Editor’s Picks

  1. Batteries Not Included: 3D Printed Plastic Objects Talk Via Ambient Wi-Fi

    University of Washington engineers have 3D-printed plastic objects that do not require batteries or electronics to transmit data to other devices. Instead, these objects ‘talk’ to each other using embedded antennas that reflect ambient radio signals.

  2. The Week In 5G: FCC Opens Up More Spectrum, Carriers Target 2020 Deployments, Intel-Apple Alliance Sidelines Qualcomm

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is picking up the pace in its drive to meet 5G usage in the United States by making available an additional 1.7 GHz of high-frequency spectrum, which will facilitate carriers’ plans to deploy next-generation mobile broadband services by 2020. 

  3. World Wide Radio Operators Foundation Announces KP4 Generator Project

    The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) has announced a program to help radio amateurs and radiosport enthusiasts in Puerto Rico get back on the air in the wake of this fall’s devastating hurricane damage to the island.

  4. Reaper/Predator UAV Performs In-Flight, Multiple-Spot Beam Switching On Intelsat EpicNG Satellite

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used by the United States Air Force have shown the capability to switch between multiple spot beams on the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellite network.

  5. The Week In 5G: Verizon Launching 5G Home Broadband In Five U.S. Cities, Ericsson and Nokia Ramping Up 5G Development

    Verizon plans to launch the first wireless residential 5G broadband services in three to five United States markets in 2018. The commercial launch follows 5G trials in the U.S. in the past year conducted in collaboration with telecom equipment makers, including Ericsson and Nokia, which are accelerating 5G trials globally.

  6. GAO Warns FCC That IoT Growth Could Lead To Spectrum Congestion

    The United States Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) urges the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to monitor the increasing number of high bandwidth and unlicensed-spectrum devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). GAO says this would give FCC a leg up in ensuring adequate radio frequency (RF) spectrum is available for all stakeholders.

  7. TIA Releases New Antenna Mounting Classification Standard

    The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), a leading trade association of suppliers and manufacturers in the global information and communications technology industry, has issued a new antenna mounting system classification standard in anticipation of an increase in the number and types of antennas to be deployed for 5G implementations.

  8. Massive Primordial Galaxies Found In ‘Halo’ Of Dark Matter

    Observations of two galaxies made with the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope suggest that large galaxies formed faster than scientists had previously thought.