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.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now hoping to hold the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive...
When consumers are tablet shopping this holiday season, they'll likely still notice a...
California's highways aren't as smart as they used to be. Buried under thousands of miles of pavement are 27,000 traffic sensors that are supposed to help troubleshoot both daily commutes and long-term maintenance needs on some of the nation's most heavily used and congested roadways.
The mobile RAN is about to undergo a fundamental change as virtualization becomes real and mobile operators around the world start building base station hotels and C-RANs. Using standard hardware for the baseband units together with deployment in data centers can significantly lower operating costs for the operators, as well as providing new deployment options.
As the first to complete its LTE coverage, Verizon is understandably the first to see capacity issues. According to CFO Fran Shammo, it will also be the first address those issues. "I'm done with coverage build, so now, all my efforts are around capacity," Shammo said during a talk Tuesday at the...
Mobile operators everywhere are at a crossroad. With their advantages of mobility slipping away, it’s time for mobile operators to identify the next generation of business opportunities that they are uniquely qualified to pursue. It’s time for operators to look to the cloud.
Global mobile broadband subscriptions for the third quarter grew about 40 percent annually and topped two billion, accounting for a large portion of the 6.6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide. Ericsson’s latest mobility report sees the growth trend for mobile broadband continuing, predicting mobile broadband subscriptions will quadruple by 2019, hitting eight billion worldwide.
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.
Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.
Scratch Wireless today joined a spate of other MVNOs that lean on Wi-Fi as a way of offering "free" wireless service. Launched today with $5 million in funding, Scratch will offer customers service over existing Wi-Fi networks and partnerships with cellular network operators.
Smartphones and cars concoct a toxic coupling in the collective conscious. In many regards with good reason—no one would argue in favor of texting while driving. But in a lot of ways, the car and the connected device form a symbiotic relationship. Without a connected device along for the ride, a car is about as “dumb” as can be.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made quite a splash in late August when he announced the launch of a remarkably ambitious project, called Internet.org, aimed at bringing high-speed Internet access to the two thirds of the world’s population that are not yet connected.
When her 19-year-old daughter died of injuries sustained in a Mother's Day car crash five years ago, Lisa Moore sought comfort from the teenager's cellphone. She would call daughter Alexis' phone number to listen to her greeting. Sometimes she'd leave a message, telling her daughter how much she loved her.
Sierra Wireless today announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of AnyDATA Corporation's M2M embedded module and modem business. The transaction is expected to close by the end of this month.
AT&T and GE today annnounced a new agreement to enabled things like jet engines, locomatives and other industrial machines with wireless capabilities. AT&T and GE plan to develop offerings that meld AT&T network technologies with industrial products...
The ITU has published its annual report, which estimates that by the end of 2013 there will be 6.8 billion total mobile-cellular subscritions. The report, which also looks at fixed-line broadband, concluded that mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets...
4K video is barging its way into mobile devices regardless if their owners have any use for it. Acer has already claimed to be the first with a 4K-ready smartphone when it announced its Liquid S2 6-inch phablet. The much more anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3 followed with a 4K sensor but it can’t actually play back the 4K videos at full-size. But that’s just one of the early limitations in the new mobile 4K world.
From the triple-digit temperatures the day before to the gusty winds that kicked up in a matter of hours, nearly every detail leading up the June deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters has been painstakingly spelled out by investigators. Even though they say proper procedure was followed...
As good as GPS is at helping smartphones guide you, the technology isn't very precise and doesn't work reliably indoors. Apple is trying to improve that with a new iBeacon system, which comes with last week's iOS 7 software update for iPhones and iPads.
InterDigital today announced that its patent holding subsidiaries have amended their worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-bearing patent license agreement with Panasonic Mobile Communications to add coverage for 4G technologies, including LTE and LTE-Advanced.
Broadcom is taking its chips on the road, with today's announcement of a new line of wireless chips for use in automotive infotainment applications. The new chips featur the latest in 11AC/5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology on a single chip.
We tend to think of progress as a gradual, measured process. The truth, though, is that the pace of evolution almost always vacillates between barely perceptible and breakneck. It took the human species nearly three million years to graduate from poking things with sharp rocks to poking things with iron-tipped spears.
It’s too early to break out the nails for NFC’s coffin. There are still plenty of uses for the technology. But NFC’s mobile payments aspirations look like they’ve suffered a death blow at the hands of Apple’s iBeacon, Bluetooth LE and PayPal.
Ericssion today unveiled a cellular radio that is small enough to fit a person's hand but provides enough indoor network coverage for a crowd. The disk-shaped solution is called Ericsson Radio Dot System. The company says it addresses a broad range of scenarios for providing in-building broadband services.
With its LTE roll out nearing completion, AT&T will begin "virtualizing" its network, shifting financial resources from the hardware to software going forward. The company late Monday announced that it has launched verison 2.0 of its Supplier Domain Program, which the carrier said marks a move towards a more "modern, cloud-based architecture."
Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless today announced that the company will acquire Advanced Wireless Group, the second largest airport Wi-Fi provider in the United States. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Prepaid carrier Cricket is looking to offer its subscribers a Wi-Fi solution through a partnership with Devicescape. According a press release, Cricket has deployed Devicescape’s Curator Service to provide "offload services and capacity-reach." Cricket customers now have access to the Devicescape Curated Virtual...
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