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Massive MIMO inventor Marzetta takes over leadership of NYU Wireless from Rappaport | FierceWireless
"NYU Wireless appointed Thomas Marzetta, who is credited as the originator of Massive MIMO technology, as director of the research center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, replacing founder Theodore (Ted) Rappaport."
MIMO  FierceWireless  NYU  Ted-Rappaport 
24 days ago by pierredv
5G security enhancements take aim at emerging threats | FierceWireless Jul 2019
"While complex 5G networks present an expanded threat surface for potential security attacks, enhancements in the next-generation technology also provide transformational security safeguards, according to 5G Americas president Chris Pearson."

"5G Americas, along with project leaders from AT&T and Cisco, released a white paper (PDF) Wednesday detailing 5G security threats, enhancements and standards development meant to handle more stringent protections that will be required by new services and applications."

"Specific 5G security enhancements, according to 5G Americas, include:

Unified authentication framework that enables seamless mobility across different access technologies and support of concurrent connections
User privacy protection for vulnerable information often used to identify and track subscribers
Secure Service-Based Architecture and slice isolation, optimizing security that prevents threats from spreading to other network slices
Native support for secure steering of roaming (SoR), allowing operators to steer customers to preferred partner networks, which improves customer experience, reduces roaming charges, and prevents roaming fraud
Improved SS7 and Diameter protocols for roaming
Improved rogue base station detection and mitigation
Additional proprietary operator and vendor analytics for more layers of security
5G  cybersecurity  cyber-spectrum  FierceWireless 
10 weeks ago by pierredv
Sunday's Google Cloud outage impacted Gmail, YouTube, Snapchat, with global ripple effects | FierceTelecom, Jun 2019
"Google Cloud has bounced back from a major outage Sunday that impacted its own services, including YouTube and Gmail, as well as those of some of its clients."

"Aside of social media apps being down, the outage meant that some of Google's Nest customers couldn't use their Nest thermostats, Nest smart locks, and Nest cameras, according to Twitter posts on Google Nest."
FierceWireless  Google  cybersecurity  availability  networking 
june 2019 by pierredv
Marek’s Take: Network slicing is a security nightmare for operators | FierceWireless
“Even if you put security to one side, operationalizing network slicing with any kind of agility, at any kind of scale, is going to be very complex. When you then add in the security requirements — as you have to — that adds yet more complexity,” said Patrick Donegan, founder and principal analyst with HardenStance.

"And 5G networks alone have more security challenges than 3G and 4G networks. . . . each network function has a very large number of secured trusted relationships that have to be up and running continuously."

"But it’s unclear which entity will ultimately be responsible for the security of a network slice. Will it be the underlying operator? Or the enterprise/MVNO that is operating the slice?"

"... there are new players entering the space that see network slicing as an opportunity. For example, cloud providers may be able to offer a solution to this complex undertaking ... [Oracle]"
FierceWireless  5G  cyber-spectrum  cybersecurity  opinion 
june 2019 by pierredv
It’s a wrap: FCC concludes first set of high-band auctions, raising $2.7B | FierceWireless May 2019
the Spectrum Frontiers auctions of the 24 GHz and 28 GHz bands raised more than $2.7 billion in gross bids. Combined, 55 applicants were qualified to bid, and the winning bidders won 5,869 licenses, according to the FCC.
FCC  FierceWireless  5G  mmwave  spectrum-auctions  24GHz  28GHz 
may 2019 by pierredv
FCC Chairman Pai: Private sector should build 5G; security is key issue | FierceWireless
"Looking at the bigger picture, “we believe 5G security issues need to be addressed upfront,” he said in prepared remarks. “Making the right choices when deployment is beginning is much easier than trying to correct mistakes once network construction and operation is well underway. Moreover, decisions that impact 5G security need to be made with the long term in mind. Focusing too heavily on short-term considerations could result in choices that are penny-wise but pound foolish.”"
FierceWireless  5G  security  cyber-spectrum  cybersecurity  FCC  Ajit-Pai 
may 2019 by pierredv
mmWave 5G real-world deployments will require very dense networks: report | FierceWireless apr 2019
"Moore conducted his tests using the Motorola Z3 handset with the 5G Moto Mod adapter. Verizon gave him a list of nine cells, and he tested about six of them while walking around Chicago.

Moore said he received a top speed of 500 Mbps during his tests. “It’s very zippy under favorable conditions with line of sight,” he said, but added that mmWave doesn’t penetrate obstacles and it doesn’t travel far."

“Moore said he tested the signal speed through a pane of glass in a restaurant that was only about 25 yards away from a cell node. “I found that the speeds were roughly halved from what I was getting outside on the street,” he said. The initial real-world 5G network tests make clear the 5G networks that use mmWave spectrum will face a lot of challenges. “It requires a very, very dense network,” Moore said.”
FierceWireless  propagation  mmwave  5G 
april 2019 by pierredv
AT&T’s Project AirGig could extend 5G mmWave signals | FierceWireless Apr 2019
"5G may be the ultimate winner of Project AirGig, the AT&T-led initiative that uses power lines to deliver superfast internet service. Although AT&T doesn’t yet have plans to commercially deploy AirGig, the company is planning on more trials this year that will involve 5G. AT&T is also currently working with vendors and technology partners to build commercial-grade 5G equipment for those trials."
AT&T  AirGig  5G  FierceWireless 
april 2019 by pierredv
Telefónica launches IoT Cybersecurity Unit | FierceWireless apr 2019
"Recognizing the great threats posed to the IoT world, Telefónica has launched its own IoT Cybersecurity Unit, a new project that combines the company’s expertise in both cybersecurity and IoT."
FierceWireless  iot  cybersecurity 
april 2019 by pierredv
Next release of CBRS specs will support 5G | FierceWireless Mar 2019
"Just as OnGo-branded commercial services are preparing for takeoff, the CBRS Alliance announced that it’s starting work on a new release to support CBRS over 5G.

The organization said that Release 3 will address support for 5G deployments using shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, complementing the 5G New Radio (5G NR) air interface developed by the 3GPP to support a variety of 5G services, devices and deployments. (It’s worth noting that many of the contributors to the specs are affiliated with both the 3GPP and CBRS Alliance.)

