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CES 2015 has demonstrated some new and interesting mobile-related tech so far.

CES 2015 delivers a whirlwind of IoT devices

At CES 2015 there has been a small whirlwind of activity and announcements about the mobile-powered technology. In the main, it’s been about wearables and the smart watch so far, but there’s also been some weird and wonderful conceptions giving us a glimpse of what might become reality in 2015.

ZyXEL encourages businesses to ensure wifi availability to workers

UK workers worst-served by office wifi – report

A research study conducted by Taiwanese networking equipment vendor ZyXEL has claimed UK workers are among the least well-served when it comes to office wifi availability at European businesses. According to the report, ensuring employees can connect their own devices to office wifi is key to increasing productivity and job satisfaction.

ZyXEL encourages businesses to ensure wifi availability to workers

Devicescape adds security layer to virtual wifi network

Virtual wifi network specialist Devicescape has launched a security layer called Safetynet Curator, which is designed to increase the trust end-users have in its network and in public wifi in general.

The WBA claims operators are more up for wifi investment

Customer experience key driver for carrier wifi investment – survey

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has published a report on the wifi hotspot market claiming the key driver for operators to invest in this area is to improve customer experience. The annual report, which was compiled by researchers Maravedis-Rethink, also claimed operators’ overall attitudes towards wifi are changing.

UK out-of-home data on 4G and wifi stands at 35.6 petabytes per month

4G, wifi drive out-of-home data boom – report

4G and public wifi networks now account for approximately 35.6 petabytes of data consumed by the UK public when out-of-home every month, according to a report by UK government advisory firm Broadband Stakholder Group (BSG). The study found that data consumed out of the home accounts for roughly 5% of all data used in the UK, with residential broadband generating approximately 650 petabytes per month.

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Samsung WiGig breakthrough claims five-fold wifi speed improvement

Samsung Electronics claims to have broken speed barriers in the development of 60GHz wifi technology. The 802.11ad wifi standard, dubbed “WiGig”, is claiming data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 gigabits per second (Gbps), a five-fold increase on current speeds of 866 megabits per second (Mbps) through the 802.11ac standard.

T-Mo is using wifi to boost coverage at home

T-Mo USA backs wifi to plug coverage gaps

T-Mobile USA is embracing wifi as a network offload technology by making all smartphones it sells capable of HD voice over wifi (VoWifi) calling. In order to plug coverage gaps in homes and businesses the company is also making a wifi hotspot loaded with proprietary technology available to its subscribers.

SDN is appearing in more and more places

NEC, Meru work to bring SDN to enterprise wifi

The US operation of Japanese equipment vendor NEC recently unveiled a partnership with intelligent wifi architecture specialist Meru Networks to collaborate on software defined network (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless enterprise access.

All UK operators now offer wifi access on the Tube

Three joins London Tube wifi network

UK fibre network operator and cableco Virgin Media has added cellular player Three as the latest wholesale partner for its wifi on the London Underground service. By the end of July, Three customers will be able to access wifi at over 144 Tube stations for no extra cost.

3 is offloading traffic over wifi

3 UK offloads network traffic onto wifi

The UK’s smallest and most disruptive mobile operator, 3 UK, is embracing voice over wifi in an apparent effort to offload traffic from it’s cellular network. The company is launching an app, Three inTouch, which will allow customers to talk and text using a wifi connection.

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Telstra partners with Fon

Australian incumbent Telstra is set to create one of the world’s largest wifi networks under a A$100m plus deal with global hotspot network Fon.

Wifi problems due to baby monitors, audio video kit

FCC moves to beef up US wifi

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to free up more spectrum for wifi usage in a bid to help nudge the capabilities of typical installations of the technology over the 1Gbps mark.

3 is offloading traffic over wifi

RoI greatest challenge to operator wifi, says survey

Despite the range of recognised benefits available to mobile operators through wifi provisioning, there are clear concerns that the economics might not stack up. When respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014 were asked to rank challenges that operators might face in deploying their own wifi networks, return on investment was considered as the most serious obstacle by far. A total of 53.3 per cent of respondents ranked RoI six or seven out of seven in terms of seriousness (with seven being the most serious), with that number rising to almost 57 per cent among operators.

Wifi problems due to baby monitors, audio video kit

Devicescape CVN grows to 20 million wifi hotspots

Wifi offload specialist Devicescape has announced that its Curated Virtual Network (CVN) of amenity wifi hotspots has grown 82 per cent year on year to surpass 20 million hotspots worldwide. The firm added that it is on track for that figure to grow to 100 million hotspots by the end of 2017.

Alibaba looking to raise $24.3 billion investment before IPO launch

Fon raises $14m funding from investors

Wifi hotspot provider Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from several investors. It would not disclose how much each investor contributed but said that chip maker Qualcomm contributed the largest share of the total. Tech giant Google and European operator group Deutsche Telekom also contributed to the funding, along with venture capital firms Index Ventures, Coral and Atomico.

Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO at The Wifi Alliance

Enhanced carrier wifi reduces churn, improve loyalty

The majority of consumers (74 per cent) in France, Germany, Sweden and the UK are willing to switch service providers in order to gain access to seamless wifi discovery and authentication features, according to research published Tuesday. Moreover, 91 per cent said they would be more loyal to a current service provider that offered a service which incorporated these features.

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