Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

LTE unlicensed

Qualcomm's new LTE modem hits a gigabit and touches the future of mobile

Qualcomm's Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem, coming to devices in the second half of this year, is the company's first chip for both forms of unlicensed LTE, the technology for putting cellular signals on frequencies like those used by Wi-Fi.

20151005 cisco chuck robbins

Stock-market jitters have rocked network spending, Cisco says

The world's financial markets got off to such a rough start this year that some enterprises froze plans to upgrade their campus networks, according to Cisco.

MWC

5G dreams in Barcelona: Cars, robots and VR games

Practically every mobile vendor and service provider at Mobile World Congress will have demonstrations -- or at least visions -- of what they think the future 5G mobile standard will be able to do.

20160128 starry window antenna

5G might be your next home broadband service

An AT&T regulatory filing last week shed light on a lesser-known aspect of the emerging 5G wireless standard that could be a boon to some consumers: Home broadband.

20151005 cisco headquarters sign

Cisco-Jasper deal should make enterprise IoT safer

Cisco Systems' planned US$1.4 billion acquisition of Jasper Technologies could make it easier for enterprises to start making money from services instead of products.

20151005 Cisco headquarters sign

Cisco will get stronger in IoT by buying Jasper for $1.4 billion

Cisco Systems plans to acquire Internet of Things platform company Jasper Technologies for more than US$1.4 billion, giving the networking giant an even larger role in enterprises' growing use of IoT.

20160202 ericssson hq stock

As 5G approaches, 3G and 4G are still getting faster

Most of the excitement at Mobile World Congress this month will be about 5G, which won't officially exist until 2020. But vendors will also be showing off new ways to speed up the 3G and 4G networks most people are using today.

20151005 Cisco headquarters sign

Arista just lost a patent round against Cisco and could face an import ban

Cisco Systems has won the latest round against rival networking vendor Arista Networks at a U.S. trade agency that could block importation of Arista products.

Rajeev Suri

Nokia's IoT security tool takes in the whole network

Nokia is taking the principle of "united we stand" to the Internet of Things with a platform that can harness systems from multiple vendors for network-wide security.

Ruckus Wireless HQ sign

Forget about LTE hurting Wi-Fi and think about using it in your business

Controversial technology that lets LTE networks use unlicensed spectrum could become a trusted part of the enterprise IT toolkit in a few years.

20160128 starry window antenna

Where Starry Internet dreams of a gigabit, others have found a harsh reality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that broadband networks are growing too slowly to meet the country's needs. A startup called Starry launched this week promising to roll out broadband faster using wireless, but the track record for companies doing that isn't good.

20160127 verizon super bowl fence

Verizon is building for the Super Bowl and staying for the boom

Verizon Wireless is installing nearly 100 cells to make sure its network can handle the crush of a million or more fans around this year's Super Bowl in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ulf Ewaldsson

Ericsson has a 5G phone, and it weighs 150kg

If you're aching to get your hands on your first super-fast 5G phone, the good news is that Ericsson already has one. The bad news is, it weighs 150kg.

20160125 johnson controls

An unsexy merger could make your building more cool

The names Johnson Controls and Tyco International don't generate the kind of excitement buzzing around some companies in the Internet of Things, but the merger they announced Monday could create some sparks.

20160122 wi next cookie factory

AI is coming to factories as IBM works with IoT startup Wi-Next

Internet of Things startup Wi-Next will add IBM analytics to its systems for industrial quality control and predictive maintenance.