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Expediting Carrier Evolution

September 25, 2013 3:31 pm | by Joe McGarvey, Director of Strategic Marketing, Genband | Comments

We tend to think of progress as a gradual, measured process. The truth, though, is that the pace of evolution almost always vacillates between barely perceptible and breakneck. It took the human species nearly three million years to graduate from poking things with sharp rocks to poking things with iron-tipped spears. 

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Q&A: Seeking Virtualization AT&T Shifts Gears from Hardware to Software

September 25, 2013 3:14 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

AT&T quietly announced Domain 2.0 late last month. While it didn't garner a lot of attention, the move represents perhaps the most significant shift in strategy for the carrier since it announced its plans for an LTE rollout. Wireless Week recently spoke with Tim Harden, president of supply chain and fleet operations for AT&T...

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Apple’s iBeacon, PayPal Gang Up on NFC’s Mobile Payment Hopes

September 25, 2013 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

It’s too early to break out the nails for NFC’s coffin. There are still plenty of uses for the technology. But NFC’s mobile payments aspirations look like they’ve suffered a death blow at the hands of Apple’s iBeacon, Bluetooth LE and PayPal.

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Review: Three Camera Phones Stand Out for Good Shots

September 20, 2013 9:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

I used to cringe when I'd see people capturing precious memories with their smartphones. Although most smartphones have megapixel counts similar to what stand-alone cameras offer, they have been inferior in lens quality and manual controls. Images have never been as good ... until now.

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The Reviews Are In: iPhone 5S

September 18, 2013 2:27 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

The early reviews of Apple's iPhone 5S are generally positive. While many say the company's new iOS 7 operating system might be enough to satiate some consumers, others say the 5S' new fingerprint scanner is reason enough to make the jump. See below for excerpts from some of the early reviews around the Web. 

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Review: Slick iOS 7 Shines on Apple's New iPhones

September 11, 2013 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

One of the best things about Apple's latest iPhones is the slick new iOS 7 software that runs the devices. But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models less incentive to buy Apple's newest products.

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Apple Unveils Pair of New iPhones, Fingerprint Sensor

September 10, 2013 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Apple today unveiled new iPhones during an event at its Cupertino, CA headquarters. The company took wraps off a cheaper iPhone, the iPhone 5C, as well the iPhone 5S, which will service as the high-end iteration of its flagship smarpthone.

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Why Wireless Millimeter Wave Radios Will Fuel the Coming Microcell Boom

September 9, 2013 3:21 pm | by Wayne Pleasant, Business Development Manager, Renaissance Electronics Corporation | Comments

With proliferation of micro and picocell base station installations, wireless millimeter wave radios are being used to solve backhaul connectivity challenges. As carriers continue to roll out LTE networks to meet the overwhelming demand for mobile broadband data services...

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Cisco VP Chris Spain Talks Advantages of 60 GHz Wi-Fi

September 9, 2013 3:14 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

When the FCC recently revised its rules for the 60 GHz frequency, network techies rejoiced at the new opportunities the decision presented in small cell backhaul technology. As Chris Spain, vice president of mobility at Cisco Systems, told us recently, the 802.11ad WiGig certification leveraging that spectrum is already showing up in products like the Dell Latitude PC.

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Overcoming the Regulatory Challenges Posed by Small Cells

September 6, 2013 1:10 pm | by Stephen Priestman, Chairman of the Small Cell Forum Regulatory Working Group & Managing Director ClearWave Consulting | Comments

The last few years has seen a rapid increase in the use of small cells in mobile networks around the globe. This is not surprising, given the various benefits which their use brings to operators, customers and society at large. For the operator, small cells bring the opportunity to extend...

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Wireless Backup Stemming Downtime Losses

September 6, 2013 11:19 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Backing up data is a necessity and a priority for most businesses but what happens when the network itself goes down? In recent years, we’ve all seen the damage brought by major storms like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. For some companies, especially those that deal with financial transactions, network downtime is simply not an option. 

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Review: Stylish Makeover for Samsung Note Phone

September 5, 2013 10:35 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | Comments

 Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3, unveiled Wednesday, has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip...

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Review: 'Mega' Phone is Huge, with Limited Appeal

September 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that...

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Femtocells Morph from Coverage to Capacity Devices

September 3, 2013 3:50 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Femtocells haven't exactly followed the course originally set for them. There was a time just a few years ago, when the femtocell was being pitched as a residential coverage extender. Conversations at conference breakout sessions went so far as to envision a portable device that could just as easily be taken to the beach as it could act as the hub for the home...

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Q&A with Steve Waken: AT&T and Preparing for the Storm

August 29, 2013 4:58 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Steve Waken, an assistant vice president responsible for AT&T’s Business Continuity Management Program, has been guiding the carrier’s disaster response efforts since 2005, which led in 2012 to the Department of Homeland Security giving AT&T its Private Sector Preparedness certification. Wireless Week recently spoke with Waken about what’s changed in his approach in the wake of Sandy.

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