PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association –announced the 67-year-old national trade association changed its name to the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA).

The “PCIA” moniker was created in 1995 at a time when the association primarily advocated on behalf of the personal communications infrastructure industry. In 2004, the association’s emphasis shifted to focus on wireless infrastructure, yet  “PCIA” remained part of the group’s name with the addition of “The Wireless Infrastructure Association” descriptor.

The new name was approved by the Board of Directors, which includes leaders from wireless infrastructure companies and wireless carriers. The Association also unveiled a new logo and website.

Spirent Communications Plc (LSE: SPT), an industry leader in test and measurement, announced today a new platform that allows companies to manage all their testing needs from anywhere, using any device. Spirent Temeva, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for network and cloud testing, initially offers three web-based applications covering everything from network traffic testing and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) infrastructure benchmarking to cloud performance and capacity planning.

The new Temeva platform automatically stores all test configurations, data, and reports in a secure repository. This repository can be conveniently accessed from anywhere, with any device through a web-based portal, where test metrics can be transformed into analyses and scored.

ABI Research has forecast global revenues of aftermarket mobile accessories will top $110 billion in 2021. Aftermarket Bluetooth headsets for smartphones are expected to grow the fastest, in terms of both revenue and shipments, with shipments expected to show a 9 percent CAGR between 2016 and 2020.

While screen protectors and cases with advanced functionalities – including anti-glare, anti-scratch, memory expansion and shock resistance – are helping propel aftermarket revenues forward, wireless charging pads are also powering this year's sales. ABI Research expects them to become much more prevalent over the next five years.

Federated Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Minds that provides cloud-based wireless infrastructure solutions to extend the access of carrier networks, announced that it has officially begun the certification process with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its Spectrum Access System (SAS). The SAS is designed to bring forth the benefits of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band.

The band, known as the Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), was established in April 2015 by the FCC. With the start of this certification process, Federated Wireless enters a final phase of its regulatory process as it prepares the solution for commercial use.

The Company’s SAS utilizes a three-tiered model designed to protect federal and commercial incumbents that already exist in the 3.5 GHz band and provide access to carriers and other industry participants by allocating spectrum resources through Priority Access Licenses and General Authorized Access. Upon completion of the certification process, Federated Wireless will have the necessary authority to utilize the SAS to alleviate spectrum management challenges and improve the throughput, performance and capacity of wireless networks.