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  • Sep 20 2016
    HaLow reference design targets WiFi IoT devices
    Aviacomm and Newracom have unveiled a reference design for an IEEE 802.11ah modem, aimed at IoT and M2M devices. The sub-GHz WiFi technology, also called HaLow, has great upside in the IoT, but faces a multitude of issues to overcome before it can become a mass market offering. New wireless technology is critical to progress in the IoT. It enables devices to reach farther, live longer, or cost ...
  • Sep 20 2016
    Can Big Data improve CSP’s margins?
    The customer is king (or queen) in voice and data networking, and has been for some time. Nowadays, when customers say “jump!”, network providers answer “how high?” New technologies, liberalization of voice and data markets, and a host of startups mean that communication service providers (CSPs) are under constant pressure to produce new, even more enticing offers of service and offer even...
  • Sep 13 2016
    Arqiva offload UK WiFi assets to Virgin Media
    Liberty Global’s Virgin Media operation in the UK is rumored to be buying the consumer WiFi operation of broadcast infrastructure player Arqiva – better known for managing DVB-T broadcast multiplexes and towers, including mobile base station masts and small cell locations. Arqiva has made foray after foray into consumer facing businesses, but has had little commercial success to date. It ac...
  • Sep 13 2016
    5G Set to Disrupt Both the Physical and Virtual Worlds
    If there’s one major conclusion in telecommunications vendor Ericsson’s recent survey on use of 5G telephony, it’s that 5G will fuel wide-spread disruption. The survey report gathers information and opinion from eight industry sectors. Five of them are staples, in which disruption can be seen as an opportunity or a threat: automotive, utilities, public safety, healthcare, and financial servi...
  • Sep 6 2016
    A Phased approach to “Smartening” Cities
    Cities across the world face significant challenges stemming from urbanization, demographic change, changing lifestyles and climate change. These challenges are illustrated in the UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report for 2016: Urbanization: The urban population worldwide amounts currently to approx. 3.7 billion people and is expected to double by 2050. This leads to resource depletion, while...
  • Sep 5 2016
    WiFi roaming gathers pace in US and beyond
    WiFi roaming on a grand scale is the order of the day as a rising percentage of wireless data travels over the unlicensed-band technology, and as a wide range of service provid-ers put WiFi at the heart of their networks. Just weeks after the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) – the grandfather of WiFi roam-ing – announced agreements to allow movement between 23 operators of city networks, Cab...
  • Sep 2 2016
    Ruckus is main growth driver for Brocade as clients wait for new router
    Investors in networking equipment firm Brocade are pinning their hopes on its plans to launch a high end router next month, hoping this will improve its performance with carriers and drive new life into its financial performance. Announcing its third quarter results, Brocade said it would announce a new router in mid-September, targeted at dense 100Gbps deployments for service providers and lar...
  • Jul 12 2016
    CableWiFi Alliance survives US consolidation
    Three of the five Alliance members have been acquired but this should make the hotspot roaming platform, now 500,000-strong, more powerful The CableWiFi Alliance has the potential to disrupt the wireless landscape in the US by creating a massive national network of quality-assured WiFi access, which could be a low cost alternative to cellular for many applications. So the recent round of M&...
  • Jul 5 2016
    Celebrating WiFi at the Wireless global Congress
    There was plenty of activities by the Wireless Broadband Alliance in the last weeks. Starting off with the worldwide celebration of Wi-Fi day and culminating with the Wireless Global Congress in Liverpool and the awards to a number of innovative projects and players involving Wi-Fi to help connect the unconnected. The WBA launched the Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB) last year, with the aim to...
  • Jul 5 2016
    Orange holds BandwidthX hand, as it steps out in Europe
    News out last week that Orange made an investment in fledgling connectivity marketplace BandwidthX, signals that per-haps its services are now on their way to Europe. News out this week that Orange is planning an investment in fledgling connectivity marketplace BandwidthX, signals that per-haps its services are now on their way to Europe. The company came to life on the prospect of WiFi offload...
  • Jun 26 2016
    Getting Past Smart City Growing Pains
    The CIA Factbook reveals that more than 1 million people move into cities across the world every week. At the end of 2015, more than half (54%) of the world’s population lived in cities. And, that number is growing at a rate of 2% each year. Our recent research also indicates that more than half of world’s urban population has no broadband access. One thing is clear. This high rate of urban...
  • Jun 26 2016
    FreedomPop set to record first ever profit, has eyes on second US deal
    The disruptive WiFi-first models of SIM-only MVNOs come with some major benefits for both consumers and network operators, but these services have struggled to turn popularity into profitable businesses. That was until FreedomPop, which claims it is set to record its first ever net profit by the end of this year. That will represent four years of effort, as one of a group of US pioneers of the ...
  • Jun 26 2016
    Ruckus picks up a cool half a million hotel rooms for WiFi
    Coming just two months after Brocade acquired carrier class WiFi player Ruckus Wireless, the company has landed one of the most prestigious contracts it has ever claimed, rebuilding all the WiFi at AccorHotels, the second largest hotel chain in the world. Usually this type of contract is reserved for incumbent telcos, and we’re sure one or more are involved, because someone has to backhaul th...
  • Jun 20 2016
    More than half of world’s urban population has no broadband access
    We tend to take broadband availability and affordability as a given, at least in large cities! That’s not what we found in a recent research we conducted on behalf of the wireless broadband alliance. In fact we found that More than half of world’s urban population has no broadband access. 57% of world’s population are urban unconnected, with 37% of these people living in some of the world...
  • Jun 20 2016
    Cisco, Juniper and Arris wrongfooted by Nokia’s cable acquisition
    The lines between mobile and fixed-line networks are blurring. Operators are racing for mergers and partnerships which will allow them to support fixed/mobile and quad play services, as the profits on mobile-only services or fixed-only access disappear. Wireline companies such as cablecos are going wireless with WiFi-first activities. One of the key elements of 5G is the vision of a flexible and i...
  • Jun 13 2016
    Fiber, Fi and 3.5 GHz – Google fills up its connectivity jigsaw
    Google and Facebook are investing in next generation mobile infrastructure such as drones and balloons, though not because they want to become network operators, but because they want to accelerate the process of getting internet access, and their services, to everyone on the planet. Google’s activities, over the years, have encompassed metro area WiFi; a flirtation with WiMAX; deployments and t...
  • Jun 13 2016
    As Wi-Fi Calling Goes Mainstream, Challenges and Opportunities Emerge
    Wi-Fi now carries more mobile traffic than cellular does, according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2015 to 2020), which cites Maravedis’ research. The vast majority of that is data and video, but voice is a growing amount as mobile operators and end users realize the financial benefits of using Wi-Fi for telephony, too. Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) isn...
  • Jun 6 2016
    Qualcomm sails against the tide with latest home WiFi chip
    Qualcomm has taken the 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi chips, which it launched precisely a year ago, and changed them radically, to offer a new ‘tri-radio’ architecture, supporting two 5 GHz connections alongside one 2.4 GHz band. ‘Tri-radio’ does not, at this stage anyway, include 60 GHz and the WiGig technology which inhabits that band. Qualcomm is working on that, and acquired Wilocity to help...
  • Jun 3 2016
    How Open Standards Could Accelerate the Growth of the IoT in Smart Cities
    The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), as it relates to the emergence and development of smart cities, can take one of two directions. It can proceed upon the current fragmented path. Or, it can proceed on a more efficient and beneficial a standardized approach. According to a white paper released by InterDigital, open standards in IoT deployments would accelerate growth in smart cities by 2...
  • May 31 2016
    New Qualcomm chip claims low power dual band WiFi for IoT
    Qualcomm Technologies has announced a new WiFi product for supporting the development of connected devices in the IoT, unveiled at the Computex 2016 show in Taiwan this week. The QCA4012 chip, an extension of its QCA401x connectivity offering, says it brings dual band, low power WiFi to support energy efficient applications. We should point out straight away that the suggestion that the new chi...
  • May 24 2016
    VoWiFi roaming - All you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask...
    The architecture required to support not only WiFi roaming, but also to enable transparent transition between WiFi and 2G/3G and LTE networks during a voice session is filled with complexity. In this article written in collaboration with Cataleya, we therefore start with the basics of VoWiFi Roaming to then dive deeper into the technology behind Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi). Finally, we discuss how...
  • May 24 2016
    Charter deal creates new WiFi powerhouse
    Charter Communications’ $66bn acquisition of fellow US cablecos Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks is likely to result in a new wireless operator, harnessing huge numbers of WiFi hotspots and homespots to compete with Comcast’s similar strategy – and potentially to disrupt the mobile carriers. France’s Free Mobile is a clear example of how a wireline triple play provider ...
  • May 18 2016
    AirTies promises theoretical max performance using WiFi tools
    Turkish WiFi pioneer, AirTies Wireless, launched a piece of software this week designed to eat into the millions of broadband service calls around the world. It calls it Remote View, and it allows engineers initially, but later both consumers and helpdesks, to understand what’s going wrong with a WiFi network and instantly fix it. Remote View effectively monitors in-home WiFi performance from...
