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June 2015 - Volume 7, Issue 2

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In this issue:

  • Applications now being accepted for last IEEE WCET Certification Testing Window in 2015
  • Recertification due for WCPs who earned certification in 2010
  • New Courses Offered through ComSoc Training
  • Industry News

Applications Now Being Accepted For Last IEEE WCET Certification Testing Window In 2015
Are you ready to give your career a boost?  Are you prepared to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise in various engineering fields in the wireless industry?  Demonstrate your knowledge of wireless communication technologies to employers and peers by earning your IEEE WCET Certification.  Your last chance to sit for the WCET Certification Exam in 2015 is approaching.  Don’t miss out.  Apply for the exam now.  With over 200 Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States, US territories and Canada as well as approximately 5,000 test centers in 180 countries worldwide it’s even easier to find a testing center close to you.   

Applications are now being accepted through 11 September 2015.  Submit your application to take the exam, and then schedule your appointment to take the exam during the testing window that’s open from 27 September to 24 October 2015.

Group certification packages are available for employers who want to support their employees' professional development through their pursuit of IEEE WCET® certification. Contact us for more information about group certification packages.

WCPs Who Earned Certification In 2010 -  Don’t Let Your Certification Expire!
For IEEE Wireless Communication Professionals (WCPs) who passed the WCET Certification Exam in Spring 2010, your certification is now due for renewal.  For those who passed the certification exam in Fall 2010, you should begin planning your recertification now .  IEEE WCPs have two options for recertification: passing the current exam, or earning a minimum of 100 Professional Development Units through contributions to the profession and/or personal professional development. Learn more about recertification.

More New Courses Added to ComSoc Training Calendar
IEEE ComSoc Training continues to add to its online course offerings with several new courses coming soon.   The first of these new offerings is the two-day course, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization” on 17-18 June 2015 instructed by industry expert and Lead Member of Technical Staff (LMTS) within Chief Security Organization at AT&T, Ashutosh Dutta. Two additional new course offerings follow that two-day course, with the new one-day course, “Network Function Virtualization and Software-Defined Networking“ offered on 30 June and the new half-day course, Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture taking place on 22 July.

In August the popular, “Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Essentials” full day course will be offered on 5 August.  The half-day course, “Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments” is scheduled for 12 August. 

Finally, in September the special four-day Intensive Wireless Communications course will be offered on 15-18 September.  You can purchase a seat in this course or purchase the combination package that includes a seat to take the WCET Exam in the last testing period of 2015 plus access to the IEEE WCET Practice Exam.  This multi-day course provides a great way to review topics in preparation for the WCET Exam.  

View the full schedule of ComSoc Training courses and register today to save your seat in these upcoming courses.

Industry News

New technology could fundamentally change future wireless communicationsA pioneering team of researchers from the University of Bristol's Communication Systems and Networks research group, have developed a new technique that can estimate and cancel out the interference from one's own transmission, allowing a radio device to transmit and receive on the same channel at the same time. This therefore requires only one channel for two-way communication, using half as much spectrum compared to the current technology.”  (Phys.org)

Dish Network Joins Deal Mania With Bid for T-Mobile
What would a potential “megadeal” between Dish Network and T-Mobile mean to the industry?  “Media companies are facing steep challenges to keep pace with a generation of consumers who want to pay for programming they want to watch, and want to control when and how they watch it.”  Is this deal a necessary step to keep pace with ongoing changes in consumer demand?  (The New York Times)

Moving to ‘zero touch’ labs for testing NFV
“Software-defined networking and network function virtualization are gaining considerable momentum in the telecom space and bring with them new challenges for benchmarking, testing and monitoring virtual systems instead of proprietary hardware. ‘Proactive and reactive performance monitoring, identification of failures, isolation of any faulty network functions and corrective action are as important in virtual environments as they are in physical environments. But they are also more challenging,’ Spirent noted in a white paper on testing methodologies for NFV.” (RCR Wireless News)

Counting People with Wi-Fi
“Researchers in UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab are proving that wireless signals can do more than provide Internet access. They have demonstrated that a WiFi signal can be used to count the number of people in a given space, leading to diverse applications, from energy efficiency to search and rescue.” (Cellular News)

AT&T Touts Its First Virtualized Functions
“AT&T has been public with its bold proclamation that it will virtualize and software-control 75% of its network by 2020, transforming a total of 200 network functions. And, according to the man helping to lead the charge, it's well on the way to virtualizing the first 5% this year alone.” (Light Reading)

Latest Offerings from IEEE ComSoc Free Tutorials Now Program
Available for a limited time, access these tutorials through the ComSoc Free Tutorials Now Program:  LTE-A Radio Network Planning Challenges & Opportunities; How to Efficiently Implement Flexible and Full-Featured Digital Radio Solutions Using All Programmable SoCs; Why NETCONF and YANG; and Technical Introduction to ConfD.

RCR Wireless Webinar: Strategies for effective Wi-Fi offloading
“This webinar will look at carrier-grade Wi-Fi and at ways that operators are integrating Wi-Fi into their service offerings.”

Blending Wi-Fi and Cellular Together - a Unified Wireless Network Delivering Enhanced User Experience“LTE-Unlicensed/Licensed Assisted Access initiatives enable greater capacity while ensuring fair usage of unlicensed spectrum -- yet WiFi and LTE remain siloed technologies. By blending WiFi and cellular together; breaking down the silos yields increased download (up to 2.5x) and upload (up to 55x) rates, greater range (~2x) and a differentiated end-user experience across today's existing mobile devices and today's existing WiFi and cellular access points.”

