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Will Satellite Operators Become (Rural) Mobile Operators? - NSR, Feb 2019
"Connecting the “other 3 billion” is a recurring motto for the satcom Industry. Unfortunately, the reality is that the impact on mitigating the digital divide is still modest. Mobile is the de facto way of getting online for “the bottom of the pyramid” but here, satellite can still find enormous opportunities by complementing the gaps of terrestrial networks. Given this trend, are Wi-Fi hotspots over satellite the key way for satcom to bring the unconnected online?"

"Numerous actors in the satcom space are launching Wi-Fi hotspot offers to serve the low-end segments of the market. The addressable market for these kinds of solutions is massive given the billions living in underserved areas. According to NSR’s VSAT and Broadband Markets, 17th Edition report, Wi-Fi hotspot annual service revenues will reach $7.5 billion by 2027, representing 43% of total satellite consumer broadband revenues."

"With HTS becoming the norm, satellite broadband offers can now meet UN Broadband Commission affordability targets of 1 GB of data for less than 2% of the monthly GNI per capita"

"Today, a satellite terminal that supports double-digit Mbps with 10s of concurrent sessions combined with a Wi-Fi smallcell is below the $1,000 USD threshold, which is within the reach of local businesses."

"Selecting the right locations to set up the Wi-Fi hotspot is not trivial. It needs a reliable local microentrepreneur with appropriate technical skills to maintain the equipment and run the network. The village must be big enough with adequate disposable income to generate demand but not too large that it will shortly be targeted by terrestrial alternatives. In the same line, the hotspot should be far enough from terrestrial alternatives to avoid being cannibalized by terrestrial solutions, but penetration of mobile devices is crucial to ensure customers can access the network."
NSR  satellite  rural  Wi-Fi  hotspots  broadband  HTS 
february 2019 by pierredv
In-flight connectivity will be main driver of high-data-rate satellites, AnalysysMason Oct 2018
"Wi-Fi on board passenger aircraft will become the main driver of demand for next-generation high-data-rate satellites."

"We were asked to develop new regional market forecasts to 2025 for the following markets.
= Service provider trunking. Traditional point-to-point connectivity for telecoms service providers and mobile backhaul.
= High-bandwidth enterprise services. Both land-based and offshore services.
= Mobility platforms. In-flight connectivity (IFC) for passenger aircraft; connectivity for cruise ships, ferries and other large vessels; passenger connectivity on railway trains."

"We forecast that the worldwide market for high-speed satellite trunking services will grow in value from EUR1.9 billion in 2017 to EUR4.7 billion in 2025. We believe that the fastest-growing segment will be in-flight connectivity for passenger aircraft, where wholesale revenue will grow from EUR278 million in 2017 to EUR1.9 billion in 2025."
AnalysysMason  satellite  Wi-Fi  market-research 
october 2018 by pierredv
Leading RF Security Vulnerabilities in 2018 — Bastille
Wi-FI: Krack
Keyless entry
Medical devices
Remotely hijacking vehicles

"RF vulnerabilities are most often not the result of flaws in operating systems and applications. The problems often reside in the firmware of communications chips, which are trade secrets not open to public inspection. An attack on them bypasses not just network firewalls but many forms of detection. The vulnerable devices are often simple, mass-produced ones, the kind found on the Internet of Things. Many manufacturers pay more attention to price than security."
Bastille  cybersecurity  RF  Wi-Fi  vulnerability 
september 2018 by pierredv
Wi-Fi Gets More Secure: Everything You Need to Know About WPA3 - IEEE Spectrum
"WPA3, Enhanced Open, Easy Connect: The Wi-Fi Alliance's trio of new protocols explained"
security  technology  Wi-Fi  IEEE-Spectrum 
september 2018 by pierredv
Samsung Galaxy S7 Wifi problem - Page 3 - Samsung Community - 4495, June 2017
More importantly, make sure you've gone over these steps:

Check Wi-Fi Modem connection: Check router for loose or disconnected cables, DSL or cable connections, telephone cords, USB cables, or power cables that may be causing network or internet connection issues
Reboot Wi-Fi modem: Unplug internet modem from its power > Wait 30 seconds > Plug internet modem back to its power adapter > Wait 5 minutes for the modem to boot completely > Try reconnecting with your Samsung Galaxy S7
Check for Interference: Check that Bluetooth, NFC, GPS are all disabled when trying to connect to WiFi
Check device for software updates: This is done in Settings> About Device > Software update > Check for updates
Enter devices into Safe Mode: Enter device into Safe Mode to isolate problem from third party apps (uninstall third party apps if WiFi works in this mode)
Forget WI-FI Network: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > select your Wi-Fi network and tap Forget. Power cycle the phone and reconnect to your network.
Smart Network Switch: If your Wi-Fi connection is unstable or constantly dropping due to poor signal strength, try enabling Smart/Auto network switch to automatically toggle between a WiFi and mobile data connection to maintain a stable internet connection
Clear Cache Partition: Turn off the device > Press and hold Home, Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until the device vibrates > When the Samsung logo appears, release them. > Tap Volume Down repeatedly until you Wipe Cache Partition. Select it with the power button. Select Yes > Wait for the process to complete > Phone will reboot
Reset Network Settings: Settings > Backup and Reset > Reset Network Settings > This will reset all network settings, including those for Wi-Fi, Mobile Data & Bluetooth ​
Perform a Factory Reset: Before performing this step, make sure you backup all of your data. This can be done using Smart-Switch on a PC. A factory reset will wipe the phone clean, restoring the software to how it was when the device left the factory. To reset go into Settings. > Back up & reset > Factory data reset > Reset device
troubleshooting  Android  Samsung  Wi-Fi 
may 2018 by pierredv
LTE and Bluetooth in-device coexistence with WLAN
Modern mobile phones can support cellular and non-cellular wireless communications standards at the same time. This means, however, that the subsystems must operate in very close proximity to each other within a single device (in-device coexistence). The resulting high level of reciprocal leakage can at time cause considerable interference.

Download the app note to learn more!
Rohde&Schwatz  LTE  Bluetooth  Wi-Fi  WLAN  coexistence  interference 
may 2018 by pierredv
The role of unwanted emissions and receiver performance in spectrum management - ECC Newsletter May 2018
"When the '800 MHz' band — from 790-862 MHz — was studied for mobile (4G) usage, compatibility studies (see CEPT Report 30) showed that both unwanted emissions from mobile systems and selectivity of the digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver could have an impact on DTT reception. However, the studies also found that reducing further unwanted emissions of 4G base stations beyond a certain level would not provide additional mitigation because receiver selectivity would then be the dominant interference effect."

"The boundary between the out-of-band and spurious emission domains is usually defined as 2.5 times the transmitter’s bandwidth, but there are some exceptions to this rule. "

"Particular challenges in this ongoing review are raised for 5G technology using active antenna systems (AAS). In this case, the antenna array is integrated in the device, which means that unwanted emissions cannot be as easily measured. It has also been reported that it will be difficult for 5G systems in millimetre wave bands (26 GHz and above) to meet the existing limits, due to constraints on filtering technology."

"In ECC Report 249, published in 2016, measurements of a range of different types of transmitters showed that typical equipment generally exceeds – by some margin— the minimum requirements for both out-of-band and spurious emissions. Therefore, assessing interference based on the minimum requirement represents a worst-case scenario which may limit opportunities for sharing. The report concluded that sharing and compatibility studies should reflect actual equipment performance in order to ensure efficient use of spectrum. Ideally a statistical distribution of unwanted emissions should be used in the studies to capture the spread in performance of different equipment models."
ECC  interference  receivers  OOBE  antennas  5G  ABI  Wi-Fi 
may 2018 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
Mesh Can Handle Your Home Networking Needs | Series | Windows Secrets, April 2017
"With more and more of my household devices needing wi-fi, I needed a better way to provide wi-fi in my house. After trying several solutions I decided on Mesh technology"
Wi-Fi  mesh 
april 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
Spectrum for 5G, ITS and Wi-Fi likely to spark debate at WRC-19 — PolicyTracker, April 2017
"While it's still early in the process, the EU and US are beginning to firm up their positions on the agenda items for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). Expect "tussles" over the need for additional spectrum for 5G, Wi-Fi and intelligent transport systems (ITS) as well as an increased focus on satellite services, says industry association techUK."
"One important feature of Agenda Item 1.13 (IMT allocations) is that it includes discussion of what the criteria should be for managing interference between new mobile services and incumbent services such as satellites, Raj Sivalingam, techUK's executive director for telecoms and spectrum, told PolicyTracker."