The alliance actually started doing a call for 5G contributions a little while back, so the work is not in its infancy, but the 5G work is going to take a while to complete, according to Chris Stark, chairman of the CBRS Alliance."
FierceWireless  5G  CBRS 
march 2019 by pierredv
Echodyne gets OK to conduct drone detection at Super Bowl | FierceWireless Jan 2019
The FCC has given Echodyne the go-ahead to operate two low powered fixed radar transmitters in the immediate vicinity of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.

The radars are intended to be used as part of a drone detection system that will be installed at the perimeter of the stadium to alert security personnel, including federal officers, of any unidentified drone activity during the big game, according to material the company submitted to the FCC.
FierceWireless  FCC  Echodyne  drones  detection  radar 
january 2019 by pierredv
"AT&T, Verizon gear up for 5G network slicing in 2020, 2021 | FierceWireless Jan 2019"
At its most basic, network slicing provides for a more efficient use of the network. Instead of allocating on a serialized basis, operators can do things in parallel by allocating network resources and applying certain quality of service (QoS) elements to them. Services could be priced based on the quality or performance that a business needs; even a traditional MVNO could be structured based on slice agreements.

With network slicing and 5G, the idea is for operators’ business customers to get connectivity and data processing tailored to their specific requirements—latency and/or speed, for example. The GSMA estimates (PDF) that in combination with other enablers and capabilities, network slicing will permit operators to address a revenue opportunity worth $300 billion by 2025.
FierceWireless  network-slicing  virtualization  networking  AT&T  Verizon  5G 
january 2019 by pierredv
Researchers explore tangible applications for Google's Project Soli radar | FierceWireless Jan 2019
"In a paper published last month and unearthed last week by The Verge, the University of St Andrews researchers describe how they used radar sensing and machine learning for exploring tangible interactions that they term “Solinteraction.” They proposed using radar as a sensing platform for tracking the identity of an object or number of proximate objects to enable a tangible user interface."

"Soli is a mono-static, multichannel radar device operating in the 57-64 gigahertz range using frequency modulated continuous wave, where the radar transmits and receives continuously. Soli is designed for capturing micro finger motion for enabling interaction with computers, but RadarCat exploited it for object and material recognition."
FierceWireless  Google  radar  sensors 
january 2019 by pierredv
3GPP approves work item to bring 5G NR into unlicensed spectrum | FierceWireless Dec 2018
"3GPP agreed at its meeting in Sorrento, Italy, this past week to start a work item dubbed NR-U, which will define how 5G New Radio is introduced in unlicensed spectrum.

"The work item covers five scenarios with functionalities such as Carrier Aggregation (within one eNodeB), dual connectivity (across two eNodeBs), LTE anchor in licensed spectrum, 5G NR anchor in licensed spectrum, uplink only in licensed spectrum, downlink only in unlicensed spectrum as well as standalone operation..."

"Operators report big speed boosts after introducing LAA, a 3GPP Release 13 technology that uses carrier aggregation in the downlink to combine LTE in unlicensed spectrum (5 GHz) with LTE in licensed spectrum."

"Casaccia suggests that the ability to operate 5G NR standalone in unlicensed spectrum could lead to local private 5G networks dedicated for a specific application such as industrial IoT or mobile broadband for enterprises, or it could provide an avenue for service providers, like cable operators and ISPs or neutral host service providers in public venues such as sports stadiums and malls."
FierceWireless  5G  unlicensed  3GPP 
december 2018 by pierredv
It’s official: 37, 39 and 47 GHz bands headed for incentive auction in 2019 | FierceWireless Dec 208
As expected, the FCC voted to move forward with an incentive auction that combines the upper 37, 39 and 47 GHz bands, delivering a nice gift to the wireless industry.

The airwaves in the combined upper 37 and 39 GHz bands represent the largest amount of contiguous spectrum available for wireless service in the millimeter wave bands—2,400 megahertz in total—while the 47 GHz band provides an additional 1,000 megahertz of spectrum.

The auction, slated for the second half of 2019, will take place in two phases: a clock phase in which firms may bid on generic license blocks, and an assignment phase in which clock phase winners may bid on specific frequencies. Incentive payments will be offered to incumbents that choose to relinquish their spectrum usage rights to make new licenses available.
FierceWireless  mmwave  spectrum-auctions 
december 2018 by pierredv
EXCLUSIVE: The spectrum bands carrying the most data, broken down by carrier | FierceWireless
"... in the charts and maps below, it’s clear that Verizon’s 700 MHz and AWS spectrum holdings are carrying the vast majority of the operator’s data traffic. But T-Mobile’s network is relying extensively on the operator’s 1900 MHz spectrum licenses—and the same goes for AT&T’s network. And Sprint, which is in the process of deploying additional 2.5 GHz services, already transmits much of its data across those licenses in urban areas, but not in rural areas."
FierceWireless  cellular  spectrum-efficiency  spectrum  Tutela 
november 2018 by pierredv
SpaceX proposes lower orbit for its 4,000+ satellite constellation | FierceWireless Nov 2018
"SpaceX is asking the FCC to approve modifications to its license to launch and operate a constellation of non-geostationary (NGSO) satellites, reducing the altitude from 1,150 kilometers to a new altitude of 550 km.

The change in altitude will result in lower latency for the satellites—as well as allow SpaceX to speed up the deployment of its constellation."

"The revised plan calls for 16 fewer satellites—to 4,409. It would also allow for SpaceX to surpass the deployment milestones laid out in its license. Under commission rules, it’s supposed to begin operation of at least half of its authorized satellites no later than March 29, 2024. But the new target calls for launching its first batch of satellites before the end of 2019."

"The company explained that by operating closer to the Earth, SpaceX would be able to reduce the latency of its communications signals to as low as 15 milliseconds, “at which point it would be virtually unnoticeable to almost all users.” Under the previous altitude plan, the latency was expected to be on the order of 25-35 milliseconds."

"Moving to the lower altitude also increases the space between its satellites and those of other large proposed NGSO constellations, including OneWeb, Boeing and Telesat."
FierceWireless  SpaceX  NGSO  FCC 
november 2018 by pierredv
Astrocast on satellite mission to fill in coverage for IoT | FierceWireless Sep 2018
"Astrocast, a Lausanne, Switzerland-based company, is preparing to launch a constellation of satellites that could be used to “fill in” areas that cellular IoT technologies don’t cover."

