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May 2016 - Volume 8, Issue 3

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The IEEE Wireless Communications Professional (WCP) News provides the latest information to help you manage your career.  

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IEEE-WCET: Adapting to the New Realities and Demands of a Dynamic, Fast-changing Wireless and Mobile World with a Sustained Competitive Edge.

by Souma Badombena-Wanta, IEEE WCP

As the Telecommunication industry grows and evolves creating new opportunities and challenges, there is an imperative need for its various engineers, scientists and technologists to keep abreast of new developments, complement their knowledge, augment their skills and stay on the continuous path of learning in order to better drive the industry forward. I believe the introduction and inception of the IEEE WCET Certification Program caters to that growing need for wireless telecommunications practitioners in not only enhancing their knowledge and adapting to current demands and changes, but also to advance and further their professional careers through a well-implemented opportunity of passing a standard examination that will grant them a worthy and valued credential. As a practicing engineer within the Mobile and Wireless telecom field I have felt the need to pursue IEEE WCET certification.  It was such an appealing proposition for my career advancement and for the high caliber it presented through its content and structure.

The increasing growth and proliferation of mobile and wireless technologies combined with the fast paced change of trends, paradigms and explosion of opportunities warrants a call for a new breed of skillful, talented and knowledgeable engineers and technologists.  These practitioners should be equipped with both the core, fundamental knowledge of the wireless domain, and the latest information, practices, and technologies of the industry in order to best carry out their duties in full competency and professionalism, solving complex problems and delivering innovative solutions and products. The IEEE WCET Certification responds to such a need and imperative by setting a high standard and level of knowledge aptitude and proficiency that can conveniently match or fit the state and demands of the current and future technological developments of the wireless sector.

Speaking of the benefits of such a credential, they are manifestly and virtually countless. The IEEE WCP certification provides a wireless practitioner with the ultimate asset and professional leverage; and it comes as a validating credential that enhances the background and career of an engineer practicing within the field of Wireless Communications Engineering and Technology. Moreover, pursuing and achieving the certification offers the opportunity to bolster one’s knowledge capacity, proficiency and intellectual aptitude.  From the outset, the WCET Certification program has been gaining increased interest from professionals in the industry as I noticed key leaders and practitioners in the field earning the credential. More than encouraging my fellow Engineers in the industry field to take the IEEE WCET Certification Exam, I’d urge them to deliberately consider it and utterly go for it.  Through embracing the challenge of studying and learning, knowing that they are first, gearing up for an enriching learning experience, and second, pursuing a truly solid and tremendous credential to attain.  This certification can give them a competitive edge especially in these very times of a mobile and wireless technology boom and may offer countless career advancement opportunities. I believe it is totally worth the time and effort commitment.

Souma Badombena-WantaAbout the author:

Souma Badombena-Wanta
Souma Badombena-Wanta is an engineer currently working as a senior Systems & Products QA Engineering Consultant at a top Telecommunications company. He has a sound technical background in Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications with earned academic and professional credentials including, most recently the IEEE-WCET Certification (WCP). His technical interests include but are not limited to Mobile Embedded Systems, Mobile Multimedia Computing, Interactive Telecommunications, Mobile Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things. (To learn more visit: )


Applications Now Being Accepted for Next IEEE WCET Exam Period

If you plan on taking the IEEE WCET Certification Exam in 2016, you can now submit your application for the next testing window.  Applications are being accepted now through 9 September 2016.  The last testing period for 2016 will take place from 26 September through 21 October 2016.  Apply Now!


Spring 2011 IEEE WCPs: Your IEEE WCET Renewal Deadline Has Been Extended!

A message from Dr. Mohamed M.A. Moustafa, Chair, IEEE WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee.

Responding to requests from many WCP credential holders who originally earned IEEE WCET Certification in Spring 2011, the IEEE Communications Society WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee has extended the recertification deadline to 31 October 2016. To keep your credential active, you will need to renew your certification before this extended deadline.

