If T-Mobile's new Cellspot Wi-Fi router proves popular with consumers, the company will not only be enhancing its coverage and call quality with consumers, it might also be positioning itself for future partnerships and for new business opportunities.
LAS VEGAS--Now that Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced, U.S. carriers are getting down to brass tacks to try to take advantage of consumer excitement. The launch is shaping up to be the most dynamic, unpredictable and hard-hitting iPhone release U.S. carriers have ever seen.
LAS VEGAS--It's a new day in the wireless industry. This year's Super Mobility Week is ground zero for a battle among the new guard in the wireless industry. Three of the nation's top four wireless carriers have relatively new CEOs, and attendees here at this fall show are getting a front-row seat to the opening bouts of what promises to be an interesting confrontation among them.
The introduction of IP calling technology in mobile sets the stage for real change in how and when people will use telephony. According to those in the industry, we might see some significant changes to some parts of the calling experience, but phone numbers and regular old phone calls appear to be here to stay.
Next week is the debut of Super Mobility Week, CTIA's merger of its two annual trade shows into one "super" wireless industry event. Super Mobility Week's success is dependent upon support from CTIA members and the entire North American wireless industry. Will it have that support?
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is perhaps the most talked about area of the wireless market today. Part of the reason for this excitement is that IoT could play role in nearly every industry--from automotive to healthcare to disaster recovery and more.
Verizon and Sprint have taken the lead on domestic LTE roaming - it's time for AT&T and T-Mobile to catch up
Verizon and Sprint are taking great strides to enable LTE roaming. Verizon counts 21 partners in its LTE in Rural America program and Sprint counts 12 carriers in its Rural Roaming Preferred Program. I wish T-Mobile and AT&T would more aggressively follow their path.
It's no secret that the Internet of Things has generated a significant amount of buzz in the wireless industry. Indeed, the Internet of Things is now at the peak of its own hype cycle, according to research firm Gartner. (For comparison, the M2M market has already peaked and is on its way toward a "plateau of productivity" while virtual personal assistants are on the firm's pre-peak "innovation trigger" slope.) But its top position on Gartner's hype cycle graph does nothing to limit the potential importance of the Internet of Things.
The definition of 5G may still be unclear but the pace of 5G innovation is clearly accelerating. In nearly every conversation I have with wireless industry leaders, the discussion veers to 5G: What is 5G? How will 5G change our lives? And how quickly will it be deployed?