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Small Cell Forum eyes rural applications as well as virtualization

The Small Cell Forum is preparing a new technical release that will tackle deployment of small cells in rural and remote areas, and it is also initiating a work stream aimed at introducing virtualization into the small cell arena, said the group's top executives.

Cellular's reliance on Wi-Fi offloading gained momentum, says wefi

Cellular carriers now offload data traffic to Wi-Fi in nearly 80 percent of U.S. states, an increase of 2 to 3 percent compared to results from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to wefi's latest Wi-Fi analytics report, which focused on trends from 2014's first quarter.

Time Warner Cable's new portal helps users calculate savings from offloading cellular data to MSO's Wi-Fi hotspots

Time Warner Cable took the wraps off My WiFi, an online customer portal that positions the company's networks of Wi-Fi hotspots as a stronger competitor to cellular.

Time Warner Cable's Cerbone dishes on Wi-Fi, cellular and the need for unlicensed spectrum

Trying to get executives from leading cable operators to spill the goods regarding the likelihood that their Wi-Fi networks might someday provide head-to-head competition against cellular networks has become something of a parlor game for analysts and media. I, too, gave it a shot when I recently got the opportunity to speak with Rob Cerbone, vice president of wireless products at Time Warner Cable.

Global Wi-Fi hotspots to pass 10.5M mark in 2018, says ABI

Wi-Fi hotspot deployments worldwide reached 4.2 million hotspots last year and should exceed 10.5 million in 2018, predicts ABI Research. The estimates include Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party operators.

Comcast Wi-Fi hotspots reach 1M milestone

Comcast announced that it now has 1 million U.S. Wi-Fi hotspots. The news was released amid rumors that the cable MSO is thinking of launching a Wi-Fi-centric wireless service.

Devicescape CEO in favor of Hotspot 2.0, but says it's just a 'baby step'

Devicescape CEO Dave Fraser said that while the company, a key provider of a virtualized carrier Wi-Fi network, is in favor of the Hotspot 2.0 standard, that is only an interim solution and more technology is needed to deliver greater value to carriers from Wi-Fi networks.

Verizon, Sprint lead on delivering mobile data traffic over LTE

Verizon Wireless and Sprint far outpace AT&T and T-Mobile US when it comes to the percentage of customers with LTE-enabled smartphones who see 91 to 100 percent of their mobile usage going over LTE rather than 3G, according to a new report from Mobidia and Informa Telecoms & Media.

AT&T, Cisco promise Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi roaming for MWC attendees

The backers of Hotspot 2.0 want the mobile industry to know that the technology is ready for prime time, and there probably is no better way to make that point than to deploy Hotspot 2.0 for automatic use by at least a portion of the attendees at next week's Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.

WifiForward adds ballast to demand for unlicensed spectrum

Internet and communications heavyweights along with other supporters want more spectrum for Wi-Fi, and they want it now. The WifiForward coalition is calling for policymakers to open up more unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi and other uses, contending that Wi-Fi in general is at risk due to a deluge of wireless data traffic that is causing increasing spectrum congestion.