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GOWEX: Free WiFi for Miami

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GOWEX is adding its third ‘WiFi City’ in the US: Miami. In March 2013, GoWEX signed an agreement to deploy 2,000 Smart WiFi Zones at New York, then deployed a WiFi network in San Francisco in June of last year.

GoWEX offers free and premium WI-Fi connectivity at public places, coffee shops and public transit.

In May the company will deploy its WiFi network at Miami, covering the main city’s districts and emblematic streets through its Smart WiFi Zones. Every smartphone or tablet user will be able to get a Free WiFi connection in around 400 hotpots.

The GoWEX business model generates revenues from roaming and offloading, advertising by Geolocalization and revenues from Smart City services:

  • Advertising Incomes: utilizes its Smart Advertising platform for location-based advertising.
  • Roaming and Offloading Incomes: as a result of the 150 agreements between GOWEX and carriers participating at the Roaming Platform, as Oi Brasil, AT&T or Deutsche Telekom
  • Smart City services: incomes obtained from the smart services provided with the GOWEX Wireless Smart Cities® platform

Miami receives 12 million visitors per year and has 5.5 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, and all of them will be able to connect to GOWEX Free WiFi, says the company.

One account will work on all the WiFi hotspots. The company’s We2 application enables everybody to seamlessly roam across the network.

GOWEX Wireless Smart Cities is global model in the three American cities and at another 85 cities internationally.

As in all GOWEX networks, any user with an account will get a 1 Mbps speed connection for free and will have other Premium options.

IDC estimates that the worldwide enterprise market for Cloud-managed WLAN infrastructure and managed services is expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2018.

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FCC Gets Flack for Net Neutrality Proposal

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Under new FCC rules proposed by Chairman Wheeler, internet-service providers will be able to negotiate agreements with companies like Netflix and Amazon for priority Web service.

Wheeler said in a blog post today at the FCC, that his proposal will bar Internet-service providers from blocking legal content and requires the companies to disclose their policies to subscribers and users and prevents them from acting “in a commercially unreasonable manner to harm the Internet, including favoring the traffic from an affiliated entity.”

Google, Amazon and Netflix, part of the Internet Association, told the FCC the agency should adopt enforceable rules so their services won’t be unfairly blocked, “explicitly or implicitly.”

Michael Weinberg, VP of Public Knowledge, said Wheeler’s proposal “is not net neutrality.” The FCC is inviting service providers “to pick winners and losers,” Weinberg said in an e-mailed statement.

Policy groups that have supported rules to prevent Internet-service providers from unfairly blocking or slowing Web traffic began voicing objections to the Wheeler’s plan as elements of it became public yesterday.

Washington, DC, has long had a revolving door through which government officials exit to become lobbyists, and lobbyists enter to become government officials, notes ArsTechnica.

FCC Opens 3.5 GHz for Shared Access

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Under a proposed rulemaking, the FCC is looking to create the Citizen Broadband Radio Service that will include 150 megahertz of spectrum between the 3550-3700 MHz bands.

The FCC hopes to provide a “three-tiered access and sharing model with federal and non-federal incumbents, priority access licensees, and general authorized access users.”

“Federal and non-federal incumbents would be protected from harmful interference,” the FCC explained. “Targeted priority access licenses would be made available for a variety of uses, including mobile broadband.

General authorized access use would be permitted in a reserved amount of spectrum and on an opportunistic basis for a variety of consumer or business-oriented purposes, including advanced home wireless networking.”

The propagation characteristics of the 3.5 GHz band are thought to be a good fit for small cells.

The proposed rulemaking will build on a previously announced notice released in late 2012. That initial proposal looked at whether it will be feasible to open up approximately 100 megahertz of spectrum in the 3550-3650 MHz bands for small cell technologies, possibly on an unlicensed basis.

Today, the FCC extended the spectrum allocation an additional 50 megahertz up to the 3700 MHz band.

The proposed spectrum access system (SAS) for the 3550-3650 MHz band (3.5 GHz band) would operate similar to the TV White Spaces database in governing use of the 3.5 GHZ band.

The 3.5 GHz band is now used by the Department of Defense for radar, as well as by “non-federal fixed satellite service earth stations for receive-only, space-to-earth operations and feeder links.”

Unfortunately, the 3.5 GHz Band would be largely unusable on the east and west coasts and along the Gulf. As you can see from the slide, New England, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana; almost all of New York, Virginia, California; and half of Texas are in exclusion zones.

Phased array radars have been used by the US Navy for over 20 years. The Spy-1 phased array radar (pdf) is used for local ship defense. It uses 3.1-3.5 GHz. The Navy’s SPY-1 radiates four million watts of power, and can acquire and track targets as far out as 250 miles and as far up as low Earth orbit.

Wireless advocacy groups generally applauded the move, saying that the sharing of spectrum would promote small-cell technologies, which operate wireless networks for very small geographic locations.

The Wireless Innovation Alliance said in a press release that going through with the proposal would “benefit countless stakeholders, including public safety, small businesses, educators, and consumers through improved wireless broadband access.”

In July 2012, a Presidential Commission recommended that the Federal Government identify 1,000 megahertz of federal spectrum for shared use to create “the first shared use spectrum superhighways.”

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Dish Networks Testing Innovative Wireless Technology

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Steve Perlman, the guy behind WebTV and OnLive, says his innovative pCell wireless technology, will be tested by Dish Networks this summer.

Artemis is working with small cell vendor PureWave Networks to design and develop pCell base stations, (Personal Cells), for trial deployments, reports FierceWireless.

According to Artemis’ recent filing with the FCC, it plans to operate on Dish’s AWS-4 band, in the 2,000-2,020MHz and 2180-2,200MHz blocks.

