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May 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 3

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In this issue:

  • Telecommunication Recognized as Distinct Engineering Education Discipline
  • IEEE WCET Exam Scores Released
  • IEEE WCET Fall Exam Application Deadline
  • IEEE WCET Recertification Reminder
  • ComSoc Training: June Events
  • Featured Conference: IEEE ICC
  • Industry News


Telecommunication Recognized as Distinct Engineering Education Discipline

On October 25, 2013, ABET Board approved new accreditation criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, and Similarly Named Engineering Programs. These new criteria replace the existing Electrical, Computer, and Similarly Named Engineering Programs criteria, and are currently in the Public Comments Period. The ABET Board vote in October 2013 paved the way for fruitful conclusion of a professional-community movement to recognize Telecommunication Engineering as distinct engineering education discipline in US Universities. This movement, which was launched more than 5 years ago, is led by IEEE ComSoc’s Tarek S. El-Bawab. Read the full story.

IEEE WCET Exam Scores Released

Congratulations to those who successfully passed the IEEE WCET Certification Exam during the Spring 2014 Testing Window. Remember to add the IEEE WCP designature to your resume, signature and business cards. Certificates will be mailed to you in the coming weeks. For those who would like to retest, please contact for a discount code. 

IEEE WCET Exam Testing Window Reminder

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.

June 2014 Course Schedule

4 June 2014 - Online - 9:00am - 4:30pm EDT

11 June 2014 - Online - 9:00am - 4:30pm EDT

18 June 2014 - Online - 9:00am - 4:30pm EDT

24 June 2014 - Online - 9:00am - 4:30pm EDT

Featured Conference:
IEEE International Conferece on Communications

Communications: Centrepoint of the Digital Economy

Sydney, Australia: 10-14 June 


Industry News

LTE-A Speed Record Demonstrated Down Under
Australia's Telstra this month achieved record speeds of 450 Mbps over an LTE-A network. The demonstration aggregated three data channels: two 4G-FDD channels of 20MHz on the 2600MHz spectrum on top of the operator's current channel on the 1800MHz spectrum. [CNET]

Huawei Plans Hiring in Europe
China's Huawei says it plans to invest and increase hiring in Europe and will use incentive plans to attract and retain the best talent. The company's business has grown dramatically in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since 2010. [Wall Street Journal]

Webinar to Address Developing for IoT
What are the challenges and opportunities of developing for the Internet of Things? Experts from AT&T, Revolv and other companies will look at these IoT questions during a webinar on June 18. [Fierce Wireless]

AT&T Launching VOLTE in Four States
AT&T this week will launch Voice Over LTE service in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. More rollouts are expected soon, but AT&T did not announce its timeline. [Computerworld]

$3 Billion in Network Upgrades Planned for Nigeria
South Africa's MTN plans to spend $3 billion on network upgrades in Nigeria over the next three years. The company has 57 million customers in Nigeria but has been criticized for low network capacity. [Cellular-News]

Webinar to Address the Collision of RF and Fiber
Experts from JDSU will examine the changing face of cell site management in a webinar on May 29. The event will cover how RF and fiber have combined and provide examples of how to test and manage modern cell sites. [RCR Wireless]

ITU & Cisco Encourage Girls to Go Into Telecommunications Careers
Cisco recently hosted a series of ITU-organized events called "Girls in ICT Day" designed to attract young women to consider careers in information and communication technology. The events were part of an outreach which will bring 2,500 girls into Cisco offices around the world this year for networking and role-model opportunities. Recent events were held in Kenya [Standard Digital News], Lebanon [Naharnet] and the UAE [Zawya].

Infrastructure Drives U.S. Employment
A new study from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program finds that 11% of the U.S. workforce is employed in infrastructure, including telecommunications. That number is only expected to grow: an additional 2.7 million new employees will be required in infrastructure by the year 2022, according to the study. The most jobs (and the most growth) can be found in big metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. [Brookings]

Somo to Hire 20 Engineers in UK
Mobile solutions firm Somo is building an engineering center in Bristol and will hire an initial 20 engineers working in mobile and connected device license software. The company says it hopes to eventually employ 60 people in the rapidly growing English tech city. [Bristol Post]

Afghanistan Gets First Dedicated Telecom Satellite
Afghansat 1, Afghanistan's first communications satellite, has started operation and is expected to generate $15 million in annual revenue. The satellite has actually been in orbit since 2008 but its use has now been acquired by the Afghan government. A second satellite is expected to launch in seven years. [Total-Telecom]

Telemedicine Kiosk Maker Receives Funding
Ohio-based HealthSpot has received an additional $8 million in funding to create telemedicine kiosks, bringing its total investments to $23 million. The kiosks allow patients to videoconference with doctors over Sprint's 4G network. [Mobile Health News]

Ohio Approves Infrastructure Borrowing, Promises Jobs
Voters in Ohio have approved a plan to borrow $1.875 billion to build infrastructure projects, including telecommunications, over the next 10 years. By borrowing the funds, state officials said they will be able to move more quickly than if they had received federal money. Only about 15% of the jobs will be in construction. [Journal-News]

Women Still Underrepresented in Technology Leadership
The number of women in leadership roles at technology companies has stayed relatively the same over the past 10 years, according to research from Gartner. The study found that women tend to leave the workforce not to start families (the conventional wisdom) but because the "hero mentality" of the industry means they are often passed over for promotions. [The Guardian]

Nello Moves Operations, Brings 600 Jobs to Indiana
Inspired by nearly $3 million in tax credits and additional training incentives, Nello Corporation is moving the bulk of its operations from Fort Worth, Texas, to its existing headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. The move, which will require the construction of two new facilities, will bring more than 600 new jobs to Indiana over the next nine years. [Elkhart Truth]




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March 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 2

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In this issue:

  • IEEE WCET Exam Testing Window Reminder
  • IEEE WCET Fall Exam Application Deadline
  • Understanding LTE-A and SON: New Course
  • Who Will You Be Meeting on the Exhibits Floor? Upcoming Conferences
  • Industry News


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 for assistance. Review ways to get prepared and what to expect on your examination day. Best of luck to all our Spring Candidates!! 

IEEE WCET Exam Testing Window Reminder

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.

Review all course offerings from ComSoc Training. 

Who Will You Be Meeting on the Exhibits Floor?
Upcoming Conferences

Las Vegas, Nevada: 24-28 March 2014
Visit with Marilyn Catis, Certification & Professional Education Manager to learn more about what's going on at ComSoc; obtain copies of our latest publications, and learn more about IEEE ComSoc products and services. ComSoc will have a booth on the exhibit floor. Register for the one day course Jonathan Levine will be teaching on "Practical Wireless Communications Engineering" on Tuesday, 25 March from 9:00am - 4:30pm in Room S229. This workshop is part of the College of Technology Track. 
NAB Show 
Las Vegas, Nevada: 5-10 April 2014
Visit us on the show floor 7-10 April in Booth #SU12913. Register for a one day course on an "Introduction to Professional Wireless Communications" taking place in room N233 in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, 8 April from 9:00am - 4:30pm PTD.  

Industry News

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]




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