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The IIoT: Limitless Potential and Steep Challenges

October 23, 2017
The Industrial Internet of Things is a huge step for commercial, industrial and other complex and dense environments. The challenges are real and substantial, but the progress toward implementation seems steady.
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Wi-Fi Vulnerability Dire Because It Is in the WPA2 Security Standard

October 23, 2017
A serious weakness has been discovered that endangers Wi-Fi users. The problem is made worse by the fact that the problem is in the WPA2 standard, not a specific device or network.
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Who Will Control 5G Antennas: Municipalities or States?

October 19, 2017
The highest profile challenges to 5G are technical. However, inserting a layer of antenna between end-user devices and the macro cell towers across the country is a huge task.
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Full 5G Not Just Around the Corner

October 17, 2017
It is still too early to say with any certainty how 5G will roll out, but news items and commentary during the past few weeks reinforce the idea that the rush toward 5G is accelerating.
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Perhaps Autonomous Vehicles’ Estimated Time of Arrival Should Be Pushed Back

October 16, 2017
Many questions remain, on many different topics and levels of difficulty, about autonomous vehicles. Perhaps it would be wise to take our foot off the gas pedal until these questions are answered.
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DoJ Could Nix a Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

October 13, 2017
T-Mobile and Sprint, the third and fourth largest wireless companies, have been discussing merging for a long time. Those talks have heated up recently.
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MEF, ONAP Collaborate to Make Virtualization Work Across Discrete Networks

October 13, 2017
Making virtualization work across carrier domains is a vital piece of the overall puzzle. The MEF, with the help of ONAP, are working to meet that challenge.
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AT&T Virtualizes XGS-PON OLTs with VOLTHA 1.0

October 10, 2017
AT&T took a significant step by providing the Optical Networking Foundation (ONF) with version 1.0 of its VOLTHA specification.
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Telecommunications Facing Many Energy Challenges

October 9, 2017
The relationship between telecommunications and energy holds many tensions and sweeping threats.
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AT&T, Verizon Lead Fiber Spending in the U.S. and Want People to Know It

October 6, 2017
It may not be surprising to learn that AT&T and Verizon are spending the most money on fiber in the United States. What is noteworthy may be that they are being public about it.
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Tackling the Challenges to NFV Deployment

October 5, 2017
Deploying virtualization is very complex by itself. The task of transitioning legacy networks built over decades to operate quite differently makes the task even more difficult.
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Mobile Augmented Reality Could Be Next Killer App

October 4, 2017
Mobile AR seems poised to be the killer app that the mobile sector has been seeking for years.
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What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean?

October 3, 2017
What is artificial intelligence? It is a deceptively simple question. Quite possibly, the confusion is centered on the precise use of the word intelligence.
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Google Fiber: Changing or Winding Down?

October 2, 2017
Perhaps the business is harder than anticipated or competition has increased and Google Fiber no longer is needed.
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Puerto Rican Cell Infrastructure Devastated by Hurricane Maria

September 29, 2017
The fracturing of the electric grid in Puerto Rico means that the cell towers more or less are all off line.
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SD-WANs Advancing, but Still an Immature Industry Segment

September 28, 2017
SD-WAN is a hot area for vendors and service providers.
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First Responder Networks Must Interoperate

September 26, 2017
It is more or less impossible to be against creation of an effective and efficient emergency response network, so a lot of recent progress can all be put in the good news column.
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Gfast Is Fast, and Will Be Even Faster Soon

September 26, 2017
Gfast appears to have arrived. In some instances, it will greatly increase the capacity of end-to-end twisted pair copper circuits and in others, it will provide variations of fiber-dominated approaches by increasing capacity of the non-fiber portion of the connection.
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Across the Sea: New Transoceanic Cables Linking the Globe More Tightly

September 25, 2017
New transoceanic cable projects are making news.
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