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

GCI and Ericsson to Bring High-speed Access to Alaska’s North Slope

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”)(NASDAQ: GNCMA) announced today that it is partnering with wireless technology and services company, Ericsson, to bring advanced, high-speed fixed and mobile connections to Alaska’s oil producing North Slope. GCI has long been a leader...Learn More

FCC Frees Up Shared-Use Spectrum, Will Explore LAA

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The FCC today adopted a report and order that will free up spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band that could be used by wireless network operators for mobile broadband service on a shared basis with incumbent military users. Spectrum also will be available for unlicensed...Learn More

GSA: 460 LTE Deployments Forecast by Year-End 2015

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GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) reports that 393 wireless network operators have launched commercial 4G LTE services in 138 countries – 107 of them introducing LTE service in the past year. In its latest update GSA reports that 644 network operators across 181 countries are investing...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

CCA’s Berry: FirstNet Public Safety Network Presents Rural Carrier Opportunities

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FirstNet, the nation’s planned mobile broadband public safety network offers significant opportunities for rural wireless network operators, according to Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association. “My suggestion to carriers is ‘this is an opportunity you have to be part of,’”...Learn More

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

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