“We are very low speed, low data rate, small data packets and designed for battery-operated small form factor devices,” said Bryan Eagle, U.S.-based vice president at Astrocast, in an interview with FierceWirelessTech. “That’s really our sweet spot. We’re much more an extension of NB-IoT, LoRa, Sigfox, than we are any relation to the OneWeb” or something of that nature.

"Fabien Jordan, CEO and founder to Astrocast, said the goal eventually is to have 64 operational nanosatellites to offer global coverage, and that likely will be complete in the end of 2020 timeframe."

"The company is using the L-Band, with spectrum ascertained through the Swiss national regulator."
FierceWireless  IoT  satellite  nanosatellites  smallsats 
september 2018 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—3 reasons why Verizon’s big 5G launch is decidedly underwhelming | FierceWireless
"After years of discussing its 5G plans, and months of buildup and hype, Verizon finally took the wraps off of its first 5G commercial launch. And the results are uninspiring, to say the least."

1. Verizon is still going to have to do a truck roll.
2. Verizon isn’t providing 1 Gbps speeds.
3. Verizon is going to trash all this equipment next year anyway.

"If 5G is so great, why are Verizon’s 5G speeds so similar to those already available from the likes of Common Networks and Starry?"

"Now, to be clear, I’m not saying that Verizon’s new 5G Home service is going to fail. On the contrary, ... Further, Verizon has made it very clear that fixed wireless service is one small part of the overall 5G opportunity."
FierceWireless  5G  Verizon 
september 2018 by pierredv
Nokia warns that Trump’s China tariffs could impede U.S. 5G rollouts | FierceWireless
Nokia filed a warning with the FCC that President Trump's moves to levy tariffs on a wide variety of components from China could impede operators’ rollout of 5G network technology in the United States.

“Of particular concern to Nokia are the recent tariffs imposed on trade with China, which specifically target a wide range of components that are critical to 5G,” Nokia wrote in a recent filing to the FCC.
FierceWireless  Nokia  FCC  5G  China  trade  tariffs 
september 2018 by pierredv
Frost & Sullivan: Small communications satellites to surge by 2030 | FierceWireless Aug 2018
Frost & Sullivan predicts launch demand will reach 11,740 small satellites by 2030, with revenues reaching $70.1 billion. Prasad told FierceWireless that 52% of those small satellites will be communications satellites offering connectivity and voice services. By comparison, communications make up just 13% of small-satellite launches between 2015 and the first quarter of 2018.
FierceWireless  Frost&Sullivan  smallsats 
august 2018 by pierredv
Starry expands deployment plans, reaches 350K homes in Boston | FierceWireless Aug 2018
Starry’s proprietary active phased array technology is based on the IEEE’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and works in the licensed 37.0-38.6 GHz band in all of its chosen markets.
Starry  FierceWireless  antennas  mmwave  37GHz 
august 2018 by pierredv
FCC establishes procedures for 28, 24 GHz auctions, tees up 39 GHz for 2019 | FierceWireless, Aug 2018
The FCC established bidding procedures for the upcoming 28 GHz and 24 GHz auctions and proposed the next steps in getting the upper 37, 39 and 47 GHz bands ready for a single auction in the second half of 2019.
FCC  mmwave  FierceWireless  spectrum-auctions 
august 2018 by pierredv
Consulting firm’s deep dive: ‘The 5G pessimists are wrong’ | FierceWireless Jul 2018
In its report, Bain & Company sought to counter what it said are three major fallacies around 5G:

1. There is no business case for 5G.
2. 5G requires a surge in capital investments.
3. 5G is all about bringing down (unitary) costs.

"The Bain & Company report stated that operators don’t need to deploy ubiquitous 5G services, and can instead rely on 4G services where 5G is not yet available. And that most network operators will only need to add 5G radios to their existing sites in dense urban areas, rather than building out new cell sites for 5G."
FierceWireless  5G  hype 
july 2018 by pierredv
Facebook ends ambitious Aquila program, will pursue partnerships instead | FierceWireless June 2018
"Facebook is getting out of the drone-building business, shuttering its facility in Bridgwater, U.K., and focusing on partnerships instead."

“Going forward, we'll continue to work with partners like Airbus on HAPS connectivity generally, and on the other technologies needed to make this system work, like flight control computers and high-density batteries,” said Yael Maguire, VP of connectivity at Facebook, in a blog post.

"Facebook said it will be working on a proposal for the 2019 World Radio Conference to get more spectrum for high altitude platform station (HAPS) systems"
FierceWireless  Facebook  Aquila  Airbus  HAPS  WRC-19 
june 2018 by pierredv
Trump White House OSTP, others agree sharing will be key in future spectrum policy | FierceWireless Jun 2018
"With new and dynamic access techniques and technologies, sharing continues to offer a lot of promise, [Redl] said. "

"There are fewer opportunities for outright clearing and reallocation for exclusive use nowadays, and “I think that’s something that we’re going to have to pivot and really focus on how to make use of what we have and to move quickly to get to those goals,” she said. While there are still bands that can be cleared, that’s going to be both expensive and take a significant amount of time. Given the pace at which wireless is moving, sharing is going to be the way to achieve the goals and use the spectrum as soon as possible, [Guyselman] added."
FierceWireless  spectrum-sharing  OSTP  spectrum  NTIA 
june 2018 by pierredv
PHAZR seeks OK to test Quadplex technology in high and midband spectrum | FierceWireless June 2018
Startup PHAZR is asking the FCC for an experimental license to test its Quadplex technology that pairs high-band millimeter wave spectrum for downlink with midband spectrum for the uplink to enable 5G systems.

PHAZR, which works with 3 of the 4 biggest U.S. carriers but doesn’t identify them, is seeing an increased interest on pairing millimeter wave spectrum for downlink with sub-6 GHz spectrum for the uplink.

PHAZR CEO Farooq Khan said the industry over the past two months or so has come to the realization that uplink on millimeter wave is going to be cost-prohibitive because the links need to be close together and there needs to be more of them—perhaps 10 times more.
5G  PHAZR  FierceWireless  mmwave 
june 2018 by pierredv
Crown Castle executive sees small cells moving to multitenant scenarios, smaller markets | FierceWireless
"In the early days of small cells half a dozen years ago, Kavanagh said that a major installation would cover 50 nodes in a city. Today that number is reaching 2,000—and in some dense markets it can grow to 7,000. ... He said in some deployments Crown Castle is seeing 2 to 4 small cells per mile, and in some dense, urban areas that number grows to 7 to 12 per mile."
FierceWireless  CrownCastle  small-cells  cellular 
june 2018 by pierredv
NTT DoCoMo, Huawei use IAB technology to boost mmWave coverage, capacity | FierceWireless
"NTT DoCoMo and Huawei recently conducted a trial using Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB) technology to significantly improve millimeter wave coverage and capacity in the 39 GHz band."

