In this issue:
IEEE WCET Exam Testing Window Reminder
Candidates who completed an application to sit for the WCET Certification Exam during the Spring 2014 Testing Window need to schedule their exam at a testing center and sit for the test between now and 12 April. If you are having any issues scheduling your exam contact marilyn [dot] catis [at] comsoc [dot] org (subject: Spring%202014%20WCET%20Exam%20Scheduling%20Issue) for assistance. Review ways to get prepared and what to expect on your examination day. Best of luck to all our Spring Candidates!!
Join an elite group of professionals working in wireless today who have earned the IEEE Wireless Communications Professional designation. Applications to test this Fall from 6 October through 1 November 2014 must be submitted by 19 September. Review application details and request a 2014 Candidate Handbook if you don't have one in hand. It is available online or as a hard copy. Learn more by reviewing our FAQs. Submit your application today.
Understanding LTE-Advanced and SON: New Course
A new one day course developed and taught by Javan Erfanian addresses why the technologies and maturity of LTE Advanced and virtualization are necessary. It highlights the prospects, challenges, requirements, standards and the future of Small Cells and HetNets. By the end of the course you will undersand the need and the means for multi-dimensional technology transformation to keep up with demand. Basics of Self Organizing Networks are introduced and the course includes SON technologies and standards, their synergy, initiatives, related technologies, and their future. Save your seat today for the course being taught on May 6th -- register by 7 April and save $25.
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Who Will You Be Meeting on the Exhibits Floor?
First Ten Companies Join Sprint's Mobile Health Accelerator
Ten startups have been welcomed into the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, a three-month program that will grant each company up to $120,000 in funding. Each of the ten startups will also receive a mentor and then, at the end of the three months, they will pitch their technologies to investors and business leaders. [Kansas City Business Journal]
Mobile Data Revenue Exceeds Voice
For the first time, mobile carriers in the U.S. have earned more from data than they did from voice, according to data from the final quarter of 2013. Data service revenue reached $90 billion for the entire year, according to one analyst, who predicts it to hit $100 billion this year. [Reuters]
Hon Hai to Hire 15,000 New Employees
Hon Hai Precision Industry (a.k.a. Foxconn) — a lead manufacturer for Apple, as well as a growing player in the telecommunications industry — plans to hire 15,000 people, starting in Taiwan, the company announced. Hires over the next six months will include engineers, biotechnology experts, and programmers. The company will launch its first 4G network in Taiwan next year. [Energy & Capital]
Experts Offer Advice on Professional Development
Technology moves at a rapid pace, as should engineers' continuing education. Experts from MIT and IEEE offer tips on how to get the most from professional development. [Today's Engineer]
Huawei Plans Windows-Android Hybrid Phone
Huawei will ship a hybrid smartphone that uses both the Windows and Android operating systems, the company's CMO announced. The phone, due later this year, would be marketed to people who do not want to miss out by having only a single OS. [Information Week]
T-Mobile Plans to Complete 4G Rollout in 2015
T-Mobile says it will transition all of its current 2G networks in the U.S. to 4G LTE by the middle of 2015. The company's 2G EDGE service will stay online for low-tech phone and M2M connections. [Gigaom]
AT&T Completes Leap Acquisition
The $1.2 billion purchase of Leap Wireless by AT&T has gone through. Leap was the sixth-largest carrier in the U.S., with 4.6 million pay-as-you-go customers (although it lost more than a quarter of its subscribers over the past two years). AT&T will have to bow out of 12 markets as part of the acquisition. Leap's Cricket brand will now operate as an AT&T subsidiary. [Businessweek]
'Privacy Phone' Promises Freedom from Snooping
FreedomPop – a free ISP that partners with Sprint to provide wireless service – has released an encrypted smartphone that it calls the "Privacy Phone." Actually a reconfigured Samsung Galaxy S II, the phone carries 128-bit encryption, which the company says can prevent government snooping of voice or text messages. [FierceWireless]
Webinar to Cover Successful HetNet Deployments
How do you successfully deploy a heterogeneous network? Leaders from ThinkSmartCell will host a webinar on this topic on Tuesday, March 25. The webinar will address the need for HetNets and the challenges in deploying them, as well as industry best practices. [RCR Wireless]
Mobile Health Market to Hit $49 Billion by 2020
The global market for mobile health devices and services – which was worth $1.95 billion in 2012 – will grow to $49 billion by 2020, according to Grand View Research. Chronic disease management is expected to be the biggest segment of the market. [MobileHealthNews]
Heavy M&A Activity Predicted for Europe
Europe's telecom companies will undergo a number of mergers and acquisitions in 2014, according to predictions from Standard & Poor's. The ratings firm anticipates both in-market and fixed-mobile merger activity. [Total Telecom]
Certified Wireless Network Professional Launches Continuing Education Program
A new continuing education program for Certified Wireless Network Experts has been launched by CWNP, LLC. [Press release]
R&D Drives Growth for Corning
Continued investment has pulled Corning out of a major slump, helping the company to reach $8 billion in sales last year. Among the R&D investments that have driven profits: fiber-optics and display glass for smartphones and other devices. [Democrat & Chronicle]
In this issue:
Why Getting Certified in 2014 Matters
The following is excerpted from "Which Tech Jobs Will Win, Which Will Lose in 2014"
Mobile App Developers and Device Managers
Last year, Foote predicted that mobile app developers, wireless engineers and wireless security professionals would be in demand. His prediction turned out to be accurate. As a group, certified and non-certified wireless skills gained 6 percent in market value over the past three months and 17.7% in value in the past 9 months, according to the firm’s survey. Foote doesn’t foresee a drop in demand from the emergence of hybrid phones and mini tablets. “Demand for mobile developers would have ebbed in 2014 if not for these new devices,” he says.
