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March 2017 - Volume 9, Issue 2

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The IEEE Wireless Communications Professional (WCP) News provides the latest information to help you manage your career. 

COMSOC HAS RESOURCES YOU NEED TO STAY AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER

TAKE ACTION NOW TO SIT FOR THE IEEE WCET EXAM IN THE NEXT TESTING PERIOD

RECERTIFICATION NEWS:  FALL 2011 & SPRING 2012 IEEE WCPS: YOUR IEEE WCET RENEWAL DEADLINE IS CLOSE!

UPCOMING IEEE COMSOC TRAINING COURSES

INDUSTRY NEWS


COMSOC HAS RESOURCES YOU NEED TO STAY AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER

From hour-long webinars to multi-hour or multi-day tutorials and courses, IEEE ComSoc offers educational opportunities that work for your career.  Topics help you keep up to date on the latest advances in emerging technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in addition to supporting the fundamental knowledge that you need on the job today.

Free Educational Resources include:

IEEE ComSoc Webcast:  Pre-recorded webcasts are prepared by sponsors and presented to communications technology professionals to learn more about the latest advances from an industry perspective.

Free Tutorials Now:  An online collection of recent tutorials delivered at ComSoc-sponsored conferences, reviewing specific, current communications topics. Tutorial lengths typically range between 30 minutes and 2.5 hours, and are in a “voice-over-PowerPoint” format.

IEEE ComSoc Webinars:  Corporate-sponsored online panel sessions conducted live and subsequently available on demand.

IEEE ComSoc White Papers:  Learn about the latest technologies and products through expert whitepapers provided by our sponsors.

Professional Education and Certification

ComSoc Training:  Focused on ComSoc's technical areas of interest, professional training is available in both online and in-person interactive formats with access to industry expert instructors. Course lengths range from three to twenty hours and address fundamental to advanced topics. Getting the training you need has never been this easy.

Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (WCET):  Vendor-neutral and trans-national in scope, this certification program's focus is explicitly on the knowledge and practical experience that a wireless communications professional needs to succeed in this global industry.

Looking for new job opportunities?  You can view a live feed of communications related jobs posted to the IEEE Job Site at, http://www.comsoc.org/careers-jobs

So be sure to bookmark the IEEE ComSoc Education and Career page as your one stop shop for valuable resources to keep you ahead in your career.

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TAKE ACTION NOW TO SIT FOR THE IEEE WCET EXAM IN THE NEXT TESTING PERIOD

If you’ve been thinking about sitting for the IEEE WCET Certification Exam, now is the time to act.  Applications for the next testing window are being accepted now through 31 March 2017. Once you apply, you can select where and when you'd like to sit for the exam during the testing period that runs from 17 April through 13 May 2017. 

Curious how prepared you are to sit for the exam?  Take the IEEE WCET Practice Exam to:

  • Preview questions that will be similar in nature to those asked on the actual certification exam and test your present knowledge
  • Understand which domains you are already proficient in and which areas require additional study and preparation
  • Gain some practice in taking a timed test in an online format

You may also want to consider the Special 2 for 1 offer that includes a seat in the 4 Day Intensive Wireless Communications course, a seat in the next WCET Certification testing window, and a copy of the essential resource, "A Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge" (WEBOK), 2nd Edition.  Learn more about this special combination package and the course that runs from 27-30 March.

Ready to take the next step in advancing your career?  Apply for the IEEE WCET Exam now.

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RECERTIFICATION NEWS:  FALL 2011 & SPRING 2012 IEEE WCPS: YOUR IEEE WCET RENEWAL DEADLINE IS CLOSE!

A message from Dr. Mohamed M. A. Moustafa, Chair, IEEE WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee.

The IEEE Communications Society WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee is reminding you that your IEEE WCP certificate will expire in 30 April 2017, and that you will need to renew your certification before this deadline. If you have not done so already, consider starting your renewal process. There are two ways to do so:

  • Take the current the WCET examination. It is updated regularly with new questions addressing recent developments in the industry. Please, note that the application deadline is 31 March 2017 23:59 p.m. UTC.
  • Showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs) through contributions to the profession and/or personal professional development. Details about this approach can be found at the WCET website. You will also find an application form that you need to download and use to record your activities.

The committee is confident that your experience and your professional development during the last five years will meet the criteria for recertification, if you choose to recertify through the path of showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs).

