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Sprint Details Spectrum Weighting Proposal, Maintains Caveats for 2.5 GHz

February 12, 2014 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint laid out for the FCC just exactly what it thinks a revised spectrum screen should look like, taking into account propogation aspects of a given frequency, as well as how much it will cost to deploy on that band in a given area. But the carrier also had some caveats aroudn just how much of the 2.5 GHz band...

Ericsson Emphasizes Software, Virtualization with MWC Plans

February 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson is putting an emphasis on software and cloud-based solutions, as the wireless industry moves towards virtualizing the network with technologies like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Specifically, Ericsson will be launching what it’s calling...

Broadcom Targets Low-End Smartphones with New LTE Chipsets

February 10, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Broadcom on Monday announced new high-speed LTE chipsets that target the growing demand for sub-$300 smarpthones. In a press release, Broadcom said the new turnkey reference platform supports Android KitKat and utilizes the company's pin-to-pin compatible dual-core M320 or upcoming quad-core M340 LTE System on a Chip (SoC). 

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Qualcomm Bullish on Advantages of Broadcasting Content over LTE

February 6, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks. 

Report: Half of African Population Covered by LTE by 2018

February 5, 2014 11:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

By end-2018, half the African population will be covered by LTE networks, as LTE base station deployment swells at a CAGR of 40 percent over the next five years, according to a new report from ABI Research. Abit said the LTE network population coverage will be far from homogenous across the region...

Verizon, Sequans Demo Broadcast LTE Prior to Super Bowl

January 29, 2014 1:04 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is hoping to use the upcoming Super Bowl to showcase the power of LTE. The carrier is demoing LTE Broadcast technology that can make more efficient use of available bandwidth at large events. Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) is the technical specification that the 3GPP included Release 9 of LTE.

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...

VZW Adds 1.6M Net Connections in 4Q, Unfazed by Un-Carrier Moves

January 21, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo played it cool when asked about how his company will respond to T-Mobile’s recent “Un-Carrier” moves. “We are seeing a segment of our base that is responding to the competitive offers,” Shammo said, during a fourth quarter earnings call Tuesday that was broadcast online.

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SK Telecom to Show Off 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced at MWC

January 20, 2014 9:49 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SK Telecom said it has successfully developed 3 Band LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology and plans to show off network speeds of up to 450 Mbps at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Korean wireless provider said Monday that it can combine three bands—two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz—and hit aggregated downlink rates of 300 Mbps.

Altair Supplying Single-Mode LTE Chip for HP's New Chromebook

January 15, 2014 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Isreal-based Altair Semiconductor will provide single-mode LTE chips for HP's Google Chromebooks. According to a press release, Altair's FourGee-3100/6202 chipset was selected to connect the new HP Chromebook 11.6” LTE to the Verizon's LTE network. 

Ericsson: Toll-Free Data Will See Traction

January 10, 2014 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Putting aside the net neutrality concerns of AT&T's recently announced Sponsored Data solution, Lejla Maric, director of TV and media engagement practice at Ericsson, said she believes the idea is here to stay. "We believe [this will catch on], because obviously it's a new way for operators to engage with the content providers," Maric said.

CES: AT&T Providing GM with LTE for Chevy Vehicles

January 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today announced a partnership with General Motors to get LTE inside the company’s line of Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet says it will offer the “OnStar LTE” option will first be available in the Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt lines. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV.

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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Next Generation Wireless: Riding On the Back of Millimeter Waves

December 19, 2013 9:46 am | by Renaissance Electronics and Communications | Articles | Comments

Of all the wavelengths in the spectrum used for wireless data transmission, perhaps the least well known is the millimeter wave band.  However, it is precisely this band (and the continuous bandwidth it provides) that enables wireless data transmission at speeds and bandwidth that compare to the high quality of fiber optic communication systems. 

Sprint Lights Up 70 New LTE Markets

December 16, 2013 4:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid rumors that it is testing the regulatory waters for a possible bid for T-Mobile, Sprint  Monday announced that it had turned on LTE in 70 new markets. The new markets, which include, among others, Green Bay, Wis, Orlando, Fla and San Diego. The new additions bring the carrier’s total LTE markets to 300. 

Backhaul Services - A Winning Business Proposition

December 12, 2013 12:34 pm | Webinars

The landscape of mobile networks is evolving rapidly:  LTE, LTE-Advanced, Carrier Wi-Fi, small cells, large venues, smart phones, tablets, new services, new apps, tidal waves of video.  All of these factors and many more affect how mobile networks are designed and operate, creating new opportunities for innovative Backhaul Service Providers.

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. 

When Will LTE Be a ‘No-Brainer’ for Tablet Shoppers?

November 26, 2013 3:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

When consumers are tablet shopping this holiday season, they'll likely still notice a significant price difference between the LTE-capable models and those with Wi-Fi only; Apple charges a $130 premium for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version of the iPad Air. In short, the cost of picking up a tablet with cellular connectivity is still prohibitive for many. 

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. 

Verizon Focusing on Capacity Issues in NYC, SF, Chicago

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

As the first to complete its LTE coverage, Verizon is understandably the first to see capacity issues. According to CFO Fran Shammo, it will also be the first address those issues. "I'm done with coverage build, so now, all my efforts are around capacity," Shammo said during a talk Tuesday at the...

Worldwide Mobile Broadband Subscriptions Top 2 Billion

November 11, 2013 10:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global mobile broadband subscriptions for the third quarter grew about 40 percent annually and topped two billion, accounting for a large portion of the 6.6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide. Ericsson’s latest mobility report sees the growth trend for mobile broadband continuing, predicting mobile broadband subscriptions will quadruple by 2019, hitting eight billion worldwide.

AT&T's John Donovan Talks LTE-A, 700 MHz Interoperability

September 12, 2013 9:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T's LTE-Advanced upgrade is ready to go, making faster speeds and capacity that come with network features like carrier aggregation a reality in the near future. "Our LTE-Advanced is now ready and so what that means for us is that our network is now ready to do carrier aggregation...

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...

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...

Verizon Flips Switch on 500th LTE Market

June 27, 2013 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is communicating its satisfaction today with a job well done on its LTE network. The company has dedicated the newsfeed on its website to all things LTE in recognition of its 500th LTE market. "Today, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network reaches a milestone. With the announcement...

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