Archives December 2010

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Vendors like to constrain access to product performance data, especially in the early stages of a market. This keeps competitors and investors at bay allowing manufacturers to build awareness and hype. As expected, credible details on shipments for eBook Reader devices have been sparse.

Vendors and so-called “sources familiar with the situation” recently turned up ...

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It has been a year since the first mobile network offering 3GPP’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband service commenced at TeliaSonera in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway. Early modem offerings for LTE networks have been rudimentary at best.

Capability to develop and manufacture LTE modems saw some strategic chess moves in 2010. Nokia sold ...

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Qualcomm sold its 700 MHz spectrum to AT&T for $1.925 billion. This includes 12 MHz of the D and E block spectrum (what was Channel 55 and 56) covering over 70 million people, including in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It also includes 6 MHz of D block spectrum covering ...

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The FCC finally issued its Net Neutrality plan – and the wireless industry got a better deal than the wired Internet providers. No one seems too happy. The plan is likely to end up in court, and a battle in Congress is brewing. Consumers are left to wonder what they got in the current stew ...

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For all the talk about the benefits of cloud-based services, a recent trend has seen many location vendors offering local storage of maps and/or allowing navigation to continue when – temporarily – out of wireless coverage. It seems like the industry has finally come to terms with reality – with the help of their ...

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Buried in a multi-purpose press release, the ITU has backed away from its use of 4G.

"Following a detailed evaluation against stringent technical and operational criteria, ITU has determined that “LTE-Advanced” and “WirelessMAN-Advanced” should be accorded the official designation of IMT-Advanced. As the most advanced technologies currently defined for global wireless mobile broadband communications, IMT-Advanced ...

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ISPs (including mobile operators) are increasingly looking to grow revenue by taking a share of content companies' profits. They are complaining that they have rising costs to deliver the data, but that is why they charge end users monthly fees - so they can deliver Internet traffic to their customers who are paying for that ...

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Verizon voiced its concern recently regarding Cellular South-Samsung alliance'slaunch of LTE.Cellular South plans to deploy LTE in the 700 MHz range, frequency which has high propagation and in building penetration. Carriers that have frequencies in the 700 MHz band also include AT&T as well as Verizon.

This may seem like a good thing ...

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