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Report: Americas Need to Invest More Heavily in 5G Research

July 31, 2014 2:11 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The ITU has thus far been mum on a standards document for 5G, but that doesn't mean the race to the next generation of networks has stalled as evidenced in a recent 4G Americas summary of 5G initiatives underway around the world.  

Ericsson 2Q Beats Street, Posts $394M Profit

July 18, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Looking forward, Ericsson said that its modems business will start generating sales by the end...

Wholesale Market to Top $142 Billion by 2019

July 7, 2014 9:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

James expects this picture to change with the rise of domestic and international wholesale in...

PCIA: Pai Calls for Immediate Action on New DAS, Small Cell Rules

May 20, 2014 2:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a speech that was peppered with allusions to Bob Dylan songs, Pai noted that the times, they...

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Bell Mobility Goes Lean: Using Performance Monitoring to Cut Waste

March 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Zlatko Zahirovic | Articles | Comments

Many network teams think of performance monitoring as an insurance policy. At Bell Mobility, we see things differently. In our world, performance monitoring is a way to cut waste from our CDMA, LTE, and HSPA+ based wireless network. For decades, businesses of all types have adopted the principles of Lean Manufacturing.

GSMA: Hike in UK License Fees Could Slow 4G Deployments

January 23, 2014 1:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The United Kingdom's already stunted 4G deployments could be hindered by an increase license fees, according to a statement released Thursday by the GSM Association (GSMA). Tom Phillips, chief regulatory officer for the GSMA, said Ofcom’s proposal to more than quadruple annual licence fees for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum...

Amid Spectrum Buy, Legere Says, 'We're Smackin' the Crap out of Them'

January 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that it has reached a deal to acquire $2.4 billion worth of 700 MHz A-Block licenses. The proposed transaction also includes the transfer of certain T-Mobile AWS and PCS licenses to Verizon, which according to a press release have an aggregate value of approximately $950 million. 

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FCC Pushes 600 MHz Spectrum Auction to 2015

December 6, 2013 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now hoping to hold the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction in the middle of 2015. As recent as August, the FCC had indicated it was on schedule to hold the auction in 2014. But in a blog post today, the timeline for the auction was extended to allow more time for policy decisions...

The Potential for Mobile RAN Virtualization

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | Webinars

The mobile RAN is about to undergo a fundamental change as virtualization becomes real and mobile operators around the world start building base station hotels and C-RANs.  Using standard hardware for the baseband units together with deployment in data centers can significantly lower operating costs for the operators, as well as providing new deployment options. 

From the Magazine: Can Wireless Deliver the Internet to Everybody?

October 15, 2013 12:45 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made quite a splash in late August when he announced the launch of a remarkably ambitious project, called Internet.org, aimed at bringing high-speed Internet access to the two thirds of the world’s population that are not yet connected.

ITU: 50 Percent of all People on Earth Covered by 3G

October 7, 2013 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The ITU has published its annual report, which estimates that by the end of 2013 there will be 6.8 billion total mobile-cellular subscritions. The report, which also looks at fixed-line broadband, concluded that mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets...

FreedomPop to Sell Phones, Offer Free Data, Voice and Messaging

June 5, 2013 8:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FreedomPop is a data-only MVNO that, up to this point, has pushed its freemium service model on hotspots, routers, dongles and connected cases. But that changes soon as the company is getting ready to offer an IP-based voice and messaging service along with data on actual Android phones...

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Samsung Boasts 5G Technology 100 Times Faster than 4G

May 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung said today that it is testing 5G technology capable of data speeds 100 times faster than 4G networks. According to a press release, Samsung's new adaptive array transceiver technology will allow data to transmit at higher frequencies than currently possible...  

FCC Gives Dish OK on AWS Spectrum

December 12, 2012 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC late yesterday gave approval for Dish Network to deploy a terrestrial wireless broadband network on its holdings of what was previously spectrum reserved for satellite transmissions. The decision came concurrent with the commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an auction of the H Block, a chunk of airwaves adjacent to Dish’s AWS spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.

