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Broadcom is the largest Wi-Fi chipset vendor in the market. Its purchase of Percello, a small and upcoming femtocell chipset supplier from Israel is a positive endorsement of the state of the femto market. It also is proof of the complementary nature of femto and WiFi where vendors are becoming more open to the need ...

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Adobe’s MAX global developer conference starts today. They are releasing a new version of Adobe AIR 2.5, and providing a number of significant updates on Flash 10.1. AIR is essentially Flash in a box rather than in a brower – so AIR is a good technology for building Apps. Some say there are ...

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Softbank's impending purchase of Willcom is something that has been talked about for about one year now. WillCom has provided PHS services and has been building its XG-PHS network, which some people refer to as a 4G network since it uses OFDMA. Why would Softbank buy Willcom?

Softbank wants Willcom's spectrum. In Japan ...

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​What is 4G?

This is a question that I have discussed with perhaps hundreds (literally) of people throughout the mobile wireless industry over the last 5 years or so. ABI Research considers today's WiMAX (802.16e) and LTE technologies to be 4G. Some people in the industry agree with us on this, and others ...

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Wi-Fi equipment growth continues on a healthy pace in part due to businesses and customers purchasing the recently (relatively) approved IEEE 802.11n standard. Another driver includes more devices with embedded Wi-Fi including smartphones, netbooks and media tablets. ABI Research projects that by 2015, 94% of all smartphones will have Wi-Fi radios. Nearly 100% of ...

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Verizon has announced it is finally going to step up to the plate and provide 3G EVDO femtocellsfrom itscurrent limited2G offering presentfor almost two yearsnow. This was announced ina ratherlow keypress release​earlier today

With that it has joined AT&T and Sprint who both offer 3G femtocells in the US. Thetakeawaysforme with thisare ...

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Today, Apple announced that its iPad media tablet products would be available at AT&T and Verizon Wireless retail stores later this month. As noted in an ABI Researchblog posting earlier this week, Apple has been planning additional retail exposure for its first-generation media tablet in preparation for the US holiday buying season. Which models will ...

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​Broadcom Corporation announced its plans to acquire Beceem Communications for $316 million, which is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2011. Broadcom has been quiet around 4G, but of course has been long planning and even engineering 4G solutions. This has been rumored to include WiMAX in case the market ...

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With Walmart.com adding Apple iPad to its e-commerce offering immediately and Wal-Mart retailers stocking devices in the coming weeks, Apple is working furiously to make its media tablet product available in advance of holiday 2010 purchasing for US consumers. US consumer electronics retailer Best Buy along with mass retail chain Target are already stocking ...

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