  • May 10 2016
    Cypress to pay $550m for Broadcom’s IoT assets
    Cypress Semiconductor is acquiring Broadcom’s IoT division for $550m in cash, including the WICED brand and the IoT-focused WiFi and Bluetooth assets, as well as the ZigBee and 6LoWPAN products. The Broadcom IoT division comprises some 430 staff, and generated $189m in revenues in the past year. But the deal indicates that the new Broadcom wants to shed some of the low margin chips that will ...
  • May 10 2016
    As Wi-Fi’s Popularity Grows, So Do Its Challenges
    Last year was the first time that Wi-Fi carried more mobile traffic than cellular did, according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2015 to 2020), which cites Maravedis’ research. That trend is fundamentally changing the telecom market in a variety of ways. For example, the more that mobile operators and their customers rely on Wi-Fi, the more important ...
  • May 2 2016
    Republic Wireless boosts WiFi voice experience with bonded calling
    Despite the rise in usage of WiFi Calling, and of over-the-top services from WiFi handsets, concerns remain about quality of service in unlicensed spectrum, especially when users are outside the well-controlled environment of a home or enterprise WLAN. Republic Wireless, one of the US’s clutch of WiFi-first MVNOs, claims to be addressing that issue with a technique called Bonded Calling. Its ...
  • May 2 2016
    Wi-Fi Doesn’t Let Success Go to Its Head
    Wi-Fi is a decades-old technology, but it remains as relevant as ever because it continues to evolve in ways that benefit vendors, service providers and their customers. The Wi-Fi Alliance’s 2015 annual report is a convenient opportunity to look back and forward at some of the latest ways, such as how the organization has developed new technologies and membership tiers to ensure Wi-Fi remains hi...
  • Apr 26 2016
    Wi-Fi Here and Now
    I just returned from the well organized and well attended Wi-Fi Now conference in Washington DC. Topics at the three-day conference included enterprise applications, home security, innovations, leadership, carriers, spectrum, LTE-U, the Uberization of the wireless industry and the disruptive role of Wi-Fi. There was less talk about Wi-Fi monetization and greater focus on data analytics and the rap...
  • Apr 26 2016
    Scratch stops selling to new users – storm clouds ahead for WiFi-first?
    WiFi has so often been seen as a weapon for disruptive organizations to up-end the wireless services status quo, only to be hijacked by the mobile operators and telcos after all. That happened most famously in the municipal WiFi craze of a decade ago, which started with telcos taking city authorities to court for building networks to deliver low cost connectivity, and ended with the same operators...
  • Apr 18 2016
    Best-Effort Wi-Fi No Longer Cuts It
    It’s been over 14 years since VoiceStream (now part of T-Mobile) bought the assets of MobileStar, which went bankrupt trying to build a public Wi-Fi network. Ownership is one way mobile operators can have greater control over the quality of experience (QoE) that Wi-Fi delivers, but that strategy has it limits. For example, it takes a lot of time and money for a mobile operator to build or acq...
  • Apr 14 2016
    Comcast is recruiting a cellular team – but why is it so late in the day?
    It was March 2013 when we first heard a cable company talk about WiFi Homespots and their potential for cellular offload, and a month later when Comcast chimed in and said that it would build out WiFi to look into that opportunity and partner with Liberty Global from across the Atlantic, in Europe. And yet today there remains no clear service addition at Comcast nor a date on the near horizon for ...
  • Apr 11 2016
    Are MNOs snobbing Wi-Fi roaming?
    Most Mobile Operator Executives Use Wi-Fi Roaming, But Few Offer It to Their Customers. Why? If your employer doesn’t care whether you rack up a big international roaming bill on cellular, would you still bother to use free Wi-Fi service? Accuris Networks sought to answer that question by surveying mobile operator executives who were attending a March 2016 GSMA roaming conference in Brussels....
  • Apr 11 2016
    Ruckus – a strong buy for Brocade, Juniper isolated again
    Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the WiFi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier WiFi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition, the latest in a series of deals which could make Brocade a more dangerous challe...
  • Apr 5 2016
    More LTE-U clashes, but the real test will be route to market, not technology
    Telefonica and Ericsson have conducted the latest live demonstration of LTE-Unlicensed, bringing the technology closer to commercial implementation even outside the US and Korea. And with another 5 GHz LTE technology, LTE-LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) due to be standardized in 3GPP Release 13 this year, there is intense focus on these new options for mobile operators. Some of the debates, as t...
  • Apr 5 2016
    How Guest Wi-Fi is reshaping retail stores
    Mobile has changed the rules of the game for retail. Brick-and-mortar retailers no longer dominate the landscape as a result of the broad adoption of smart phones, tablets, and online shopping. Retailers are now left wondering how, and if, they can get back in the game. If they have a chance at succeeding, retailers must leverage the best of both physical and digital experiences in ways that offer...
  • Mar 30 2016
    Ericsson and Arqiva two faces of managed WiFi services
    The rise of neutral host and ‘as a service’ network models will be a significant boost to adoption of small cells, as highlighted in documents recently published as part of the Small Cell Forum’s Smart Enterprise Release (http://scf.io/en/documents/017_-_R6_-_Multi-Operator_Market_Drivers.php). But SCaaS (small cells as a service) opportunities are also growing in the public WiFi sector, as ...
  • Mar 20 2016
    SDN adoption drives growth of NWaaS:
    One of the most immediate objectives of AT&T’s move towards SDN and virtualization is to expand its network as a service (NWaaS) activities. The more flexible a network is, the more it can be ‘sliced’ into separate virtual sections dedicated to a particular application, enterprise customer or service provider. Capacity in the slices can be dialled up or down as those users need it, and c...
  • Mar 15 2016
    Guest Wi-Fi are expected to be a $25B market by 2020
    Services platforms for guest Wi-Fi are expected to reach a $25B market by 2020 according to recent research by Maravedis LLC. Mobile has changed the rules of the game for all businesses from retail to restaurants to hotels. Consumers are always online and they expect free Wi-Fi to be available everywhere they spend their money. This single fact challenges the very idea of offline. Online retail...
  • Mar 15 2016
    Birdstep sells assets to key WiFi offload competitor
    Birdstep Technology has announced it will be selling off its software development and marketing arm to one of its competitors in the WiFi offload arena, Smith Micro Software, for $2m. Sweden-based Birdstep is best known for its always best connected technology, an important area of activity as operators increasingly rely on steering users between WiFi and cellular seamlessly. This capability ca...
  • Mar 9 2016
    Operators Struggle to Unlock Value in IoT-Driven Big Data
    Every Internet of Things (IoT) forecast predicts tens of billions of devices coming online over the next decade. With a lot of devices comes a lot of data, and if a recent survey is any indication, the telecom industry is struggling to figure out what to do with all of it. Telecoms.com Intelligence polled more than 1,500 telecom professionals about big data. Seventy-one percent agreed that big ...
  • Mar 8 2016
    Mobile and cablecos vye to use WiFi most effectively
    The more ubiquitous and carrier-class public WiFi becomes, the more the battle heats up between mobile operators and their non-cellular challengers, to see which can harness WiFi more effectively. For the MNOs, intelligent balancing of traffic between the two technologies is important to cost of delivery and to quality of experience. Vodafone Germany is working with Cisco to pilot a system whi...
  • Feb 29 2016
    MWC 2016: The big themes in Barcelona
    These were the biggest themes this year in Barcelona – no big surprises on the topic list, though there were plenty of unexpected twists within each area, many of them concerned with unexpected new alliances (Qualcomm joining the rebranded Open Interconnect Consortium; Facebook luring Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom into its Telecom Infra Project). In Wireless Watch’s two special MWC editions,...
  • Feb 29 2016
    5G empowering vertical industries
    Standards work on 5G began in late 2015, and the first commercial networks probably won’t launch until 2020 at the earliest. But it’s not too early to begin pondering what 5G could mean for verticals such as health care, manufacturing, smart cities and automotive. One reason is because some of these industries make technological decisions several years out. Automakers, for example, will nee...
  • Feb 23 2016
    Overcoming the Wi-Fi Challenges Facing Retail and Quick Service Restaurants
    One of the major goals of most retailers and quick service restaurants (QSRs) is to create a unique, consistent, and frictionless customer experience. Creating such an experience means removing the experience failures that cause customer dissatisfaction and create incentive for consumers to abandon engagement. However, according to a report issued by research firm EKN, they don’t know who the...
  • Feb 23 2016
    How big is the WiFi Gap
    A while ago a major client asked Maravedis to quantify broadband globally, and it has given us lots of data to point out disparities between how connected the world is. Of course China is way out on its own when it comes to WiFi, with 4.8 million hotspots, many of them owned by China Mobile, and delivered in partnership with coffee bars, restaurants and hotels throughout China. But China only rank...
  • Feb 15 2016
    IEEE must push WiFi to the heart of the 5G agenda this year
    There is a broad assumption that 5G will end up being an umbrella platform which includes a range of radio access technologies under its heavily virtualized canopy. Many of the R&D projects feeding into 5G – from vendors, governments, operators or academic institutions – are focused on this endlessly flexible, sliceable, programmable network. But in terms of specific radio standards, the p...
  • Feb 15 2016
    Retailers and restaurants are embracing Guest Wi-Fi to boost their business
    In this connected world, customers are depending increasingly on their smartphones for information about the world around them. While many retailers and restaurants already offer Wi-Fi, now is the time for them to take advantage of the opportunity to leverage their Wi-Fi service to advance their business goals. The adoption of smartphones is revolutionizing the retail industry. Retail is one of...
