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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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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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