No matter how you cut it, if 50 percent (or more) of Internet traffic is going to be delivered over wireless networks, and 79 percent of Internet traffic is going to be streaming video, there is going to be a whole lot of video on our smartphone screens.
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.
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.
Globalstar calls the new solution Sat-Fi, essentially a satellite router that provides a Wi-Fi signal for mobile devices. Globalstar customers can use their current smartphones, tablets and laptops to send and receive communications when traveling beyond cellular.
Time Warner Cable has signed a Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Boingo that will give Time Warner customers access to more than 100 of Boingo locations including 23 U.S. airports, 36 NYC subway stations and locations like Soldier Field in Chicago are also included. Boingo customers will now have access to Time Warner’s more than 35,000 hotspots in cities including New York and Los Angeles.
The new report and order focused on relaxing the rules governing the operation of Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) in the 5 GHz band, specifically removing current restriction on indoor-only use and increasing the permissible power in the 5.150-5.250 GHz band.
Isreal-based Altair Semiconductor will provide single-mode LTE chips for HP's Google Chromebooks. According to a press release, Altair's FourGee-3100/6202 chipset was selected to connect the new HP Chromebook 11.6” LTE to the Verizon's LTE network.
AT&T today announced a partnership with General Motors to get LTE inside the company’s line of Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet says it will offer the “OnStar LTE” option will first be available in the Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt lines. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV.
The landscape of mobile networks is evolving rapidly: LTE, LTE-Advanced, Carrier Wi-Fi, small cells, large venues, smart phones, tablets, new services, new apps, tidal waves of video. All of these factors and many more affect how mobile networks are designed and operate, creating new opportunities for innovative Backhaul Service Providers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless has announced that iOS users can now use their iTunes account to purchase a Boingo subscription. According to a press release, the latest version of Boingo’s iOS app links directly to a customer’s iTunes account, streamlining subscription sign-up and monthly billing...
Broadcom continues its push to support 5G WiFi with the announcement today of a router that supports the technology. According to a press release, Broadcom has made the 5G WiFi hotspot available through SK Telecom. Based on the, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard...
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to make more unlicensed spectrum available for robust public Wi-Fi networks. According to a press release, the commission today proposed to make up to 195 megahertz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band...
The FCC is pursuing a plan to open a nationwide swath of unlicensed spectrum specifically for the deployment of "Gigabit" Wi-Fi technology in major hubs, such as airports and convention centers. The plan increase the capacity and speed of Wi-Fi networks in public spaces...
The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance announced today that they will merge the two entities into one organziation that will operate under the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Wi-Fi Alliance and WiGig Alliance have been collaborating for over two years on the WiGig Alliance's work to develop...
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.
How important is Wi-Fi offload to solving the capacity crunch? Extremely important, if new numbers from iGR are any indication.
Marvell and Wilocity today announced a new partnership to bring tri-band Wi-Fi solutions enabled with 802.11ad to market.
Cisco took aim at the burgeoning small cell market today with a new generation of hotspots that will bring a cellular-type roaming experience to Wi-Fi.
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