Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Forecast Sees Strong Growth

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A new report from Maravedis Rethink for the Wireless Broadband Alliance highlights a wide range of service provider opportunities involving carrier-grade Wi-Fi and offers some compelling forecasts. The WBA is an industry organization focused on next-generation Wi-Fi. The report authors see a bright future for...Learn More

Average Mobile Data Usage Forecast to Double in Four Years, Wi-Fi Offload Accounts for Majority

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Mobile data traffic is going to soar as users of smartphones, feature phones and tablets download an expected total of nearly 197,000 petabytes (PB) of digital data by 2019 – the equivalent of 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to a new research report from Juniper...Learn More

Vendor Tailors Wi-Fi For Internet of Things

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Developers are rethinking how they design Wi-Fi access points, as an announcement today from wireless manufacturer Xirrus illustrates. The company introduced an access point with a higher than usual number of radios built in, giving it increased capacity. The product also is supported by cloud...Learn More

Unique Event Launches FTC Alabama Gigabit Service

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When Alabama-based Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative launched gigabit service earlier this year, the company thought of a unique way to promote and celebrate the accomplishment. The first home to get gigabit service turned up was the same one to which FTC first turned up phone service...Learn More

CLEC Montana Opticom Launches Gigabit Service

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Broadband provider Montana Opticom now offers gigabit service to both residential and business customers in Belgrade, Montana. The company has offered gigabit service in the business market for about two years, but “it wasn’t a residential price point,” said Montana Opticom President Jim Dolan in...Learn More

Sprint and Boingo Bring Seamless Wi-Fi to Millions of Sprint Travelers

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LOS ANGELES & OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 30, 2015 – Boingo Wireless, the leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider, and Sprint today announced a multi-year Wi-Fi agreement, enabling access to seamless and secure Boingo Wi-Fi networks in 35 major U.S. airports. Leveraging Boingo’s industry-leading...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

Residential Gigabit Drives Wi-Fi Advances in Home Network Hubs

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An announcement today from Alcatel-Lucent reminds us of a new problem that has arisen as more and more customers use residential broadband at speeds up to a gigabit per second: The customer’s Wi-Fi connection can become a new network bottleneck. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the problem...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

Sprint Launches Wi-Fi Calling on iPhones

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April 08, 2015 — OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting today, iPhone customers on a Sprint service plan can initiate high-quality calls over Wi-Fi using their own phone number1 through a software update coming over the next week. This new capability will allow Sprint to dramatically expand...Learn More

AT&T Launches Small Business Wi-Fi Offering

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DALLAS, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* is making it easy for businesses to keep their customers connected with AT&T Wi-Fi – Small Site. Businesses with small locations can self-install the service to give their customers free public Wi-Fi from AT&T, while keeping their internal Wi-Fi...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