  • Feb 9 2016
    Latest Cisco VNI Quantifies Mobile’s Growth and Wi-Fi’s Role as Competitor and Enabler
    Fifteen years ago, nearly every PowerPoint presentation about wireless had a slide predicting data traffic taking off like a hockey stick. What might have seemed overly optimistic then looks like an underestimation now. That’s one takeaway from Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2015 to 2020), which cites Maravedis’ Wi-Fi research. According to Ci...
  • Feb 8 2016
    Qualcomm lines up LTE trials in 5 GHz on both sides of the pond
    This week has seen Qualcomm taking strides towards putting LTE into unlicensed spectrum, with a deal to demonstrate LTE-Unlicensed with Verizon in the US, and another in Germany to show off LTE-LAA, working with spectrum owned by Deutsche Telekom. The former will be the most closely watched because LTE-U is both more controversial and more immediate than LTE-LAA (Licensed Assisted Access). The ...
  • Feb 2 2016
    FreedomPop’s Global SIM: the disruptive face of the new MVNO
    Mobile voice and data access is becoming commoditized in the same way that fixed-line broadband did, leaving operators to choose between fighting an access price war or moving up the chain into value added services. Their task is made more challenging by the rising tide of companies – giants and start-ups – which are adapting those Internet connectivity models for the mobile world at last, pot...
  • Jan 28 2016
    AirTies can finally talk openly about Sky-Q hybrid mesh
    Bulent Celebi, the ebullient chairman of AirTies Wireless Networks, has been talking to us about proprietary mesh networks and powerline as a spare backhaul option in WiFi for so long, that it’s hard to imagine that we have never written about it. But it has taken this long for someone to buy into the concept and for the product to be completed for a live implementation and readied for launch. ...
  • Jan 26 2016
    Neutral Host Networks are a Win-Win For MNOs AND Venue Owners
    The development of Neutral Host Networks in key venues, is one of the most important trends in the broadband wireless industry today.  As mobile operators expand and densify their 4G LTE networks, the need to provide in-building networks to supplement the outdoor macro network becomes more critical.  To provide improved coverage in key venues, and to meet the ever-increasing capacity needs,  op...
  • Jan 25 2016
    Cellular Needs LPWA to Compete with Wi-Fi
    IoT Finally Gets What it Needs By some estimates, there will be more than 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices in use by 2020. As impressive as that might be, it’s possible that the amount would be even greater today if the lack of two things hadn’t limited the viability of some IoT applications: A low-power cellular technology, which is key for IoT applications where the device ca...
  • Jan 25 2016
    HPE bridges the management of physical and virtual networks
    The move to virtualized and software-defined networks is not a big bang process. Most operators will transition their infrastructure one element at a time, and for at least a decade will have physical and virtual systems working alongside each other. Allowing both types of platform to exchange information and to be accessible to shared applications will be as much of a challenge as supporting inte...
  • Jan 20 2016
    Hotels Plan Record-High Technology Spending in 2016
    Largely in an effort to keep up with customer expectations, hotels are planning to add—and make better use of—a wide range of technologies. According to Hospitality Technology’s annual Lodging Technology Study, 54% of hotels plan to invest in more technology in 2016 than they did in prior years. This level of investment is projected to represent an average hotel technology budget that exceed...
  • Jan 18 2016
    Boingo has NFV in 20% of airport hotspots
    Managed hotspot provider Boingo Wireless is leading the charge to bring virtualization to public WiFi networks, in order to reap the same benefits which mobile operators are targeting in their cellular platforms. Boingo says about 20% of its WiFi locations in US airports now support the NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) specifications, which are becoming a widely accepted standard. The com...
  • Jan 14 2016
    The Future of Automotive Mobility
    A series of articles published by Deloitte’s automotive practice engages in a close examination of the evolving mobility ecosystem in the automobile market. With gas prices reaching a 30-year low, demand reaching record levels, and the sales mix becoming skewed towards larger, more profitable vehicles, automotive manufactures are searching for ways to meet the mobility needs of consumers. Wit...
  • Jan 11 2016
    WiFi Alliance launches HaLow brand for 802.11ah sub-GHz WiFi
    The WiFi Alliance has finally given a brand name to its sub-GHz WiFi standard, with 802.11ah now called HaLow. Operating in the unlicensed 900MHz ISM band, the primary goal of 802.11ah is to create a version of WiFi that enjoys better attenuation through physical barriers and a longer range. Some advocate using the new standard as an ideal smart city technology, given its predicted potential ma...
  • Jan 11 2016
    Qualcomm adds 802.11ad and SON to its WiFi offering
    In July 2014, Qualcomm acquired one of the pioneers of WiGig, a WiFi-like standard for the 60 GHz band, now under the auspices of the WiFi Alliance. In doing so, it put mobile platforms at the heart of the WiGig agenda and wrested some leadership from Intel, which had previously made the running, focusing mainly on fast PC-periperhal interconnect. Now it is bringing multimode WiFi/WiGig chipset...
  • Jan 11 2016
    The 5 Retail Technologies that Could Revolutionize In-Store Shopping
    According to the U.S. Commerce Department, e-commerce sales were up 15.1% in the third quarter of 2015. When compared to a 1.6% increase in total retail, it’s easy to see that brick-and-mortar stores are facing a serious competitive challenge.  However brick-and-mortar stores have always had an experiential advantage over online stores. They just need to start leveraging the fact that 60% of...
  • Jan 7 2016
    Amazon enters WiFi chip business
    Will sell Alpine processors, from its Annapurna acquisition, under its own brand for WiFi routers and other equipment Ever since it broke out of its retail model to make its own mobile devices, there has been speculation that Amazon would go a step further and create its own chips, achieving Apple-style control over its designs and costs. However, the failure of the Fire Phone seemed to put paid ...
  • Dec 15 2015
    Connectivity in Subways
    Anyone who has traveled in a subway train has had the frustrating experience of losing their cell phone and Wi-Fi connection. As the number of urban dwellers continues to rise along with the number of subway passengers, there is a need to fulfill the traveler’s expectation of seamless connectivity. That’s one of the conclusions made by Internet Connectivity in Underground Rail Systems globa...
  • Dec 14 2015
    Boingo close to announcing second carrier partner to join Sprint
    As WiFi becomes carrier-class, it will be able to support a broadening range of carrier use cases, not just simple offload. Aggregator Boingo Wireless is determined to leverage that trend and take the lead in profiting from Passpoint and Next Generation Hotspot (NGH), the standards which lie at the heart of carrier WiFi. Boingo expects to go live with a sec-ond carrier deal for cellular/WiFi integ...
  • Dec 8 2015
    Wi-Fi Roaming Business Case
    More and more, people throughout the world are relying on their smart devices to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues when they are traveling. Cellular roaming services have been available for quite some time. However, it’s been estimated that as many as 70% of international travelers often rely on W-Fi networks instead of traditional mobile services according to a white paper ent...
  • Dec 8 2015
    HPE leverages Aruba and Intel
    One month into its new life as an independent firm, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) held its first conference, Discover 2015, in London. The highlights were a mobile-first enterprise platform from WiFi subsidiary Aruba, and a suite of products called Edgeline, which allow significant proportions of IoT data to be processed and filtered near its source via gateways at the edge of the network. Both...
  • Dec 1 2015
    The State of Wi-Fi Networks
    We recently updated our forecasts for the number of hotspots and homespots in select countries. Operators in these countries comprised of converged operators (fixed and mobile) as well as pure fixed broadband operators (mainly cable providers) reported that they have deployed a combined total of more than 7.5 million directly operated hotspots. The trends towards denser networks, a wider variety...
  • Nov 30 2015
    WiFi Alliance brings a complex dose of reality to LTE-U tests
    Amid rising concerns over the impact on WiFi of the planned LTE expansion into unli-censed spectrum, the WiFi Alliance has published its first guidelines specifying testing for coexistence without performance impairment. However, after its Coexistence Test Workshop, held early in Novembe, the Alliance con-firmed that more work was needed to establish a full testing framework that would en-sure LT...
  • Nov 24 2015
    US cablecos poised to fulfil their wireless potential at last
    The story of cable WiFi is, so far, one of fascinating potential rather than actual achievement. In the US, the major cablecos are investing heavily in WiFi hotspots and homespots, laying the foundations for disruptive services which are yet to materialize. Cablevision’s WiFi-only FreeWheel, and even WiFi-first offerings like Republic Wireless, have tiny market share. The real potential lies in ...
  • Nov 24 2015
    The Connected Car: Driving IoT
    The automotive industry currently finds itself at a crossroads.Innovative technologies, new digital services, and autonomous driving features are racing forward as the connected car joins the Internet of things. The pace is moving so fast that PWC’s Connected Car Study 2015 projects that worldwide annual sales of connected-car technologies will triple to $130.5 billion by 2021. Let's first ...
  • Nov 18 2015
    Devicescape's BandwidthX deal - face of the new WiFi
    Rethink Wireless is a sample of our full paid service Wireless Watch, click link below for 4 week FREE trial. Wireless Watch Trial As WiFi takes on carrier-grade qualities, it will increasingly become a tool for service providers which do not own spectrum. Cable operators in the US and Europe are starting to deploy WiFi hotspots and homespots to add wireless services to their multiplay bundles,...
