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September 2013 - Volume 5, Issue 7

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Industry News

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]



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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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