"The technology involves the use of a compact focal lens antenna made with metamaterials to achieve advanced beamforming (with a maximum gain of 31 dBi) that concentrates radio waves in a specified direction for long-distance transmission."

"Beamforming mitigates interference between the wireless-backhaul and wireless-access links and enables simultaneous data transmissions over the same frequency."
mmwave  antennas  metamaterials  NTTDoCoMo  Huawei  FierceWireless  Japan 
may 2018 by pierredv
Part of FCC order says ‘no’ to mobile industry trade groups, sticks with sharing in 37 GHz band | FierceWireless May 2018
"... the FCC rejected recommendations by CTIA, CCA, 5G Americas and T-Mobile to adopt exclusive area licensing in the 37-37.6 GHz band. Instead, the commission said it’s sticking with its previous plan and finds it’s in the public interest to license a portion of the band on a nonexclusive basis and to license the remainder of the band by geographic area to give potential licensees additional opportunity to access large blocks of spectrum or to use 37 GHz spectrum in combination with, and similarly to, 39 GHz spectrum"

"The plan calls for licensing the lower 37 GHz band as six 100 megahertz channels, which will allow for a sufficient acquisition of spectrum by smaller users while still allowing for aggregation by larger entities, according to the report."
mmWave  FCC  licensing  FierceWireless  37GHz 
may 2018 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—Private wireless networks are quietly becoming a thing | FierceWireless Apr 2018
"For years now, a number of wireless players have been promising that there is demand among enterprises and others for private wireless networks. The argument is that utilities, cities, manufacturing companies and others have specific applications that can’t or shouldn’t run over public wireless networks, and so they will need to build their own networks—and will spend money to do it."

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"Daniels said PACI is one of only a handful of companies that has obtained authorization from the FAA to conduct “non line of sight” flying, largely due to the company’s use of 700 MHz spectrum that won’t suffer from interference from other users. That means that PACI’s pilots will be able to install cameras on their drones and fly the drones by watching the real-time video (transmitted over PACI’s 700 MHz network) from the cameras."
FierceWireless  IoT  700MHz  drones  UAV  UAS  spectrum-leasing  spectrum-secondary-market  railroads 
april 2018 by pierredv
Iridium celebrates latest satellite launch as part of major tech upgrade in space | FierceWireless Apr 2018
When finished later this year, the $3 billion next-generation satellite network will consist of 75 Iridium Next satellites in orbit; it now has 50. Iridium’s Next system will provide global coverage for its Certus L-band broadband service and support Aireon’s aircraft surveillance and tracking—supporting real-time flight tracking for better efficiencies for airlines looking to cut fuel costs and plan more effective routes.

Last week, Iridium also announced a major milestone as it surpassed 1 million active subscribers, fueled in large part by growth in IoT.
FierceWireless  Iridium  IoT  satellite  aviation 
april 2018 by pierredv
Google asks FCC for help with its tiny hand-motion sensors | FierceWireless Mar 2018
"Google has taken its Project Soli cause to the FCC, requesting an authorization to operate its fixed and mobile field disturbance sensors in the 60 GHz band at a different power level than what’s currently allowed."

"Instead, the internet giant wants to rely on a European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) standard known as EN 305 550.1 (PDF), which defines the conducted power, mean power spectral density (PSD), equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) and mean EIRP consistent parameters that Google said would allow optimization, while avoiding interference with other devices in the band."
FierceWireless  Google  60GHz  ETSI 
march 2018 by pierredv
MVDDS 5G Coalition accuses OneWeb of stifling 5G terrestrial uses of the 12 GHz band | FierceWireless
"The MVDDS 5G Coalition is stepping up efforts to get the FCC to make more midband spectrum available for 5G, challenging satellite players that say the 12 GHz band is needed for their ventures.

OneWeb and other members of the Satellite Alliance say they’re all for adequate spectrum for 5G but that it should not be accomplished by reallocating or making secondary any satellite operations in the 12 GHz band.

The rift stems mostly from a petition for rulemaking the MVDDS coalition filed more than 18 months ago urging the FCC to remove regulatory constraints on the 12.2-12.7 GHz band that prevent use of the spectrum for 5G wireless broadband services. The coalition, which includes Dish Network, wants the FCC to enable a two-way mobile broadband service in the 12 GHz band."

"he Satellite Alliance, whose members include OneWeb as well as Boeing, Space Norway and Intelsat, posits that the 12 GHz band is not a suitable candidate for terrestrial wireless broadband use and that satellite operators intensively use the band every day."
FierceWireless  5G  MVDDS  satellite  OneWeb  12GHz  SpaceNorway  Boeing  FCC 
february 2018 by pierredv
FCC to consider item on bands above 95 GHz at its February meeting | FierceWireless
"The FCC is set to consider an agenda item at its next open commission meeting on Feb. 22 that proposes to open up gobs of new spectrum above 95 GHz.

If approved, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would seek comment on adopting rules for fixed point-to-point use of up to 102.2 gigahertz of spectrum in various bands, as well as making up to 15.2 gigahertz of spectrum available for unlicensed use in several band segments and creating a new category of experimental licenses for the 95 GHz to 3 THz range."

aka Spectrum Horizons - Pai blog

"The FCC noted that the technologies that ultimately are deployed above 95 GHz will depend on the propagation properties of the spectrum in which those technologies will operate. Millimeter wave signals are affected by oxygen and water vapor within the atmosphere, although the amount of signal attenuation varies with frequency and other factors. Attenuation caused by oxygen is significant throughout the millimeter wave spectrum but increases dramatically around 60 GHz, 120 GHz and 183 GHz, the FCC said."
FierceWireless  NPRM  FCC  95GHz  Terahertz 
february 2018 by pierredv
Tower company Crown Castle: 5G still at the ‘conversation stage’ | FierceWireless Jan 2018
Although a number of wireless carriers have promised to launch some form of 5G network technology as early as this year, that work mostly doesn’t appear to have trickled down into the results of tower and small cell provider Crown Castle. At least, not yet.

