Emissions – Vol. 3, No. 3

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your September 2016 edition of the Emissions monthly e-newsletter, which summarizes some the latest developments in software-defined radio technology from the New England area and around the world. If you have something to share with the rest of the SDR-Boston community, please drop us an email via sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Upcoming Events

Save-the-Date: SDR-Based LTE Workshop on 3rd October 2016

Nutaq will be organizing and hosting a workshop, entitled “Discover SDR-Based LTE & Pave the Way to Smarter Testing” on 3rd October 2016 in the New England area (located to be determined).  For the latest details of this workshop, please check out the following link!

Local News & Announcements

Interested in Posting an Announcement in Emissions?

Have something to share with the New England SDR community?  Hosting an upcoming SDR-related event or seminar somewhere in the region that is open to the public?  If so, let us know!  The SDR-Boston Emissions e-newsletter is sent out on a monthly basis, and it is a great way of informing the New England SDR community about the latest news, events, and activities focusing on SDR technology and applications. Best of all, it is free to post!  Email us at sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu with respect to including an announcement in an upcoming Emissions.

SDR News from Around the World

Court rejects challenge to aspect of FCC’s spectrum sale

A federal court on Tuesday ruled against a challenge to part of the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing process of reassigning valuable wireless spectrum to mobile providers. Find out more by clicking here.


Titus II DRM Receiver Unveiled

During an August meeting of the shortwave group, HFCC, the PantronX Titus II Digital Radio Mondiale receiver was unveiled. A full software-defined radio system that is built within an Android tablet,  the Titus II has a 100 kHz–2 GHz receiver onboard and decodes AM, FM, SSB and DRM natively. Find out more by clicking here.


Why Was Dish Network Interested in LightSquared?

For a company like Dish Network (DISH), wireless spectrum licenses are a valuable asset. Since 2008, the company has invested ~$5 billion in acquiring wireless spectrum licenses. Dish was asked on its 2Q16 earnings call about the possibility of its buying more spectrum in the secondary market, similar to its bid for LightSquared in 2013. Find out more by clicking here.


Lime Micro Partners with ASE Group to Introduce a Customized Software Defined Radio Chip for LimeSDR Developers

Lime Micro has announced a manufacturing partnership for the LimeSDR product line with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (TAIEX: 2311) (NYSE: ASX), the leading provider of semiconductor packaging and testing services. As part of the agreement, all the LimeSDR boards pledged during the recent successful crowdfunding campaign and any boards bought up before the end of September, will have a customized ‘I backed LimeSDR on Crowd Supply’ logo on the recently released LMS7002M Lime chip. Find out more by clicking here.


Wireless lobby reassures critics on demand for spectrum sale

A major Washington wireless trade group on Wednesday said that participation in the first part of an historic spectrum sale had been robust, even though it did not hit a key target. Bidding ended late Tuesday in the first stage of an auction of wireless spectrum by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — the frequencies that carry data to mobile devices from broadcast stations to mobile providers and other buyers. Find out more by clicking here.


5G Wireless Tech Outlook Is in the Eyes of the Beholder

While a trade group believes 5G is progressing, a PwC consultant has concerns about the high-speed wireless networking technology’s future. Find out more by clicking here.


Comcast Toys with Plans to Enter the Wireless Space

There’s been widespread speculation that Comcast (CMCSA) is prepared to compete with telecom providers such as AT&T (T), Verizon Communications (VZ), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint (S) in the wireless space. These speculations arose when the company filed a bid to participate in the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) 600 MHz (megahertz) broadcast television spectrum incentive auction in 2016. Find out more by clicking here.


Philly TV stations face secret auction of their airwaves; Comcast could be a buyer

Telecom carriers bid $864 million for TV airwaves in Philadelphia in the first round of a secretive federal auction that transfers wireless spectrum from NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, and other over-the-air TV networks to wireless carriers for data-consuming smartphones. Find out more by clicking here.


Trump’s Telecom Policy? Who Knows?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different views on technology and innovation policy, according to a new report from a nonpartisan policy think tank. And when it comes to telecom policy, specifically, the Democratic presidential nominee has laid out some very specific plans around wireless spectrum, broadband funding and even the Internet of Things, while the Republican candidate has been largely silent. Find out more by clicking here.


AT&T Testing 5G Service On 3.5 GHz Spectrum

AT&T Laboratories has applied with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an experimental license to test 5G radios with integrated adaptive, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) antennas transmitting in the 3.5 GHz range. Each 12-pound radio unit consists of a transmitter, a receiver, and an integrated adaptive beamforming antenna, and will be housed in a weatherproof outdoor enclosure, according to the FCC filing by AT&T. No more than ten radio transmitters (two types of radio mounts, shown in Figs. 1 & 2) will be installed at outdoor locations in Cumming, Ga. and Atlanta, Ga. Technical specifications for the radio stations in each location are provided in FCC Form 442. Find out more by clicking here.


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