"WRC-19 will also take up several items relating to satellite services. Among these are Agenda Item 1.6 (studies of technical, operational issues and regulatory provisions for non-geostationary fixed-satellite services satellite systems in 37.5-39.5 GHz; 39.5-42.5 GHz; 47.2-502. GHz; and 50.4.-51.4 GHz); and Agenda Item 1.5 (use of the 17.7-19.7 GHz and 27.5-29.5 GHz bands by earth stations in motion communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service)."
WRC-19  PolicyTracker  5G  satellite  Wi-Fi  ITS 
april 2017 by pierredv
UK regulator to allow Wi-Fi at 5.8 GHz before rest of EU — PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
Interference concerns came from users of the fixed satellite service; radar; programme making and special events equipment; broadband fixed wireless access; amateur radio and satellite; and short-range devices (SRDs), including drones. "We examined these coexistence arguments... and have not found a compelling reason not to authorise 5.8 GHz for Wi-Fi services given the benefits this extension will deliver for citizen[s] and consumers," Ofcom said. It set a proposed power limitation at 200 mW equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) per channel, with no fixed outdoor use, and with a requirement to implement specific techniques to avoid interference into radar.
PolicyTracker  Wi-Fi  Ofcom  Interference  radar  5GHz 
march 2017 by pierredv
Improving spectrum access for consumers in the 5 GHz band - Ofcom
From cover email:
"Ofcom has today confirmed plans to increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band. In the future, this could enable better wireless broadband for consumers.
As broadband delivered to the home gets faster, people increasingly expect their Wi-Fi to provide several services at once – such as video streaming, video calls, gaming and remote working. This demand puts pressure on the spectrum which carries Wi-Fi signals.
Many Wi-Fi routers in the UK currently use a part of the spectrum called the 2.4 GHz band, which is becoming increasingly congested and can impair broadband performance. Many people have newer broadband routers, which use not only the 2.4 GHz band, but also the 5 GHz band – which has much more spectrum and is less congested.
Ofcom has decided to open up an additional ‘sub-band’ within the 5.8 GHz section of the 5 GHz band. In deciding to do so, we have taken into account the impact on other existing users, such as satellite services.
The extra sub-band will result in 125 MHz more spectrum. This will allow for two more 80MHz channels to accommodate data-hungry applications. These extra channels are already being used in other countries, including the US.
In order to implement the decision, Ofcom is now consulting with UK stakeholders on proposed regulations which will allow Wi-Fi use in this band. The making of the new regulations will also be contingent on any comments the European Commission may have on the technical parameters we propose to apply to the use of the band.
The closing date for responses to this consultation document is 11th April 2017."
Ofcom  consultation  Wi-Fi  satellite 
march 2017 by pierredv
CES 2017: Can a Self-Steering Antenna Fix Both Wi-Fi and TV Reception Issues? - IEEE Spectrum
"Ignition Design Labs, with its Portal home Wi-Fi system, and Linksys, with its Velop home mesh network."

"antenna designer Ethertronics suggested a third approach: an automated antenna optimization technology it calls active steering"
Wi-Fi  CES  IEEE-Spectrum  antennas 
january 2017 by pierredv
Fon expands its Wi-Fi sharing thanks to telcos | FierceWireless
"The company now has 20 million hotspots as part of its shared system, thanks in part to partnerships it struck with telcos, mainly in Europe and Asia."

"Last November, Fon announced a deal with Microsoft whereby customers can purchase Wi-Fi passes via the Windows Store, simplifying the process for those users"

"One trend Puregger sees is Wi-Fi getting more to do within the home. With virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home, Wi-Fi increasingly is key to the connected home"
Fon  unlicensed  Wi-Fi  hotspots  trends  Microsoft 
january 2017 by pierredv
Microsoft files for STA to test airborne Wi-Fi router for 2.4 GHz channel modeling | FierceWireless - Nov 2016
In an application for Special Temporary Authority (STA) filed with the FCC this week, Microsoft explained that STA is required for airborne operation of a Wi-Fi router attached to the exterior of a general aviation aircraft.

... the "testing will examine various techniques that might minimize the potential for the air-to-ground link to disrupt Wi-Fi communications on the ground in the area surrounding the ground station,"
Microsoft  Wi-Fi  aviation  2.4GHz 
november 2016 by pierredv
Globalstar shelves controversial proposal for unlicensed spectrum, asks FCC to OK revised plan | FierceWireless Nov 2016
After years of being in limbo, Globalstar says it’s backing off a proposal to launch a wireless network that critics said would have interfered with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices. Instead, the company told the FCC that it wants to “narrow the relief” it originally sought and urged the commission to adopt rules that will expedite the outcome of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

The move, reported by Network World last week, represents a big change in Globalstar’s plans.
Globalstar  FCC  FierceWireless  Wi-Fi 
november 2016 by pierredv
[pdf] ETSI EN 301 893 V1.8.1 (2015-03)
Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN);
5 GHz high performance RLAN;
Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements
of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
RLAN  Wi-Fi  LBT  unlicensed  EC  R&TTE 
october 2016 by pierredv
LTE vs. Wi-Fi Simulations: The output is only as good as the input | Joey Padden | Pulse | LinkedIn
The punchline seems to be

I understand and appreciate the engineering desire to strictly adhere to the spectrum management principle that the government should not regulate unlicensed spectrum uses. Focused narrowly on spectrum management doctrine, unlicensed is supposed to be the home of permission-less innovation. But in my mind LAA/LTE-U pose a broader public policy question. Stated simply it is:

“Should private wireless carriers that want to save money by moving data traffic from expensive licensed spectrum to free unlicensed spectrum be allowed to interfere with public Wi-Fi used by millions of consumers and by important institutions and infrastructure in our society?”

To me, the broad public interest answer to this question is self-evident - “no”.