  • Nov 16 2015
    Telefonica and Liberty take new approach to WiFi gateways
    Fixed-line operators are increasingly using WiFi as a killer weapon to extend their multiplay bundles into wireless, and that means the WiFi-enabled home gateway is becoming a source of competitive differentiation. This has been seen especially in the US, but now it seems that Telefonica has taken the same approach as Comcast or Liberty Global, maximizing differentiation by designing its own home ...
  • Nov 12 2015
    Wi-Fi cashing on Voice and Roaming
    From being a technology that just enables access to the Internet at home or in the coffee shop, WiFi is becoming a key enabler for mobile service. With more recent developments in a seamless handoff from WiFi to LTE and vice versa, the source of connection to the Internet should become much more fluid in future. WiFi is increasingly considered as a solution to many of the mobile quality of expe...
  • Nov 9 2015
    On the Road to Big Data Analytics
    As the market edges closer and closer to 5G, there are some exciting opportunities that are emerging for operators. With more and more is made in the areas of capacity, security, quality of service, and integration among networks, there will be a corresponding increase in the number of business cases. Ideally, some of these business cases will reach their full potential when 5G becomes available....
  • Nov 9 2015
    Ericsson/Cisco alliance will reshape the carrier industry
    Ever since the mobile access network started its migration to IP, the narrative has centered on whether Ericsson, the mobile king, or IP giant Cisco, would be the winner in the new market. That made the news that the two companies are entering into a deep partnership seem shocking at first - but then completely logical. The two companies announced on Monday that they will cooperate from develop...
  • Nov 5 2015
    Intel's latest stab at wireless power
    Despite past failures, Intel continues to explore every angle to win itself a significant role in the wireless market. Its latest has uncanny echoes of its WiMAX adventure, when it invested in several operators to support their roll-outs of its preferred technology. With WiFi-first phone services proving to be a more effective disruptor of the 3GPP model than WiMAX was, Intel is taking a stake in ...
  • Nov 5 2015
    iPass network grows and grows, adds FON to go to 50m APs
    Back in August, US WiFi aggregator iPass cut a deal that put it out on its own, tying up with Devicescape, to create a network that we compared favorably with that of FON, the Spanish entity that invented WiFi sharing. At the time it claimed it would then to go 50 million access points, and later head to almost 60 million. That claim has become somewhat blurred, as it now says that a new deal w...
  • Nov 3 2015
    Qualcomm broadens its portfolio
    As it gears up to announce its fourth quarter results,  Qualcomm has reason to be more confident than it has been for some time. Its share price has risen steadily this month, topping $60 – not high by the standards of a firm which has sometimes hit $100, but a big improvement on a depressed September in which it came close to multiyear lows. The confidence comes partly from the ongoing rest...
  • Nov 2 2015
    Wi-Fi will be at the heart of Dubai Smart City
    During the Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Jose, I had the pleasure to sit down with Paul Taylor, Manager Business Development & Wi-Fi services at du to discuss the drivers behind the recent carrier Wi-Fi initiatives. Public Wi-Fi has been around for years now, what is the situation in Dubai? Within just decades Dubai has evolved from not much more than a strip of desert and sleepy fishing ...
  • Oct 28 2015
    Implications of LTE in the 5 GHz Band
    Back in December 2013, during a 3GPP Radio Access Network (RAN) plenary meeting, Ericsson and Qualcomm introduced LTE-Unlicensed, a scheme that puts LTE-Advanced signals in the 5 GHz unlicensed UNII band, in conjunction with an LTE "anchor" signal in a licensed band.  The objective is supplemental downlink bandwidth (eventually both supplemental downlink and uplink bandwidth), to help meet ever-e...
  • Oct 26 2015
    Cablecos get ready for wireless primetime
    The disruptive potential of the WiFi-first (and even WiFi-only) models have already been seen in early deployments by start-up MVNOs such as Republic Wireless, and some cable launches on both sides of the Atlantic (Cablevision, Free Mobile in France, Liberty’s Ziggo). There has been a sense, however, that these are the outriders, and behind them are really big cable and telco players, determined...
  • Oct 21 2015
    WiFi Alliance aims to be 5 GHz gatekeeper of 5 GHz
    When the WiFi Alliance said recently that it wanted to oversee a coexistence certification system for the emerging LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, it provoked a storm in the cellular community in the US, where some operators hope to deploy LTE-U from next year. However, the WFA is pressing ahead to develop a set of guidelines for coexistence for the two networks, which will look to share the 5 ...
  • Oct 21 2015
    High Growth Areas for Wi-Fi Based Services
    Last week the Wi-Fi Global Congress was the opportunity to meet again industry colleagues as well as new faces and to take the pulse of the industry. Congrats to the WBA team for the flawless organization and the excellent next generation Wi-Fi connectivity in and around the convention center! Although I have missed many interesting sessions while attending customer meetings, I felt the industr...
  • Oct 12 2015
    Moral indignation to the fore in 5.00 GHz LTE use
    There IS definitely a moral argument to be had around 5.0 GHz license free spectrum, but we’re not sure that Evolve, the coalition launched to “enhance people’s lives” has quite got to the heart of the matter. What it seems to have delivered in its formation notices this week instead is a pile of self-serving claptrap, to make the mobile industry a lot richer. When it says that Evolve w...
  • Oct 11 2015
    More than Half of Operators Plan to Deploy Carrier-grade Wi-Fi
    The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving next generation Wi-Fi and its role in Public Wi-Fi services, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Converged Services, Smart Cities and 5G, today published its annual report on the state of the Wi-Fi ecosystem, compiled by global research company Maravedis-Rethink. The report reveals that 57% of Operators have firm t...
  • Oct 7 2015
    WiFi Alliance reaches out to the broader smart home ecosystem
    It is clear that the smart home, and the broader internet of things (IoT), will need to use, and integrate, several wireless protocols, from the ultra-short range (NFC) to the personal area (Bluetooth, Thread, ZigBee) to the long range (LoRa, Sigfox or new LTE variants). In between all these, and overlapping with many of them, is WiFi. WiFi has the best claim to be a general purpose network whi...
  • Oct 5 2015
    The Evolving Wi-Fi Business Models
    It’s almost an understatement to say that the Wi-Fi platform is “evolving.” That’s because the rate of its evolution is so rapid and the scope of its impact is so broad. Over the next decade and beyond, we will witness an explosion of new business cases enabled by an array of new and developing Wi-Fi functionalities. Going forward, we will also see increased investment in the developmen...
  • Sep 29 2015
    CableLabs pipes up again to defend WiFi from “unfair” LTE-U
    A blog at CableLabs from its principal architect, Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, makes it abundantly clear that US MNOs are planning to hijack WiFi spectrum, and effectively act as a block on WiFi performance. The main accusations are that LTE-U is being developed outside of international standards for the US market, and no WiFi entity is being invited to join the process. Instead it is a club run by ...
  • Sep 28 2015
    The Winding Road to 5G
    The future of Wi-Fi is tied in many ways to the future of 5G. Although there is no clear definition of 5G, one thing is clear, some of the key trends currently driving developments in the Wi-Fi ecosystem will be fundamental to the creation and growth of 5G. The NGMN Alliance published a white paper in March of 2015 that summarizes what industry stakeholders are thinking about the core goals of ...
  • Sep 22 2015
    5 Technology Developments Necessary to Create Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi
      As the public Wi-Fi ecosystem grows and evolves, significant technology development must take place to establish and support carrier-grade Wi-Fi. Even as Wi-Fi standards increase capabilities, enhance service, and expand applications, a variety of other improvements are required. Here are five technology developments that are necessary for the creation of carrier-grade Wi-Fi: Phys...
  • Sep 17 2015
    Altice buys Cablevision as quad play reaches US
    Rethink Wireless is a sample of our full paid service Wireless Watch, click link below for 4 week FREE trial. Wireless Watch Trial Perhaps the dominant theme of 2015, for the telecoms sector, has been the race to the quad play. French broadband operators Iliad and Altice have established themselves as disruptive fixed/mobile players at home, and are looking to repeat that elsewhere. Iliad faile...
  • Sep 15 2015
    Key developments in the Wi-Fi platform and ecosystem 2014-15
    The pace of change is accelerating across the public Wi-Fi ecosystem. Last year’s report on the state of the Wi-Fi industry detailed some quite significant shifts, but the contrasts which can be seen this year are even more dramatic. These are driven by several overall trends: The increasing shift from best effort public Wi-Fi to full carrier-grade Wi-Fi, enabling many new business models (s...
  • Sep 15 2015
    Quantenna 8×8 chips aims at the world
    Quantenna believes it has leveraged its lead in WiFi chipset design to open up a retail and an enterprise market for its chips. But more than anything, it’s new 8×8 MU-MIMO chip pushes its design lead in operator supplied set tops and home gateways – beyond the reach of Broadcom and Qualcomm-Atheros for the foreseeable future. It claims the device can top out at 10 Gbps throughput. Quanten...
  • Sep 9 2015
    Sharing my Wi-Fi Networks
    Startup Instabridge has just announced having raised 3 million EUR of series A last week. Following closely innovation going in the Wi-Fi space, I decided to learn more about the company and its vision and phoned up CEO Niklas Agevik who was kind enough to answer some of my questions. From the get go, I liked the clean design of Instabridge website which is consistent with its vision of a simple...
