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July 2013 - Volume 5, Issue 6

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In this issue:

  • Benefits of Obtaining the IEEE WCET Certification
  • New Small Cells Course Coming Soon
  • Increase your Skills with ComSoc Training
  • Industry News


Benefits of Obtaining the IEEE WCET Certification

Contemplating if it's worth the time to get certified in something you already do every day? If you're already working in the wireless arena and no one is mandating that you earn the certification before you can actually perform your job functions, identifying the value proposition can be tricky. Here are four key reasons to justify putting in the effort to task yourself out to pass the IEEE WCET Certificaiton exam.  

  1. 1. Contributes to a higher billing rate
  2. Higher and "more" education is synonymous with higher pay grades. Hiring managers appear to be more comfortable making hiring decisions based on measurable skills. Earning a vendor-neutral, trans-national certification is valuable in today's global market.
  4. 2. Opens doors to new opportunities
  5. Having the IEEE Wireless Communications Professional designation can in some cases make all the difference. It can give you that competitive advantage or serve as a tie breaker on who gets an opportunity and who doesn't.
  7. 3. Offers international recognition
  8. Different from organiziations who certify the use of just their products, the IEEE WCET Certification Exam is vendor-neutral and trans-national in scope. The exam was developed purely on technical knowledge and practical applications. The IEEE Communications Society is recognized as being the premier international forum for the exchange of ideas on communications technologies and information networking. Committed to enabling professionals' continuing professional development to further enhance their ability to move the profession forward. This is in line with the greater IEEE mission which is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
  10. 4. Establishes credibility
  11. You can always say you know what you know but having earned the IEEE WCP credential authoritatively says you are up to date in your techical knowledge and practical skills in the seven key areas tested on the exam and outlined in the exam specifications.
  13. Applications for the Fall 2013 testing window are being accepted now through 13 September 2013. Complete yours today. There is a 2 for 1 Deal where you can purchase a seat in the September 5 Day Intenstive Wireless Training course as well as a seat for the WCET exam. Learn more about it. The 5 day course will be offered from 23-27 September. This course does not teach you how to pass the WCET exam -- it can help you prepare and with the bundled offer you also receive a free practice exam and a copy of the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge, 2d edition. 

New Small Cells Course Coming Soon

Small Cell deployments are currently emerging.  Nearly all operators agree that they are vital for survival of the wireless capacity crunch, but the dynamics of small cell deployment are quite new to the industry. Identifying what these dynamics are and their impacts to possible deployment strategies is considered extremely valuable knowledge in the industry. ComSoc Training will be offering a new course on small cells this October. Details providing a full course description, course date and registration details will be released in the next few weeks.  

Increase Your Skills with ComSoc Training

VoLTE: Convergence of IMS-based Voice and LTE
31 July 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

LTE for the Wireless Engineering Practitioner: Fundamentals & Applications
7 August 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

Introduction to Professional Wireless Communications
5 September 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

Self Organizing Networks (SON)
10 September 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practice
18 September 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

5 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course
23-27 September 2013 - 4 hours each day.

Industry News

Mobile & Cloud Computing the Hottest Hiring Areas for 2nd Half of 2013
A full 16% of employers plan to fill jobs related to mobile technology in the second half of this year, while 15% said they will hire employees for cloud technology jobs. Big data, health informatics, cyber security and social media were also hot job categories in the CareerBuilder Mid-Year Forecast. [CareerBuilder]

Healthcare Worried About Mobile Security
The healthcare industry has a lot of worries about technology, mostly focusing around mobile devices and cloud computing, according to a new survey from the Poemon Institute. The study showed a growing need to access health information on mobile devices, but a lack of understanding in how to keep patient data secure. [Mobile Health News]

Webinar: Software Strategies for Next-Generation Wireless
RCR Wireless has posted an on-demand webinar covering software and system solutions for magazine data on 3G and 4G networks. The webinar focuses on Freescale's QorIQ Qonverge base station SoC portfolio. [RCR Wireless]

Nokia Cutting 440 Jobs in "Legacy" Phones Division
As the smartphone market grows, "legacy" phone use shrinks. Nokia announced that will phase out "a maximum of 440 positions globally" from its mobile phones division. [Tech Crunch]