Avvasi Enables Ops to Improve Video QoE

December 11, 2012 11:22 am | by Brian Santo, CED Magazine | News | Comments

Avvasi has introduced a new system network operators can use to actively adjust the quality of video – per subscriber and per device. While the system could be used by any broadband provider, Avvasi’s new product (like its previous products) are aimed at LTE network operators. The company said its Q-SRV Video Service Gateway builds on its Q-VUE product, currently...

Advances In Interference Management Make LTE HetNets a Reality

December 3, 2012 10:53 am | by Ilan Vardi, vice president, product management and marketing, AirHop Communications | Articles | Comments

The dramatic success of the iPhone, data hungry smartphone competitors and other wireless devices is placing an ever increasing capacity demand on wireless networks which is only expected to worsen with the accelerated deployments of 4G networks worldwide.  

Are HetNets the Answer?

July 31, 2012 11:49 am | by Elliot Drucker | Articles | Comments

Integration of small cells into the “macro” network could be more effective than even Wi-Fi offload in solving the problem of data traffic outstripping increases in available spectrum.

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Increasing Spectrum Piecemeal with LTE

July 31, 2012 11:42 am | by Keith Mallinson | Articles | Comments

Cellular roaming was a relatively straightforward proposition for quite some time, but LTE and the myriad bands upon which it is being deployed have made the next-generation of roaming a much more complicated proposition.

Q & A: SBA’s Top Exec on the Industry, Mergers and Growth

July 30, 2012 9:15 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

SBA Communications President and CEO Jeff Stoops sits down with Wireless Week to talk strategy, the state of the industry and whether recent legislation is actually helping towers get built faster.

LightSquared Pushes FCC on GPS Standards

February 7, 2012 12:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

LightSquared is pushing the FCC to force GPS manufacturers to comply with proposed standards that would make receivers less vulnerable to interference from signals in neighboring bands.

LTE: New Services, New Devices - The Subscriber Perspective

November 15, 2011 10:50 am | by Editor, Wireless Week | Articles | Comments

With three major carriers offering LTE service today, and a fourth on deck for 2012, the U.S. has taken the lead in 4G network rollouts.

Lack of Cellular in Tablets Begs Use Case Question

November 9, 2011 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Barnes & Noble's Wi-Fi only Nook Tablet adds one more media slate to the mix that doesn't have a 3G or 4G modem at launch. The Kindle Fire doesn't have one, either.

Customer Care in the 4G World

November 1, 2011 7:33 am | by Ben Geller, Alcatel-Lucent | Articles | Comments

Consumers have already proven their hunger for smart devices and high-bandwidth applications that operate on 3G networks. It goes without saying that their appetite for these products and services will increase even more as access to 4G networks comes available.

What Mobile Operators Still Need in Next-Generation Transport

October 18, 2011 10:41 am | by Jimmy Mizrahi, ECI Telecom | Articles | Comments

The answer won't be found in the single layered systems of the past. What's needed now is a next-generation, multi-layered transport solution that can help operators make mobile backhaul a strategic asset and key competitive advantage.

Rysavy Report Counters Citi's Spectrum Claims

October 13, 2011 8:34 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Noted industry analyst Peter Rysavy is rebutting a Citigroup report that discredited the spectrum crunch.

Report: Smartphone Performance Continues to Improve

October 11, 2011 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Metrico today released its quarterly Mobile Device Roundup, an exclusive to Wireless Week...

Tech Insights - Strategies for Meeting 4G Performance Objectives

September 25, 2011 12:48 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

Elliott Drucker says it’s only a matter of time before users become disappointed with the performance of 4G networks.

Google, Sprint Launch Mobile Wallet on Nexus S 4G Phones

September 20, 2011 8:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and Google announced the rollout of Google Wallet to all Nexus S 4G customers...

Microcellular Architecture: A Mobile Operator's Answer to Future-Proofing Services

September 1, 2011 9:02 am | by Alan Solheim, DragonWave | Articles | Comments

Small cell architectures (aka, microcells) have the promise to deliver significantly higher network capacity.

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