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Fujitsu Launches BroadOne GX4000 eBand Radio

August 28, 2014 9:21 am | Videos | Comments

Fujitsu has announced the BroadOne GX4000 E-Band Radio for the North American market. Operating in the 70 to 80 GHz band, also known as the E-band, the BroadOne GX4000 Series is the only product of its kind using Fujitsu’s patented Impulse Radio Technology to achieve impressive 3 Gbps transmission rates and ultra-low latency.

T-Mobile Offering Unlimited Data for Poaching Customers

August 21, 2014 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that customers who “rescue” subscribers from AT&T, Sprint or...

Wideband LTE’s Time is Now as Carrier Aggregation Waits in the Wings

July 31, 2014 3:36 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Carrier aggregation is only one component of the emerging LTE-Advanced feature set but it’s...

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...

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Elastic Cell Tech One More Brick in Road to 5G

July 30, 2014 3:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Elastic Cell, also called Flexible Cell, could mean more seamless data transmission by mitigating degradation that can occur when the handset moves across cell boundaries, something that could become more important as we move to networks composed of thousands of small cells. 

Nokia Trials TV Broadcasts Over LTE

July 29, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Hossein Moiin, chief technology officer at Nokia Networks said in statement that his company believes LTE Broadcast is a technology well suited to distribute TV and broadcast services and will help "expand the benefits of mobile internet to everyone while evolving the TV viewing experience.”

A Roadmap for Spectrum Sharing

July 24, 2014 3:01 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

The growing difficulty in identifying new spectrum for the exclusive use of wireless networks, and the length of time the reallocation process takes, has precipitated a growing interest in using shared spectrum for offloading some broadband network traffic.

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Unloading of Handset Division Boosts Nokia's Forecast

July 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia Networks said that its forecast has improved on operational efficiencies gained from the sale of its handset unit to Microsoft. The company expects underlying profitability for Networks to be at or slightly above its long term target range of 5 to 10 percent for the full-year 2014.

Maintaining the Network: Staying Ahead of Data-Hungry Applications

July 22, 2014 2:27 pm | Webinars

Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, as we take an in-depth look at how mobile applications are consuming the network and how operators, vendors and developers can respond to demand. Through testing and monitoring, operators can be clear on how an app will use its data connection before it even reaches the network.

Bluegrass Cellular Announces Timetable for LTE Network

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Bluegrass Cellular will complete its LTE rollout by late next year the company announced in a press release today. Bluegrass lit up its first markets back in November of 2012, which was made possible through its participation in Verizon's rural LTE program.

Analyst Poll: Nokia 2Q Margins Headed South

July 21, 2014 8:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Of the 18 analysts who gave their rating on Nokia stock, Reuters reports that eight were positive, seven negative, and three neutral. Nokia is up against a rising Ericsson, which despite curtailing LTE rollouts in the United States, still managed to beat second-quarter expectations for revenue and margins. 

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 of the year, as one of its modems will be featured in smartphones and data devices. Ericsson also said that a number of key contracts and a better business mix will lead to higher sales in the second half of the year. 

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Verizon AllSet Prepaid Plans Now Open to LTE

July 16, 2014 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Allset plan offers unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of data for $45 monthly. Verizon is offering to double the data to 1 GB for customers who sign up for auto-pay. And if subscribers need more data, they can add on 500 MB for $5 or opt for bridge data expansions that last 90 days. Those run $10 for 1 GB and $20 for 3 GB.

AT&T Puts Data in the Driver's Seat

July 15, 2014 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

"Each individual automaker will decide what's the best choice for them," Penrose said, noting that while GM is leaning heavily on AT&T's existing offerings-including day passes for those that don't want to commit to using data all the time-other automakers, like Tesla, have decided to include, or subsidize data, in the purchase price of the car. 

Report: Bumps in the Road for Connected Cars?

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by Iain Gillott, Founder and President, iGR | Articles | Comments

With a slew of announcements from OEMs, mobile operators and technology vendors in the early part of 2014, the connected car market is picking up momentum.  In addition to announcements, a wider range of vehicles with new connected car capabilities, including LTE, are promised in 2014, with more to come in 2015 and beyond.

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 Asia-Pacific. “We expect at least one Chinese carrier to be among the top 20 wholesalers by revenues in 2019, although North America and Europe will continue to dominate the list.”

Vermont's VTel Targets Rural Areas with Wireless Broadband Service

July 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Beth Garbetelli, Associated Press | News | Comments

On Tuesday, VTel rolled out a statewide high-speed communications network in Hardwick that will serve sections of rural Vermont. Officials think it can be the first step in a wave of increasing technological capabilities for the state. A wireless network will reach more than 20,000 homes and businesses in...

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Semantics Aside, IoT Offers Huge Possibilities

June 11, 2014 1:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Granted, IDC defines IoT broadly, as a "network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity – be it 'locally' or globally." But perhaps the that kind of obtuse definition only speaks to the impermanence of the term and not the underlying technologies that are driving the market for these types of solutions.

Mobile Broadband Subscriptions Up to 2.3 Billion in 1Q

June 3, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global mobile broadband subscriptions grew 35 percent annually to reach 2.3 billion in the first quarter, according to the latest edition of Ericsson’s annual mobility report. The rate of growth is down slightly from the 45 percent Ericsson observed last year.

Annual PCIA Conference Highlights Growing Network Investment

May 18, 2014 9:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wall Street can rest assured that investing in the networks does have result in a return for investors. According to a new study commissioned by Ericsson, a 10 percent increase in CapEx by carriers in the U.S. resulted in an average 5.1 percent increase in service revenues and a 6.8 percent increase EBIDTA. 

Report: Verizon Launching AWS LTE Network May 19

May 14, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In its quest to boost LTE capacity, Verizon will reportedly on May 19 launch its AWS LTE network, branded XLTE. Droid Life cited unnamed sources confirming the reveal date and that the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 would be able to grab hold of the network straight away. Verizon customers in AWS markets should see up to twice the LTE capacity and faster peak speeds, according to the report.

The Evolution of NFV – Maximizing Long-Term Benefits

May 8, 2014 3:00 pm | by Leonard Sheahan, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Communications | Articles | Comments

Network function virtualization (NFV) is a CSP-led industry movement intended to help them accelerate the convergence of their IT and network domains. NFV’s promise is in its ability to shorten the development cycle and ultimately help lower capital and operating costs. 

Mobile Operators Should Be Enterprising with VoLTE Strategy

May 7, 2014 4:28 pm | by Michael Tessler, President and CEO, Broadsoft | Articles | Comments

The opportunity for mobile operators to capture enterprise customers and revenues is tangible; and while consumer services should always be a core offering, mobile operators should remain enterprise-focused as its VoLTE strategy is developed and executed.

Study Aims to Prove CapEx Investment Nets Return for Investors

May 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We wanted to go deeper than the metric that analysts tend to monitor, which is CapEx as a percentage of revenue, and we asked is there any way that we can actually measure the return on carrier performance and looking at the impact that CapEx has,” said Dr. Raul Katz. 

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 in 2014 and expand existing LTE service in 13 states. The regional carrier said in a statement that by the end of 2014, more than 93 percent of its customers will have access to LTE speeds. 

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 between Sprint and the carrier members of the CCA in order to take a “real fight” to the AT&T and Verizon “duopoly.” And he had the GSMA Intelligence numbers to back up his doubt.

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 background noise and sound quality is enhanced. Sprint pitches the call quality as better than a landline. A typical phone without HD Voice offers four octaves of sound, while Sprint's HD Voice claims to offer seven. 

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.

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