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Report: North America Growing on Subscribers with Multiple Devices

November 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson on Monday dumped its massive cache of mobile stats via the company's annual Mobility Report, and North America actually...                 

Qualcomm LTE Direct Coming in 2016

November 12, 2014 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Tuesday...

Amazon Echo is the new Apple Newton

November 11, 2014 4:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Mark Rolston began...

Verizon Multicast to Leverage OnCue Assets for Mobile Pay TV

November 11, 2014 2:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Tuesday...

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Wireless Week Live: LTE Multicast and the Mobile Video Revolution

November 11, 2014 2:39 pm | Webinars

The way video is delivered to mobile devices everywhere is about to get turned on its head. Thanks to a feature of LTE-Advanced called Multicast (eMBMS), watching video over a carrier network will be more efficient by leveraging Multicast's point to multi-point approach. Verizon has already demonstrated the technology at last year's Super Bowl in New York, and there's a lot of talk about the possibilities going forward.

Africa's Mobile Business Is Booming but Continent Lags in Connectivity

November 11, 2014 10:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a new report from Ovum, the number of mobile subscriptions in Africa continues to grow faster than in any other major world region, with total mobile...                

GoGo Shares Up Big After AT&T Shelves In-Flight LTE PLans

November 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T had previously announced that it was preparing to build an “air-to-ground network” to provide the connectivity, which at the time it said...                    

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Customer Intelligence is Key to Improving Network Quality

November 4, 2014 9:51 am | by Neil Coleman, Director of Marketing, Amdocs RAN Solutions | Articles | Comments

In a recent survey conducted by On Device Research on behalf of Amdocs, 47 percent of respondents put “lack of mobile data coverage” at the top...                                   

Customer Intelligence is Key to Improving Network Quality

November 3, 2014 5:30 am | by Neil Coleman, Director of Marketing, Amdocs RAN Solutions | Articles | Comments

In a recent survey conducted by On Device Research on behalf of Amdocs, 47 percent of respondents put “lack of mobile data coverage” at the top of their list when asked...           

Unlimited Data Plans Could Bring Unlimited Headaches

October 30, 2014 10:09 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

What’s really concerning is that there do not appear to be on the horizon any new LTE capacity enhancing technologies of the sort that helped when...                  

Free Webinar: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections

October 28, 2014 12:26 pm | Events

Register now for the ECN's webinar on M2M. According to Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years, the global number of wireless M2M connections is forecasted to grow 22.9% each year to reach 599.7 million connections in 2019.  

The Vague, Undefined Promise of 5G

October 27, 2014 4:19 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

4G Americas contends that more needs to be done in the way of defining 5G before we get too excited about it. Chris Pearson contends that we should go so far as to...                   

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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...                         

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 Technological Advisory Council to better understand how it can make use of millimeter wave spectrum above...                  

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 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

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." 

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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...                                                        

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.

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.

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.

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