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The Future of 5G synchronization: How GPS-independent solutions drive 5G rollout (Reader Forum)

5G drives higher speed, lower latency and greater capacity than 4G LTE networks, making it critical across industries globally. We have just started scratching the surface of the type of new use cases that become possible through 5G’s innovation potential. While the rollout of 5G...

John Deere unveils fully autonomous tractor at CES, says it’s just the beginning

'Today, the fully autonomous portion is just tillage; tomorrow it may be planting, and after that it may be spraying,' the manager of John Deere’s StarFire Network Al Savage told RCR Wireless News at CES The most impressive thing about the 40,000-pound tractor that John...

#TBT: Tower industry booms; Nokia rules the device world; After carrier consolidation, who’s left? … this week in 1998

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Tower industry booms NEW...

Test and Measurement: Rohde & Schwarz partners with Fieldforce

Test company Rohde & Schwarz and digitalization and software company Fieldforce are partnering to integrate test capabilities with Fieldforce's digital workflow management. Basit Malik, founder and CEO of Fieldforce, said that as its customers were deploying 5G, the company noticed that they were taking pictures...

FCC set to grant Ligado its long-awaited permission for a 5G network, over Pentagon pushback

  The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on granting Ligado Networks permission to use its midband spectrum holdings to deploy a combined satellite-and-terrestrial network for private 5G and industrial internet of things services. The FCC said it was circulating a draft order to approve...

Test and Measurement: Anritsu adds real-world 2×2 MIMO testing for 802.11ac

Anritsu has added 2x2 multiple-input multiple-output testing capabilities for 802.11ac to its MT8862A test equipment and says that with new software, it can test 2x2 MIMO on Wi-Fi equipment under "actual operating conditions," along with output signal quality, transmit power and receiver sensitivity. Two of...

Test and Measurement: Spirent launches software for automated GNSS testing

More types of devices are relying on the ability to access satellite systems for positioning information, and that means more testing for GPS and Global Navigation Satellite System support. Spirent Communications this week launched PT TestBench, which is new software for selecting and automating GPS and GNSS...

Intel to acquire 15% stake in digital maps provider Here

Intel and Here to collaborate on proof-of-concept for autonomous vehicles and IoT. Intel has agreed to purchase a 15% stake in Here, a global provider of digital maps and location-based services for automotive and the “internet of things.” The deal will see...

Ligado notches another GPS agreement towards midband spectrum plan

Ligado, which previously operated under the LightSquared name, scored a deal with GPS device maker Topcon in bid to gain access to L-Band spectrum. Ligado Networks efforts to free up its midband spectrum resources continues to roll forward, with the firm recently...

Verizon IoT solution enables fleet tracking for landscaping company

Landscape companies often struggle to reconcile customers’ billable hours with employee labor hours – especially when using manual time cards to record the data. To improve billing accuracy, S&S Landscaping needed a way to document driver arrival and departure times at customer sites. They...

Analyst Angle: Pokémon Go – a fad? Yes, but it legitimizes augmented reality

Column updated to correct information on game features Catching the little Pokémon creatures has caught on like the Hula-Hoop, with the real benefit of the game getting people to use augmented reality We’ve all heard a lot in the news about the rage that’s taken over...

Ligado files 5G plans with FCC, promises fair play with GPS

Ligado said it filed details of its 5G plans to tap 40 megahertz of midband spectrum to support mobile broadband deployments outside current GPS operations Ligado Networks, which earlier this year changed its name from LightSquared, is moving forward with plans to tap its 1.6...

LightSquared spectrum issues near resolution with GPS deals

LightSquared spectrum issues continue to progress with GPS deals, though challenges remain Beleaguered spectrum holder LightSquared said it reached an agreement with Garmin on spectrum use parameters for terrestrial service in the 1.6 GHz L-Band that could eventually lead to freeing up more than 50...

Reader Forum: External big data monetization – don’t miss the boat

Due to the proliferation of mobile devices, higher demand for mobile data and increased competition, communications service providers are constantly seeking new ways to monetize the immense amount of data that flows through their networks. Operators now have access to unique subscriber information that can...

Reader Forum: 5 reasons to switch from GPS handhelds to BYOD, GPS/GIS apps

You’re running late, you’re lost, you need directions. Today, all you need is your smartphone to get you where you want to go, not a dedicated GPS device. Take a look around and you'll notice professional surveyors who used to rely on clunky GPS...

Huawei antenna accesses L-band

Huawei plans initial deployment in Europe China-based hardware manufacturer Huawei announced a new L-band antenna designed to support ultra-wideband and multiband mobile connectivity. Huawei said it began research and development for the new L-band antenna last year, noting it’s the first to join UWB and multiband...

Reality Check: Today’s fast-evolving market for mobile navigation

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column where C-level executives and advisory firms from across the mobile industry share unique insights and experiences. The market for mobile navigation and contextual search is switching gears due to new demands stemming from connected cars, wearable...

Report: Harbinger files lawsuit against federal government over LightSquared investment

LightSquared is looking to gain financial compensation from the federal government over losing its ability to offer wireless communication services. According to The Wall Street Journal, Harbinger Capital Partners, which controls LightSquared, filed a lawsuit against the government for withdrawing LightSquared’s access to its spectrum...

Reader Forum: Using location intelligence to create stellar customer relationships

For telecommunication companies, effectively managing customer relationships and delivering a critical service depends on understanding where customers are located in relation to the network they depend on.

LightSquared files for second attempt to exit bankruptcy protection

LightSquared is hoping that the second time will be a charm as the bankrupt spectrum license holder and satellite communications provider has reportedly filed a second attempt to exit bankruptcy reorganization backed by a trio of investment firms. Bloomberg reported that LightSquared has filed a...

Reader Forum: Locating opportunities for wireless carriers

The world of wireless location-based services is a marketplace in flux. In the early 1990s, when LBS first emerged as a commercial service, wireless carriers benefited from the success of in-car navigation,

Reader Forum: Moving beyond the ‘build it and they will come’ deployment strategy

With more than 50% of all American adults carrying a smartphone and tablet ownership doubling over the past year, it is clear consumers are

Reader Forum: When should a wireless carrier disclose location data to law enforcement?

Wireless carriers often receive court orders to assist electronic surveillance by law enforcement agencies. In fact, over the last decade, the number of court orders for electronic surveillance has doubled to some 3,000 per year,

Reader Forum: Enabling new revenue opportunities for LTE operators

Location service is an integral component of wireless technologies. Mobile devices, with their radio signal measurement and real‐time communication capabilities, are uniquely qualified to perform

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