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SmartWatch, Episode 24: FCC Tackles Tower Siting, High-Band Spectrum, Butt Dialing

October 23, 2014 1:34 pm | Videos | Comments

The FCC makes SmartWatch with what Jonathan Adelstein called the “Super Bowl of regulatory proceedings.” If that’s so, this week’s episode tackles...                         

The Global Explosion of M2M Connections

October 21, 2014 4:26 pm | Events

Register now for the ECN's webinar on M2M. According to Berg Insight states that the global...

FCC Looks Above 24 GHz for More Spectrum

October 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The inquiry comes on a recommendation from the...

Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3...

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San Francisco Expands Free Public Wi-Fi Access

October 2, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

"This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbor — getting online is as easy as heading to the local park," Rebecca Prozan, Google's public policy and government affairs manager, said in a statement.

GSMA Summit Focuses on M2M Challenges, Opportunities

September 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We had predicted anywhere from 190 to 250 million M2M connections this year," Peterson noted, citing a stat that points to a doubling in the percentage of total connections that M2M accounted for over 2010. "To double that in three years is kind of unheard of." 

T-Mo Taps Ericsson for Next Phase of LTE Deployments

September 24, 2014 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile has tapped Ericsson to help in the next phase of its LTE deployments. According to a press release, Ericsson has been selected to provide equipment and services to help T-Mobile improve...                                                        

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Nextivity CEO Talks Magic Behind Uncarrier 7.0

September 24, 2014 9:21 am | Articles | Comments

“There’s never been a tool like this for carriers to solve buyer’s remorse for the customer who signs up for a big postpaid plan and then gets home and realizes they don’t have coverage in their living room,” Sievers said. “Now there’s Cel-Fi and better than 95 percent of the time it will solve your problem.” 

Qualcomm Outs General Availability of LTE Broadcast SDK

September 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

During his keynote at Qualcomm’s annual Uplinq developer conference, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said network operators are using the LTE Broadcast SDK in combination with Qualcomm’s middleware in order to build applications. He added that 30-plus developers are working with the SDK today.

For Mobile Carriers, a Slow Home Page Can Kill Business Before It Starts

September 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Dritan Suljoti, Chief Product Officer, Catchpoint Systems | Articles | Comments

The format in which the mobile web page is designed can play a big role in determining how much latency end users experience. Responsive web design has become an in-vogue practice and may seem like a good idea, but it’s something mobile carriers should probably avoid. 

Confirmed: Sprint Won't Participate in AWS Auction

September 12, 2014 11:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The AWS-3 spectrum is probably less suited to pair with Sprint's existing portfolio, which includes airwaves in the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The FCC has said it expects the AWS-3 auction, which will take place in November, to raise about $10 billion. 

Accenture Expects Complex Future as IoT Flourishes

September 10, 2014 12:00 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

A recent study from Accenture shows that 69 percent of consumers are planning to buy an in-home device in the next five years. By the end of next year, a total of about 13 percent of consumers will own an in-home IoT device such as a thermostat or in-home security camera.

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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.

Verizon Promises Nationwide VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'

August 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a post on the carrier's website, Verizon said that "in the coming weeks, Verizon Wireless customers can begin to see what Advanced Calling 1.0 -- HD Voice and Video Calling -- can mean to their wireless experience when tightly integrated with their 4G LTE smartphones."

Connected Home, Connected Everything: Fragmentation Poses Opportunities

August 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Research firm IDC expects IoT to open up many IT vendors to the consumer market, providing B2B2C services to connect and run homes and automobiles or virtually any place that where electronic devices will have a networking capability. IDC estimates that the technology and services revenue from IoT to expand...

Report: 3G/4G M2M Devices will Overtake 2G by 2018

August 22, 2014 8:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Berg Insight says the move has been driven by the phase out of 2G services in some countries. The firm notes that here in the US, AT&T plans to shut down its 2G network have profoundly changed the M2M hardware market. Berg Insight expects that a majority of the M2M devices shipped in North America will use 3G technology already in 2014. 

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 Verizon will earn one year of free unlimited data from themselves and their friend. Beginning next week, subscribers who port over their number to T-Mobile and an existing T-Mobile subscriber will earn unlimited LTE or, if they already have unlimited data, a $10 monthly credit for 12 months.

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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 received the most attention so far. Maybe that’s because it’s more fun to say than Relay Nodes but more likely it’s because of the phone-melting downlink speeds it’s capable of producing. South Korea’s SK Telecom earlier this year successfully stitched together three LTE bands (one 20 MHz and two 10 MHz) and was able to support speeds up to 300 Mbps.

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 the next generation of networks has stalled as evidenced in a recent 4G Americas summary of 5G initiatives underway around the world.  

Nokia Working on Buying Panasonic's Base Station Business

July 31, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia said the agreement covers Panasonic’s LTE/3G wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the companies hope to have the deal sealed by the end of September, with expected closure scheduled on January 1, 2015. 

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.

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.

Talking VoLTE: Learn How to Ensure Quality

July 22, 2014 2:19 pm | Webinars

Mobile user expectations are at an all-time high. With VoLTE, operators can leverage investments in 4G to differentiate on quality – protecting voice revenues from the threat of OTT while launching compelling new offerings. With VoLTE posing unique new challenges, new best practices are emerging for maintaining actionable insight as the network scales. 

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. 

Google, Others Mull NYC WI-Fi Project

July 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” The companies would be able to charge for phone service but the city has mandated that Internet service would need to be provided at the structures free of charge. 

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