  • Sep 4 2015
    LTE LAA should drop the PR offensive and ask WiFi for help
    This week we have been invited to an event by Qualcomm which is entitled “Setting the Record Straight on LTE-U with WiFi Coexistence,” which will be presented by Signals Research Group, a company who regularly wins contracts almost exclusively from Qualcomm and Ericsson research budgets, and with no WiFi expert in sight. We plan to listen and ask questions carefully before unveiling it as what...
  • Sep 1 2015
    iPass close to hotspot target with Devicescape deal
    The importance of WiFi infrastructure is on the rise (see separate item) and that creates opportunities for aggregators to offer the broadest platforms to customers – from enterprises to cellular offloaders to WiFi-first MVNOs. That makes a recent deal between iPass and Devicescape a significant one in the world of carrier WiFi. The two companies both offer clients a huge number of curated ho...
  • Sep 1 2015
    Honey, I Shrunk the Smartphone RF Front-Ends!
    Over the past 15 years, we've witnessed a remarkable increase in the Radio Frequency content in smartphones.  There are now seven wireless interfaces in high-end mobile devices: FDD cellular, TDD cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS such as GPS and GLONASS, Near Field Communication, and wireless power battery charging. The cellular RF front-end ​specifically is rapidly evolving in terms of compl...
  • Aug 25 2015
    Rising importance of Wi-Fi drives M&As
    The rising importance of WiFi to cable companies is generating new alliances and rivalries .The cable operators are reshaping the US telecoms landscape. They are leveraging their powerful combination of readymade small cell backhaul and economical carrier WiFi access to point to a new model for wireless delivery, in which cellular is still necessary, but just one element in the converged fixed/mob...
  • Aug 24 2015
    Google's WiFi router is Trojan Horse in the smart home
    Google just can't keep away from devices. It may have sold Motorola's handset business - already making a bigger splash than it has for years under Lenovo's wing - and delayed trials of its Project Ara modular smartphone, but it continues to follow the dream of taking the design lead in the gadgets which will fuel usage of the web, and Google's services, in future. The latest example is the new...
  • Jul 21 2015
    Boingo's Wi-Fi Strategy
    From the Wi-Fi Intelligence Service. Boingo is a global provider of Wi-Fi, DAS, and Small cell services with access to over 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots in over 90 countries connecting more than 22.8 million users. The company deploys its network in multi-user venues such as shopping malls, airports, restaurants, stadiums, universities and military bases. The company builds and manages its own netw...
  • Jul 21 2015
    Wireless Proximity Services
    If proximity services are to be the next big hope for generating data, and money, from smartphone users, cellular networks will once again have to justify their role in that value chain. Small cells and 3G/4G’s location capabilities make a strong case, based around high levels of security, privacy enforcement and ubiquity. But the unlicensed spectrum options mean a far wider variety of service p...
  • Jul 14 2015
    Telcos and the smart city opportunity
    More than 100 cities across the world are currently in the process of implementing Smart city initiatives. With Europe, North America, and Asia playing pioneering roles, the majority of Smart city investments are flowing into Smart Grids, reduction of carbon emissions, building automation, and free public Wi-Fi. As the focus of investment shifts in the coming years to Smart Health, Smart Govern...
  • Jul 8 2015
    Mobile Data Rates - Hype v. Reality
    On June 17th, the FCC announced their intention to fine AT&T Mobility $100M for allegedly failing to notify their customers that their mobile data rates were throttled to  about 500 Kbps after certain data usage thresholds (3 GB of 3G data / 5 GB of 4G data) were exceeded.  In this context, it was widely reported that typical non-throttled AT&T Mobility data rates range from 15 to 20 Mbp...
  • Jul 7 2015
    Inside Sprint’s Wi-Fi Strategy
    Over the past decade, investors, analysts and customers have fixated on Sprint’s cellular network, particularly its struggles to accommodate the smartphone boom. But it’s a mistake to overlook what Sprint is doing with Wi-Fi to improve coverage, expand its service portfolio, enhance its competitive position and minimize its postpaid churn, which is higher than those of its three largest rivals...
  • Jul 3 2015
    Australian Homespot network unveiled for business
    Telstra in Australia has finally rolled out its 1 million plus WiFi hotspot deployment, built mostly around FON Homespots, and naturally, as part of the FON global network is saying that it joins a community of 15 million FONspots around the world. FON is the Spanish software operation which came up with the idea for home broadband uses to “share” their home broadband capacity through WiFi. ...
  • Jun 30 2015
    WiFi can run at BLE power levels, says Rockchip
    Rethink Wireless is a sample of our full paid service Wireless Watch, click the link below for 4 week FREE trial. Wireless Watch Trial The WiFi community is waging a technology and PR battle to make its technology as ubiquitous in connected 'things' as it is in PCs and smartphones. It scores in many areas, notably user acceptance and ease of use, but for battery-fuelled devices, it loses out to...
  • Jun 29 2015
    Russia’s Enforta’s is Leading the Way in Monetizing Wi-Fi Services
    While LTE and 3G adoption remains relatively low for Russia’s 249 million mobile subscribers, Wi-Fi is gaining traction among enterprise customers. In Russia, 3G and LTE adoption is at 5% and 31% respectively according to GSA which is low compared to Europe or other countries in Western Europe.  This opens opportunity for Wi-Fi, where businesses pay a fix monthly fee per access point versus act...
  • Jun 24 2015
    Juniper fills WiFi hole with Ruckus alliance
    With HP buying its current WiFi partner Aruba, the router maker taps Ruckus to offer wired/wireless solution to enterprises Juniper has been left out in the cold by recent M&A activity in the network infrastructure market, but it is going some way to compensate by forming an alliance with carrier WiFi leader Ruckus Wireless. The deal is likely to replace Juniper's current enterprise WiFi...
  • Jun 22 2015
    WiFi going software-defined
    The role that software-defined networking (SDN) will play in the future of networking equipment and IT operations will continue to grow and evolve as end-users and their many devices place increasing demands on Wi-Fi infrastructures. A problem for broadband operators and also OTT video providers is that consumer expectations are evolving faster than the service’s overall ability to meet them....
  • Jun 22 2015
    LTE-U dispute hits the FCC, but KT demonstrates WiFi harmony
    The debate about LTE in unlicensed spectrum, and whether it will interfere with WiFi, is a heated and topical one and has certainly been a key discussion point during this spring’s conference season. But while the WiFi and 3GPP communities hurl their respective arguments, test results and even insults, many companies are actually still focusing on bringing the two technologies harmoniously toget...
  • Jun 17 2015
    Wi-Fi Connecting HealthCare
    Recent articles report that every hospital and GP surgery in England is likely to start providing free Wi-Fi in a move by the NHS (National Healthcare System in England) to keep patients entertained and help doctors and nurses use much more technology in their work. The government’s National Information Board (NIB) has commissioned a feasibility study into the viability of turning the whole N...
  • Jun 11 2015
    Birdstep tries to corner cellular into “losing its religion”
    This article is part of the Faultline Service. Please request a FREE four week trial for Faultline.   If you ask anyone technical in cellular what is the best way to understand what’s going on, on a cellular device, they will tell you that the viewpoint you need is from the network. They are wrong and this is why they fail to understand their customers. They are a little bit right too, but ...
  • Jun 9 2015
    Adding Wi-Fi to the Hetnet
    The past few years have seen public Wi-Fi platforms evolving from supporting affordable broadband coverage and capacity for best effort access, to becoming truly carrier-grade. That process is still ongoing, but 2015 is seeing rising uptake of some of the technologies that are making Wi-Fi carrier-grade, such as Passpoint and Next Generation Hotspot (NGH), the 802.11ac upgrade, and closer integ...
  • Jun 9 2015
    Qualcomm pushes home MU-MIMO lead with partner list
    We’re a little baffled by this week’s announcements from Qualcomm Atheros about its new MU-MIMO WiFi chips, the QCA 9984 and 9994 as they seem to be very different from the chip that it has gone to market with back in Spring 2014. We very much got the impression from speaking to Todd Antes, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Atheros, both now and in the past, that the previous...
  • Jun 1 2015
    IP Theft & RF BAW Filters
    The New York Times recently reported on another troubling example of IP theft / transfer from strategically important US technologies companies, in this particular case to a bogus state-owned Chinese RFFE (Radio Frequency Front-End) company called ROFS Microsystem, unfortunately closely affiliated with the venerated Tianjin University (established in 1895).  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/0...
  • Jun 1 2015
    WBA conference points the way to 2020 for carrier WiFi
    by Caroline Gabriel and Adlane Fellah Last week saw the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), which represents WiFi service providers round the world, holding its WiFi Global Congress event in London. The group announced 22 new members including Swisscom and Purple WiFi, bringing its membership to 108, collectively supporting 10m hotspots and one billion users worldwide. Discussions at the con...
  • May 20 2015
    WBA Report Highlights Role of Wi-Fi in 5G, IoT and Converged Services
    Wireless Broadband Alliance Report Highlights Role of Wi-Fi in 5G, Internet of Things and Converged Services ‘Towards 2020’ details how the widespread deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks is driving further cellular convergence and the development of innovative services London – WGC – May 20th 2015 – The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on drivi...
