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Published: 17 Jul 2017

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Last Chance for IEEE WCET™ Certification Exam in 2017 & Special Training Offer

8 September 2017 is the deadline to apply for the last testing window for the IEEE WCET Certification Exam in 2017.  Apply now and sit for the exam at the testing center location of your choice any time from 25 September to 21 October 2017.

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Special Offer:  The popular special 2 for 1 Deal which includes a seat in the September 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS a seat in the last 2017 testing window of the IEEE WCET Exam is now available at a discounted price.  Included in that package is the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK), 2nd Edition, which is a valuable resource for anyone working in wireless communications.  The 4-Day Intensive Wireless Communications course covers the seven key areas in wireless that practitioners working in the field should be proficient in including: RF Engineering, Propagation, and Antennas; Wireless Access Technologies; Network and Service Architecture; Network Management and Security; Facilities Infrastructure; Agreements, Standards, Policies, and Regulations; and Fundamental Knowledge.  This course will not teach you how to pass the IEEE WCET Certification exam but it is a great resource to review the areas covered in the exam.  Learn more about this special offer

Practice Exam: A 75-question online practice exam can also help you understand your areas of strength and weakness in preparation for the IEEE WCET Certification Exam. Questions on the practice test are similar to those used on the actual exam. The fee for the practice test is US$50.00. To take the exam a second time you have to make another purchase. Learn more about the practice exam.

IEEE WCP – New Logo Now Available for Use

IEEE WCPs can now more easily display their IEEE WCET Certification Credential with the new IEEE WCP logo.  Display the logo on your business cards and on your email signature to show that you are one of the elite professionals who have earned IEEE WCET Certification.  Receive your copy of the logo by emailing Tara Gallus.  Note that your IEEE WCET Certification must be up to date in order to receive the logo file.  IEEE general guidelines for use of IEEE logos on business cards need to be applied.

MCPC Celebrated in June 20 Years of Leading Wireless Industry Professionals in Japan

by Satoshi Nagano

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Congratulations on the 20th anniversary celebration of IEEE WCET Program Partner, MCPC (Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium) of Japan.  As stated by Mr. Masahiro Hataguchi, Secretary General of MCPC, "MCPC has been so successful in supporting Japanese mobile industry for last 20 years through standardization education and training. MCPC will continue to do the same thing and more for next two decades."  Established in June 1997 as an NGO, MCPC promotes mobile computing technology and industry through contributions from mobile network operators, computer hardware manufacturers, software manufacturers, and system integrators.

MCPC's MSEC (Mobile System Engineering Certification) program facilitates the validation of qualified skills of mobile engineers in Japan. MCPC also developed a certification program for IoT system engineers, which launched last year.  Now MCPC continues its partnership with IEEE ComSoc for the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (WCET) Certification exam in Japan. This partnership is one of the fruitful collaboration outcomes between the two parties since 2011.

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In June in honor of their milestone anniversary, MCPC hosted a symposium and a separate anniversary party with more than 300 participants. The MCPC Symposium commenced with opening remarks from Masahiro Hataguchi, Secretary General of MCPC followed by two memorial lectures.  The first memorial lecture titled “Toward the realization of a data-driven society” was presented by Mr. Yasuhiko Taniwaki, Director-General of the Global ICT Strategy Bureau of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (position title as of June 2017).  Mr. Taniwaki’s lecture was followed by Dr. Tatsuo Tomita, the Chairman of the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan whose talk focused on “IoT and Cyber-security.”

The 20th anniversary party began with an opening address by Dr. Yasuhiko Yasuda, Chairman of MCPC and emeritus professor of Waseda University and University of Tokyo.   Next, there were greetings offered by Mr. Masahiko Tominaga, Director-General of the Telecommunications Bureau of MIC (position title as of June 2017) and Mr. Chris Heffer, Minister-Counselor of British Embassy Japan.  Mr. Hiroyasu Asami, Vice-Chairman of MCPC, NTT Docomo Senior Executive Vice President then kicked off the party with a toast. Representatives of MCPC’s major industrial member companies such as Mr. Fumio Watanabe Chairman of KDDI Research, Inc. also spoke at the event.  Congratulatory messages from the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe as well as others from government and industry were shared with attendees.  A ceremony to announce MCPC Awards winners was one of the many highlights of the evening.