Fitness Apps to Grow 60% by 2017
A new report from IHS Electronics predicts that sports and fitness apps will grow 60% from 2012 to 2017, rising to 248 million installations. Many of the people surveyed said they plan to purchase wireless devices specifically for use with fitness apps. [Mobile Health News]

Smartphone Market to Double
Last year 712 million smartphones shipped around the world. This year that number is expected to jump to 897 million. By 2017, global smartphone shipments are expected to leap up to 1.5 billion, according to new research from IHS iSuppli. [Wireless Week]

AT&T Buys Leap
AT&T will acquire pre-paid cellular provider Leap Wireless for $1.19 billion, the companies announced. The deal brings AT&T five million more subscribers as well as Leap's surplus spectrum (which may be the more valuable piece of the deal). [Wireless Week]

Time Warner Adding 10,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots in NYC
Time Warner Cable will add 10,000 hotpots to its Wi-Fi network in New York City this year. The company already offers 2,700 hotspots in the city and its boroughs for subscribers. [RCR Wireless]

As Merchant Customer Exchange Prepares for Launch, Does the Market Face Too Many Options?
Dozens of big retailers have signed up to accept mobile payments through the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), and now smaller retailers are beginning to take notice. But several other options, including services from Square and Intuit, already exist. Is the market for mobile payments too fragmented? [Mobile Commerce Daily]

Meanwhile, the market for mobile payments is expected to hit $1 billion in the U.S. this year. [eMarketer]

Developers Earn Highest Revenues on iOS
A study of mobile developers from 115 countries found that those working on iOS apps earn $5,200 a month from app revenue compared to $4,700 from Android apps. But things are apparently starting to shift due to the large number of new Windows phones. The survey, by VisionMobile, found that 35% of developers are planning on working on Widows Phone apps in the third quarter, compared to just 26% planning on developing iOS apps. [Venture Beat]

Pebble Smartwatch Has High Sales (and Troubles)
The Pebble smartwatch has attracted 275,000 orders and is already available in some Best Buy stores. But the new company has had trouble fulfilling many of its orders, notably to the people who first backed the watch on Kickstarter. Pebble's problems illustrate the difficulty in launching new kinds of hardware, especially for nascent companies. [Businessweek]

LG Develops Thinnest LCD Display
At just 2.2 millimeters thick, LG says its new LCD display is the world's thinnest to date. The HD screen combines the cover glass and the touch screen layer on a single sheet. LG has not announced when products using the new display will ship. [CIO]

As Camera Market Shrinks, Nikon Looks at Mobile
Point-and-shoot camera sales are dropping dramatically as more and more people carry smartphones instead of cameras. What's a camera manufacturer to do? Nikon -- whose high-end SLR cameras is booming while compact camera sales shrink -- says it is looking at a new line of products "that will change the concept of cameras." [Bloomberg]



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June 2013 - Volume 5, Issue 5

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In this issue:

  • IEEE WCET Exam Score Reports Now Available
  • Commit to Taking the IEEE WCET Certification Exam
  • Courses to Take to Increase Your Skills in August and September
  • Industry News

IEEE WCET Exam Score Reports Now Available

Candidates who sat for the IEEE WCET Exam in April and May have been notified of their test results. Score reports are also available by logging into the account you used to submit your application. Here's a round of applause for all who took the time out of their busy schedules to prepare and test. This effort alone demonstrates your commitment to the profession. Congratulations to all those who passed. Be sure to include IEEE WCP on your signature in communications and on your business card going forward. You are part of an elite group of professionals. 

If you are interested in re-testing, contact Marilyn Catis at marilyn [dot] catis [at] comsoc [dot] org

Commit to Taking the IEEE WCET Certification Exam

Applications for the October 2013 testing window for IEEE WCET certification are being accepted now through 13 September 2013.  Once you have completed the exam application, you can then decide the day that you would like to take the exam between the dates of 29 September and 2 November.  Act now to become an IEEE Wireless Communications Professional (WCP) this year.

