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Wireless Watch 653 September 12: News from IBC and CTIA

Wireless Watch 653 September 12: News from IBC and CTIA

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Key Issues: Conference Season


  • CTIA: US carriers will accelerate 5G platforms, with or without 3GPP 2
  • iPhone 7 launch overshadows IFA, but the handset is showing its age 8
  • IBC: Ericsson allies with Google and Intel to boost media presence 13




  • Nervana and now Movidius – Intel buys up key AI platform elements 17
  • Jio unleashes free voice, data and video, bringing ‘Uncarrier’ to India 20
  • Expanded LTE-B Alliance seeks to broaden appeal and stimulate ecosystem 22
  • Intel is throwing away control of a jewel with McAfee deal 23
  • CTIA: Qualcomm seeks early NB-IoT lead with AT&T and Verizon deals 25


Start-Up Watch:

Juvo promises to make prepaid users ‘visible’ and loyal to MNOs 27

M&A Watch:

Google pays $625m for API firm Apigee, to boost cloud offerings 28

4G Watch:

Broadband Forum stimulates with remote management specs 29

4G/5G Watch:

SK Telecom opens up the IT architecture for Cloud-RAN 30

IoT Watch:

  • Alphabet forms JV focused on diabetes management 32
  • Ingenu strengthens RPMA’s bid for IoT power with u-blox alliance 33

Standards Watch:

Weightless continues to push its open IoT case with Antenova deal 35 


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