  • May 18 2015
    Exploding RFFE Complexity
    Nearly every day, I am surprised how senior digital communications engineers, systems architects, and senior technical marketers at broadband wireless operators/carriers, 4G LTE application processor SoC suppliers and even 4G cellular digital baseband processor suppliers seemingly fail to fully appreciate the Radio Frequency (RF) front-end circuits that make all wireless communications possible. ...
  • May 18 2015
    Boingo enlists mobile platforms to accelerate Passpoint uptake
    Integration of cellular and WiFi networks lies at the heart of many important business models, including the mobile operators’ HetNets and the cablecos’ WiFi-first services. However, these rely on completely seamless authentication and hand-off as users move between the different connections. This is currently mainly supported by third party software, but the base-level functionality is sta...
  • May 12 2015
    Wi-Fi: The Technology of Choice for IoT
    The number of connected devices in the world is projected to exceed 5 billion by the end of 2015 and explode to more than 50 billion by 2020. The sheer number of devices is almost enough to usher the world into the era of the Internet of Things, the next stage of the information revolution. Almost. The Internet of Things—an intelligent network of things capable of communicating directly or in...
  • May 11 2015
    AirTies wins SingTel trial for its WiFi mesh
      We have been talking about the mesh WiFi networking software from residential equipment maker Airties for about four years. Finally an operator, SingTel in Singapore, has put it into action, at least as a trial. WiFi network performance in homes is often impaired by many seemingly benign factors. WiFi dead zones can be attributed to router placement, home layouts, wall and floor thick...
  • May 11 2015
    Sprint makes WiFi part of “massive densification” program
    "When you massively densify any network, the result that you get when you have so much spectrum is spectacular," Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure said on the US operator’s recent quarterly earnings call. The company is still under intense pressure finally to deliver the promises it has been making to build a super-high capacity network and to use it to reverse the postpaid subscriber losses which h...
  • May 6 2015
    Vodafone to add 2m FON hotspots
    Two million homespots is a small number for a company the size of Vodafone, but it shows the company’s intent for the first time, to be part of the WiFi revolution that could potentially disrupt cellular pricing. Vodafone has this week joined FON, in a surprise move, which at least means that homespots – a commercial WiFi hotspot from a home gateway – will be incorporated into Vodafone du...
  • May 5 2015
    Dell partners with Aerohive, perhaps to fill Aruba gap
    The enterprise WiFi world is in flux, following Hewlett-Packard’s decision to acquire Aruba.  Not only will that significantly strengthen HP’s somewhat shaky competitive position, but it will have knock-on effects on Aruba’s existing partners, notably Dell and Juniper. Dell has reacted quickly and signed a reseller agreement with another enterprise wireless stalwart, Aerohive Networks. I...
  • Apr 27 2015
    New-style operators will keep cellular relevant in the WiFi era
    By rights, we should by now be heading rapidly towards a world where mobile spectrum is no longer a trump card for an operator. For the first time since the start of the cellular era, there are alter-native ways to support wireless broadband services, based on WiFi, which can enable companies to compete without splashing out on a licence. And juggling different connections –as in the new Google ...
  • Apr 27 2015
    Google Fi is a window into the wireless future
    Google's much-anticipated MVNO, dubbed Fi, is only the tiniest step towards the search giant's disruptive vision of a world in which thousands of service providers tap into an anonymous pool of wireless capacity on an on-demand basis. But it is a step nonetheless, and people, like AT&T's CFO John Stephens, who dismiss it as just another MVNO (with limited coverage to boot) are missing the poin...
  • Apr 24 2015
    Wi-Fi : Chasing the Trillion Dollar Pie
    I just left the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit in San Francisco. Congrats to Claus and Hassen for putting together another great show. We heard speaker’s from the operator and vendor communities, and I wanted to share some of the highlights and my impressions. Still a Modest piece of the Pie Wi-Fi continues to generate a lot of buzz thanks to recent, high-profile launches such as Google Fi, the c...
  • Apr 21 2015
    ‘Muni WiFi’ is back, but with a very different business case
    The term ‘muni WiFi’ is rarely heard these days, since the bubble surrounding publicly owned, free city networks burst spectacularly in 2007 after a couple of years of often overwrought enthusiasm. Almost a decade after that initial buzz, the label may have changed, but city networks are certainly back in vogue. Will they thrive this time, and manage to overcome the political, legal and busine...
  • Apr 14 2015
    Improving the in-Store Shopping Experience with Wi-Fi
    The way shoppers use their mobile devices while researching products and making purchases in stores continues to disrupt retail. Despite the rapid growth of online retail sales, more than 94% of the $4.4 trillion in U.S. retail sales took place in a brick and mortar store in 2014. To identify the trends associated with mobile usage in stores, InReality conducted a survey of shoppers across 11 r...
  • Apr 13 2015
    EE gives WiFi Calling a key role in its competitive push
    Ahead of its proposed acquisition by BT, the UK’s largest cellco, EE, is certainly not falling victim to the lethargy that often afflicts companies when they are in pre-merger limbo. The company was confirmed to have the country’s largest LTE network by a recent study from regulator Ofcom, and as well as adding carrier aggregation and other new features to its 4G infrastructure, it is also try...
  • Apr 7 2015
    Spectrum sharing is urgent as licensed/unlicensed barriers blur
    As the need for wireless broadband capacity grows, and the supply of virgin spectrum in optimal bands below 6GHz dries up, the need to share spectrum between rising numbers of parties is scarcely challenged any more. Sharing can be supported in several  ways of relevance to the WiFi community – allowing licence-exempt technologies to share frequencies already held by incumbent licensees such...
  • Apr 6 2015
    In-Store Wi-Fi and the Retailer’s Bottom Line
    In an effort to achieve the goals of fulfilling an omnichannel strategy and improving the customer experience, retailers have begun to fundamentally change the architecture of their store IT systems. Over the past few years, upgrading the communications infrastructure at the store level has become a priority, and it is a trend that will continue into the future. That’s the general conclusion ...
  • Mar 24 2015
    The RF Internet of Things
    Over the past several weeks, I have been reading a prominent investor website that offers a mix of free professional and amateur investment analysis. Perhaps reflecting the PC-centric world we are leaving behind, the general level of knowledge regarding multicore microprocessors, LPDDR4 SDRAM memory, GPUs, audio processors, image processor, video processors, etc. seems to be quite high in this ...
  • Mar 23 2015
    UK’s largest cellco strikes TV balance between WiFi and LTE
    The UK’s largest cellco, EE, has been moving towards a quad play offering, which will be one attraction for its proposed acquirer, incumbent telco BT. The mobile player has announced that it plans to extend its current EE TV multiscreen service, which runs on WiFi, to its cellular network. EE TV is designed to increase the operator’s share of household media and communications spend, by bei...
  • Mar 16 2015
    Consumers Are Rapidly Shifting Their Video Viewing Habits
    The concept of “watching TV” appears to be giving way to a more generalized concept of watching something good in the most convenient way possible. With increased frequency, viewers are turning to mobile video to satisfy that need. That’s one of the important conclusions of the Ooyala’s Global Video Index Q4 2014 report. The most telling statistic in the report is that more than one thi...
  • Mar 16 2015
    Alcatel offers Unified Network, uses WiFi/Cellular in parallel
    On the eve of Mobile World Congress Alcatel showed its hand in WiFi with an announcement of what it calls a new Wireless Unified Network (WUN). It seems to go one step further in the use of unlicensed spectrum than other cellular proponents in that it is happy to keep WiFi in the loop, rather than trying to replace it and sideline it to a single operator. This diagram goes a long way to explain...
  • Mar 16 2015
    InterDigital’s new product strategy
    Two years ago, InterDigital was at Mobile World Congress showcasing a new business model, having failed to sell some of its huge portfolio of wireless patents, and decided to rebalance its revenue mix towards consultancy and commercial products. Its bid to harness its significant engineering and R&D resources to generate more products, rather than just licensing opportunities, has started to p...
  • Mar 12 2015
    Vodafone UK to launch VoLTE and WiFi Calling
    First UK operator to give firm date for 4G voice, as it follows a growing trend to roll out both IP-based services in parallel At long last the era of circuit-switched voice is coming to a slow end, and carriers are accelerating their plans to roll out Voice over LTE, increasingly as a companion strategy with Voice over WiFi. Vodafone UK is the latest example, announcing that it will launch bo...
  • Mar 10 2015
    Google’s New Wireless Service
    At last week’s Mobile World Congress, Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors about the company’s new wireless service “experiment”. He revealed that Google will begin to transform itself into a wireless carrier in “the coming months.” While not going so far as to say that Google will compete with the major wireless carriers, Pichai indicated that the firm wi...
  • Mar 10 2015
    Comcast may follow Cablevision into mobile WiFi soon
    Signs of the times in US cable – Comcast may soon have more internet than TV subscribers; Cablevision plans to prioritize WiFi over the TV business because of the latter’s rising costs and falling margins. That will make the cable providers even more determined to invest in a wireless network they can control – WiFi, rather than cellular MVNO deals – in order to fill out their quad plays, ...
  • Mar 2 2015
    HP acquiring Aruba to revive flagging enterprise WiFi fortunes
    The enterprise WiFi market has been a story of consolidation and landgrab since Cisco acquired Airespace, the biggest of a high profile clutch of start-ups, in 2005. Another of the new companies which rode the corporate WLAN wave in the early years of the century was Aruba, which has remained proudly independent and evolved its offering from access points to a full network platform, which claims i...
