Over the past decade, investors, analysts and customers have fixated on Sprint's cellular network, particularly its struggles to accommodate the smartphone boom. But it's a mistake to overlook what Sprint is doing with Wi-Fi to improve coverage, expand its service portfolio, enhance its competitive position and minimize its postpaid churn, which is higher than those of its three largest rivals.
New roaming technology as well as the deployment of more hotspots and small cells will lead carriers to increasingly turn to Wi-Fi offloading for data capacity in the years ahead, according to a new survey from the Wireless Broadband Alliance.
LightPointe unveiled its AireBeam G60-DP, a 60 GHz backhaul radio that switches to 5 GHz during the types of humid or moist weather that can impact 60 GHz transmissions.
According to forecasts by Maravedis-Rethink, between 2012 and 2017 mobile operators will have invested a total of $34.7 billion in 4G infrastructure and the LTE subscriber base will have hit 875.75 million. Despite those large figures, there could be virtually no profit at all. If those carriers were purely to replicate current service models on 4G networks, data revenues would continue to grow, but would be lower than capacity spend every year until 2018.
During these early stages of commercial LTE development, the mobile industry has been fixated on low frequency spectrum, sometimes to the point of madness. Of course, sub-1GHz frequencies are desirable for covering large areas affordably and are ideal for first wave roll-outs of new networks. Verizon Wireless has achieved 4G coverage in 700MHz on a scale that was undreamed-of in the early days of 3G. However, low frequencies rapidly run out of capacity, which is why the investment markets, and many carriers, have become too dazzled by their appeal in recent years. Now, thanks to the cellcos' new preoccupation--small cell networks--the pendulum is set to swing the other way.
Maravedis-Rethink recently concluded a study on the intersection of M2M and cloud computing. A key driver of the study was to analyze the impact that cloud computing will have on mass adoption of M2M solutions. The study asked which M2M mass adoption challenges cloud will most likely have the biggest positive impact on.
India faces challenges for broadband market penetration due to low PC ownership and affordability issues.
Elias Aravantinos Mobile operators around the world are watching the exponential growth of mobile data usage that demands solutions and a corresponding need for mobile backhaul...
Elias Aravantinos As mobile operators invest heavily in 4G networks, they face the difficult task of choosing solutions that will allow them to seamlessly maintain their businesses
LTE adoption is picking up steam as the worldwide LTE subscriber base reached 12.02 million after growing 92 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a new report from Maravedis. LTE