Ovum: Thanks to 4G, Carriers Could Shut Down 3G Before 2G

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Wireless network carriers’ growing interest in, and deployment of, 4G LTE infrastructure, products and services raises the prospect of shutting down or ‘refarming’ GSM or CDMA spectrum to accommodate growing demand. Determining “the sweet spot” for network closure is challenging, however, according to a new...Learn More

Google Fi: $649 for a Nexus 6 Gets You $20-a-Month Wi-Fi-Centric Service

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Google’s new mobile service, dubbed Fi, offers some innovative capabilities and undercuts competitors on pricing in an already highly competitive market (pricing details later in this post). But to get the new capabilities and lower pricing, consumers will have to shell out $649 to $699...Learn More

iWireless to Launch LTE Network in Iowa with $35 Million Investment

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URBANDALE, IA – March 25, 2015 – iWireless is investing more than $35 million to enhance its wireless network in Iowa. The company will launch LTE in 2015, and will expand its LTE network in 2016. In addition to launching LTE, iWireless will also modernize...Learn More

Indiana Fiber Network Enables 4G LTE Service Provider

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Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN), the leading Indiana statewide Network Service Provider announces an agreement with S and R Communications (SnR) to provide fiber broadband connectivity and managed technology services.  SnR launched a 4G LTE network in Wabash, Miami, Cass, Fulton, and Carroll counties in...Learn More

Mobidia: Despite High Average 4G Data Usage, Users Buying Bigger Data Plans Than Needed

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LTE subscribers consume more cellular data than other wireless service carrier customers, according to new market research from Mobidia Technology and London-based market research company Ovum. Not only that, more than half of LTE subscribers buy larger data plans than they need. With global LTE...Learn More

GSMA Sees LTE Subscriber Growth Above 100% in One Year

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With wireless network operator deployments accelerating, 4G-LTE networks will cover over one-third of the world population by the end of the year, according to new market data from GSMA Intelligence. Thirty-five percent of people worldwide will be covered by 4G networks by year-end 2015. That’s...Learn More

NPD Finds Cellular-Connected Tablet Growth of 95% in One Year

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There were 116 million tablets in use across the U.S. as of 4Q 2014. Nearly 16 million (13.7 percent) are connecting to wireless networks via cellular data plans, a year-over-year increase of 95 percent, according to new market data from NPD Group. Educated and more...Learn More

Could Rural Spectrum Bill Trigger More Big-Carrier Programs?

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Bi-partisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday has the potential to engender more partnerships between major wireless carriers and smaller rural wireless network operators. The legislation, to be known as the Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act, would give three-year extensions on spectrum licenses to wireless...Learn More

Mobile Broadband Demand May Lead to Small Cell Central Offices

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Wireless network operator deployments of small cells will bring major changes to the way the operators architect their networks, said Iain Gillott, president of wireless research firm iGR this week. Gillott made his comments at Technology Futures Inc.’s Communications Technology and Asset Valuation Conference in...Learn More

MetroPCS Offers Unlimited LTE for $50 a Month

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January 21, 2015 — BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–T-Mobile’s (NYSE: TMUS) flagship prepaid brand is helping customers get more of what they want out of their wireless plan − more blazing-fast 4G LTE data. For a limited time, MetroPCS customers can upgrade to Unlimited 4G LTE data...Learn More

Telecom 2014: The Top 12 Stories Are All “To Be Continued”

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Telecompetitor covered a lot of big telecom stories in 2014, but there were 12 that stood out in my mind – and I thought readers might find it helpful to see them all recapped in one place. If there is any single common thread among...Learn More

Infonetics: LTE Infrastructure Investment to Peak in 2015

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Market demand for LTE infrastructure equipment will peak in 2015, according to new market research from Infonetics, even as the number of LTE connections and subscribers worldwide continues to grow. Tracking over 50 categories of equipment, software and subscribers across all existing generations of wireless...Learn More