Well, we are two weeks out from the Barcelona behemoth known as Mobile World Congress and news rumblings around 5G and IoT are starting to pick up. Next week, I expect The New IP news desk to be bombarded with pre-show announcements as companies jockey to get their news out ahead of the rush.
Still, this week saw its fair share of news, especially around 5G and IoT -- it's a sign of things to come. Here are the highlights:
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is planning to start 5G tests in Austin, Texas, according to Dan Jones, mobile editor at Light Reading. "AT&T is asking the FCC for a three-year license to test 5G wireless technology in Austin," writes Jones. "Wireless consulting engineer Steve Crowley spotted the filings and posted them on Twitter. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to test technology that could become 5G at 3.5GHz, 4GHz, 15GHz and 28GHz."
According to the filings, AT&T is seeking permission "to begin conducting these experiments now to allow for trials before the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G standards are finalized in the 2018 to 2019 time period," he notes. (Read more at AT&T Wants to Start 5G Tests in Austin.)
Also on the 5G front, Light Reading's Jones has been digging into Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) 5G ambitions, finding two job postings looking for candidates with experience in millimeter wave (mmWave) radio among their skillsets. At the same time Google Fiber Inc. is also looking for an RF engineer to help design microwave and mmWave circuits and systems, according to Jones.
"The Google Fiber job suggests that the company might be looking at the feasibility of hybrid fiber and wireless systems, with super-high speed wireless links providing backhaul," he writes. "As Google has got deeper into wireless over the last years, it also makes sense, for a company with pockets as deep as Google's are, to be at the cutting edge of mobile development. 5G work gets Google new patents and a seat at the table with others developing the new standard." (Read more at Google's 5G Radio Ambitions Are Expanding.)
In the Internet of Things (IoT) world, this week Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) announced that it was acquiring Jasper Technologies, a privately held company that delivers a global, cloud-based IoT service platform for enterprises and service providers, for $1.4 billion. Writes Light Reading's Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, "Jasper allows companies to connect any device – 'from cars to jet engines to implanted pacemakers' -- via the cellular networks of global service providers and manage connectivity through Jasper's SaaS platform." (See Cisco Buys IoT Cloud Provider Jasper for $1.4B and Cisco Looks to Jasper Acquisition to Transform Enterprises – & Itself.)
Finally, there's good news for women in the industry. Sarah Thomas, director of Light Reading's Women in Comms, writes on Light Reading that "Intel achieved parity in its pay between genders in 2015, a feat that shouldn't be noteworthy except for the fact that women in the US still tend to make 78% what men make..."
Thomas continues, "Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) revealed the accomplishment in its 2015 Diversity Report, updated Wednesday, covering year one of a five-year plan to improve diversity at the chip giant. At the end of the year, of its workforce of over 53,000 employees, women made up 24.8%, up 5.4% from 2014, 20% of its technical staff, a 5.8% increase, and 17.6% of its leaders, up 14.3% over last year." (See Intel Closed the Gender Pay Gap in 2015.)
That's the wrap up from The New IP's news desk, folks. To those of you watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, don't forget about all that New IP technology at work behind the scenes at Levi's Stadium. (Read all about it at Super Bowl 50: New IP Tech Behind the Big Game.)
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