“We're at the conversation stage around 5G, so we don't believe hardly any of the activity that we're currently seeing is really 5G-related,” Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown said yesterday during the company’s quarterly conference call with analysts, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript of the event.
FierceWireless  5G  hype  CrownCastle 
january 2018 by pierredv
Verizon CEO: 5G trials going ‘extremely well,’ with expectations to deliver 1 Gbps | FierceWireless, Jan 2018
Verizon last year conducted trials in 11 markets and expects to commercially launch a fixed wireless service in three to five markets this year; the only market to be announced so far is Sacramento, California. Verizon has estimated the market opportunity for initial 5G residential broadband services to be 30 million households nationwide.

“The trials are continuing to go extremely well for us,” McAdam said, noting that Verizon has more than 200 sites up and online. “We continue to learn every day,” managing distances of up to about 2,000 feet and peak throughputs of 10 gigabits, all of which are much better than expected using millimeter wave spectrum.
Verizon  FierceWireless  5G  fixed-wireless  broadband  mmWave 
january 2018 by pierredv
T-Mobile presses for mmWave auction in 2018, says major carriers already acquiring significant holdings | FierceWireless, Jan 2018
If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: Wireless operators want to get their hands on more millimeter wave spectrum, and the more, the merrier. And smaller carriers are worried the deck is going to get stacked against them in favor of the largest operators.

Those themes continue to emerge through comments filed with the FCC as part of its Spectrum Frontiers initiative. The FCC has asked for input on how it should structure spectrum bands above 24 GHz for mobile radio services, and carriers aren’t shy about responding. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, plus the industry association CTIA, are pushing for an auction in 2018, with T-Mobile in particular pointing to Verizon’s accumulation of millimeter wave spectrum on the secondary market giving it a competitive edge.
FierceWireless  28GHz  SpectrumFrontiers  FCC  spectrum-auctions  5G  T-Mobile  Verizon  AT&T  mmWave 
january 2018 by pierredv
5G camps debate standardizing individual network slices | FierceWireless Jan 2018
"There’s no doubt that network slicing is going to be part of 5G, but the jury is out as to whether the network slices themselves are going to be standardized."

"So how is the industry doing in its path to virtualization? Some say it’s not going fast enough, and others say it’s come a long way in SDN and NFV."
FierceWireless  5G  network-slicing  ETSI  virtualization 
january 2018 by pierredv
Starry’s challenge: scaling up as it expands into new markets | FierceWireless Jan 2018
"Starry is the first company to commercially deploy prestandard 5G, point-to-multipoint fixed wireless technology to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to the home. The company currently offers consumers a no-contract, no-data cap plan of $50 per month for 200 mbps download/upload, inclusive of installation, 24/7 customer care and all equipment including Starry’s touchscreen Wi-Fi hub, Starry Station.  "
FierceWireless  Starry  5G  mmWave 
january 2018 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—CES recap: 5G steals some of the spotlight | FierceWireless
"the wireless industry has a lot more work ahead if it’s truly going to bring other industries into the 5G fold"

"5G, at least in my mind, will require far greater strides and tighter integration than ever before, and that’s going to require some innovative ways to get these other folks into the discussion"

"The industry must come together and make sure 5G provides valuable and unique opportunities for industries."

"I wouldn’t be surprised if the next big 5G panels include not only wireless companies but also their partners in other industries to show just how great an impact 5G is having on them. But until the industry builds some serious bridges with these other industries, it’s still just going to be a dog and pony show. If there’s anything that could go wrong with 5G, it might be the failure to bring these other industries fully on board."
FierceWireless  Monica-Alleven  5G  ETSI  3GPP  IoT  M2M 
january 2018 by pierredv
3GPP work progressing to incorporate satellite industry in 5G | FierceWireless Jan 2018
"3GPP has studied the roles and benefits of satellites in 5G in Release 14, recognizing the added value that satellite coverage brings as part of the mix of access technologies, especially for mission-critical and industrial applications where ubiquitous coverage is crucial.
"According to 3GPP, the objective of TR 38.811 is to study channel models, to define the deployment scenarios as well as the related system parameters and to identify and assess potential key impact areas on the New Radio. In a second phase, it plans to evaluate and define solutions for the identified key impacts on RAN protocols/architecture.
"Another study item on using satellite access in 5G is being addressed in Working Group SA1, which will lead to the delivery of the corresponding Technical Report TR 22.822 as part of Release 16. That study will identify use cases for the provision of services when considering the integration of 5G satellite-based access components in the 5G system."
FierceWireless  5G  satellite  3GPP 
january 2018 by pierredv
AT&T makes case for 5G spectrum auction based on financial voucher system | FierceWireless
"Keeping up with its argument that the FCC needs to get moving on 5G spectrum auctions, AT&T is proposing an auction of millimeter wave spectrum that’s based on a voucher system that it says puts incumbent licensees and other potential bidders on a level playing field.

AT&T notes that one of the challenges to a millimeter wave auction, especially in the 39 GHz band, is that incumbent licensees have holdings scattered throughout the band, typically in 50 MHz chunks."
FierceWireless  AT&T  spectrum-auctions  5G  mmWave 
december 2017 by pierredv
Nokia leading effort to push for spectrum above 95 GHz | FierceWireless
"Nokia is joining together with other technology leaders, including Virginia Diodes and Keysight Technologies, in becoming founding members of the mmWave Coalition, which will advocate for the use of radio frequencies above 95 GHz at the FCC, other U.S. government agencies and the ITU."

"In January of this year, industry consultant Michael Marcus, head of Marcus Spectrum Solutions and retired associate chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, gave a presentation (PDF) to FCC staffers about the importance of opening 95-475 GHz to commercial use and the technical and policy challenges."
Mike-Marcus  95GHz  FierceWireless  mmWave 
december 2017 by pierredv
Facebook gaining operator traction with TIP, just not U.S. operators so much | FierceWireless Nov 2017
"Facebook is very pleased with the amount of interest that it’s seen from the operators in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). In fact, it recently added some new board members from BT, Telefonica and Vodafone, joining existing board members from Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Intel and Facebook.
In terms of the U.S. operators, however, they continue to be a no-show, at least for now. "

"Millimeter wave is in the mix as well. Facebook is continuing to work in the 60 GHz band, among others, and it has a 60 GHz test bed in San Jose. Terragraph is a 60 GHz system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas; it implements a phase array antenna to retain the highly directional signal required for 60 GHz, but makes it steerable to communicate over a wide area."
FierceWireless  Facebook  broadband  mmWave 
november 2017 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—So Verizon’s launching ‘5G’ in Sacramento? Big deal | FierceWireless Mov 2017
Verizon made headlines yesterday with the news that it will launch 5G residential broadband services in up to five markets in 2018, starting with Sacramento, California. I say: ho hum.
FierceWireless  Monica-Alleven  5G  Verizon  opinion 
november 2017 by pierredv
OneWeb signs $190M contract with Hughes for ground network to support LEOs | FierceWireless
"Hughes Network Systems signed a contract for $190 million with OneWeb for the production of a ground network system that will support OneWeb’s constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The contract builds on an original system development agreement the companies signed in June 2015, bringing the total value of both agreements to more than $300 million. The contract includes production of gateway sites, each with multiple tracking satellite access points to support handoff of high-speed user traffic between satellites."