  • Mar 2 2015
    Brick-and-Mobile Retailers
    Mobile has completely rewritten the retail rule book. That’s the central message of Retail Systems Research’s latest research, Mobile Retail Finds New Purpose Benchmark Report 2015. Due to the rapid adoption of smart phones, tablets, and online shopping, brick-and-mortar retailers are no longer in control. Now, they are wondering how they can get back in the game. The good news that the Ben...
  • Feb 24 2015
    Leading the Way in Location-Based Customer Engagement
    The implementation of in-location guest engagement strategies is leading to positive financial gains for more than 80% of US-based hospitality companies. That’s according to the Guest Engagement and Experience Technologies in Restaurant and Lodging Survey conducted by EKN and AT&T released in January of 2015. Hospitality Companies Are Satisfied With Their Ability to Personalize Content Whe...
  • Feb 23 2015
    Boingo ties with Procera to virtualize hotspots
    Much of the virtualization focus in the early part of this year has been on the virtual CPE, a theme which is set to continue at Mobile World Congress. But while many of the interesting trials are being done by mobile and cable operators, one of the first commercial breakthroughs has come from the WiFi community, and managed hotspot provider Boingo Networks. Boingo is in the early stages of vir...
  • Feb 18 2015
    LTE Unlicensed - Operator Spectrum Grab?
    I recently attended a FierceLive! webinar presented by Qualcomm on LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U), also known as License-Assisted Access (LAA) LTE.  For me, this presentation raised some troubling questions. First some background information.  There is no 3GPP standard on LAA-U as of today.  Maximum TX power in the U-NNI-1 band (5.15 to 5.25 GHz), the U-NNI-2 band (5.25 to 5.35 GHz) and the U-NNI-2E...
  • Feb 16 2015
    Rail Passengers Demand More from Mobile Apps
    The steadily increasing popularity of mobile devices is driving a targeted focus on developing mobile apps to meet the needs of customers in a wider range of market sectors. Mobile apps already have a firm foothold in shopping malls, the hotel industry, and luxury residential buildings. Now, the rail industry is seeking to improve its apps so that they better satisfy the travel needs of their c...
  • Feb 16 2015
    WiFi fights on all fronts as it goes after new US spectrum bands
    As the lines between unlicensed and licensed spectrum blur in carrier strategies, bands of both types are increasingly valued and therefore contested. This is clear in the acceleration of spectrum-related developments in the US so far this year, starting with the record sums raised for the non-beachfront AWS-3 licences, and now seen in a series of disputes over the next frequencies to become avail...
  • Feb 9 2015
    IEEE’s plans could slash WiFi patent fees and curb trolls
    Just as giant wireless patent holders like Nokia and Ericsson look to milk those assets more aggressively for revenue, governments and standards bodies are becoming more eager to reform the technology IPR licensing business. One catalyst is likely to come from the IEEE standards body, whose proposed changes to patent policies would slash the fees that vendors have to pay for WiFi features (and tho...
  • Feb 9 2015
    Business Travelers Wi-Fi Trends
    In a world where connectivity is king, business travelers continue to pay a premium to stay in contact with their office, customers, and families while traveling. Because being inaccessible is not an option, their choice in hotel accommodations must take into consideration the availability and cost of Wi-Fi service. Results of a new global survey conducted by Amba Hotels detail how much busines...
  • Feb 3 2015
    Chip majors on the prowl for WiGig
    Deploying WiFi in 60GHz spectrum was once seen as a niche option, but the emerging WiGig technology is heading for the mainstream, supporting multi-gigabit connectivity between smartphones and TVs, or PCs and peripherals, not to mention small cell backhaul. The increasing usefulness of WiGig, especially when pressure starts to mount on 5GHz spectrum, will spark acquisitions of those players with a...
  • Feb 3 2015
    Hotels to Increase Tech Spending in 2015
    With rising guest expectations as the key driver, hotels are increasing tech spending in 2015 with a focus on mobile engagement. That’s according to the results published in Hospitality Technology’s 2015 Lodging Technology Study. The increasing investment in technology is evidence that hotels on every tier—economy, midscale, upscale, and luxury—have recognized the importance of providin...
  • Jan 27 2015
    Mobile Is Making a Huge Impact in the Grocery Store
    Mobile devices are having an enormous impact on the purchasing decisions that shoppers are making in grocery stores, and that impact is growing rapidly each year. That’s according to a new study conducted by NinthDecimal. Their CPG 2014 Mobile Audience Insights Report presents results from a study that focused on understanding the extent to which mobile influences consumer’s path-to-purchas...
  • Jan 26 2015
    Cablevision makes its Wi-Fi-only phone move
    The day the US mobile operators have dreaded will arrive next month, when Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only phone services, the first major cableco to do so. Cable operators round the world have been investing heavily in WiFi networks, threatening to reduce their reliance on MVNO deals with mobile carriers and challenge them in a wide range of services. So far, the members of the CableWiFi roami...
  • Jan 20 2015
    New Study Confirms That In-Store Wi-Fi Increases Customer Loyalty
    Wi-Fi, and the technology that depends on a solid wireless infrastructure, are becoming increasingly important to retailers. Not only does Wi-Fi support critical back-office operations, it also provides a convenient service to customers and enhances their in-store experience. The preliminary results of a new study show that 27.5% of retailers report increased customer loyalty due to their depl...
  • Jan 19 2015
    Marriott dispute sparks WiFi regulatory rethink round the world
    The ongoing storm over the Marriott’s jamming of external WiFi signals, in its meeting and conference rooms, has at least given regulators around the world cause to reconsider their stances on unlicensed spectrum. The saga began, or at any rate took off, in August 2014, when Marriott International, along with business partner Ryman Hospitality Properties and trade group the American Hotel and...
  • Jan 14 2015
    WiFi Aware certification to start in mid-2015
    The latest WiFi Alliance certification program will center on WiFi Aware, which will enable device users to locate others nearby in order to join them in game-playing, business discussions or content sharing. That connectivity could take place over conventional WiFi or over the peer-to-peer system, WiFi Direct. Similar ad hoc, P2P communications services are already available, using Bluetooth o...
  • Jan 13 2015
    WiFi news at CES: Multiuser-MIMO chips and WiFi Aware
    The latest WiFi Alliance certification program will center on WiFi Aware, which will enable device users to locate others nearby in order to join them in game-playing, business discussions or content sharing. That connectivity could take place over conventional WiFi or over the peer-to-peer system, WiFi Direct. Similar ad hoc, P2P communications services are already available, using Bluetooth o...
  • Dec 6 2014
    Curated Wi-Fi can help providers make the leap to carrier-grade
    Several recent market studies have indicated that investment in carrier-grade Wi-Fi will increase sharply from 2015. This reflects a fundamental shift in the role of public Wi-Fi in consumers’ lives and service providers’ businesses, but it will also involve significant expense. Many operators will be looking for affordable ways to upgrade to carrier-class Wi-Fi services, which could create a ...
  • Dec 4 2014
    Keyssa emerges from stealth mode with WiGig rival Kiss
    The company formerly known as WaveConnex has emerged from stealth mode, unveiled its new name and, more importantly, its wireless connector technology. Now called Keyssa, the company’s patented Kiss Connectivity will remind many of WiGig, but claims to be far more power-efficient than WiGig or WiFi. It’s due to appear in devices in 2015, but no names have been released yet. The technology o...
  • Nov 29 2014
    Wi-Fi Blasts Ahead with 11ac Wave 2 Chipsets
    By Maury Wood, Principal Analyst Wi-Fi infrastructure has been evolving in two ways, in terms of performance and of usability. A significant wave of hotspot upgrades is under way, driven by the uptake of 802.11ac and of Hotspot 2.0/Next Generation Hotspot. These two technology shifts are the most important in the shift of public Wi-Fi from best effort towards carrier-grade. 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac i...
  • Nov 28 2014
    Wireless Broadband Alliance Research Shows Improved Customer Experience a Key Driver for Carrier Wi-Fi Investment
    70% of survey respondents said key motivation for deploying Carrier Wi-Fi is to improve customer experience; 41% also cited it as most important driver for NGH Investment   Singapore - December 2nd, 2014 - The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, today published a report on the Wi-Fi hotspot market compiled by gl...
  • Nov 25 2014
    BT to be reunited with O2 for mobile push?
    by Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink UK landline incumbent BT is serious about getting back into the mobile market, and could buy back O2 from Telefonica, or even acquire its current MVNO host, EE. A deal for BT to acquire O2 - which it spun off in 2002 (when it was still Cellnet), and which was subsequently snapped up by Telefonica of Spain - is one of the UK rumor mill...
  • Nov 21 2014
    Webinar "Carrier WiFi: State of the Market 2014"
    During this webinar, Maravedis-Rethink, in collaboration with the Wireless Broadband Alliance will presented the key findings of the latest public WiFi market update, including a comprehensive global survey of the ecosystem and key industry trends.  For the study, Maravedis-Rethink and the WBA carried out a detail survey covering all kinds of WiFi service providers -- wireless, broadband, cabl...