Curious if certification is right for you? Learn more about it online where you can also review application details and understand exam specifications to get a comprehensive view of exactly what is covered on the exam.  You’ll get a full appreciation of the breadth and depth of what IEEE WCPs know and why they stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Learn more about the certification exam application.

Increase Your Skills in June with ComSoc Training

Wireless Communications Engineering: Fundamentals & Applications
5 June 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online
Newly updated - offered for the first time online on the 10th!

LTE for the Wireless Engineering Practitioner: Fundamentals & Applications
12 June 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

VoLTE: Convergence of IMS-Based Voice and LTE
21 June 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

Self Organizing Networks (SON)
25 June 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm EST - Online

Industry News

Job Hunting Goes Mobile
Skilled employees are looking for jobs – on their mobile devices. The number of people using mobile devices to search for jobs has nearly doubled in the past 12 months, according to data from (of course) a study by a job site. The pattern indicates an opportunity for high-tech companies to make sure that their corporate job sites are mobile-ready. [Fox Business]

AT&T to Hire 5,000 Veterans
AT&T has set a goal of hiring 5,000 U.S. veterans over the next five years. The company said its Project Velocity IP will especially be a driving factor in technical hiring over the next three years. [PR]

AT&T Adds 400 Networking Jobs in North Carolina
AT&T, which already added 125 call-center jobs in Greensboro earlier this year, says it is seeking to fill 400 networking jobs in other parts of North Carolina, including 250 brand-new positions. [The Business Journal]

Ingram Micro Hires 300 in Costa Rica
Distributor Ingram Micro has opened a new cell-phone repair facility in Costa Rica, creating 300 new jobs in the process. It is reportedly the largest such facility in the country. [Cellular-News]

Sports Fitness to Grow to 56 Million Units by 2017
More than 56 million wearable sports and fitness monitors and related devices will ship in 2017, according to IMS Research. Meanwhile, shipments for 2013 are predicted to hit 43.8 million. Heart-rate monitors that strap around the user's chest were the largest growth area in 2012, although IMS predicts that sector will drop in the near future as devices that are easier to wear hit the market. [Mobile Health News]

NJ Health Accelerator Launches Six Startups
Princeton's Tigerlabs Health accelerator launched its first six startups this month. At least three of the startups are mobile health-related. [Mobile Health News]

Agilent Cuts 450 Jobs on Flat Net
Facing flat net revenues, Agilent Technologies reported it will cut 2% of its global workforce, or about 450 jobs. Electronic measurement was a particularly weak area for the company. It did not identify the nature of its eliminated positions. [RCR Wireless]

Webinar Covers Software Strategies for Next-Generation Networks
RCR Wireless has posted an on-demand webinar entitled "Software Strategies and Solutions for Next-Generation Wireless Networks." The webinar focuses on tools to complement Freescale's QorIQ Qonverge base station SoC portfolio. [RCR Wireless]

Telus to Acquired Mobilicity
Already one of Canada's largest providers, Telus will acquire Mobilicity from Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless for $370 million. The smaller company has 150 employees, whose jobs appear to have been saved by the acquisition. [RCR Wireless]

MetroPCS Lives, Expands Following Acquisition
T-Mobile will keep the recently acquired MetroPCS alive rather than absorb it into existing operations, but the company will be rebranded to focus on urban markets. MetroPCS will move into 15 new markets this year, with many more to follow in 2014. Most of MetroPCS's existing cell sites, however, will be decommissioned. [RCR Wireless]

Who Are the UK's Most Innovative Wireless Start-ups?
Cambridge Wireless and Silicon South West are looking to identify the UK's most innovative wireless startups and entrepreneurs in the fourth annual Discovering Startups competition. Five winning companies or individuals will each receive a £500 prize and an opportunity to pitch their products at the Future of Wireless International Conference in 2014. Entries are due 15 August. [Electronics Feed]

Wireless Pill Bottle Wins Innovation Prize
A prototype wireless pill bottle designed by AdhereTech has won the $50,000 top prize in the Healthcare Innovation World Cup. The bottle — which will undergo a trial at Walter Reed Army Medical Center this summer — measures medication and sends reminders to patients when it is time to take their pills. [PhysBizTech]




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