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Droplet Could Save Enterprise Money with Cloud-Connected Sprinkler

April 16, 2014 2:58 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Without water there are no clouds. So it seems appropriate that a sprinkler could save water (and money) by leveraging the other type of cloud. The Droplet Robotic Sprinkler is a smartphone-controlled sprinkler/timer that uses real-time weather and soil sample data along with a huge plant biology database to decide when, where and how much water to dispense to grass, plants, shrubs and trees.

IBM Hits Refresh on Its MobileFirst Initiative

April 16, 2014 2:52 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

IBM is renewing its MobileFirst initiative with a whole bunch of enhancements to existing...

Thieves in Plain Sight: No One is Immune to Data Attacks

April 15, 2014 4:05 pm | by Asif Ramji, President and CEO, Paymetric, Inc. | Articles | Comments

To some executives, the idea of crime against merchants and high-volume data breaches might seem...

Dropbox Touts Usability as Major Asset Within the Enterprise

April 15, 2014 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As the storage of files and other content in the cloud becomes as commonplace as backing up to a...

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BYOD: Staying on Top of a Mountain of Mobile

April 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Steve Durbin, Global Vice President, Information Security Forum | Articles | Comments

As the tectonic plates of your mobile workforce shift and swell, you may very well feel like you’re sitting on top of a volcano. While you might think that this is all part of your imagination, it turns out that this sense of impending eruption is well founded. 

Antenna Isolation Testing for Systems With Multiple Radios

December 10, 2013 3:40 pm | by Chris Anderson, Vice President, Engineering, Taoglas | Articles | Comments

If your product has more than one radio and at least one of them is a transmitter, your device is at risk of intermittent radio performance problems. To ensure this does not happen, or the affects of it are limited, proper antenna isolation testing needs to be performed during the design of your product. 

An FCC Update on Its Network-Measuring Speed Test App

December 10, 2013 3:37 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

It’s been almost a month since the FCC released its Speed Test mobile application and the Commission has already released some of the early data sets gathered from the app. A week after releasing the crowd-sourced cellular network tool, the FCC announced 40,000 collections of broadband measurements covering upload, download, latency and packet loss.

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Testing: Ensuring LTE Advanced Goes Without a Hitch

December 10, 2013 2:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

LTE Advanced may bring a number of novel new features to mobile networks. Carrier aggregation and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) are two aspects of the standard that have arguably created the biggest headlines recently and for good reason. 

Mobile Device Lab Testing Becomes Scalable, Smart and Subscriber-Centric

December 10, 2013 1:28 pm | by Amit Malhotra, Azimuth Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Today’s mobile user experience is driven by a complex series of interactions between networks, devices, services and applications, all of which are tested prior to products being introduced to the market.  The industry is undertaking an unprecedented number of technology changes at each of these layers. 

Keynote Opens Up Mobile App Testing with Project Pricing

December 10, 2013 12:54 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The time-honored tradition of testing mobile applications by calling up people you know and asking them to look at your app or mobile site on their device works to a certain degree. It’s also a good way to stay connected with friends but for a more comprehensive mobile testing solution, Keynote System’s DeviceAnywhere looks like a better route.

Is Wi-Fi Friend or Foe for Operators – Can the Cloud Save Them?

November 11, 2013 2:05 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | Articles | Comments

Mobile operators everywhere are at a crossroad. With their advantages of mobility slipping away, it’s time for mobile operators to identify the next generation of business opportunities that they are uniquely qualified to pursue. It’s time for operators to look to the cloud.

AetherPal Raises $6M for Live Smartphone Customer Care, Hires New CEO

November 6, 2013 2:33 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

AetherPal announced a fresh round of fundraising and a new CEO to go along with its on-device customer care cloud-based platform and application. New CEO Daniel Deeney said that the $6 million Series A AetherPal just raised—from Point Judith and New Venture Partners, Deeney’s firm—will accelerate the company’s go-to-market activities both direct and through channel partners.

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Holiday Season 2013: Capitalizing on Mobile and the Cloud

November 6, 2013 11:13 am | by Michael Masterson, Director, Solution Strategy, Compuware APM Business Unit | Articles | Comments

As consumers flock to the mobile web en masse over the next few months, not only will companies — particularly those in online retail and travel — experience more mobile web traffic, but traffic spikes will also become more unpredictable.

Checking in with IBM’s Cloud After the SoftLayer Acquisition

November 5, 2013 4:35 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

IBM’s not new to the cloud. The IT giant began accelerating its efforts in 2009. But in the competitive public cloud landscape as it is now, with Amazon on the tips of everyone’s tongue and major carriers like Verizon floating their own clouds, IBM has a new ally in recently acquired SoftLayer.

Opinion: Carriers Missed Boat on Cloud Storage but There’s Still Time

November 5, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Cloud storage provider Funambol offers a white label cloud storage solution to some of the largest operators on the planet, but the company admits that only "a fraction" of wireless subscribers are using their operator’s personal cloud service. 

4K Video is Coming and SanDisk is Making Room

October 3, 2013 4:18 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

4K video is barging its way into mobile devices regardless if their owners have any use for it. Acer has already claimed to be the first with a 4K-ready smartphone when it announced its Liquid S2 6-inch phablet. The much more anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3 followed with a 4K sensor but it can’t actually play back the 4K videos at full-size. But that’s just one of the early limitations in the new mobile 4K world.

Q&A with Bill D'Agostino, General Manager of FirstNet

September 27, 2013 11:48 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Ahead of his keynote address Oct. 9 at the Wireless Infrastructure Show, Wireless Week got FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino’s answers on some questions about the challenges that lie ahead for FirstNet and what’s being done to ensure the program’s success.

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Expediting Carrier Evolution

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

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

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

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

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

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 | Articles | 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...

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

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

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 | Articles | 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...

Femtocells Morph from Coverage to Capacity Devices

September 3, 2013 3:50 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | 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...

LTE and Wearable Tech Give Users Ultimate Personalization

August 1, 2013 4:36 pm | by By Steve Shaw, Director of Mobile Solutions, Juniper Networks | Articles | Comments

As smartphone users, we want immediate gratification and expect ultimate customization based on our preferences. We’re starting to see that dream become a reality as our smartphones evolve to offer new features like live streaming and content updates based on our app preferences...

The eICIC on the LTE-Advanced Cake

August 1, 2013 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Carrier aggregation has a lot of benefits, many of which SK Telecom touted when it in June announced its LTE-Advanced network, which it deemed the first of its kind to be publically available. Despite the carrier aggregation-based advances SK Telecom proudly proclaimed, the Korean provider was sure to point out its plans to apply enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) by 2014...

Sprint’s Tri-Band LTE Could Be a Valuable Differentiator

August 1, 2013 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The weather metaphors chosen in addressing the rise in mobile data consumption trend toward waves or, for added emphasis, tsunamis. But those are a bit misleading. Waves hit the shore and then recede into the ocean. The unprepared will be swept up but soon the tides will turn and the rebuilding can begin.

LTE Stands Alone: The Case for Single-Mode Devices

August 1, 2013 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

LTE is billed as the rocket fuel that powers our smartphones and tablets, but as coverage expands and operators begin shuttering legacy networks, it’s proving out as the global standard. That said, chipmakers and M2M providers are increasingly exploring the value in single-mode LTE devices...

Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm Strike up Small Cell Partnership

July 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm Technologies have agreed to a partnership in developing small cell technology. Reuters reports the deal is worth approximately $133 million in research funding. The two companies plan to jointly invest in a strategic R&D program to develop the next generation of Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio small cell products. The new units will feature Qualcomm Technologies' family of small cell chipsets. 

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