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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

Chip-and-lawsuit designer Qualcomm has drawn up a patent on blueprints for an internet-connected shoe. The semiconductor firm has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for something it simply calls "Internet of Shoes." The abstract of the application describes it as: A connected shoe apparatus …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017
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40,000-plus AT&T staff threaten to strike Friday

A union representing 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers is threatening a nationwide strike this weekend after negotiations with the telco stalled. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said on Wednesday that union members in 36 states are set to join picket lines outside of AT&T retail stores this weekend if the company can't …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2017
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Mimosa spiked! Wireless kit has multiple security holes

5G wireless vendor Mimosa Wireless has patched against a bunch of remote code execution, denial-of-service and file disclosure vulnerabilities. The bugs were reported by Ian Ling on Full Disclosure, and apply to firmware used in the company's access points, client products, and backhaul systems. The products' Web interface …
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Moneybags Verizon swoops in, swipes Straight Path from AT&T with a $3.1bn pot of gold

Just one month after announcing a $1.7bn acquisition deal with AT&T, 5G spectrum holder Straight Path now says it is instead inking a $3.1bn deal with Verizon. The telco giant announced on Wednesday that it would be paying $184.00 per share in an all-stock acquisition deal. Pending shareholders' and US comms watchdog the FCC's …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2017
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FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

America's favorite watchdog the FCC has suggested a set of new rules for installing hardware for 5G wireless broadband networks. The communications regulator's notice (PDF) of proposed rule-making sets out new guidelines for carriers and places the burden for blocking small cell antenna units on the city and state authorities …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2017
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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

Bankers are to enjoy free 1Gbps Wi-Fi thanks to a deal brokered by the City of London Corporation intended to bring high speeds to the Square Mile. The multimillion-pound project is one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London, said the local authority responsible for governing the City. Under …
Kat Hall, 7 Apr 2017
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Optical boffins tweak antennae with photons so MIMO can make WiFi serve more masters

Phased-array antennas, a technology crucial to modern Wi-Fi systems that use beam-forming to improve throughput, has a speed limit in how quickly beams can be manipulated. Beams are formed by adjusting a microwave signal's timing at different antennas in a multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) system so that they reinforce in some …
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Russian mega-telco exec: 'No business case' for 5G

While the 5G enthusiasts often hit the headlines with visions of AI-driven robots and virtual reality, many operators remain sceptical of the new business models 5G will drive, at least in the short term. Vasyl Latsanych, CMO at Russia's largest telco, MTS, echoed the sentiments Wireless Watch hears from many of its MNO research …
Wireless Watch, 30 Mar 2017
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Cisco wireless, cloud management on this week's must-patch list

If you've implemented Mobility Express on a Cisco 1800 access point, it needs patching against a critical authentication bypass. Reported by Bijay Limbu Senihang of Rigo Information Technology, it's in the Web-based GUI: an attacker can send a crafted HTTP request to bypass authentication, and “perform unauthorised …
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LTE-U R gd 2 go: FCC gives unlicensed spectrum its coat, pushes it out the door

The FCC has approved the first crop of LTE-U base stations for sale in the US, a move aimed at opening unlicensed spectrum space to boost broadband speeds. The US comms watchdog said that Ericsson and Nokia have been cleared to begin offering base stations that use a portion of the 5GHz band to move LTE wireless broadband data …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2017
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MNOs will lose 5G rewards to new entrants if they will not share networks

Analysis The advantages of network sharing seem glaringly obvious in a world where the mismatch between mobile data demand and mobile data ARPU is rushing MNOs’ profits. The need to reduce the cost of delivering those rising tides of data is urgent, but many operators are ready to discuss almost any tactic – Wi-Fi offload, automation, …
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AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines

AT&T says it is set to begin public trials of a project to backhaul high-speed mobile internet over power lines. These power lines will carry internet traffic to and from cell towers so the masts can beam 4G/LTE and 5G coverage to nearby phones. That's particularly useful for people out in the countryside, and more convenient …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Feb 2017
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Amazon asks for spectrum to try out IoT networking gear

Amazon has filed an application with the US Federal Communications Commission to conduct what looks like Internet of Things wireless networking tech trials. Described in Jeff Bezos’ boys and girls’ application to the FCC (PDF, 4 pages), Amazon wants to carry out testing of a “temporary radio base station” at its HQ in Seattle …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Jan 2017
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Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

Verizon is kicking heavy downloaders and streamers off their "unlimited" not-actually-unlimited mobile plans. Subscribers who average more than 200GB of data downloaded per month have been told they have until February 16 to either move to a different plan or find a new carrier. It's believed atleast 8,200 customers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jan 2017
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Brocade's sales growth outpaced by costs, ahead of Broadcom buyout

Ahead of its acquisition by Broadcom, Brocade has turned in another quarter of growing revenue but slumping net income. Revenue for the quarter was up 12 per cent year-on-year to US$675 million, and the company's full year 2016 result at $2.35 billion was 4 per cent better than 2015. Fourth quarter profit was $66 million ( …
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Verizon techie sold people's call logs at $75 a head to private dick

A former Verizon Wireless employee is facing time behind bars after he pled guilty to selling customer records. Daniel E Traeger copped to one charge of unauthorized access to a protected computer, admitting that from September of 2011 to January of 2014 he accessed and sold customer mobile records, including phone location …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2016
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What the world really needs right now is more Comcast: US cable giant mulls wireless service

Cable giant Comcast is ready to float its entry into the wireless market with its own service. Speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference this week, CEO Brian Roberts said the service was slated to hit the market sometime next year. The network will use a combination of VoIP using Comcast's own Wi-Fi hotspot network and Verizon's …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016
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Verizon blames striking workers for dent in sales

Fresh from its $4.8bn acquisition of Yahoo!, Verizon says its sales dropped five per cent year-on-year in its latest quarter, the three months to the end of June. Essentially, US telecom giant's wireless and wireline revenues fell over the year-ago quarter. Here's a summary of VZ's Q2 2016 results: Revenues of $30.5bn were …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2016

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