"OneWeb has a lot of eyes watching it after raising nearly $2 billion in equity from shareholders including Qualcomm, Hughes, Intelsat, Coca-Cola, Airbus Group, the Virgin Group and SoftBank Group. The Virgin Group’s Sir Richard Branson and Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul E. Jacobs, Ph.D., are on OneWeb’s board."
FierceWireless  Hughes  OneWeb  satellite  LEO 
november 2017 by pierredv
ViaSat, Intelsat, OneWeb cite access to spectrum as big concern | FierceWireless Oct 2017
"Asked about the major factors affecting investment in next-generation satellite technology, several leading satellite players said access to spectrum is the No. 1 issue. Executives from ViaSat, Intelsat and OneWeb testified Wednesday during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing"

"Another related area: unlicensed spectrum. The business model changes dramatically when unlicensed spectrum is made available. In Africa, ViaSat needs to go through cellular operators to provide service, but the cell equipment costs thousands of dollars. In Mexico, it’s able to go directly with its own satellites and put in a Wi-Fi hotspot for $1,000, so seeing regulations to support those kinds of models would be very helpful, Dankberg said."

"As more satellites are launched, the potential for collisions rises, and OneWeb’s Wyler stressed that a more formal process needs to be created to prevent catastrophe in space."
FierceWireless  ViaSat  Intelsat  OneWeb  SpaceX  satellite  unlicensed  Wi-Fi  space-debris 
november 2017 by pierredv
FCC to consider making 1,700 MHz of high-band spectrum available | FierceWireless Oct 2017
"The FCC at its next open meeting will consider an order that would make available a whopping 1,700 MHz of additional high-frequency spectrum for flexible terrestrial wireless use and provide 4 gigahertz for core satellite use. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a blog post that the decision to make more spectrum available would build on the 11 gigahertz of spectrum that the FCC made available for flexible terrestrial wireless use last year and would be a major marker in the United States' efforts to lead the world in 5G innovation."

"“Unlike terrestrial providers of broadband services, they [satellite companies] object to participating in auctions to secure spectrum rights. But dedicating spectrum for only one type of mobile broadband—satellite mobile broadband—is poor spectrum management,” T-Mobile wrote.

Verizon is also urging the FCC to reject efforts by the satellite industry to dismantle key aspects of the proposed rules, which would have a detrimental impact on 5G deployment. Verizon argued that the Spectrum Frontiers Order provided satellite companies with a “windfall” by creating interference zones around grandfathered and new earth stations under particular conditions.

A group of eight satellite companies, including Boeing, OneWeb and Hughes, submitted a revised proposal (PDF) on Oct. 19 saying they think it addresses concerns raised by terrestrial interests throughout the proceeding and strikes a fair and spectrally efficient balance between the needs of Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) and Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS) operators in the 28 and 39 GHz bands and provides a framework that is suitable for sharing in the 47 GHz and 50 GHz bands."
FierceWireless  satellite  UMFUS  FSS  T-Mobile  Verizon  OneWeb  Hughes  Boeing  47GHz  28GHz  29GHz 
october 2017 by pierredv
Google and other databases likely to make spectrum sharing easier | FierceWireless
"Sharing spectrum is likely to get a whole lot easier thanks to the databases that Google and others are creating that show where nearly every building and tree in populated areas is located. This leads to better propagation models that show where available spectrum is located and where it can be shared."

Andy Clegg: “If you want to provide point-to-multipoint services, satellites could stay in the band but if you want to open it to mobile, you most likely would have to clear the satellite interests out of the band”
FierceWireless  mirror-worlds  SAS  CBRS  database  propagation 
october 2017 by pierredv
Verizon’s Palmer: ‘Our network is an absolute beast,’ resilient in wake of hurricanes | FierceWireless, Sep 2017
Nicola Palmer, chief network officer at Verizon: “Our network is an absolute beast,” she said. “It is so resilient and so layered” that it can withstand an amazing amount of what Mother Nature can dish out. In Florida, 92% of sites reportedly were up line, she said, with reports out by the FCC. “I’m anxious to get down there and get my boots on.”  

"Palmer said the resiliency of Verizon’s network is all due to careful planning before disasters strike, and they plan every year. “You don’t make the calls on game day,” she said. It’s about things like architecture, the back-up power strategy, generator penetration and batteries. “We didn’t have a single switch location that lost connectivity or power” because of the architecture and forethought."
FierceWireless  resilience  cellular  Verizon 
september 2017 by pierredv
Iridium explores LPGAN tech for space-based IoT | FierceWireless, Sep 2017
"Iridium Communications has signed a deal with Magnitude Space, an emerging small satellite company, signaling Iridium's interest in exploring collaborative partnerships with players in the small satellite low-power arena. . . the companies will begin discussions on how to collaboratively expand opportunities for space-based IoT services with the development of reliable, Low-Power Global-Area Network (LPGAN) technologies."

"Magnitude Space, headquartered in Amsterdam, is planning to build a network of 18-24 small satellites that will deliver LPGAN connectivity to remote areas of the world. "
FierceWireless  Iridium  IoT  satellite  NewSapce  LEO 
september 2017 by pierredv
Kymeta gets OK to start beaming internet through 11K flat panel antenna terminals | FierceWireless
"The Redmond, Washington-based company just finished a project with the Greenville, South Carolina, police department featuring its satellite-connected car during the eclipse, and now it’s announcing that it has received blanket authorization from the FCC for commercial distribution of 11,000 of its KyWay terminals in the United States.

