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IEEE WCET Exam Score Reports Now Available
Individual score reports have been distributed to all candidates who sat for the IEEE WCET Certification exam during the Fall 2013 testing window. Log on to PES to review your score. Send an email to marilyn [dot] catis [at] comsoc [dot] org if you have any problems logging on to check your score or if you did not receive a copy of your report.
Congratulations to those who passed! Be sure to use the IEEE WCP designation on your business cards and signature now that you have earned it. If you tested but did not earn a passing score and would like to re-test, contact marilyn [dot] catis [at] comsoc [dot] org via email for details and resources to aid you in your effort. Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2014 exam window.
ComSoc Training has introduced a new course on the fundamentals of 4G small cell deployments. Taught online via WebEx over four hours the course explores what small cells are and why they are needed.
Deployment challenges including topics such as radio interference, property rights, power requirements and options, backhaul concerns, spectral efficiency guarantees, scalability impacts and RF propagation control are addressed in the course. The cost is US$150 for non-members and US$125 for IEEE/ComSoc members. Each registered participant receives a copy of the instructor’s slides, access to the recording for 15 business days and 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Units which are equivalent to 3 Professional Development Hours. “Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments” will be taught on Monday, 23 December 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm (Eastern US Time zone) by Jonathan Levine.
All course content is peer reviewed and vendor neutral. Learn more about this and other courses offered by ComSoc.
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.
“Wireless industry opportunities are growing rapidly worldwide for individuals that demonstrate real-world skills and expertise in this constantly changing technological landscape,” says IEEE WCET Program Director Rulei Ting. “Leading international institutions are investing heavily in the strategic recruitment of proven professionals who thoroughly understand the complexities associated with the next wave of innovative introductions. As a result, the IEEE WCET Program has become far more than an internationally-accepted certification tool for industry and professionals. Through the dedicated efforts of thousands of experts worldwide, it has emerged alongside IEEE ComSoc Training as a driving force for helping individuals increase their professional knowledge, while enabling others to switch careers as new wireless job opportunities arise. Most recently, IEEE ComSoc partnered with noted global authorities like the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) and The Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium (MCPC) of Japan to better equip students and employees with the information needed to compete in this new world of communications.”
Huawei Invests $600 Million in 5G Research
China's Huawei has announced that it will invest an additional $600 million into 5G research through 2018 and predicted that 5G networks will be in operation by the year 2020. The company said 5G still has some technical hurdles to overcome before the networks can become a reality. [Total Telecom]
Internet of Things Offers Opportunities for Developers
The always connected world of the near future will pose enormous opportunities for developers, who will be tapped to create apps for a much wider range of devices. Analysts predict that as many as 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020 and speakers at a recent webinar say this will require a "mind shift" among developers. [Fierce Wireless]
Wireless Industry to Train and Hire Veterans
The wireless industry aims to train and hire 5,000 veterans over the next three years through the new nonprofit called Warriors 4 Wireless. The first 50 veterans have already been trained through a pilot program and have found jobs with Dynis. [Press release] Meanwhile, Verizon has been ranked the third-most veteran-friendly employer [press release] and announced a plan to hire 120 veterans in South Carolina before the end of the year. [Cellular-News]
Webinar to Cover Mobile Device Performance
Ixia and RCR Wireless will host a webinar on December 10 covering mobile device performance. The event will cover topics such as roaming, coexistence, security, unified messaging, and more. [RCR Wireless]
Huawei Hiring in Russia
China's Huawei will expand its Moscow R&D facility by hiring nearly 400 people over the coming year. The move would more than quadruple the size of the Moscow facility. [Cellular-News]
Qualcomm Announces 4k Video Chip
Qualcomm this month introduced a mobile chip called the Snapdragon 805 which the company says will support Ultra HD (4k) resolution for both mobile devices and smart TVs. Devices carrying the chip will be available during the first half of 2014. [Wireless Week]
Ericsson to Deploy LTE for China Mobile
China Mobile has picked Ericsson to deploy LTE TDD in 15 provinces in China, representing 63% of the country's population. [Cellular-News]
Juniper Networks Names New CEO
Former Verizon and Barclays PLC executive Shaygan Kheradpir has been named the next CEO of Juniper Networks. Kevin Johnson will remain the company's Chairman. [RCR Wireless]
