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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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July / August 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 4

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In this issue:

  • REMINDER: IEEE WCET Fall Exam Application Deadline
  • ComSoc Training: New Courses Coming Soon on VoLTE and RCS and Small Cells
  • Featured Conference: CTIA
  • Industry News


REMINDER: IEEE WCET Exam Testing Window 

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. 

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 Courses Coming Soon on VoLTE and RCS and Small Cells
Explore How VoLTE and Rich Communication Services are Poised to Change the Voice Telephony Paradigm

According to a recent Infonetics Research report, the number of VoLTE commercial services will more than triple by year-end 2014 with a projected 51 million VoLTE subscribers.  The primary regions leading the implementation of this technology are North America and Asia Pacific.  Given these trends and the revenue potential to service this growing customer base, it’s important to gain a better understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of VoLTE to stay competitive.  

With the greatly enhanced quality of experience that VoLTE provides, it’s enabled technologies like Rich Communication Services (RCS) to become an everyday reality.  RCS complements VoLTE nicely with rich services, like video sessions, chat and group chat, and file transfers during calls. Knowledge of these technologies is a necessity in order to respond to the ever-increasing expectations of mobile users.

A new one-day online course addresses the technologies behind VoLTE and RCS as multimedia communications that will replace existing voice telephony and provide a better alternative for fragmented Over-The-Top (OTT) technologies.  

VoLTE and RCS: Revolutionizing Mobile Services

20 August 2014 – Online Via WebEx – 9:00am – 4:30pm EDT
19 November 2014 – Online Via WebEx – 9:00am – 4:30pm EDT

Explore the Big Picture for Small Cells

4 September 2014 – Online Via WebEx – 9:00am – 4:30pm EDT
15 October 2014 – Online Via WebEx – 9:00am – 4:30pm EDT


Cisco forecasts in their Visual Networking Index report that “by 2018, there will be nearly five billion global mobile users in 2018, up from more than four billion in 2013.”  Additionally, rapid mobile data traffic growth in more rural regions like Africa and the Middle East, requires new ways of servicing this expanding wireless consumer population.

With this in mind and the ever-increasing demands for improved coverage and network performance, many mobile operators are looking to small cells to meet their customers’ needs.  But, what exactly is a small cell? How is it different?  And what are the advantages of small cells?  This course answers those questions and more.

Participants in this course will be presented with key information on small cells in areas such as network support and interoperability; implementation challenges; and available opportunities in response to consumer demand.  Primary considerations in deciding if small cells are a viable and worthwhile solution for your organization will be discussed as well as strategies for deployment and ongoing support of small cell solutions.

Earn 0.6 CEUs (equivalent to 6 Professional Development Hours) for your participation in one day ComSoc Training courses. Each course is recorded for on-demand access to those who are registered only. On demand access is available for 15 business days after the live teaching of the course. Course materials provided include a copy of the instructor’s slides and a certificate of course completion. 

Visit www.comsoc.og/training for more information and to register for your participation. IEEE ComSoc Training is your resource for up-to-date, in-depth instruction on wireless communications engineering topics. 

Featured Conference:
Super Mobility Week powered by CTIA

9-11 September 2014, Las Vegas, NV - USA 


Visit us in Booth #5351. 
Lee Vishloff will be teaching a one day course on Wireless Positioning and Location Technologies on 8 September. Timed to happen before Super Mobility Week opens to give you the chance to take an in-person course where you will gain an understanding of:

• the physical and geometrical properties of location technologies
• FCC E911 requirements, how they provided the impetus for the development of location awareness and LBS (location based services) applications in cellular terminals, and the various methods of compliance
• the basics of GPS positioning, its limitations and accuracy
• path loss and statistical received signal strength location methods, their advantages and limitations
• why AOA (angle of arrival) location technology is likely to gain prominence in the near future
• how location awareness is specified for cellular networks, including LTE and LTE advanced
• positioning technologies in non-cellular networks – WLAN, WPAN, RFID, and UWB

Access to this course is not included in the other CTIA Registration packages. Learn more and save your seat today.

