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The latest news, developments and trends for mobile broadband. Gain valuable insight into the implications of 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Smartphones, Tablets, Spectrum and more.

Vonage Mobile Launches ReachMe Roaming App

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HOLMDEL, N.J., Apr. 23, 2014 – Many Americans traveling abroad have suffered the painful experience of returning home to a bill for hefty international cellular roaming charges. Fifty percent of global international travelers don’t even use voice services1 for fear of those dreaded high roaming...Learn More

Former FCC Chairman Genachowski Joins Syniverse Board

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TAMPA, Fla. – April 21, 2014 – Syniverse announced today that Julius Genachowski has joined its Board of Directors. Based in Washington, D.C., Genachowski is a Managing Director in The Carlyle Group’s U.S. Buyout team, focusing on acquisitions and growth investments in global technology, media...Learn More

Birch Communications to Acquire Cbeyond

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Atlanta, Ga. – Apr.  21, 2014 – Birch Communications, Inc., a leading provider of business focused communications, cloud and managed services based in Atlanta and Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses also based in Atlanta, jointly announced today that...Learn More

Growing Wireless Backhaul Opportunity Causes Lumos Networks to Start Over with Project Ark

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Mid-Atlantic regional carrier Lumos Networks, based in Waynesboro, Va, has offered wireless backhaul services for many years. But its growing importance on Lumos’ top line revenue and bottom line profitability, combined with evolving wireless carrier requirements, has caused Lumos to reset their wireless backhaul strategy...Learn More

NPD: Growth in Mobile Broadband May Push Greater Tablet Subsidies

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The number of active mobile broadband devices in Americans’ hands will increase 50 percent to 34 million by year-end 2015, and two-thirds of them will be tablets, according to new market research from The NPD Group. USB stick modems were the #1 mobile broadband device...Learn More

Smartphone Shopping Trends: Survey Finds Generational Similarities

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The results of a new consumer survey turn conventional wisdom about age and smartphone use on its head. Older generations – Baby Boomers and Seniors – are in fact embracing smartphones and online mobile Web services when they go shopping, according to market research produced...Learn More

NRTC Adds TV Everywhere Content

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April 10, 2014 — HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) announced today the debut of Disney/ESPN Media Networks, Turner Networks and AMC Networks on its MyTimeTV℠ authentication platform. Disney/ESPN, Turner and AMC represent the latest in a series of programmer additions to the...Learn More

Sprint WiMax Shutdown is One Element of Complex Network Transition

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Sprint’s plan to shut down its WiMax network by the end of 2015 which came to light in a new financial filing, is a reminder of the complex network transition the company is undergoing and will continue to undergo. The carrier has what many consider...Learn More

IHS: Rocketing Bluetooth Penetration Key to “Internet of My Things”

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Bluetooth penetration is on the rise, with 90 percent of all mobile phones Bluetooth-enabled, says research firm IHS.  That will rise to 96 percent by 2018, according to the latest forecast and excerpts from the IHS Technology Connectivity in Consumer, Mobile and IT Market Tracker...Learn More

Mobile Video Forecast to Comprise Half of Online Video By 2016

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Many doubted mobile devices would ever serve as the basis for a viable online consumer video platform less than 10 years ago. What’s transpired since should be more than enough to silence them. The fastest growing segment of the online video market, mobile video, may...Learn More

Tablet Sales Forecast to Grow 38.6% in 2014

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Worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will grow 6.9% year over year in 2014, reaching 2.5 billion units. Having increased 4.8% in 2013, this year’s shipments will be held back by an ongoing decline in shipments of PCs, as well as a...Learn More

NexTech Wireless Selects 4G LTE Geoanalytics Platform

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BERKELEY, Calif. – March 26, 2014 – Newfield Wireless, a Tektronix Communications company and pioneer in next-generation Radio Access Network (RAN) geoanalytics, today announced Nex-Tech Wireless has deployed its TrueCall® platform to support the operator’s LTE network. Nex-Tech is the 10th deployment of Newfield Wireless’...Learn More