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.

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Next-gen 5G data tech could be done long before 2020

5G mobile technology will start to get defined "in real terms" by the end of this year, Suri said at a press briefing Sunday on the eve of Mobile World Congress.

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Ericsson working with AWS to make carriers more agile

Ericsson and Amazon Web Services are partnering to help service providers use the AWS cloud to quickly roll out and expand services in areas like the Internet of Things.

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Another IoT group? OCF may really be the one to make it all work

Major companies in the Internet of Things have formed the Open Connectivity Foundation, a group that could have the critical mass to make all embedded devices in homes and companies talk to each other.

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Ruckus says OpenG can make LTE work better indoors

Ruckus Wireless wants to become an LTE network vendor, supplying gear for indoor networks that could belong to a service provider, an enterprise or a building owner.

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The hottest item at Mobile World Congress won't be for sale

In Barcelona, you really can buy happiness. (It's called Iberico, a delicious Spanish ham.) But you can't buy unlicensed spectrum, and yet it's going to be the hottest thing at Mobile World Congress next week.

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LTE shows it can slim down like the cool kids for IoT

On Tuesday, cellular chip maker Sequans Communications announced what it called the first chip for LTE Category M, an emerging LTE variant for low-power IoT gear like utility meters, factory sensors and wearables.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.