The FCC’s blanket license will allow Kymeta to operate 5,000 vehicle-mounted Earth stations (VMEs), 5,000 fixed IoT installations and 1,000 maritime Earth stations on vessels (ESVs)."

"The company’s mTenna uses software-driven, tunable metamaterial elements to holographically create a beam that can be electronically steered to follow a satellite, meaning it can stay connected even while moving. "
FierceWireless  Kymeta  satellite  antennas  mmWave 
september 2017 by pierredv
SpaceX stresses importance of 28 GHz earth station siting rules | FierceWireless, Aug 2017
SpaceX urged the commission to clarify that if the contour of a 28 GHz gateway earth station deployed on private property does not exceed the -77.6 dBm/m2/MHz limit at its property line or otherwise does not cover any population, the earth station does not count toward the current per-county or population coverage limits as outlined in the commission’s rules.
SpaceX  FierceWireless  28GHz  NGSO 
august 2017 by pierredv
ATIS hits the pedal on connected car security | FierceWireless, Aug 2017
Connected cars are perhaps the first widely deployed use case for the Internet of Things (IoT)—but they also get plenty of bad press for having gaping security flaws. To address the need for a comprehensive cyber-approach, ATIS has proposed an end-to-end security framework that addresses both the managed and unmanaged environments of the connected vehicle.
FierceWireless  automobile  cybersecurity  ATIS 
august 2017 by pierredv
From Boeing to SpaceX: 11 companies looking to shake up the satellite space | FierceWireless
"Companies filed with the FCC last year to launch 8,731 non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) communications satellites, according to Parabolic Arc. Not all of them are proposing to connect the unconnected to the internet; some are geared toward IoT and others are looking at serving the space industry. Performance is expected to be far better than previous satellite generations, with fiberlike speeds and lower latency."
FierceWireless  satellite  NGSO  FCC  OneWeb  SpaceX  ViaSat  SpaceNorway  LeoSat  Karousel  Audacy  Theia  Boeing  O3b  Ku-band  Ka-band  V-band  Kepler  Telesat  * 
august 2017 by pierredv
Industry Voices—Schoolar: Here comes unlicensed LTE … finally | FierceWireless, Aug 2017
T-Mobile launched commercial LTE-U networks across six cities in February. Furthermore, in June T-Mobile trialed LAA achieving 741 Mbps downlink, and plans to deploy it this year. Also in June, AT&T reported hitting 750 Mbps in its LTE-LAA trial, with its own plans for commercial launch by end of 2017. In the month of August, Verizon announced it is in the process of rolling out a commercial LTE-LAA network. The company also reported reaching 953 Mbps downlink speed in a recent trial. Outside of the U.S. (but in June as well), MTS of Russia has been trialing LTE-LAA. For these, and other operators, LTE using unlicensed spectrum helps get them to 1 Gbps LTE.
FierceWireless  LTE-U  unlicensed  5GHz  opinion  Verizon  T-Mobile  AT&T 
august 2017 by pierredv
Senators’ proposal gets wide praise for making more spectrum available for commercial use | FierceWireless
"The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), encourages the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed use and includes a proposal to take a portion of the spectrum auction proceeds to fund wireless infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas."

"The AIRWAVES Act is garnering support from groups as diverse as CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and Public Knowledge—groups that don’t always see eye to eye on spectrum issues."
legislation  FierceWireless  spectrum 
august 2017 by pierredv
Industry Voices—Madden: A shake-up is coming to RRH semiconductors for LTE base stations | FierceWireless
"In the market for mobile infrastructure, the change to Massive MIMO is shaking up the established order. Comfortable players like Xilinx and Analog Devices are developing radically different and new semiconductor modules to capture a larger share of the future market, with higher levels of integration. As one simple example, we will see integration of data converters with the digital front end, to cut power consumption by 40%. The size of the radio will shrink by 70% or more, so that the OEMs can line up 64 radios together in a Massive MIMO array. It’s not your father’s base station anymore."

"For the 80-100 chip vendors that support the RRH, this year is a critical time. Each supplier must choose a direction for 2018-2019 products, and the uncertainty around 16T16R or 128T128R is paralyzing many of them. But there’s no time to wait: The wide bandwidth and high performance required in 5G will drive a new profit cycle in RF semiconductors, so chip vendors can’t miss the 2019-2020 wave of deployment."
FierceWireless  opinion  semiconductors  cellular  infrastructure  MIMO  massive-MIMO  trends  5G 
july 2017 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—Google vs. T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon in 3.5 GHz showdown | FierceWireless, Jul 2017
T-Mobile and CTIA created quite the upheaval when they proposed changes to the 3.5 GHz rules that were passed last year, once again pitting mobile carriers against the internet giant Google and a lot of smaller companies, including WISPs that are serving rural areas, a particular area of interest for one FCC chairman in particular.

In one corner, you’ve got T-Mobile, CTIA, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, Ericsson and others. In the other corner are Google, Alphabet’s Access group, the City of New York, Starry, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Ruckus Wireless, Rise Broadband and a host of smaller wireless ISPs.
FierceWireless  opinion  3.5GHz 
july 2017 by pierredv
AT&T, Verizon, FCC and the rest: These charts show who controls the nation’s licensed millimeter-wave spectrum | FierceWireless, July 2017
"Based on new charts from Allnet Insights & Analytics, it’s clear that AT&T and Verizon are poised to control a significant chunk of the nation’s available, licensed millimeter-wave spectrum. This is important because these spectrum bands are expected to form a significant chunk of future 5G services"
FierceWireless  FCC  AT&T  Verizon  mmWave 
july 2017 by pierredv
Skyward aims to be the Verizon of drone services | FierceWireless Jul 2017
"It’s still early in the integration process—Verizon just acquired Skyward in February—but the drone-as-a-service company is not short on aspirations.

"Founded in 2012, the Portland, Oregon-based company wants to be the Verizon of drone services, so to speak, a goal it’s hoping to attain in part by participating in the process of actually creating rules for the road in the sky."

"Skyward doesn’t make drones, but its services enable enterprises to safely deploy drones at scale. The company employs a team of professional pilots and computer scientists who created the platform that serves various industries, including agriculture, construction, energy, mining, retail and sports."
Verizon  Skyward  drones  UAS  FierceWireless 
july 2017 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—Sprint isn’t the only one with 2.5 GHz aspirations | FierceWireless
"Kuoppamaki added some additional color, which can be summed up as: The devil is in the details. There are challenges associated with the 2.5 GHz, not the least of which is the kinda goofy way (my words) it was originally allocated.