Another criticism is limited scope:

There are two primary issues with this analysis, firstly the papers present this work as covering “a large design parameter space” when in fact these simulations cover a narrower parameter space than that used in the 3GPP simulation efforts. Areas not studied in this analysis include: <long list of stuff>

He goes on to critique various other aspects, including “These simulations assume throughput as the only metric. But, latency is a first order performance metric.”
LTE-U  Wi-Fi  coexistence 
october 2016 by pierredv
Industry Makes Progress on Unlicensed LTE Coexistence | Federal Communications Commission - Julius Knapp blog Sep 2016
"The Office of Engineering and Technology and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau have been closely monitoring industry efforts to ensure that new versions of LTE technology can co-exist with Wi-Fi and other unlicensed devices operating at 5 GHz."
"OET and WTB will continue to closely monitor the roll-out of unlicensed LTE technology to ensure there is no detrimental impact on consumers."
FCC  Julius-Knapp  LTE-U  Wi-Fi 
september 2016 by pierredv
DD-WRT vs. Tomato vs. Open WRT? - VPN Service Reviews 2016 |
"or many years, firmware developed for popular home routers, such as D-Link, Linksys, Netgear and even ASUS, often left much to desire. From buggy features, limited options, and even slow performance, the downsides are varied from one model to another. Very importantly, routers lack the possibility of using OpenVPN protocols... Additionally, it can be argued that there is no such thing as secure firmware from any network router maker. ... The list goes on, and this is where open-source firmware shines."
DD-WRT  OSS  Wi-Fi  routers  firmware 
september 2016 by pierredv
ASUS Settles FTC Charges That Insecure Home Routers and “Cloud” Services Put Consumers’ Privacy At Risk | Federal Trade Commission - Feb 2016
Via Andy Sayler
"Taiwan-based computer hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that critical security flaws in its routers put the home networks of hundreds of thousands of consumers at risk. The administrative complaint also charges that the routers’ insecure “cloud” services led to the compromise of thousands of consumers’ connected storage devices, exposing their sensitive personal information on the internet."
FTC  Wi-Fi  cybersecurity  vulnerability  IoT  security 
september 2016 by pierredv
Verizon: Wi-Fi Alliance’s LTE-U test plan ‘fundamentally unfair and biased’ | FierceWireless
Verizon added its voice to the chorus of LTE-U technology proponents that are not pleased with the Wi-Fi Alliance’s efforts to create a plan to test possible interference between LTE-U and Wi-Fi.
FierceWireless  Verizon  LTE-U  Wi-Fi  coexistence 
august 2016 by pierredv
Qualcomm finds Wi-Fi doesn’t share spectrum so well either | FierceWireless
Mingxi Fan, vice president of engineering at Qualcomm, said three brands of high-quality access points vary from 10 percent to 90 percent in sharing the link. That even goes for APs from the same vendor.

Fan said the culprits are the varying parameters used by different vendors for having devices dynamically adjust spectrum sharing. In some cases, that caused request-to-send messages from not getting through and devices weren’t able to listen and respond.
Qualcomm  Wi-Fi  coexistence  FierceWireless 
august 2016 by pierredv
Wi-Fi group claims ‘extraordinary compromise’ on LTE-U, but Qualcomm begs to differ | FierceWireless aug 2016
"The same day Wi-Fi proponents championed the compromises that were made to finalize the Wi-Fi Alliance’s coexistence test plan for LTE-U and Wi-Fi, Qualcomm, one of the biggest proponents for LTE-U, threw cold water all over those assertions."
FierceWireless  Wi-Fi  LTE-U  Qualcomm 
august 2016 by pierredv
Mobile operators to shift from "pure Wi-Fi" to unlicensed services tied to LTE, says report — PolicyTracker: Jul 2016
"At least 90 per cent of mobile data will be carried over unlicensed bands anchored to variants of LTE by 2020, according to a report from research firm Mobile Experts. But it's still not clear whether there's any real need to aggregate unlicensed with licensed spectrum.
The report, "Carrier Wi-Fi and LTE-U 2016," predicts a "decisive transition" from "pure Wi-Fi" to the tying of unlicensed services to LTE in various ways."
"Around 80 per cent of mobile data is carried over Wi-Fi today, but that figure will rise to at least 90 per cent by 2020, said Mobile Experts analyst Joe Madden."
"What's really needed is "close cooperation between 3GPP, IEEE and regulators to develop a consensus on rules for hybrid band sharing and aggregation (fixed/mobile converged networks that combine licensed and licence exempt band use)," said Horvitz. And if not rules, he added, then there should at least be principles concerning technical and coexistence fairness issue"
PolicyTracker  Wi-Fi  LTE  LTE-U  cellular 
july 2016 by pierredv
Going Live: Free Gigabit Wi-Fi to Millions of New Yorkers
" 7,500 free Gigabit Wi-Fi kiosks here in New York. They are thin, fast, and attractive. Capacity is now 10x what it was a few years ago."
Dave-Burstein  Wi-Fi  Muni-Wi-Fi  NYC 
july 2016 by pierredv
Why Wi-Fi Stinks—and How to Fix It - IEEE Spectrum
Wi-Fi congestion will soon get even worse, thanks to the mobile-phone carriers, which have exhausted much of their exclusive spectrum. These wireless carriers are planning to off-load mobile-data transmissions, as much as 60 percent within the next three years, onto the unlicensed spectrum used by Wi-Fi.
IEEE-Spectrum  Wi-Fi  5GHz  DFS  radar 
july 2016 by pierredv
Wi-Fi Alliance: August target for coexistence test plan with LTE-U could slip into September - FierceWirelessTech
"Wireless operators and vendors looking to deploy LTE-U have expressed frustration in the past about the time it's taking to create a test plan for coexisting with Wi-Fi, and now it looks as though it might get pushed back a little more.

