FCC Poised to Require Military Users to Share Spectrum with Broadband Providers

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The FCC is poised to adopt a spectrum sharing plan that could make 150 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband on a nearly nationwide basis. The spectrum lies in the 3550-3700 MHz band currently used by army and navy radar in limited geographic areas,...Learn More

LTE-U and Wi-Fi: What Carriers Need to Know

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Some wireless carriers including Verizon have big plans for LTE- Unlicensed (LTE-U), also known as licensed assisted access (LAA). What do network operators need to know about this technology? The most important thing is that the technology uses a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum....Learn More

Globalstar: Licensed/ Unlicensed TLPS Wireless Broadband Passes Tests

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Satellite service provider Globalstar this month came a step closer to realizing its vision for a new terrestrial wireless broadband offering that would use a combination of licensed and unlicensed technology. The company says that testing under the observation of the FCC’s Office of Engineering...Learn More

Shammo: Verizon Plans Summer Mobile First OTT Video Launch

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Verizon plans to launch a mobile over-the-top video offering this summer, said Fran Shammo, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, at the Deutsche Bank 2015 Media, Internet & Telecom Conference today, which was available as a webcast. Shammo called the offering “Mobile...Learn More

Big Carriers Will Want Small Ones to Support VoLTE Roaming

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As the nation’s largest wireless service providers roll out VoLTE, they’re looking for ubiquitous coverage – and that presents both opportunities and challenges for the nation’s smaller rural wireless operators that rely on roaming agreements with the larger carriers for coverage outside their home turf....Learn More

Carrier VoLTE Survey: 80% Expect Enhanced User Experience

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Mobile operators see Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) providing an effective means of driving revenue growth and countering competition in voice and video calling from over-the-top (OTT) service providers, according to new market research conducted by Ovum for iBasis. VoLTE is gaining traction among the mobile service providers...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

Verizon to Use LTE in Unlicensed Bands to Boost Downlink Capacity

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A Verizon conference call with investors this morning illustrated what are likely to be the key network priorities for the wireless network operator moving forward. Combining spectrum bands using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation, along with network densification using small cells and distributed antenna strategies, were important...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