#TBT: Cisco takes over Jasper; AT&T is testing 5G; Verizon is watching Yahoo…this week in 2016

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News is pulling out all the stops for Throwback Thursdays, drawing from our archives to resurrect top headlines from the past. Turn on the time machine, put on the sepia hues, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories!

Cisco acquires Jasper for IoT

Cisco Systems said it was acquiring “the industry’s leading IoT services platform” with its $1.4 billion purchase of Silicon Valley’s Jasper Technologies. Jasper’s Internet of Things platform is designed to automate the management of IoT services on devices connected to cellular networks. The company works with 3,500 enterprises and 27 mobile network groups worldwide, according to Cisco. Jasper Technologies’ customers include AT&T, China Unicom, Claro, 02, KPN, and NTT DoCoMo, as well as many smaller carriers. Last year, AT&T tapped Jasper to provide software for its AT&T Drive connected car solution. “AT&T is an important customer and we believe the acquisition will help Cisco further support AT&T’s Domain 2.0 vision,” said Simon Leopold, analyst at Raymond James. New IoT services such as enterprise Wi-Fi, connected device security, and advanced analytics to better manage device usage are among the features Cisco says it can add to Jasper’s platform. “Operators will no longer have to worry about underinvestment in IoT connectivity management,” said Steve Hilton, IoT analyst at MachNation. … Read more

Qualcomm and Intel collaborate on WiGig

WiGig, or 802.11ad Wi-Fi, promises speeds of up to 4.6 gigabits per second, according to Qualcomm and Intel. Today, the two chipmakers said they have demonstrated interoperability between their WiGig solutions, laying the foundation for an 802.11ad ecosystem. The companies said 802.11ad will enable high-speed cellular offloading and tri-band Wi-Fi networking (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 60 GHz). “Bringing the vast new spectrum of the 60 GHz band to Wi-Fi, 802.11ad will be one of the powerful tools to meet the growing demand for data in homes, businesses and carrier networks,” they said. the companies said in a joint statement. WiGig could become increasingly important to Wi-Fi hotspot manufacturers because they won’t have to share the 60 GHz band with cellular. The 5 GHz band used by 802.11ac is turning into something of a battleground as mobile operators experiment with LTE in this unlicensed spectrum. Over the past week, the Federal Communications Commission has authorized Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm to conduct field tests of LTE in the unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U). Qualcomm in particular has a lot to gain by fostering an 802.11ad ecosystem. As the first maker of LTE modems, the chipmaker was a pioneer in the development of LTE-U, but it also has a significant Wi-Fi business. … Read more

AT&T launches into 5G

Despite claims of skepticism about rival Verizon Wireless’ upcoming launch plans, AT&T appears set to begin its own “5G” network trials in Austin, Texas. According to a Posting on Twitter from wireless consultant Steve Crowley, AT&T has filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission requesting an experimental license to conduct 5G technology trials using spectrum in the bands 3.4-3.6 GHz, 3.7-4 .2 GHz, 14.5-15.35 GHz and 27.5-28.5 GHz. The operator said the tests would be used to test “experimental equipment” in support of “multi-gigabyte per second (5G) potential applications for fixed and mobile wireless communication networks at higher transmission rates.” and lower latency than currently available”. voice, video and data. “Applicant’s proposed experiments would involve base stations that would transmit and receive signals from experimental equipment located on board mobile vehicles and on fixed stations in and within 5 miles of the Austin area,” requests the deposit. The license application is for a three-year period, with 5G standards to be set by 2019. Last September, AT&T expressed doubts over news from Verizon Wireless that it planned to start testing 5G technology as soon as This year. … Read more

Verizon is interested in Yahoo

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam in an interview with Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money confirmed the carrier’s interest in a potential acquisition of Yahoo. The discussion began by talking about the acquisition of AOL by Verizon. Verizon paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year in an effort to bolster its LTE wireless video business, “over-the-top” video offerings, and create “a platform for growth from wireless to IoT for consumers and businesses”. AOL has invested in a digital advertising platform and also owns valuable content brands including Huffington Post, Engadget, TechCrunch and Makers. For Verizon, this is the latest in a series of acquisitions aimed at bolstering its digital media business. Last year, the operator bought Intel Media for Internet video technology, content delivery network EdgeCast Networks and live video encoder UpLynk. “We had to really transform,” McAdam said of Verizon in 2015. “We bought AOL. We think that can become a real growth engine for us. Why not add Yahoo,” Cramer asked. , noting that the company was about to be “given away. You can’t rule it out. It’s too good a property. … Read More

Operators prepare for 600 MHz auction

The Federal Communications Commission’s highly anticipated 600 MHz incentive auction is about to begin, with the non-traditional reverse auction process scheduled for March 29, followed by the more traditional forward auction process. With less than two months to go until the festivities begin, Berge Ayvazian, principal analyst and consultant at Wireless 20/20, joined this week’s Carrier Wrap to offer his thoughts on how the FCC was able to garner the necessary turnout. broadcasters essential to free up spectrum which will in turn be auctioned off for commercial wireless service. Ayvazian also discussed potential bidding strategies for established telecom players such as Verizon Communications, AT&T and T-Mobile US, which are expected to bid between $23 billion and $25 billion combined at the auction, as well as the potential for non-traditional companies such as Comcast. and Google may participate in the procedure. Ayvazian also said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the participation of a handful of startups who have expressed interest in the auction process, including startup Rama, which plans to bid up to $10 billion. to gain enough spectrum to launch a wireless network. … Read more

Verizon is testing LTE-U

Verizon Wireless said it will test LTE in the 5 GHz band using the indoor small cell solution developed by SpiderCloud Wireless. The Silicon Valley company is developing a new radio for LTE-U, and trials are expected to begin in the third quarter of this year. SpiderCloud said its LTE-U solution will be commercially available beginning in early 2017, and CEO Mike Gallagher said he’s very confident the Federal Communications Commission won’t create regulatory barriers to the technology. The solution SpiderCloud is developing for Verizon will support LTE in licensed spectrum on one band and unlicensed spectrum on the other. The company said its Self-Organizing Network (SON) software allows its system to coexist with hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots. Companies that manufacture Wi-Fi hotspots have expressed concern that that LTE-U will create significant interference with Wi-Fi. Gallagher said his company’s small-cell solution is ideal for unlicensed spectrum because it was developed from the ground up to behave like Wi-Fi. -Fi in many ways. The solution is comprised of dual-band radio nodes supported by a local control point that sits on a customer company’s Ethernet network. The control point can support up to 100 radio nodes. Each SpiderCloud node includes a baseband unit, which means the radios can “self-organize” to maximize throughput and avoid interference. … Read more

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