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November 2016 - Volume 8, Issue 6

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

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Stay Competitive By Keeping Up To Date on Emerging Technologies

IEEE Wireless Communications Professionals (WCPs) have already proven knowledge in the core areas of expertise in wireless communications engineering, but they still have to keep ahead with the latest advancements in technology to stay competitive.  There are a number of initiatives that IEEE ComSoc is supporting that you may want to learn about to keep up to date on these emerging technologies.  IEEE Green ICT is one of the initiatives that was created to “build a holistic approach to sustainability through ICT by incorporating green metrics throughout IEEE technical domains.” 

IEEE 5G is another Initiative that focuses on the “next generation wireless network technology that is expected to significantly increase data speeds, produce ultra-low latency times, support the connection of many more devices, and increase energy efficiency of the network elements.” 

 If you are interested in NFV or SDN, then you will want to learn more about the IEEE Software Defined Networks initiative.  “SDN and NFV are creating the conditions to reinvent Telecommunications network and service architectures: in fact, in the long term most (if not all) network and service functions could be virtualized and dynamically allocated onto an underneath physical infrastructure.”  Explore the latest publications, educational offerings, standards, and meetings/conferences in these emerging areas on each of the initiatives’ websites.

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IEEE GLOBECOM 2016 Offers Latest in Wireless Technologies and Special 3-Day Training Event

IEEE GLOBECOM is one of two flagship conferences of IEEE ComSoc (together with ICC) and is being held in Washington, DC. USA on 4-8 December 2016.  The theme of this year’s conference is Freedom through Communications.  This year’s technical program features 910 Symposia Presentations, 24 Tutorials, and 20 Workshops. 

Among many educational events, there is a unique 3-day course on “Intensive Wireless Communications” to be held on 5-7 December.  This course covers seven key areas in which every professional working in wireless should be proficient.  The course will also be webcast via WebEx for those unable to participate in person.

 Join your peers and colleagues at this premier event to network and learn the latest advances in communications.

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IEEE ComSoc and MCPC of Japan Meet to Continue Partnership into 2017

On 4 November 2016 at the IEEE Operations Center in Piscataway, NJ, USA, representatives from IEEE ComSoc and MCPC of Japan met to discuss their continued partnership and plans for 2017.  

Representatives from Japan included Nick Yamasaki, Acting Chair, MCPC MSEC (Mobile System Engineering Certification) Committee and Satoshi Nagano, MCPC WCET WG Chair.  Rulei Ting, Director of Educational Services Board, Susan Brooks, Executive Director, Adam Greenberg, Technical Activities & Industry Outreach Director, and Tara Gallus, Certification and Professional Education Manager participated in the meeting representing IEEE ComSoc.  IEEE ComSoc looks forward to continued collaborations with MCPC of Japan and another successful year!

In photo (left to right):  Tara Gallus, Rulei Ting, Satoshi Nagano, Nick Yamasaki, Susan Brooks, Adam Greenberg

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Fall 2011 IEEE WCPs: Your IEEE WCET renewal deadline has been extended!

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

Responding to requests from many WCP credential holders who originally earned IEEE WCET Certification in Fall 2011, the IEEE Communications Society WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee has extended the recertification deadline to 30 April 2017. To keep your credential active, you will need to renew your certification before this extended deadline.

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

An alternate option to recertify is to sit for the WCET Certification Exam during the next testing period, from 17 April through 13 May 2017.  Should you choose to recertify by taking the exam, your request must be received no later than the end of the current application period which closes on 31 March 2017.

Join your fellow IEEE WCPs who have already recertified and are maintaining this valuable credential.  Learn more about recertification now.

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Upcoming ComSoc Training Courses

5-7 December
2016

Intensive Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practices
In-Person course at GLOBECOM, Washington, DC, USA

5-7 December  
2016

Intensive Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practices
Webcast Online course

25 January
2017

NEW! Designing the Green Internet

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INDUSTRY NEWS

The Internet Of Things Further Complicates Cloud Security
With more wireless devices being connected through IoT, security will be an ongoing challenge. [RCRWireless]

Does 5G Have A Bright Future? Light Based Communications For Wireless Solutions
Representatives from PureLiFi provide an update on the state of light based wireless communications and exactly where they are in developing a commercial product. [IEEE CTN]

Programmable Millimeter-Wave Mirror Makes VR Wireless
MIT's MoVR phased-array reflector solves the line-of-sight issues holding back wireless VR [IEEE Spectrum}

Ericsson Says 5G, VoLTE Subscriptions to Ramp Significantly by 2022
“Global 5G subscriptions are expected to ramp up quickly to reach more than half a billion subscriptions by 2022 while smartphone subscriptions overall are expected to hit 6.8 billion in the same timeframe, Ericsson said in its latest Mobility Report.” [WirelessWeek]

Qualcomm Makes $47 Billion Takeover Bid For NXP Semiconductor
“Qualcomm has announced a definitive agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, under which Qualcomm will acquire NXP Semiconductor.” [Cellular News]

Key Component For Wireless Communication With Terahertz Frequencies
“An ultrahigh speed, wireless communication network using THz instead of GHz frequencies is now one step closer. Researchers have shown that it is possible to effectively transmit signal waves with THz frequencies through the existing fiber optic network.” [Science Daily]

LTE isn’t good enough for critical communications… yet
“The feasibility of LTE network infrastructure in the critical communications world has long been debated. Indeed, LTE has become pretty much the perfect technology for consumers, but mission critical communications is an entirely different beast.” [Telecoms.com]

Why SDN revenue will grow by 72% CAGR through to 2020
“Software-defined networking (SDN) is approaching adoption by an early majority of enterprises and will compose nearly 40 percent of global enterprise network infrastructure revenue - that's about $12.7 billion by 2020 - according to the latest market study by Technology Business Research (TBR).” [TelecomsTech]

Chickens and eggs: The problem of the 5G use case
“Self-driving cars, smart cities and remote surgery are often among the top so-called use cases for 5G. Meaning, these are the things that users will actually need 5G for, once operators, vendors and the industry at large finish their collective investments into the technology in order to bring it to life.” [FierceWireless]

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