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Report: Smartphone Apps Processor Revenue to Hit $30B by 2018

April 9, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to Sravan Kundojjala, senior analyst for Strategy Analytics, the smartphone applications processor market will be boosted by LTE-Advanced, 64-bit, multi-core and semiconductor process technologies. Strategy Analytics forecasts that stand-alone applications processor penetration in smartphones will drop to 28 percent in 2018...

U.S. Cellular Adding 1200 New LTE Sites in 2014

April 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In partnerhsip with King Street Wireless, U.S. Cellular will add more than 1,200 LTE cell sites...

Sprint's Son Pledges Spark Access, Financial Support for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Thursday at the CCA Global Expo Masayoshi Son talked about the need for teamwork...

Report: Sprint to Launch HD Voice Nationwide by July

March 26, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint has said it is committed to making the feature standard for mobile phones. It eliminates...

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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.

Video over LTE in March is Madness

March 21, 2014 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, I tuned in to the Wisconsin Badger's first game in the NCAA basketball tournament on a Nokia Icon from Verizon. The phone was a review unit, so I didn't watch for long, but I have to admit that I was impressed by the quality of the picture. In fact, I had a little bit of an epiphany around video on mobile. 

Sprint Adds 20 LTE Markets, Brings Spark to Two More Cities

March 17, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today turned on LTE in 20 more markets including Omaha, Neb., and Provo, Utah, bringing its LTE coverage total to 402 cities. Sprint also turned on its 2.5 GHz Spark coverage in Provo and Trenton, NJ, making Spark now available in 18 cities.

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Sprint, Qualcomm Test Small Cell Network at NASCAR Track

March 5, 2014 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and Qualcomm over the weekend tested demonstrated the second phase of an over-the-air trial of an LTE TDD hyper-dense small cell network at the Phoenix International Raceway. The companies said the race was an ideal venue to test the technology, as the March Phoenix race hosts a large crowd. Small cells are favored among carrier network planners as a way to increase capacity in dense areas that see a lot of traffic. 

MWC Wrap: Connecting Everything

March 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.

Testing, Testing: T-Mobile’s Mid-Size Market Weak Spot

March 1, 2014 5:02 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

On nearly a monthly basis, a post will pop up on the Madison, WI sub-Reddit asking about T-Mobile’s coverage in the city and surrounding areas. Unlike AT&T, Verizon and U.S. Cellular—whom, for better or for worse, people in Madison already know very well—T-Mobile is still a bit of a wild card here.

MWC: AT&T Announces New Vendors for Domain 2.0

February 24, 2014 11:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T detailed more specifics for its Domain 2.0 initiative, which aims to virtualize the carrier's network. AT&T said Ericsson, Tail-F Systems AB, and Metaswitch Networks LTD have been selected to begin further discussions on design and deployment of a software-based network artchitecture. 

MWC: HP Throws Hat into Virtualization Ring at MWC

February 24, 2014 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HP had launched a new NFV platform that aims to help operators reduce CapEx OpEx, while also speeding delivery of new product and services over the network. HP’s offering includes an open standards–based NFV reference architecture, HP OpenNFV Labs—the company is opening a pair...

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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). 

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...

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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.

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. 

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. 

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