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Wholesale Market to Top $142 Billion by 2019

July 7, 2014 9:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

James expects this picture to change with the rise of domestic and international wholesale in Asia-Pacific. “We expect at least one Chinese carrier to be among the top 20 wholesalers by revenues in 2019, although North America and Europe will continue to dominate the list.”

Cell Towers Go Stealth with More Sophisticated Camoflauge

June 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

So-called stealth cellphone towers have been around for more than two decades and appear to be...

Congressmen Urge FCC to Streamline Infrastructure Deployments

May 30, 2014 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Section 6409(a) states that “a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any...

Small Cells in Spotlight at PCIA

May 18, 2014 9:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mudry isn't the only one observing the trend. Recent research from ABI Research indicates a...

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Annual PCIA Conference Highlights Growing Network Investment

May 18, 2014 9:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wall Street can rest assured that investing in the networks does have result in a return for investors. According to a new study commissioned by Ericsson, a 10 percent increase in CapEx by carriers in the U.S. resulted in an average 5.1 percent increase in service revenues and a 6.8 percent increase EBIDTA. 

The Evolution of NFV – Maximizing Long-Term Benefits

May 8, 2014 3:00 pm | by Leonard Sheahan, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Communications | Articles | Comments

Network function virtualization (NFV) is a CSP-led industry movement intended to help them accelerate the convergence of their IT and network domains. NFV’s promise is in its ability to shorten the development cycle and ultimately help lower capital and operating costs. 

SDN, NFV Set to Fundamentally Change the Network Landscape

May 8, 2014 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The effort to virtualize the networks has moved beyond hype. Carriers have identified the many benefits of moving to an all-IP, software-based network, and vendors are clamoring to meet their needs. Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), and Juniper Networks recently announced a partnership that will bring together...

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Ericsson Emphasizes Software, Virtualization with MWC Plans

February 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson is putting an emphasis on software and cloud-based solutions, as the wireless industry moves towards virtualizing the network with technologies like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Specifically, Ericsson will be launching what it’s calling...

Sprint Lights Up 70 New LTE Markets

December 16, 2013 4:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid rumors that it is testing the regulatory waters for a possible bid for T-Mobile, Sprint  Monday announced that it had turned on LTE in 70 new markets. The new markets, which include, among others, Green Bay, Wis, Orlando, Fla and San Diego. The new additions bring the carrier’s total LTE markets to 300. 

Dim Traffic Sensors Dull How 'Smart' Freeways Are

November 25, 2013 9:36 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Potential for Mobile RAN Virtualization

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | Webinars

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. 

Ericsson Spotlights Tokyo as Model for Smart Cities

November 4, 2013 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

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.

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ITU: 50 Percent of all People on Earth Covered by 3G

October 7, 2013 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

Expediting Carrier Evolution

September 25, 2013 3:31 pm | by Joe McGarvey, Director of Strategic Marketing, Genband | Articles | Comments

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. 

LTE Advanced: Release 10 and the Importance of Carrier Aggregation

June 13, 2013 4:27 pm | Webinars

LTE-Advanced and features like carrier aggregation are the next step in the evolution of wireless networks. Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, along with a panel of industry experts, for a webinar that looks at not only how operators will approach aggregation but what kinds of testing...

Sorting Through the Details: Finding a Place for Small Cells in the Age of LTE

June 13, 2013 4:13 pm | Webinars

Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, as we take an in-depth look at how small cells are set to revolutionize the way operators approach the issue of coverage and capacity. Small cells have huge potential to address both capacity and coverage issues, but they're not without complexity...

Why Wireless Millimeter Wave Radios Will Fuel the Coming Microcell Boom

February 19, 2013 10:29 am | by Tom Kurian, President, Renaissance Electronics. | 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...

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Are HetNets the Answer?

July 31, 2012 11:49 am | by Elliot Drucker | Articles | Comments

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.

Q & A: SBA’s Top Exec on the Industry, Mergers and Growth

July 30, 2012 9:15 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

SBA Communications President and CEO Jeff Stoops sits down with Wireless Week to talk strategy, the state of the industry and whether recent legislation is actually helping towers get built faster.

New VSS Solutions Increase Network Visibility

July 24, 2012 5:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

VSS Monitoring is aiming to make more of the network visible with a suite of network appliances and software that use a new network layer.

TD-LTE: Ready for Liftoff

March 14, 2012 12:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

With China Mobile sent back to the bench, does that mean TD-LTE is out of the running? Not by a long shot.

Sprint Said to Nix LightSquared Network Deal

March 7, 2012 7:01 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sprint is reportedly planning to end its network sharing agreement with LightSquared as early as next week...

The ABCs of Capacity: Add Sectors, Boost Backhaul and Condense Cells

March 6, 2012 7:09 pm | by Stephen C. King, 3M | Articles | Comments

Mobile device manufacturers are churning out products that can squeeze more and more bits per hertz from the spectrum, and consumers are buying them by the millions, often resulting in overloaded networks and sluggish or interrupted service.

FCC Puts Dish LTE On Ice

March 5, 2012 7:14 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The FCC cleared Dish Network's satellite spectrum acquisition Friday but put the company's wireless plans on the back burner...

FCC to Vote on 700 MHz Interoperability, MSS

March 1, 2012 6:54 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Small wireless operators whose LTE services can't roam onto the networks of national providers because of interoperability problems...

Former Nextel Exec Rumored as New LightSquared CEO

March 1, 2012 6:52 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

LightSquared may hire the former head of Nextel as its new CEO while it tries to turn around its LTE plans...

MWC: Networks Get Ready for Data Traffic

March 1, 2012 6:50 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Expectations are high for even more growth in mobile data traffic, and keynote speakers said they're proponents of open network standards as opposed to closed.

Cisco Preps Next-Gen Wi-Fi Hotspots

February 28, 2012 11:36 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

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.

Verizon Exec: No ROI on 3G Investment

February 28, 2012 6:43 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless doesn't expect to recoup future investments in its 3G network and is pushing to move customers over to its more efficient LTE service...

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