Perlman and his new company, Artemis, hopes pCell technology can increase useable bandwidth by more than one hundred times. PCell are based on a technology called Distributed-Input-Distributed-Output (DIDO) that uses cloud-based basestations to deliver in-phase rf signals from multiple small cells.

In a DIDO network, a server sits in the cloud, in a data center. A special DIDO router (called a pWave) is used. The DIDO server takes the data from the website and generates a special radio signal for your laptop. The signals are transmitted at the same time, from different routers. These signals, rather than interfering with each other, are actually summed together by the receiving devices. So, if there are 10 devices in the same area, they would receive all 10 DIDO signals at the same time, adding them together, and end up with just the data meant for them. Or something like that (pdf).

His team got pCell working with available LTE handsets, including the latest iPhones and Samsung smartphones, so that people would not need to buy new devices if their carrier uses his technology, reports the NY Times.

Artemis recently demonstrated a pCell system streaming multiple 4K Ultra HD video streams, using off-the-shelf Release 8 LTE dongles each using the same 10 MHz of spectrum.

Dish is targeting a summer debut for its Internet-TV service in the U.S., reports Bloomberg. Charlie Ergen’s Dish wants to sell a full package of live-streaming channels over the Web. Dish is targeting 18-to-34-year-olds who only want to pay $20 or $30 a month to watch video on smartphones and tablets.

The Artemis P-cell system – if it proves practical- would seem to be a good match for “wireless cable”.

Nike Fuel: Out of Gas?

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Sportswear giant Nike is cutting back on its “NikeFuel,” brand, the array of Nike digital products, using a proprietary measurement of physical activity. The usefulness of the measurement depended on who you talked to, notes The Oregonian.

Nike confirmed to Re/code that it would make a “small number” of layoffs, but denied that it is shutting down its hardware design efforts.

Nike is not closing the doors of its 4-year-old, tech-focused Digital Sport division, says C/Net, nor making drastic moves like pulling the FuelBand SE off store shelves.

The second-generation FuelBand, released in November, will still be sold and will receive application support for “the foreseeable future,” with updated colors as well, the company confirmed in a statement provided to CNET. However, the company laid off as many as 55 engineers and other hardware and manufacturing specialists who oversaw the development of future products, a person familiar with the matter told CNET last week.

Last year, FuelBand held a 10% share of the smartphone-enabled fitness tracker market, versus 68% for Fitbit and 19% for Jawbone Up, NPD Group reported in January.

Intel reportedly has paid north of $100 million to acquire Basis, which makes wristwatch health trackers. Basis has some 7 percent of the market, says TechCrunch, versus competitor Jawbone which has 21 percent. Wearables Insider has doubts on such a rumored deal.

The annual sales of the entire, industry-wide digital fitness category, according to the NPD Group was $330 million, while Nike’s annual sales at the end of its most recent fiscal year was $25.3 billion, making it a tiny fraction of Nike’s business.

Google is rumored to be considering a smartwatch as part of the next-generation Nexus release, as is Apple.

In 2013, Fitbits, Jawbone UPs, and Nike FuelBands accounted for 97 percent of all smartphone-enabled activity trackers sold at brick-and-mortar stores or through big ecommerce sites, according to NPD Group, which tracks the digital fitness device market. Currently, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics, are providing the bulk of the sensors for wearables.

A recent report from BI Intelligence forecast a $12 billion market for wearable devices, led by wrist-worn gadgets.

AT&T To Offer Netflix Competition

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AT&T is reportedly creating a streaming video service, according to GigaOm, thanks to a $500 million joint venture with the Chernin Group, a producer of a variety of television and media content.

From AT&T’s press release, it is unclear exactly what type of content the joint venture hopes to offer.

“Consumers are increasingly viewing video content on their phones, tablets, computers, game consoles and connected TVs on mobile and broadband networks. AT&T’s massive reach on those platforms across mobile and broadband and their commitment to the online video space make them the perfect fit for this venture with us,” said Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO, The Chernin Group.

Chernin’s strategic investments in digital media companies include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Pandora, SoundCloud, Flipboard, Scopely, MiTú, Base79, Medium, and Tumblr (sold to Yahoo!), among others.

Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless plans to implement LTE Multicast technology for mobile subscribers and said it will launch “next-generation” video services on its FiOS TV platform and through a new over-top-video service, using the OnCue interactive TV technology it bought from Intel’s Media division.

Time Warner Cable will sell a $99 Fan TV box that streams cable TV and internet video. So far big hitters like Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Pandora, HBO Go, or Rdio aren’t on their content list, although there are plans to add more services “over time.”

Dish is planning a full package of live-streaming channels over the Web. A late summer release date is possible. The second-largest U.S. satellite-TV operator has already signed up Walt Disney Co. for the service last month. A&E Television Networks, Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and CBS Corp. also have spoken with Dish about Internet-TV rights, several people said.

For the first three months of 2014, Nexflix reported earnings of 86 cents per share on revenues of $1.27 billion with 35.7 million domestic subscribers. It expects non-U.S. subscribers to ultimately surpass those in its home market at some point. Netflix is approaching 50 million global subscribers, and a $1-2 price increase would raise $600 million to $1.2 billion. Netflix’s planned price hikes will allow the video streaming company to increase spending on original content.

HBO has struck an exclusive deal to allow Amazon to offer older HBO series on the company’s Prime streaming service. Competitors like Amazon Instant Video and Hulu+ could get more competition from the likes of Aereo, as well as Google, Apple, and the mega-monopoly, Comcast.

Aereo and Broadcasters square off before the Supreme Court today, with broadcasters trying to shut down Aereo saying their live broadband TV service violates copyright law.