GSA: Number of Carriers Offering LTE Rises to 422

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Commercial 4G LTE services are now up and running for 422 wireless carriers in 143 countries, according to the latest update to GSA’s ¨Evolution to LTE¨ report. A total of 106 began offering LTE services this past year, according to a news release. More broadly,...Learn More

Administrator Details Kansas Upgrade to AT&T NG911

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With AT&T as a key supplier, the state of Kansas has undertaken a major upgrade to its 911 system that could serve as a prototype for the sort of upgrade that 911 administrators nationwide should be considering soon if they aren’t already. “There is an...Learn More

Strong Telecom Investment Helps Put U.S. Near Top of Net Vitality Index

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The U.S. is one of the top five countries developing a “robust broadband Internet ecosystem,” according to a new report from The Media Institute Global Internet Freedom Advisory Council. Also among the top five are South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom and France, according to...Learn More

Legere: T-Mobile Mexico and Canada Coverage Relies on Reciprocal Roaming

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T-Mobile has reached reciprocal roaming agreements with the top two Canadian and the top two Mexican carriers that will enable the company to extend Simple Choice voice and data usage to customers traveling in those countries at the terms and conditions that apply within the...Learn More

Mobile Subscriber Forecast Calls for 128% Penetration by 2020

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The U.S. mobile market is entering a new evolutionary phase as consumer adoption of mobile and wireless devices and services nears, or has reached, saturation, according to Strategy Analytics. With the base of new customers shrinking, U.S. wireless network operators are now focusing on promoting...Learn More

4G LTE Subscriber Forecast Calls for 2.3 Billion Subscribers by 2019

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The number of 4G LTE subscribers worldwide will grow at a 35 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, rising from 516 million to 2.3 billion. The prediction comes from TeleGeography, which bases its projection on data obtained from its GlobalComms...Learn More

LTE-U Standards: NCTA Accuses Carriers of Circumventing Usual Process

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Technologies that aim to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands could create interference with Wi-Fi networks, argues the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in comments filed with the FCC last week. The NCTA also had strong words for certain equipment manufacturers and for wireless carriers...Learn More

Report: 5G Architecture Will Depend on One of Three Principal Carrier Decisions

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The latest in a series of research reports from Mobile Experts aims to provide mobile telecom industry participants a better handle on emerging 5G network architectures for specific business scenarios. “While 5G is a popular label, it doesn’t mean much without a lot of deeper...Learn More

Report: Connected Car M2M Traffic Will Pose ‘Grave’ Rush Hour Challenges

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Emerging as a key aspect of the fast-developing Internet of Things (IoT), equipping connected cars with mobile broadband capabilities presents new challenges for network operators, according to a new research report produced by Machina and commissioned by Teoco, a provider of planning, assurance, analytics and...Learn More

Verizon Rural LTE Program Now Reaches 2.5 Million People

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we first heard about Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program, which gives small rural network operators the ability to build out Verizon spectrum in areas where Verizon is not doing a build-out. In a blog post,...Learn More

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