Mobile Milestone: 2 Billion Broadband Subscriptions
Mobile broadband subscriptions grew 40% this year, finally exceeding two billion connections. Ericsson predicts that number will quadruple between this year and 2019. [Wireless Week]
Webinar to Cover LTE Roaming
Fierce Wireless will host a webinar entitled "Unraveling the LTE Roaming Puzzle" on December 11. Speakers include representatives from Current Analysis and F5 Networks. [Fierce Wireless]
Study Finds Mobile Health More Effective Than Public Messaging
Ads encouraging people to get fit feel like "lecturing," according to a study of UK consumers. On the other hand a majority of surveyed adults found that mobile health apps available through their smartphones encouraged them to be more fit. The study was conducted by Fitbit. [MobileHealthNews]
Isis Mobile Payment Platform Goes Nationwide
Isis — a new mobile-walled platform from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile — has launched across the U.S. after a year-long pilot phase in Salt Lake City. The app, which can be used at a number of retailers, has so far gotten poor grades from users. [TechCrunch]
Wireless Infrastructure Investments to Yield 1.2 Million New Jobs
The PCIA trade association has published a new report which predicts that private investment in wireless infrastructure will create 1.2 million new jobs and up to $1.2 trillion in economic growth over the next five years. The report predicts an average of 253,000 new jobs during this period – but only if local and federal governments recognize the importance of this investment. [Cellular-News]
Webinar: 2014 VoLTE Predictions
What changes will an all-IP structure bring to the wireless industry? Which carriers are close to being able to offer Voice-Over-LTE (VoLTE)? Are equipment vendors ready for the challenge? RCR Wireless will host a webinar on October 2 to examine these and other questions about VoLTE technology. [RCR Wireless]
BlackBerry Cutting 4,500 Jobs
In the face of a pending loss of nearly $1 billion for the second quarter, BlackBerry announced that it will cut about 40% of its workforce, a drop that will affect around 4,500 employees. The company also said it will reduce the number of devices it offers. [Cellular-News]
400 Million Mobile Money Users Predicted for 2018
A new study by Jupiter Research predicts that there will be 400 million users of mobile money transfer services by 2018, up from just 150 million this year. The highest growth is predicted in Asia and Africa, where fewer people have access to banks or ATMs. The report says service providers will need to concentrate on infrastructure in order to make these services viable. [Mobile Commerce Daily]
UK Needs Skilled Workers in Mobile, Cloud
The UK is facing a shortage of workers trained in mobile technologies, security, cloud computing and green IT, according to a report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The skills gap is so big it could slow innovation and growth in the region's digital industries. [Business Cloud]
100 Billion App Downloads in 2013?
Research firm Gartner predicts that mobile app downloads will increase from 64 billion last year to 102 billion in 2013. More than 90% of that activity will come from free apps, but the app market is still expected to generate $26 billion in revenue this year, compared to $18 billion in 2012. Gartner predicts the total number of downloads will exceed 200 billion by 2015. [Cellular-News]
IT Contractors Will Need Mobile Skills
Two-thirds of the UK's IT contractors will need mobile technology skills or experience by 2016, according to a report from CWJobs. The perceived need for these skills focused on areas such as wearable computing, mobile payments and mobile web traffic. The report says the pending need makes this a good time for professionals to start training themselves in their free time. [Brookson]
Webinar Offers Insight into Consumer Messaging
Do consumers prefer to use SMS, mobile email, or chat? Which of these channels work best for marketers? Is mobile messaging even effective? These are some of the topics in a new webinar, "Mobile Messaging Trends—Tapping into SMS, Mobile Email and Push." [eMarketer]
Huawei Adding 5,500 European Jobs
China's Huawei will hire 5,500 people in Europe over the next five years, the company recently announced. Huawei did not identify the nature of the new jobs, but it already employs 7,500 people in Europe. [Forbes]
Mobile in Sub-Saharan Africa to Create 3.2 Million Jobs
The governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia recently met with the GSMA to agree on common priorities to roll out mobile broadband to 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. The move could create 3.2 million new jobs in the region by 2020. (Not all of those jobs would be in mobile but many would be enabled by mobile technologies.) [ITWeb Internet]
Intel Shows Off Wine-Powered Processor
At the Intel Developer Forum earlier this month, Intel unveiled a processor that worked when dunked in a glass of wine. The electrodes got their power by reacting with the acetic acid in the alcohol. The company said this is an example of the future of low-powered chips. [Mobile]
New Fujitsu Femtocell Promises Doubled LTE Speed
Fujitsu has unveiled a new method to potentially double the speed of LTE femtocells. The new technology looks for surrounding radio interference and adapts its signal transmissions, power and frequency band to accommodate and reduce interference. [The Register]