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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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November 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 5

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In this issue:

  • REMINDER: IEEE WCET Fall Exam Score Reports
  • ComSoc Training: New Course on LTE
  • Featured Conference: Globecom 2014
  • Rutgers & IEEE Launch Engineering & Technology Management Mini-MBA
  • Industry News

REMINDER: IEEE WCET Fall Exam Score Reports
Score reports for those who tested during the Fall 2014 exam window will be released in the coming weeks. Candidates who do not pass are encouraged to try again in the future. Contact Marilyn Catis by sending an email to for details. The 2015 Candidate Handbook will be released in the coming weeks as well. Applications for the Spring 2015 testing window will start to become accepted in December 2014 and will be due by 27 March 2015. 

Recertification Matters. Your IEEE WCP credential is current for five years. Recertifying is easy. You can choose to take the exam again or by documenting your Professional Development activities by earning Professional Development Hours or your contributions to the profession. Learn more.

New Course on LTE 
From LTE to LTE-Advanced and Beyond
Take a day to understand LTE, see how it grows into LTE-Advanced and understand some of the main concepts of 5G that are being proposed and investigated at this time. Anyone working in wireless interested in understanding LTE and how it is evolving will benefit from taking this course on 3 December 2014. Daniel Wong will teach it live via WebEx and participants can ask their questions in real-time. The course will run from 9:00am - 4:30pm (New York) and be recorded for on-demand access. Learn more. 

IEEE ComSoc Training is your resource for up-to-date, in-depth instruction on wireless communications engineering topics. Visit www.comsoc.og/training to explore the program and course offerings.

Featured Conference:
IEEE Globecom 
8-12 December 2014
Austin, Texas - USA

Lee Vishloff will be teaching a three day in-person course from 8-10 December that can help you bridge the gap in your current knowledge to areas you may not work on day to day. Gain a deeper appreciation of current practices in wireless communications. This course provides 20 hours of instruction providing a review of fundamentals, RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas; Wireless Access Technologies; Network and Service Architecture; Wireless Network Management and Security; Infrastrucutre and Agreements, Standards, Policies and Regulations. 

Course materials include a copy of the instructor's PowerPoint slides as well as a copy of The Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge, 2nd edition published by Wiley. Earn 2 IEEE CEUs which are equivalent to 20 Professional Development Hours. 

Registration to this particular course is in addition to the conference fee. Pricing: $1600 non-member; $1450 member for in-person attendance. Anyone not going to Globecom is welcome to participate via WebEx. Pricing for online access only: $725 non-member; $625 member.

Rutgers & IEEE Launch Engineering & Technology Management Mini-MBA
This MBA program marries engineering and business to achieve career-enhancing credentials. Attendees will earn a Mini-MBA Certificate and 35 CEUs or PDH's. Get all the details. 

Industry News

Mobile to Drive Hiring in 2015
A new report finds that mobile app development, wireless networking, big data and cybersecurity will be the top areas for high-tech hiring in 2015. In addition, mobile app developers have the highest projected salary increase for next year: up 10.2% to at least $107,500. [RCR Wireless]

Infosys to Hire 2,100 in U.S.
India's Infosys has announced plans to hire 2,100 people in the U.S. over the next 12 months. Focal points for the new-hires include digital, big data, analytics and the cloud. [The Hindu]

Webinar Addresses Field Testing Best Practices
A recent RCR Wireless webinar examined the major trends and technical trends in LTE field testing. The webinar, which is available on demand, addressed LTE, small cells and distributed antenna systems. [RCR Wireless]

Ofcom Plans New 4G Auctions
New sections of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrums will be auctioned off in 2015 or 2016 by Ofcom, the UK regulator announced. A total of 190 MHz will be included in the auction. [Total Telecom]

Samsung Names 24 Digital Health Partners, Pushes into Smart Home
Samsung has revealed the names of 12 commercial companies and 12 research partners that are assisting the company with its digital health plans. The Samsung Digital Health Platform is already built into millions of mobile devices. [Mobile Health News] Samsung has also announced introduced its Smart Home SDK and a mobile marketing platform. [Fierce Wireless]

Ericsson to Cut Jobs Amidst $1.2 Billion in Cost Savings
Ericsson has announced it will cut an unspecified number of jobs over the next three years as it plans to reduce spending by $1.2 billion. [Wireless Week]

Oculus Releases Mobile SDK
Virtual reality developers get ready: Oculus has released its Mobile Software Development Kit to help create apps for the Samsung Note 4 handset. Oculus and Samsung are partnering for mobile VR. [TechCrunch]

M2M Merger: Kore to Acquire Raco
Kore Wireless Group has announced plans to acquire another M2M company, Raco Wireless. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. Terms were not disclosed. The combined company will operate in 110 global markets. [RCR Wireless]

Sprint Sheds another 2,000 Jobs
Amidst wider than expected losses, Sprint has announced it will cut another 2,000 jobs. The company has already shed 5,000 employees this year. [Fierce Wireless]

Tower Safety Webinar Coming December 9
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) will hold a free webinar on best practices in workplace safety on December 9. The webinar, which can be accessed from the NATE website on the day of the event, will examine the most frequent causes of injuries, their costs, and the most frequent OSHA safety violations. [NATE]

Sub-Saharan African Projected to Have 500 Million Mobile Subscribers by 2020
Half a billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will have mobile subscriptions by the year 2020, up from 329 million today, according to the GSMA. Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania are the largest markets in the region. [Cellular News]

AT&T Acquires Mexico's Iusacell
Number-three Mexican wireless provider Iusacell will be acquired by AT&T for $2.5 billion, the companies announced. Mexico recently enacted legislation to increase competition in the country's wireless market. [Fierce Wireless]

Webinar to Look at Physical Layer Management
An upcoming Fierce Wireless webinar will look at Physical Layer Management systems and how they can cut the amount of time spent documenting and repairing networks. The event will be held on December 9. [Fierce Wireless]



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