The Wi-Fi Alliance hosted another coexistence workshop last Wednesday in San Jose, California, where stakeholders were given status updates, including the expectation that a final test plan is likely to slip into September, according to Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing at the Wi-Fi Alliance."
Wi-Fi  Wi-Fi-Alliance  LTE-U  FierceWireless 
june 2016 by pierredv
12 Wireless Options for IoT/M2M: Diversity or Dilemma? | IoT content from Electronic Design
via Dale Hatfield
"A plethora of standards populate the wireless-communications field, all offering unique twists to fit specific connection needs."
IoT  M2M  802.15.4  ZigBee  LTE  Weightless  Bluetooth  Wi-Fi  SigFox 
june 2016 by pierredv
TP-Link has started to lock its routers to prevent installing DD-WRT and Tomato - Feb 2016
"Router manufacturer TP-Link has started to lock its routers in the United States so users can no longer install modified firmware on them such a DD-WRT and Tomato. The company does so to comply with new regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These ban firmware modifications for radio systems in WiFi routers and other wireless devices operating in the 5 GHz range."
DD-WRT  SDR  TP-Link  Wi-Fi 
march 2016 by pierredv
Asus lawsuit puts entire industry on notice over shoddy router security | Ars Technica
"On Tuesday, the US Federal Trade Commission settled charges that alleged the hardware manufacturer failed to protect consumers as required by federal law. The settlement resolves a complaint that said the 2014 mass compromise was the result of vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to remotely log in to routers and, depending on user configurations, change security settings or access files stored on connected devices. Under the agreement, Asus will maintain a comprehensive security program subject to independent audits for the next 20 years"
ArsTechnica  Asus  FTC  security  cybersecurity  Wi-Fi 
february 2016 by pierredv
Wi-Fi Alliance releases draft test procedures for Wi-Fi/LTE-U coexistence - FierceWirelessTech Feb 2016
"While the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) is facilitating the development of a coexistence test regimen to make sure LTE-U devices play fair with Wi-Fi, a group of companies – including Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) – wants to make it crystal clear that much more collaboration and technical work needs to be done before it reaches a final stage."
LTE-U  FierceWireless  Wi-Fi 
february 2016 by pierredv
Wi-Fi Alliance: Work on LTE-U testing regime ongoing, but it's unclear when it will be finished - FierceWirelessTech
"A top executive from the Wi-Fi Alliance said the group is making progress in its efforts to create a testing regime for LTE-U technologies, with the goal of creating some common ground between the Wi-Fi industry and the cellular industry over the controversial technology. However, he said it's not yet clear when the association would finish its work and actually release a testing process for LTE-U"
FierceWireless  LTE-U  Wi-Fi  Wi-Fi-Alliance 
january 2016 by pierredv
Wi-Fi Alliance introduces Wi-Fi HaLow technology for Internet of Things - FierceWirelessTech
The Wi-Fi Alliance is using CES to unveil its new low-power, long-range Wi-Fi, called HaLow, for the Internet of Things. HaLow is the name the alliance is designating for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah technology.
FierceWireless  Wi-Fi  802.11ah 
january 2016 by pierredv
Clearing the Air on Wi-Fi Software Updates | Federal Communications Commission
by Julie Knapp "This week marked the closing of the reply comment period in the Commission’s radio device approval modernization rulemaking. The comments and replies are largely supportive of the Commission’s proposals, but one particular element generated thousands of comments from individuals concerned that the proposal would encourage manufacturers to prevent modifications or updates to the software used in devices such as wireless local area networks (e.g., Wi-Fi routers). I’m pleased that this issue attracted considerable attention and thoughtful submissions into the record and would like to make it clear that the proposal is not intended to encourage manufacturers to prevent all modifications or updates to device software." "One of our key goals is to protect against harmful interference by calling on manufacturers to secure their devices against third party software modifications that would take a device out of its RF compliance. Yet, as the record shows, there is concern that"
FCC  SDR  Julius-Knapp  Wi-Fi 
january 2016 by pierredv
FCC: We aren’t banning DD-WRT on Wi-Fi routers | Ars Technica Nov 2015
"It's still possible for manufacturers to comply by preventing loading of any third-party firmware, but the new language could reduce the likelihood of that happening."
Wi-Fi  DD-WRT  SDR  ArsTechnica  FCC 
november 2015 by pierredv
FCC to fine Hilton Hotels $25K for not cooperating in Wi-Fi blocking investigation - FierceWirelessTech