If you choose to recertify through the path of showing earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), the committee is confident that your experience and self-development during the last five years will meet the criteria for recertification.  Should you have any difficulty completing the application form, you can send us your up-to-date resume and we can help you fill out the application.

An alternate option to recertify is to sit for the WCET Certification Exam during the next testing period, from 26 September – 21 October 2016.  Should you choose to recertify by taking the exam, your request must be received no later than the end of the current application period which closes on 9 September 2016.

Join your fellow IEEE WCPs who have already recertified and are maintaining this valuable credential.  Learn more about recertification now.


Essential Foundations, Recent Advancements, and Future Outlooks:  IEEE ComSoc Training Delivers the Information You Need for your Professional Continuing Education

Always including the most up to date information, IEEE ComSoc Training courses not only provide participants with access to leading industry expert instructors but consistently customers report high satisfaction with these offerings.  Discover your next wireless professional learning opportunity here.

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Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture

8 June 2016

Enabling Wireless Towards 2020

15 June 2016

Wireless Positioning and Location Technologies

13 July 2016

Introduction to Professional Wireless Communications

27 July 2016

Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Road to 5G

20-23 September 2016

4 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course

28 September 2016

Wireless for the Internet of Things (IoT)


Industry News

Who’s hiring Wi-Fi engineers?
A snapshot of the companies who are hiring “engineers familiar with Wi-Fi in positions focused on hardware, software and networks.” [RCRWirelessNews]

Superstorm Sandy Bears Positive Fruit: The Wireless Network Resiliency Coop
Group of U.S. carriers team up to “share information and advance wireless network resiliency before, during and after disasters and emergencies.” [Inside Towers]

Massive MU-MIMO Technology Tested to Increase Spectrum Capacity by 1,000x
“Researchers at Rice University have won a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct the most extensive research of wireless technology in this capacity to date. The research would use base stations that accommodate 100 antennas or more to send data to users.“ [TelecomEngine]

ABI: IoT to account for 28% of wireless connectivity IC market by 2021
“Smart home, beacon, wearable and other nascent Internet of Things (IoT) applications will propel the wireless IoT connectivity market, with IoT to account for 28 percent of the wireless connectivity IC market by 2021, according to ABI Research.” [FierceWirelessTech]

Alarming Security Defects in SS7, the Global Cellular Network—and How to Fix Them
“The global network that transfers calls between mobile phone carriers has security defects that permit hackers and governments to monitor users’ locations and eavesdrop on conversations.” [IEEE Spectrum]

Epic 2 GHz SDR Transceiver Gives Glimpse into 5G Future
“National Instruments (NI) last week unveiled the world’s first software defined radio (SDR) for millimeter wave spectrum, and good gracious is it a beast.” [WirelessWeek]

DARPA: Help Us With Machine Intelligence For Wireless Devices
DARPA, the U.S. government agency responsible for technologies such as the Internet, GPS and voice recognition, issued the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), and “is soliciting a solution to the increasingly-overcrowded electromagnetic spectrum.” [Forbes]

FCC Reaches 126 MHz Spectrum Target
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today credited broadcasters’ strong participation and willingness to sell off their TV spectrum for the agency meeting one of its key spectrum targets for the upcoming airwaves auction. [Inside Towers]

Mobile Forensics CEO Proposes Controversial Access Tech for Smartphones
“The CEO of a mobile forensics company has proposed a controversial “backdoor” solution based in public key cryptography that he says represents the best possible compromise” on how best to weigh the privacy and security of citizens in such cases like the recent dispute between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of the iPhone 5C held by a San Bernardino shooter.” [IEEE Spectrum]

Verizon, Telstra, KT and EE form LTE-B Alliance in move to bolster device support for LTE Broadcast technology beginning in 2017
Partnership focuses on device support beginning in 2017. [RCRWirelessNews]

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