Industry News

Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs, Mostly Nokia Employees
Microsoft has announced that it will cut 18,000 jobs this year, including 12,500 former Nokia employees. The company said it will be adding some jobs "in certain strategic areas," but did not disclose the nature of those new positions. [FierceWireless]

Huawei Opening Next R&D Facility in UK
Huawei announced it will recruit 30 employees for a new R&D center in the UK. The facility will focus on ICT chips, software and analog chip technology. [Cellular News]

Report Identifies Opportunities for Women in Wireless
Wireless infrastructure is expected to created 30,000 new jobs by the year 2017, creating "tremendous opportunities for women" in technology, according to a recent report from RCR Wireless. The report is available for download.

IBM and Apple Join Forces for Industry Apps
Apple and IBM this month announced an exclusive deal for IBM to build enterprise-specific iOS apps for industries such as telecommunications, health care and transportation. IBM will develop more than 100 apps as well as bring its cloud service to iOS. The first apps from this collaboration are due in the fall. [PC World]

Four Companies Prepare to Launch Wireless in Myanmar
Called "one of the last untapped telecom markets," Myanmar will soon have four companies offering mobile services. The country currently has only 10% mobile penetration and the new providers must build their capacity from the ground up. [Total Telecom]

Researchers Develop Glare-Free Glass
Materials scientists at the Institute for Photonic Sciences and Corning have developed a new way of fabricating glass screens that would make them almost glare-proof, as well as water-proof. The process involves the creation of texture and etchings at a nanoscale level. The process is said to be both inexpensive and easy, but it is not yet ready for commercial application. [Gigaom]

HTC Shifts Smartphone Executives
Chang Chialin and David Chen are taking over the smartphone business at HTC, part of a continuing shift to refocus the company's devices and increase sales. The company has also lost its third marketing chief in three years. [Bloomberg]

Smartphone Tool Developed to Test Air Quality
A new smartphone-connected tool to test air quality for particulate matter (toxic forms of dust) has been developed by researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The system uses a smartphone's camera and LED flash in conjunction with a sensor. [Mobile Health News]

Google's Nest Forms Group for IoT Standards
Google's Nest Labs this month created Thread Group, an industry group to focus on Internet of Things (IoT) devices for home connectivity. Members include Samsung, ARM, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs. The Nest smart thermometer already uses a version of the Thread standard. [Reuters]

4G to Drive ZTE Profits
Strong 4G network equipment sales have driven ZTE's profits higher than expected. Although their numbers for the first half of 2014 are not yet final, ZTE said sales could be up to 271% higher than this time last year. [Total Telecom]

Google 3D Smartphones Head into Orbit
NASA has sent a set of smartphones built by Google to the International Space Station. The Project Tango smartphones, which come with 3D sensors, will be the "brains" and "eyes" for NASA's SPHERE robots — a group of round, hovering robots inspired by "Star Wars."  [Reuters]

Ericsson Opens Fourth Operations Center in India
Ericsson this month announced it will open its fourth Global Network Operations Center in India, this time in Kolkata. [Cellular News]

Wireless History Foundation Inducts Four to Hall of Fame
The latest inductees to the Wireless History Foundation's Wireless Hall of Fame are Bill Carlson in the "Pioneer" category; the late Rob Conway ("Industry Associate"); Sam Ginn ("Service Provider"); and Jan Uddenfeldt ("Technology"). An induction ceremony will be held in Las Vegas this September. [Wireless Week]

Ireland's 3 Acquires O2
Irish wireless provider 3, owned by Hong Kong's Hutchinson Whampoa, has acquired O2 from Telefonica, making it the number-two wireless company in the country. The European Commission approved the deal despite objections from Ireland's communications regulator. [RCR Wireless]

Webinar to Address Connected Cars in Rural Areas
What are the challenges for car manufacturers and mobile operators who hope to maximize the potential of connected cars and related technologies? A webinar will discuss the issues on August 7. Speakers include Chip Strange from Mosaik Solutions and Brandy Blanken from the Competitive Carriers Association. [RCR Wireless]

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