If you have any difficulty completing the application form, you can send us your up-to-date resume and we can help you fill out the application.

Please note this recent development to the IEEE WCET Recertification policy which became effective January 1, 2017. It is now required for the IEEE WCP credentials holders to apply for the renewal of the WCET certification every 3 years. As a result of this development, fees for the three-year recertification period have been reduced by 40%. IEEE/IEEE ComSoc members will now be charged just $180 to recertify, while nonmembers will be charged $210. and the PDUs requirement has also been reduced also by 40% to be 60 PDUs instead of 100 PDUs. If it has been 5 years since you originally earned your IEEE WCET Certification, you will need to show that you have earned 100 PDUs, but your recertification fee will only be either $180 or $210 as your renewed certification will be valid for 3 years.

Please visit the IEEE WCET Recertification web page to learn more or you can contact us, if you have any questions.

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UPCOMING IEEE COMSOC TRAINING COURSES

March 27, 2017 - March 30, 2017

4 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course

March 27, 2017 - March 30, 2017

2 for 1 Deal: March 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS Spring 2017 WCET Exam Seat

April 5, 2017

Advanced Topics in Wireless Positioning

April 12, 2017

NEW! The Tactile Internet

April 19, 2017

NEW! Nanoscale Communication Networks

April 26, 2017

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Essentials

May 2, 2017

Road to 5G

May 4, 2017

Broadband Mobile Satellite Communications

May 10, 2017

Wireless Evolution of the Radio Link

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Verizon aims to deploy small cells in 3.5 GHz when practical  The company has “Interest in deploying small cells—both low power and high power—using the 3.5 GHz/Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) band.” [FierceWireless]

How mobile infrastructure revenue reached $43 billion in 2016
“Mobile telecom service provider global infrastructure investment in 2016 was not what vendors had anticipated - but there were pockets of growth in a few key markets where mobile internet demand had fueled local expansion.” [TelecomsTech]

40-Company Coalition Agrees To Accelerate 3GPP 5G NR Specs for 2019 Deployments
“A group of more than 40 companies, including all four Tier-1 U.S. operators and the likes of Apple, Qualcomm, and Ericsson, has agreed to accelerate the release of a variant of 3GPP’s 5G New Radio (NR) specification to support next-generation deployments as early as 2019.” [WirelessWeek]

Everything You Need to Know About 5G
“Millimeter waves, massive MIMO, full duplex, beamforming, and small cells are just a few of the technologies that could enable ultrafast 5G networks.”  [IEEE Spectrum]

4G still a big deal – 5G Americas
“5G Americas has given itself a pat on the back after new research claims LTE momentum continues to grow across the Americas and worldwide. According to research from Ovum and the peacocking association, LTE connections around the world reached 1.9 billion by the end of 2016 and surpassed 2 billion connections by February of 2017. Ovum now predicts there will be 3 billion connections in 2018, 4 billion connections in 2020 and 5 billion connections in 2022.” [telecoms.com]

Signaling success for 5th gen communications
“One of the defining characteristics of the next generation of mobile communications will be the use of a multitude of lower-power antennas to maintain ubiquitous high-performance signal coverage. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) researchers have now developed a signal optimization algorithm for future networks that, for the first time, can deliver the full performance promised by 5th generation (5G) communications.” [Phys.org]

Learn How Li-Fi Works from Its Inventor, Harald Haas
The technology, which transmits data through LEDs, could replace Wi-Fi.” [IEEE The Institute]

Fiber as the 'physical layer empowerment' of virtualization
Fiber is the foundation of introducing virtualization at the physical layer to better manage increasingly dense networks, CommScope VP Phillip Sorrells says.” [RCRWireless News]

The Bounties of 5G: What the Industry and Its Users Can Expect
“Though long a specter on the horizon, 5G has become a more tangible solution over the past 12 months.” [WirelessWeek]

Fractus Antennas Pitches New “Antenna-less” Smartphone Technology
“A tiny company based in Barcelona is promoting a new technology that it hopes can revolutionize smartphone antennas—by removing them altogether.” [IEEE Spectrum]

Sustainability in a Connected World Is the Focus of IEEE Green ICT Conference
“With the emergence of the Internet of Things, there’s an urgency to reduce electronic devices’ carbon footprint.” [IEEE The Institute]

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