 

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March 2015 - Volume 7, Issue 1

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In this issue:

  • Application for next IEEE WCET Certification Testing Window Now Open
  • Recertification due for WCPs who earned certification in 2010
  • Telecommunications Engineering Is Now a Distinct Education Discipline
  • New Courses Offered through ComSoc Training
  • Industry News

Application for next IEEE WCET Certification Testing Window Now Open
In 2015, IEEE WCET Candidates will now be able to apply for the exam directly through IEEE ComSoc via the IEEE WCET website.  Beginning this year, IEEE commences its partnership with Pearson VUE to expand the number of testing centers available around the world, making available over 200 Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States, US territories and Canada as well as approximately 5,000 test centers in 180 countries worldwide. 

Applications are now being accepted through 27 March 2015 for the next testing window, which runs from 12 April through 9 May 2015.  Applying for the exam has been streamlined this year as well, with applications being processed directly through IEEE ComSoc.

Group certification packages are available for employers who want to support their employees' professional development through their pursuit of IEEE WCET® certification. Contact us for more information about group certification packages.

Recertification due for WCPs who earned certification in 2010
For IEEE Wireless Communication Professionals (WCPs) who passed the WCET Certification Exam in 2010, it is now time to recertify.   You will have until the Spring or Fall, depending on the date of your certification to renew your certification. There are two ways for individuals to recertify: by passing the current exam, or by earning a minimum of 100 Professional 
Development Units through contributions to the profession and/or personal professional development. Learn more about recertification.

Telecommunications Engineering Is Now a Distinct Education Discipline
Years of work by IEEE and ComSoc have resulted in ABET, the accrediting body for academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, recognizing “telecommunications engineering” as a formal engineering course of study in the United States.  Tarek S. El-Bawab, who led the accreditation effort for IEEE noted that “unlike EE programs with an emphasis on communications, telecommunications engineering programs will have core courses in network science and engineering to go along with the study of communication theory, signal processing, and electromagnetics.”  Read the full article from IEEE’s The Institute.

New Courses Added to ComSoc Training Calendar
In keeping with its commitment to offer professional education on the latest technologies, ComSoc Training has added new courses to its upcoming offerings.  Two of those new courses, “Broadband Mobile Satellite Communications” and “Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture” will be offered in April along with three ongoing popular courses.  More new courses will be offered throughout the year, so check the IEEE ComSoc Training calendar for the most recent listing.

April 1, 2015  - NEW! Broadband Mobile Satellite Communications Online Course

April 8, 2015  - The Big Picture for Small Cells Online Course

April 15, 2015 - NEW! Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture Online Course

April 22, 2015 - Understanding LTE Advanced, its End-to-End Roadmap, and Self-Organizing Networks (SON) Online Course

April 29, 2015 - Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Essentials Online Course

Industry News

Internet Providers Sue FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules
Some of USA's largest Internet providers, filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, arguing that the new net neutrality “rules are ‘arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion’ and violate various laws, regulations and rulemaking procedures.” (NBC News)

Big Data jobs becoming more accessible in 2015
Big data in combination with the Internet of Things may mean more job opportunities in these five industries:  Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Information Technologies, Manufacturing, Retail Trade and Sustainability, Waste Management and Redemptive Services. (RCR Wireless)

Huawei to Invest $500 Million into Ontario over Next 5 Years
New investments by Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, will result in the creation of 325 new jobs in the Province of Ontario, Canada over the next five years. (Cellular News)

Satellite Internet plans for unconnected 3 billion people
OneWeb, the Virgin Group, Qualcomm are coming together to help bring affordable internet access to underserved populations around the world via “satellite Internet terminals that act as small cells that will use Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G or 2G to connect to a local carrier’s licensed spectrum.” (RCR Wireless)

High-Speed Broadband and 4G Coverage Dramatically Rises in Europe
A recent study showed that the number of European households within a reach of high speed broadband of at least 30 Mbps download speeds reached 62 percent of EU home.  Will the EU be on pace to achieve one of the primary goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe to realize “universal high-speed (at least 30 Mbps download) broadband coverage across the EU by 2020?” (Cellular News)

Barriers Facing The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is connecting so many different aspects of our lives and the world that we live in.  Privacy concerns, data ownership, and spectrum issues are all obstacles that need to be addressed for this technology. (Forbes)

7 key M2M trend predictions for 2015
ByteSnap Design has published this list of predictions for 2015 for Machine-to-machine technologies, which include smart sensors, platform consolidation, curved screens and more. (Electronics News)

LTE Small Cells Set to Be Big in 2015
This year will be the time for widespread LTE small cells deployment as major wireless companies move forward to make it a reality. (Light Reading)

Legere: T-Mobile Will Match and Beat Verizon’s Network in 2015
T-Mobile CEO John Legere declares that T-Mobile  will Verizon’s network by covering 300 million people with LTE, blanketing 150 metro areas with Wideband LTE, and deploying 700 Mhz spectrum in approximately 350 metro areas. (Wireless Week)

Focus on Security a Top Priority for Personal Safety Regarding the Internet of Things
Understanding security risks is a top concern when designing personal medical devices, “connected” cars, and home security. (This Week)

2 New FREE Tutorials from IEEE Communications Society
Available for a limited time, access these tutorials through the ComSoc Free Tutorials Now Program:  Information Dissemination in Vehicular Networks and Technical Introduction to ConfD.

RCR Wireless Webinar: Three Ways to Put Your Network on the LTE On-Ramp
This webinar discusses how mobile operators can ready their networks for LTE by utilizing Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) to help manage the traffic in a more efficient and scalable manner.

Light Reading Webinar:  Testing LTE Network Performance for New Service Requirements
“Attend this webinar and learn why conventional backhaul testing standards and techniques are still necessary – but are no longer sufficient on their own.”

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