"The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has proposed a $25,000 fine against Hilton Worldwide Holdings for what the FCC calls an apparent obstruction of an investigation into whether Hilton engaged in the blocking of consumers' Wi-Fi devices." "The FCC also plans a $718,000 fine against M.C. Dean for blocking consumers' Wi-Fi connections at the Baltimore Convention Center." "Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly, the two Republicans on the commission, dissented on the M.C. Dean enforcement action, saying they wanted to see an industry-wide rulemaking to consider more specifics. "
FierceWireless  FCC  enforcement  enforcement-bureau  EB  Wi-Fi  Hilton 
november 2015 by pierredv
UPDATED: Wi-Fi Alliance presents coexistence guidelines; LTE-Forum revises specs to ensure LTE-U coexistence with Wi-Fi - FierceWirelessTech
"While the Wi-Fi Alliance conducted its first workshop aimed at harmonizing Wi-Fi and LTE-U yesterday, the LTE-U Forum, based on feedback from the Wi-Fi community, has revised its specifications for LTE-U to be "doubly sure" that LTE-U coexists with Wi-Fi and to provide a "smooth upgrade path" from LTE-U to LAA."
FierceWireless  Wi-Fi  LTE-U  lte  Wi-Fi  Alliance 
november 2015 by pierredv
Microsoft slams Globalstar's latest claim of no TLPS interference with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - FierceWirelessTech
"Globalstar once again chose to conduct another managed demonstration, which is not a satisfactory substitute for rigorous peer-reviewable testing," Microsoft said in its filing.
FierceWireless  Microsoft  Globalstar  TLPS  Wi-Fi 
november 2015 by pierredv
Open Source Firmware and the Future of Router Modification - Last Week in Tech Law and Policy, Vol. 22 | Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic (TLPC)
"Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission closed the comment period for ET Docket No. 15-170, a controversial proceeding that may limit Wi-Fi users’ ability to install open source firmware on wireless routers. The FCC has remained adamant that their goal in this process is not to restrict users from modifying their routers, but rather to ensure that routers do not operate outside certain regulatory parameters. However, Wi-Fi users fear that the new rules may actually incentivize manufacturers to block all open source firmware from being installed on their devices rather than just limiting signal boosting capabilities or operating outside of the correct channels."
law  jamming  interference  software  Wi-Fi 
october 2015 by pierredv
Watch a Soldier Shoot Down a Drone With His Tactical Cyber Rifle - Oct 2015
"We've seen big, bulky Anti-UAV Defense Systems radio-jamming drones out of the sky before, but it looks like the Army also has a much smaller version on its hands. At this year's Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition​ (AUSA 2015), the ​Army Cyber Institute at West Point ​was demoing a rifle-sized device that can do the same thing. " "This particular device, which took 10 hours to build and cost just about $150, uses a Raspberry Pi, Wi-Fi radio, and antenna to take advantage of a known exploit in Parrot quadcopters. The rifle shape, meanwhile, is mostly for kicks."
drones  UAV  jamming  Wi-Fi  RaspberryPi 
october 2015 by pierredv
WiFi jamming attacks more simple and cheaper than ever - Oct 2015
"A security researcher has demonstrated that jamming WiFi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee networks is not difficult to perform but, most importantly, also not as costly as one might think. According to Mathy Vanhoef, a PhD student at KU Leuven (Belgium), it can easily be done by using a Wi-Fi $15 dongle bought off Amazon, a Raspberry Pi board, and an amplifier that will broaden the range of the attack to some 120 meters."
jamming  Wi-Fi  interference 
october 2015 by pierredv
First U.S. Public School District Limits Wi-Fi Radiation Exposure - Sep 2015
"Instructions for “Best Practices” have been posted in every classroom in the Ashland, Massachusetts Public School system. The instructions include: turn off electronic devices when not in use, keep all electronic devices on a solid surface, turn on Wi-fi only when it is needed, viewing distance should be a minimum of 12 inches from the screen, and staff members are to remind and instruct students to use these practices."
RF-exposure  Wi-Fi  InterferenceTechnology 
october 2015 by pierredv
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile throw support behind new LTE-U, LAA coalition - FierceWirelessTech
"Some wireless rivals that often don't see eye to eye on wireless policy issues are banding together behind Evolve, a new coalition launched in Washington, D.C., today to promote the benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies like LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA). AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) are among the participants in a group, which also includes CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). Noticeably absent from this group are the backers of WiFiForward, which includes Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Broadcom, NCTA, Open Technology Institute New America, Public Knowledge and Ruckus Wireless, among others."
LTE-U  Wi-Fi  Evolve  FierceWireless 
september 2015 by pierredv