Understand Wireless Positioning and LocationTechnologies: New Course
A brand new one day course will be taught for the first time by Alan Bensky on 12 February. This course will give you a firm introduction to the how and the why of wireless positioning. In it, you will learn about the E911 emergency calling rules and compliance methods, the fundamentals of GPS and other satellite navigation systems, time of arrival and time difference of arrival techniques, signal strength methods and angle of arrival location. In addition to cellular, the course discusses positioning issues within important short-range network environments and implementations, including WLAN (Wi-Fi), WPAN, and UWB. It will also attempt to predict the directions that positioning and location technologies will be going to in the future.
ComSoc Training Offers Intensive Course in Combined Package with IEEE Spring 2014 WCET Exam
IEEE ComSoc is currently offering a combination package providing seats to its Intensive Wireless Communications Course and the Spring 2014 IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET®) Certification Exam. The Spring 2014 testing window will be open from 17 March – 12 April and applications must be submitted by 28 February.
The five day course taught online via WebEx will be held Monday, 27 January – Friday, 31 January 2014 and Monday, 17 March – Friday, 21 March 2014. The course can either be attended independently as a method for learning about the latest wireless industry topics, trends and challenges or purchased jointly with the IEEE WCET Exam and used as a method for gaining a better understanding of the certification program’s key testing areas. In addition to discounted rates for both the tutorial and exam, professionals purchasing the combined package also receive a free online IEEE WCET practice exam consisting of 75 questions designed to help individuals gauge their preparedness for the official exam.
REMINDER: Applications Due 28 February for WCET Certification Exam
Who Will You Be Meeting in 2014?
2013 Salary Survey: Encouraging, But Gaps in Some Areas
IEEE-USA has published a "2013 Salary & Benefits Survey" which shows that salaries among IEEE U.S. IEEE members are continuing to rise. Read the complete article by Helen Horwitz. Additionally, IEEE-USA has partnered with Industry Insights, a leader in salary surveys and research, to launch a new and enhanced salary service featuring several new products. Visit IEEE-USA to learn more. Looking to make a move or find a job? The IEEE JobSite is a great place to start your search. 2014 has just begun -- create new possibilities.
Small Cells & VoLTE are Among the Top Trends for 2014
RCR Wireless has identified six trends that it predicts will drive the telecom industry in 2014. On the wireless side they include small cells, 4G and LTE-Advanced, VoLTE, network functions virtualization and growth in emerging markets. RCR also suggests that not underestimating the need for wireline. [RCR Wireless]
Webinar: Digital Health Trends in 2014
MobileHealthNews will host a free webinar about digital health trends on Thursday, January 30. The webinar will look back at 2013 while addressing the biggest issues and trends facing the industry. Presenters include the site's manager editor Brian Dolan and Validec CEO Ryan Beckland. [MobileHealthNews]
China's ZTE Corp. has shuffled some of its executive leadership in moves designed to take advantage of opportunities in enterprise and mobile devices. As part of this reorganization, ZTE Mobile Devices has become an independent unit of the company. [RCR Wireless]
M2M Growth Predicted for Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific
M2M connections will expand at an annual growth rate of 22.6% in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific markets through 2018, according to research from Ovum. The biggest growth is expected in the healthcare, manufacturing and utilities sectors, with annual revenues hitting $44.8 billion in 2018. [Fierce Wireless]
Employers Desire Applicants with Mobile Development Skills
Developers with skills in mobile technologies are among the most sought after by employers, according to experts. Experience in open-source languages, Google Android, security and cloud computing are especially desired. [TechWorld]
Booming Market for Wireless Electronic Health Recording Devices
The market for wireless devices, software and related technologies tied to electronic health records (EHR) will expand dramatically over the next few years, hitting $23.5 billion by 2018 according to a new study by BCC Research. That's more than double the current size of the market, which was estimated at $11.2 billion in 2013. [MobileHealthNews]
Teeny, Tiny Windmills Could Power Mobile Devices
A team of electrical engineers at the University of Texas, Arlington have developed a tiny wind turbine that could power mobile devices. The turbine is just 1/15th of an inch wide, making it about a tenth the size of a grain of rice. A mobile device equipped with hundreds or even thousands of these tiny micro-windmills could generate electricity from ambient wind. [Forbes]
Webinar: Next Generation Backhaul Technologies
Fierce Wireless will host a webinar entitled "Next Generation Backhaul Technologies for Heterogeneous LTE Networks" on January 28. The event will include two speakers from Aricent and cover both macro and small cell environments. [Fierce Wireless]
Sprint to Carry G Flex Curved Phone
Sprint will become the first mobile operator to offer the curved G Flex smartphone from LG. The device will go on sale on January 31 and be available February 7. [Wireless Week]
U.S. Consumers Want Access to Mobile Devices, Apps While Driving
A new survey from IDC Manufacturing finds that almost half of U.S. consumers want to be able to access their mobile phones while driving, while 40% want access to their navigation and music apps. Baby boomers displayed the strongest desires for this tech. [Cellular-News]
Apple Hires in Medical Sensor Field
Apple has been on a hiring spree in the medical sensor field, with scientists, engineers and managers among its recent hires. The most recent hires seem to tie in to Apple's desire to develop new wearable technology. [9 to 5 Mac]
Healthcare Industry Needs IT Talent
More than a third of leaders surveyed in the healthcare industry said they have had to cancel or delay key projects because they didn't have the right IT talent, according to PwC. App developers and people with experience in electronic patient records are especially desired. [Fierce CIO]