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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.

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,...

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...

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...

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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. 

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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.

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...

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.

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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...

From the Magazine: LTE Network Self-Optimization: Present and Future

May 15, 2013 10:56 am | by Elliot Drucker | Articles | Comments

One of the more interesting trends in the wireless industry is development of technologies for the so-called self-optimizing network (SON). Particularly in the case of LTE, it is widely accepted that successful implementation of SON features will be crucial if network capacity is to expand to meet anticipated growth in demand.

Long Live SMS

February 12, 2013 4:50 pm | by By William Dudley, Group Director, Product Management, SAP Mobile Services | Articles | Comments

Mobile industry watchers have been predicting the death of the humble text message for over a decade, but a raft of recent research confirms that SMS is very much alive and kicking. Marking the 20th anniversary of SMS....

VZW Promotes Non-Traditional Uses for LTE

October 31, 2012 5:42 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

CHICAGO - LTE gets most of its press from the many flashy consumer devices that it powers, but Praveen Atreya, director of LTE product design and integration for Verizon Wireless, says the real growth for the technology is yet to be realized...

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