Qualcomm, NCTA, auto makers push for 5.9 GHz testing for vehicles - FierceWirelessTech Sep 2015
"Automobile associations, as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Intelsat and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) are all asking the FCC, in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Commerce (DOC), to conduct thorough testing for the development of vehicle safety technology in the 5.9 GHz band. The 5.9 GHz stakeholders and a group of lawmakers -- Commerce Committee chair Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and senators Corey Booker (D-N.J.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- sent essentially identical letters to the FCC, DOT and DOC urging them to work together to facilitate testing that could be concluded by Dec. 31, 2019, notes Broadcasting & Cable."
FierceWireless  5.9GHz  DSRC  Wi-Fi  FCC  DOT 
september 2015 by pierredv
FCC accused of locking down Wi-Fi routers, but the truth is a bit murkier | Ars Technica Sep 2015
"FCC plan to prevent wireless interference could have unintended consequences." Summary of state of play halfway through the consultation period
ArsTechnica  FCC  Wi-Fi  SDR 
september 2015 by pierredv
LTE, Wi-Fi delegates collaborate, not clash, during coexistence workshop in Beijing - FierceWirelessTech aug 2015
Despite what appeared to be a lot of defensive posturing before the meeting, there were no fists flying when delegates from the Wi-Fi and LTE communities met over the weekend for a 3GPP coexistence workshop in Beijing to discuss Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology. On the contrary, those who attended the meeting, both from 3GPP and Wi-Fi perspectives, told FierceWirelessTech that they were pleased with the degree of collaboration that occurred.
LTE-U  LTE-LAA  Wi-Fi  FierceWireless 
august 2015 by pierredv
Qualcomm, NCTA continue to battle over FCC regulation of LTE-U, LAA - FierceWirelessTech
"Representatives from Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) argued this week that the FCC should not step in to regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies. At a CTIA-organized briefing for reports on Monday, Qualcomm and T-Mobile officials argued that LTE-U can coexist happily with Wi-Fi and that opponents of the technology had not marshalled sound technical reasons for opposing it. Meanwhile, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, speaking for many cable companies that have their own Wi-Fi networks, hit back hard against Qualcomm. In an FCC filing made public on Wednesday, NCTA said that Qualcomm has not engaged in meaningful collaboration with the unlicensed community, and that its proposals thus far on LTE-U/Wi-Fi coexistence are not fair or equitable. "
FierceWireless  Qualcomm  NCTA  LTE-U  LAA  Wi-Fi 
july 2015 by pierredv
Gadgets powered wirelessly at home with a simple Wi-Fi router - June 2015
Work is under way to use the Wi-Fi signals that surround us to power our gadgets. . . In Seattle, six households have taken part in an experiment in which modified electrical devices were put in their homes along with a Wi-Fi router. Over 24 hours, the devices were powered solely by the router’s signal, which also continued to provide wireless internet access to the home. ... The hard part is getting the router to constantly push out enough energy, says team member Vamsi Talla from the University of Washington in Seattle. . . . To get around this, the team designed software that broadcasts meaningless data across several Wi-Fi channels when no one is using the internet. ... [The FCC] limits the power of a Wi-Fi broadcast to 1 watt. . . One company with a solution is Ossia in Bellevue, Washington. It has a system called Cota that gets around the FCC regulations by designing a wireless hub that transmits waves at a Wi-Fi frequency but doesn’t send a communications signal.
NewScientist  Wi-Fi  energy  power  charging  fairness 
july 2015 by pierredv
Sprint, Google, Microsoft, Huawei, TWC and others tap into aggregated Wi-Fi - but revenues remain lethargic - FierceWirelessTech
"A wide range of major companies including Sprint, Google, Time Warner Cable, Huawei and potentially Microsoft are collecting Wi-Fi hotspots as a way to further their respective business goals. . . . However, some of the companies that are doing the actual work of aggregating those hotspots don't have much to show for their efforts--at least, not yet" - "Lowenstein said wireless carriers' business models are completely geared toward encouraging users to buy larger and larger buckets of cellular data. Thus, there's little reason for them to embrace Wi-Fi offloading since it generally gives users more data that they don't have to pay extra for."
FierceWireless  Wi-Fi  iPass  hotspots  Boingo  Towerstream  Microsoft 
july 2015 by pierredv
Google-backed Sidewalk Labs to take over NYC Wi-Fi rollout - FierceWirelessTech
"Starting this fall, the phone booths in New York City will be replaced with up to 10,000 iconic-looking "links" designed by Antenna Design. The links will offer 24/7 free Internet access up to gigabit speeds, which is more than 100 times faster than average public Wi-Fi, as well as other services such as free phone calls in the U.S., a touchscreen tablet to get information on city services and free cell phone charging, among other things. The digital displays will show public service announcements and advertising. Mayor Bill de Blasio's office expects the five-borough ad network could generate more than $500 million in revenue for the city over 12 years."
