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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: Wireless Networks Improving Overall, Verizon Tops

March 6, 2014 4:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless networks are becoming more reliable across the board according to a new the J.D. Power...

Verizon Tops Latest Network Survey, AT&T Scores Fastest

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

RootMetrics today released its most recent survey of wireless networks in the United States,...

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...

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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...

Report: East Asia to Drive C-RAN Deployments

January 29, 2014 4:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahmed Ali, research analyst at ABI Research, said deployments of Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RAN) will continue to increase across the Asian region while remaining limited in other parts of the world.  "Other regions, where scarcity of cell sites is an issue, are likely to develop a market for partial deployment of C-RAN in densely populated areas," Ali said. 

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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.

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. 

Ericsson Spotlights Tokyo as Model for Smart Cities

November 4, 2013 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Japan has emerged as one of the world leaders in mobile broadband deployments. Home to 35 million people, Tokyo is one of the largest, most sophisticated and connected cities on the planet. It is Tokyo's density, as well as its technological savvy that made it the perfect site for Ericsson's fifth annual Business Innovation Forum last week.

Sorting Through the Details: Finding a Place for Small Cells in the Age of LTE

June 13, 2013 4:13 pm | Webinars

Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, as we take an in-depth look at how small cells are set to revolutionize the way operators approach the issue of coverage and capacity. Small cells have huge potential to address both capacity and coverage issues, but they're not without complexity...

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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...  

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.

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.

The ABCs of Capacity: Add Sectors, Boost Backhaul and Condense Cells

March 6, 2012 7:09 pm | by Stephen C. King, 3M | Articles | Comments

Mobile device manufacturers are churning out products that can squeeze more and more bits per hertz from the spectrum, and consumers are buying them by the millions, often resulting in overloaded networks and sluggish or interrupted service.

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.

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IPv6: The Key to Deploying Scalable Internet Services

September 5, 2011 12:58 pm | by Kunihiro Ishiguro, IP Infusion | Articles | Comments

Without immediate action, Internet users on a global scale face the risk of incurring increased costs and limited functionality. The only lasting solution to this problem is the global adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)...

The Race to the 'Personal Cloud' — Gold Rush or Fool's Gold?

July 11, 2011 2:04 pm | by Hal Steger, Funambol | Articles | Comments

The next major battleground for smartphones are the degree and ease in which they work with personal clouds, exhibits A and B being the iCloud and Google cloud services.

TD-LTE: A Threat to WiMAX?

July 15, 2010 11:33 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of WiMAX' death have been greatly exaggerated.

Public Safety Faces Capacity Crunch of Its Own

April 2, 2010 11:43 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Blogs | Comments

 The public safety community is not happy with the FCC. 

Comsearch Continues Spectrum Management Role at CTIA in Vegas

March 10, 2010 7:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

For the 13th year in a row, Comsearch, a CommScope company, will serve as official spectrum manager for the International CTIA Wireless 2010 trade show.

Juicing Up the Networks

March 7, 2010 5:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

Carriers are in a difficult predicament: Demand is so high that any notable increase in capacity will be overwhelmed by data-hungry consumers. To illustrate the extent of the issue, consider this: AT&T’s data traffic has gone up more than 5,000 percent over the past three years.

Tech Insights - The Future of Voice

March 7, 2010 4:49 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

With market penetration for voice services at essentially saturation levels, network operators are pinning their hopes for continued revenue growth on the still comparatively untapped data segment.

FCC Grants CTIA Request to Set Time Limits for Tower Permits

November 18, 2009 8:20 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

 FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has acted on a petition filed by CTIA to establish timeframes within which permits for wireless tower sites must be approved.

Next-Gen Service Provider Portals — Learning From Amazon

October 29, 2009 5:09 pm | by Scott Adler, Amdocs | Articles | Comments

Consumers who make online purchases have become accustomed to features and functions that would have been revolutionary a few years ago. The experience consumers find on Amazon.com, the world's largest online shopping site, represents innovation.

News Briefs for June 23, 2008

June 23, 2008 8:14 am | News | Comments

Companies in today’s briefs include: LTE SAE Trial Initiative, Softbank, Apple, Globacom, Mobile Marketing Association, Advanced Interactive Sciences, Amdocs Management, Buzzd, Cha Cha Search, Comverse, Cox Newspapers, Fox News Channel, Handmade Mobile Entertainment, Inside Mobile, mInfo Information Technology, Mobile Traffic Network, Telefónica, uLocate Communications, VoodooVox, Western Union Mobile, Whoop

Vodafone Joins China Mobile, Softbank for Innovation Lab

April 24, 2008 7:53 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Vodafone, China Mobile and Japanese carrier Softbank announced an agreement to establish a joint innovation lab to promote the development of new mobile technologies

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