IDC: Smartwatch Sales Decline, But Not for Long

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Vendors shipped just 3.5 million smartwatches in 2Q 2016, a precedent-setting 32% year-over-year smartwatch sales decline, according to preliminary market data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Vendors shipped 5.1 million units in 2Q’15. Apple shipped 1.6 million smartwatches in 2Q, tops for...Learn More

AT&T Drones for LTE Program Hopes to Enhance LTE Coverage

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AT&T is getting serious about drones for LTE, which the company anticipates making part of its telecom infrastructure in the future. The company this week launched the AT&T Drone Program aimed at exploring how drones could benefit the company and its customers. “Possible uses include...Learn More

New England Carriers Pursue Rural Wireless Wholesale Model

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New England-based sister companies Great Northwest Woods Wireless (GNW) and Wireless Partners have an uncommon business model, focused on a rural wireless wholesale model. The approach is highlighted by a recent deal between these two partners and ExteNet. “We can focus all our capital on...Learn More

Verizon and Samsung unveil 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and businesses

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Basking Ridge and Ridgefield Park, New Jersey —  June 29, 2016 — Verizon and the Networks Division of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today unveiled a new 4G LTE Network Extender designed to enhance wireless voice communications and deliver robust data coverage for residential and business locations. Adding to...Learn More

Verizon is PC Magazine’s Fastest Mobile Network

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Verizon Wireless operates the fastest mobile network in the nation, according to PC Magazine’s latest rankings. It was the third consecutive year Verizon Wireless won top honors. T-Mobile ran a close second. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have effectively staked out lead positions in the premium...Learn More

Report: VoLTE Subscribers to Total 310 Million Come Year-End

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The number of VoLTE subscribers is on the rise as carriers launch commercial VoLTE networks and services. A total 23 VoLTE networks were launched worldwide in 1H 2016 – more than in all of 2015 – bringing the estimated cumulative total to 63, according to...Learn More

Report: North American LTE Subscriptions Pass 250 Million

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North American LTE subscriptions surpassed the 250 million-mark during 1Q 2016, according to market data gathered by Ovum for 5G Americas. LTE will serve as the foundation for the next generation of 5G mobile broadband as availability increases and technology continues to evolve, 5G Americas’...Learn More

Packet Data Core Investment Forecast to Hit $42 Billion by 2021

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Mobile networks making use of network functions virtualization (NFV) will garner more than half of the money invested in packet data core technology by 2021, according to a packet data core investment forecast from ABI Research. The industry will spend $42 billion on NFV by...Learn More

U.S. Cellular Network Now a Part of Google MVNO Project Fi

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The underlying network of the nation’s 5th largest wireless carrier will become available for Project Fi, the Google MVNO that aims to disrupt the mobile carrier industry. U.S. Cellular joins T-Mobile and Sprint as underlying carriers for the Google MVNO project. Project Fi, first launched...Learn More

Driverless Car Forecast Calls for 3 Million 5G Subscriptions by 2025

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Widespread availability of 5G wireless network access will be the key that enables and fuels growth in autonomous vehicle adoption, according to a new driverless car forecast from ABI Research. Autonomous, or driverless, cars will account for 3 million of the 67 million 5G vehicle...Learn More

IHS: Sharp Drop in LTE Infrastructure Revenue Signals Post-LTE Peak Era

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Global macrocell mobile infrastructure market revenue dropped a sharp 18% quarterly in 1Q’16 to total $10 billion, according to data about LTE infrastructure revenue published by IHS Technology. North America, Mexico and Japan numbered among the few bright spots, the market research provider highlights in...Learn More

Global 4G Revenues Forecast to Surpass 3G This Year

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A global 4G revenues forecast from Strategy Analytics calls for the technology to breach a market tipping point and surpass 3G revenues this year. Revenues generated from 4G user subscriptions will rise from 25% to 49% of the global total by year-end, the market research...Learn More