FierceWireless  Google  NYC  muni-wi-fi  Wi-Fi  advertising  public-Wi-Fi 
june 2015 by pierredv
CableLabs » Can a Wi-Fi radio detect Duty Cycled LTE?
Study by Joey Padden "Can I use a Wi-Fi radio to identify the presence of LTE?"
CableLabs  LTE-U  Wi-Fi 
june 2015 by pierredv
In-flight Wi-Fi could potentially open up avionics controls to hackers - RCR Wireless April 2015
“The U.S. Government Accountability Office on April 14 released a report detailing the potential for in-flight Wi-Fi networks to be compromised by cyber attacks.” “Wired reports that particular safety concerns are associated with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 and A380 models. From that report, those models “have Wi-Fi passenger networks that use the same network as the avionics systems of the planes, raising the possibility that a hacker could hijack the navigation system or commandeer the plane through the in-plane network.” While the passenger portion of the network is separated from the avionics side, that configuration isn’t foolproof.”
Wi-Fi  aviation  RCRWireless 
april 2015 by pierredv
CableLabs » Wi-Fi vs. Duty Cycled LTE: A Balancing Act - Joey Padden
"In the second installment of my discussion on proposed LAA-LTE and Wi-Fi coexistence schemes, I am going to look at duty cycled solutions." First installment:
CableLabs  LTE-U  LAA-LTE  Wi-Fi  802.11  coexistence 
march 2015 by pierredv
Wi-Fi vs EU LBT: Houston, we have a problem - Joey Padden, Lead Architect, CableLabs
"Three coexistence methods commonly appear in contributions to 3GPP so far; channel selection, some form of duty cycling the LTE signal, and Listen-Before-Talk. Combining channel selection and LBT is also quite popular. This post will be the first of a series looking more closely at the pros and cons of each approach."
CableLabs  Wi-Fi  LTE-U  coexistence 
march 2015 by pierredv
Public wi-fi report - Analysys Mason Feb 2015
"This latest study from Analysys Mason explores how consumers in the United Kingdom perceive public Wi-Fi services. Analysys Mason surveyed 2000 UK residents for the study. Respondents were asked a number of questions including how often they used public Wi-Fi networks 1 and their impression of public Wi-Fi networks in comparison to cellular networks." Key findings: -- Public Wi-Fi highly relevant for 4G subscribers -- Non-4G subs prefer public Wi-Fi to cellular -- UK mobile subs would like a mix of cellular and public Wi-Fi -- users see mobile operators as most likely provider of public Wi-Fi networks
AnalysysMason  Wi-Fi  public-Wi-Fi 
march 2015 by pierredv
Automotive radar spectrum in 77 GHz band could work for 5G - PolicyTracker Feb 2015
"The 5G agenda is being pushed by vendors and the academic community, not mobile operators, Varrall told PolicyTracker. The market hype for the current 4G technology centres on data rates. But 4G only deploys easily in high average revenue per user (ARPU) markets such as Japan, the US and, to some extent, Europe, while in other, lower-ARPU markets, operators struggle to achieve return on investment in LTE." "Wi-Fi is increasingly capable and ubiquitous because it's cheap and there are only two bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) to service. LTE, on the other hand, comes in many different flavours, creating a more complex supply chain that leads to fewer economies of scale" "So why 77 GHz? The band is in the middle of the E band allocations at 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz proposed for ultra-high bit rate wide area radio systems in the the US defence sector, Varrall said in a recent RTT "technology topic" paper on automotive radar."
PolicyTracker  Geoff-Varrall  Wi-Fi  4G  5G  77GHz 
february 2015 by pierredv
Marriott Checks Out of Declaratory Ruling/Rulemaking Proceeding : CommLawBlog Feb 2015
"Not surprisingly, Marriott (and the other requesters) have now withdrawn their request for declaratory ruling (and the FCC has lost no time in officially bidding it adieu)."
FCC  Marriott  enforcement  spectrum  Wi-Fi  CommLawBlog 
february 2015 by pierredv
FCC's Wi-Fi stop-block order leaves other questions unanswered - FierceWirelessTech
"While the FCC is cracking down hard on Wi-Fi blocking and blasting Marriott International's request to do just that, the FCC so far hasn't addressed other questions that Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) put forth in their petition last year."
FierceWireless  FCC  Wi-Fi  Marriott  enforcement 
february 2015 by pierredv
FCC: Do not block Wi-Fi, and jamming devices are illegal - FierceWirelessTech
"In case there were any doubts, the FCC is making it clear that it will not tolerate any form of Wi-Fi blocking, whether it's in hotels, conference centers or some other commercial establishment."
FCC  enforcement  Wi-Fi  Marriott  FierceWireless 
january 2015 by pierredv
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