pm | by Torbjorn Ward, Aptilo Networks | Articles | Comments

Many mobile operators are currently looking to build their own Wi-Fi footprint to handle the urgent need for more mobile data capacity. Their goal is to have subscribers automatically move over from the 3G network to Wi-Fi whenever it is in range.

TruConnect Takes a Shot at the MVNO Business

September 18, 2011 8:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

This week marks the official commercial launch of TruConnect Mobile, a data-only MVNO running on Sprint's 3G network.

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