Yes, there’s a lot of spectrum at 2.5 GHz, something Sprint and Clearwire have talked about for years. But the 2.5 GHz also involves two different blocks of spectrum, the EBS portion and the BRS portion, leased versus owned. The owned spectrum is easy to deal with and control, Kuoppamaki noted."
2.5GHz  Sprint  T-Mobile  editorial  FierceWireless  BRS  EBS  MMDS 
june 2017 by pierredv
Verizon’s Straight Path acquisition target snarled in fight over 28, 39 GHz bands | FierceWireless, Jun 2017
"A group of satellite broadband companies, including Boeing, EchoStar and OneWeb, is disputing arguments that Straight Path asserted in May regarding how the FCC should treat the 28 and 37/39 GHz bands as it considers rules for millimeter wave bands."
5G  satellite  broadband  28GHz  39GHz  FierceWireless  StraightPath 
june 2017 by pierredv
ViaSat expects ViaSat-2 to make it more competitive with cellular’s ‘unlimited’ offerings | FierceWireless, June 2017
ViaSat, a recent member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, has been at odds with CTIA for some time in the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers proceeding. For example, ViaSat explained in an April 28 FCC filing that it expressly opposed CTIA’s call for “moving forward” with making the 40-42 GHz, 47.2-50.2 GHz and 50.4-52.4 GHz band segments available for licensed, terrestrial service. Similarly, it opposed creating a contiguous 5.5 gigahertz block of spectrum for terrestrial applications by “eliminating the longstanding primary designations of the majority of this spectrum for satellite operations.”
ViaSat  5G  FierceWireless 
june 2017 by pierredv
Editor's Corner—Telecom’s move to software and virtualization hounded by the same old problems | FierceWireless May 2017
"For years, carriers and vendors have been touting the wonders of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). These technologies, the argument goes, will enable network operators to replace expensive, proprietary hardware with software-powered, virtualized services running on cheap, off-the-shelf hardware. The result, vendors and carriers have said, will be an industry that can pivot on a dime, quickly developing and launching new, powerful, revenue-generating services while cutting costs in the process. The result, however, is not quite that. At least not yet."

Level 3 "is reluctant to go much further down that path due to concerns that what the company develops might not interoperate with services from other vendors or carriers"

"AT&T, an early mover in the SDN and NVF space, has said it expects that fully 55% of its network operations will be virtualized by the end of this year. . . . But still, AT&T doesn’t yet have any concrete cost savings it can point to from its virtualized, software-powered migration."

Verizon "said that the operator’s decision to standardize much of its software efforts on OpenStack “is a challenge right now.” "

"But standardization efforts in this area are still in their early phases, and expenses are mounting."

"It’s no surprise that the telecom industry is calling for more interoperability in its migration to SDN and NFV. After all, interoperability is one of the few key tenets underpinning the growth of the global telecommunications industry—communications only work when everyone speaks the same language."
FierceWireless  SDN  NFV  opinion  standards  AT&T  Verizon  OpenStack 
may 2017 by pierredv
SRG on wireless carrier support for drones: 'No one operator really stood out' | FierceWireless, May 2017
SRG looked at commercial LTE systems from Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless to see what their coverage is like for the most basic functions of a drone—command and control (C2). Terrestrial cellular networks are designed to provide coverage from zero to 10 feet above ground, not 400 feet, but the analysts noted that several network operators are touting their network performance for drone coverage and they wanted to see for themselves how well the networks could support unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
FierceWireless  drones  cellular  SRG 
may 2017 by pierredv
Facebook to enlist E-band spectrum for enormous flying drone Aquila | FierceWireless
"Information about airborne tests conducted by Facebook drone subsidiary FCL Tech involves multiple applications for air-to-ground communications in the E-band."
FierceWireless  Facebook  Aquila 
may 2017 by pierredv
Industry Voices—Schoolar: Working through 5G skepticism | FierceWireless, April 2017
"Three different vendors this year have presented 5G research claiming economic benefits of the technology in the hundreds-of-billions to trillions-of-dollars range. Of course, all three 5G economic studies come with giant assumptions.  Assumptions that make me very skeptical of the findings."
FierceWireless  5G  hype  skepticism 
may 2017 by pierredv
AT&T Labs working to combine drone video footage with artificial intelligence monitoring | FierceWireless
"AT&T Labs is researching ways to take video footage from a drone flying around an AT&T cell tower and use AI to analyze that footage for signs of rust, corrosion or other defects on the tower. The result would save AT&T the time and money it takes to have engineers physically climb cell towers to do inspections (thanks to the drone), as well as the time and money it takes to have engineers review video from a drone inspecting a tower (thanks to the artificial intelligence)."

"Pregler’s drone team has been looking at ways to use drones to provide cell coverage in areas where the carrier doesn’t currently offer service, or where it needs to provide extra coverage."

"AT&T’s helicopter drone also carries a long tether cable that connects it to a box on the ground."
AT&T  FierceWireless  drones  AI  ML  cellular 
may 2017 by pierredv
NCTA, Wi-Fi Alliance push for 5.9 GHz sharing | FierceWireless
"The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the Wi-Fi Alliance are continuing their arguments for updating the commission's rules and permitting unlicensed operations in the U-NII-4 portion of the 5 GHz band to meet the demands for Wi-Fi."

"A report by CableLabs concludes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) objectives for DSRC can be served through a single 10 megahertz-wide channel."
NCTA  FierceWireless  U-NII-4  DSRC  Wi-Fi  CableLabs  NHTSA 
april 2017 by pierredv
5GAA, NGMN argue for cellular, not DSRC, in NHTSA proposal | FierceWireless
Out with the old, in with the new, according to several cellular industry groups commenting on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plan to use dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to improve road safety.

The deadline was April 13 for the public to comment on the NHTSA’s plan, which proposes requiring vehicle-to-vehicle devices to “speak the same language” through standardized messaging and would require automakers to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty vehicles. Designating a single language would solve the problem of dueling protocols, but opponents argue that DSRC is already outdated and shouldn’t be mandated. In fact, many commenters don’t want to see any specific technology mandated at all.
FierceWireless  DSRC  V2V  NHTSA  5GAA  NGMN  CTIA 
april 2017 by pierredv
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