Satoshi Nagano

About the author:
Satoshi Nagano is a senior engineer with Service Platform Business Division Group of Hitachi Ltd.. He is currently in charge of business planning for IoT business. He is contributing to promote IEEE WCET examination in Japan, as the leader of WCET promotion WG of MCPC's MSEC committee. He has over 35 years of engineering experience in the wireless communication systems, from railway radio to inter-satellite communication system. He is a IEEE WCP, a MCPC Senior Mobile system Consultant (SMC) and a Professional Engineer of Japan.

IEEE WCET Recertification: Renew Your Credential

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

Recertification is required after three years for those who certified or renewed their certification in 2015 and later.  Renewal of IEEE WCET Certification is due after five years for those who certified before 2015 and upon successful recertification, these individuals will be on the 3 year renewal cycle.

Recertification can be performed by:

  • By passing the then current exam, or
  • By showing a minimum number of earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), as appropriate for the length of the current certification. 100 PDUs are required for those renewing and required to show five years of professional activities (i.e. WCP credential holders before 2015) and 60 PDUs for those renewing under the current three-year cycle (i.e. 2015 WCP credential holders and later).

All the certificates issued beginning 1 January 2017 are valid for a three-year period.

IEEE WCP credential holders who originally earned IEEE WCET Certification in 2012, are now required to apply for the recertification to keep their credential active.  

If you choose to recertify through the path of showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), the committee is confident that your experience and your 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.

Join your fellow IEEE WCPs who have already recertified and continue to maintain this valuable credential. 

Learn more about recertification now.

Upcoming IEEE ComSoc Training Courses

The full list of courses being offered through year-end is now available.  Topics include 5G, Optical Communications, LTE, Wi-Fi, Security, IoT, and more.  Discounts available on select courses for early registration or registration for related courses as a “bundle.”  View the calendar of upcoming courses now.

Industry News

Qualcomm: 5G worth $12 trillion by 2035 
As technology progresses from 4G to 5G, increased revenue and employment opportunities are projected. [RCR Wireless]

Outdoor small cells will be ‘integral’ for operator networks – especially with transition to 5G
From LTE to 5G, small cells will be in demand.  [Telecoms tech]

China set to become largest 5G market by 2025
“China is expected to represent 39% of global 5G connections by 2025, according to a new study by GSMA Intelligence and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). The study was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai.”  [enterpriseiotinsights]

5G Bytes: Beamforming Explained
“Future 5G networks will transmit data through targeted beams and advanced signal processing that could speed up data rates and boost bandwidth.”  [IEEE Spectrum]

Three examples of NFV deployments
“Network functions virtualization is spearheading a fundamental shift in the telecommunications industry. While still in its infancy, major service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Cisco are launching NFV deployments.” [RCR Wireless]

Optical Communication At Record-High Speed Via Soliton Frequency Combs Generated In Optical Microresonators
“In their experiments, the researchers … used two interleaved frequency combs to transmit data on 179 individual optical carriers, which completely cover the optical telecommunication C and L bands and allow a transmission of data in a rate of 55 terabits per second over a distance of 75 kilometers...’It is the highest data rate ever reached using a frequency comb source in chip format.’” [WIRELESS DESIGN MAG]

NATO Unveils JANUS, First Standardized Acoustic Protocol for Undersea Systems
“For decades, global standards defining Wi-Fi and cellular networks have allowed people to exchange data over the air. But those technologies are worthless below the waves, and no such standards have existed for underwater communications.”  [IEEE Spectrum]

GSMA claims mobile IoT initiative has ‘taken off’ after operator LPWA rollout
“Several of the world’s leading mobile operators, including AT&T, China Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, have launched commercial rollouts of low power wide area (LPWA) networks, with the GSMA claiming its Mobile IoT Initiative has been a success.” [Telecoms tech]

FCC to Explore Use of 3.7 GHz to 24 GHz Spectrum for Mobile Broadband
“The Commission is set to vote on a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) at its next meeting that would kick off an investigation into the use of spectrum between 3.7 GHz and 24 GHz for mobile broadband.” [WirelessWeek]

NFV revenue to reach $38 billion: Assessing the market development
According to ABI Research, NFV market revenues are projected to reach $38 billion in 2022.  “Early adopters of the technology claim several benefits to NFV-enabled systems - which include reductions in network CAPEX and OPEX, service agility, and reduced deployment times for new network elements.” [Telecoms tech]

Qualcomm Wants to Bring LTE IoT to More Wearables with Snapdragon Wear Platform 
“Qualcomm at Mobile World Congress Shanghai this week debuted a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform aimed at expanding LTE narrowband compatibility in wearable devices.” [WirelessWeek]

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