  • Nov 21 2014
    AT&T cut to fiber build out is teaser to allow DirecTV merger
    The FCC may be seething about comments made by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, at the Well Fargo Technology, Media and Telecom conference last week, but this is pretty much in line with how AT&T has been run for as long as we can remember. The entire thrust of the comments Stephenson made was that for the past four or five years AT&T has been flat out in capital expenditure, and that it seems to...
  • Nov 20 2014
    Are retail businesses ready for the smart-phone revolution?
    The advent of smart-phones is revolutionizing the retail industry. During this year’s all-important holiday shopping season, the brick-and-mortar retailers that are best equipped to engage shoppers on their smartphones will be the big winners. That’s because more shoppers than ever before will be using smartphones to assist their holiday shopping and make purchases. Thanks to a recent surve...
  • Nov 15 2014
    Wi-Fi Cloud-Based Marketing Platforms: who is who?
    There are many platforms in the market which offer the ability to build a mobile digital marketing flow on top of Wi-Fi networks. Most offer similar benefits - splash pages, captive portals and push messages such as offering coupons, or simply pushing a survey all the way to analytics services. But how do they differentiate? From start-ups with beta-only versions to well financed and establishe...
  • Nov 14 2014
    Wi-Fi Companies Release Latest Earnings
    Wi-Fi is among the hottest technologies out there, gaining the attention of both carriers and enterprises. With the latest round of earnings reports from a number of hardware vendors and Wi-Fi aggregators, attention has centered on a handful of leading Wi-Fi-related companies. While some Wi-Fi companies aren’t faring well, others are soaring, revealing some solutions that are “ones to watch....
  • Nov 14 2014
    Italy’s government and fiber providers fill their gaps with WiFi
    It is not just operators which are turning to WiFi to fill gaps in their mobile assets, but whole governments. Italian lawmakers want the government to establish a nationwide public hotspots network, at a cost of €5m ($6.3m), to bring broadband coverage levels in line with those of neighboring states. Like a giant version of some of the municipal schemes of a decade ago, in which cities trie...
  • Nov 9 2014
    Restaurants Place Focus on Customer Experience Using Wi-Fi
    Reaching customers in today’s mobile-connected world is challenging, especially for restaurants. At one time, diners would choose a restaurant based on curb appeal and word-of-mouth. But with review services and social media comprising such a large part of diners’ lives, restaurants are challenged to reach the public through the tools they use the most. In fact the National Restaurant Assoc...
  • Nov 2 2014
    Hotel Chain Focuses on Guest Experience through Digital Strategy
    Following Hilton’s announcement of its new digital hotel experience, Global hotel operator Accor is redefining the customer experience through its new Leading Digital Hospitality plan. Recognizing that services like fast, free WiFi are essential to providing high-quality guest experience, Accor has crafted a $228 million investment digital plan that spans five years and impacts each of its 3,600...
  • Nov 1 2014
    iPass Wi-Fi Growth Map Shows 1 Public Hotspot for Every 20 people on Earth by 2018
    Joint Study with Analysts Maravedis Rethink Shows Europe Leads the World for Wi-Fi REDWOOD SHORES, CA.— November 3, 2014– iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi network, has revealed the results of the broadest and most in-depth research into global public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments through its Wi-Fi growth map. The data, from analysts Maravedis Rethink, shows there ...
  • Nov 1 2014
    Google (finally!) buys a smart home hub with Revolv
    So Google has finally made the obvious IoT acquisition, after paying $3.2 billion for a connected thermostat called Nest. After that purchase, we were left wondering what Google was planning on using to coordinate its inevitable smart home ecosystem. Now with the purchase of the all-in-one smart home hub Revolv – and its development team for an undisclosed sum – Nest’s smart home platform lo...
  • Nov 1 2014
    MU-MIMO only works on the downlink, and kills beamforming
    Last week we ran an article giving Qualcomm’s claims for MU-MIMO and while it is proving tough to find experts prepared to commit themselves on the subject of MU-MIMO at short notice, there are certainly more questions for Qualcomm to answer long term on this subject – you may remember last week it was unrepentant with its claim that MU-MIMO is 2 to 2.5 times faster in most situations than exi...
  • Oct 24 2014
    Liberty Global uses EU decision to trigger war with KPN
    Liberty Global and its Dutch subsidiary UPC Netherlands have wasted no time leaping into the mobile market with a cut price offer based around getting most data from its WiFi network, launched just days after the European Commission has cleared its bid for Ziggo. The news was broken by Telecompaper a Dutch mobile publication. It has taken some of the ideas from Iliad’s Free, which dramaticall...
  • Oct 24 2014
    Mimosa takes WiFi from ‘cloud to client’ for WISPs
    When Silicon Valley start-up Mimosa Networks raised a $20m Series C funding round in the summer, it brought a whiff of nostalgia, for the days when fixed wireless and local loop technologies were in vogue. The company has subsequently launched two products, one a gigabit-speed backhaul radio and now its first access radio, which uses a souped-up WiFi variant to support WISPs. Based on the ne...
  • Oct 18 2014
    Wireless going software defined
    A problem for broadband operators and also OTT video providers is that consumer expectations are evolving faster than the service’s overall ability to meet them, which is something UK broadcaster and DTH operator BskyB conceded well over a year ago. This was in the context of pay TV in general but has quickly become equally relevant for OTT, where the bottleneck is increasingly radiating out fro...
  • Oct 18 2014
    WiFi Alliance enhances Passpoint as momentum mounts
    Operators are demanding truly carrier-class WiFi far sooner than the standards can fully deliver, but progress is steadily being made with the two key technologies in this area – the WiFi Alliance’s Hotspot 2.0/Passpoint program, and its infrastructure-side partner, the WBA’s Next Generation Hotspot (NGH). The WiFi Alliance has added new features to Passpoint this week, to make it easier and...
  • Oct 13 2014
    BT struggles with WiFi First plans as EE looks to TV
    BT may be rapidly rethinking its plans to work with EE in the UK for an MVNO cellular service, given that this week the merged UK entity of both Orange and Deutsche Telekom has opened its own Quad play initiative in the UK. EE plans to offer a TV service that rivals that of BT’s head on with its own BT Vision TV service, though less likely to complete with its runaway success, the TV channel, BT...
  • Oct 13 2014
    Samsung claims tenfold WiFi improvement
    The latest R&D project in 60GHz spectrum comes from Samsung, which can transfer a 1Gbyte movie in three seconds. However, as the speed wars heat up in WiFi, all these data rates are going to need backhaul support, an issue Broadcom and others are seeking to address through new Ethernet standards. The race to break speed records in WiFi is almost as intense as it is in cellular, and Samsung ...
  • Oct 7 2014
    Are MoCA days numbered? And who will buy Entropic
    Chatting to Entropic at IBC, we put what we thought was one of its greatest challenges in front of it, the fact that there are trials going on at DirecTV in the US, which do not use MoCA for whole home DVR communication, but use WiFi. The rumors at IBC were that a new trial WiFi only Gateway was doing so well that MoCA would be dropped from the spec. We put that to Al Servati, VP of marketing a...
  • Oct 7 2014
    WiFi sector’s voices get louder in defining 5G future
    The news that Apple had joined the NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance came a week after Intel signed up to the board of governors of 4G Americas. Both were examples of the changing face of wireless power, and hinted at how different will be the big influencers of ‘5G’ standards, compared to their predecessors. Even before there are any definitions of 5G, there is a growing cons...
  • Sep 27 2014
    US Cellcos are building WiFi in secret like there is no tomorrow
    In the run up to IBC, we spokes to Alcatel’s Nick Cadwgan (we assume it is pronounced Cadogan), the company’s marketing lead for Carrier Wi-Fi. He revealed that he has a customer in the US where Alcatel cares for 2 million WiFi end points on a single network and as well as 250,000 Access Points . But he was not allowed to say what we all know, which is that Comcast has to be that customer, bec...
  • Sep 27 2014
    US plans model cities to test spectrum sharing
    As spectrum becomes a scarce resource in some urban areas, sharing bands between different services is becoming a priority for many regulators. The FCC is carrying out various trials with a view to opening up some federal spectrum, notably in 3.5GHz and parts of 5GHz, for technologies such as WiFi or LTE small cells. Having unveiled plans to open up the 5850MHz-5925MHz frequencies for licence-e...
  • Sep 21 2014
    Celeno plays catch up with 4 by 4 MIMO, dynamic airtime allocation
    Israeli WiFi chip specialist Celeno landed a surprise at IBC, coming with only the second 4 x 4 MIMO chipset, and upping its efforts to keep rival US firm Quantenna at bay. Celeno is well known now for its own MIMO versions, but these were initially based on 3 radios and sometimes more antennas, which it could choose dynamically. This made for really strong video delivery in-home and it landed ...
  • Sep 21 2014
    US carriers divided on WiFi Calling
    The major US operators are gearing up to introduce WiFi Calling services, despite their early moves towards VoLTE. For Verizon and AT&T, the WiFi option is definitely a second string to fully fledged LTE voice, which will enable them to include a wider range of services and added value. But for T-Mobile, always the most WiFi-centric of the big four, the voice platform may be more central to it...
  • Sep 14 2014
    Apple launches iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, adds Pay NFC system
    Well Apple has unsurprisingly revealed its new iPhone, which will now come in two sizes for the first time. The regular iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch 1334x750p screen, while the Plus version boasts a 5.5-inch 1080p screen. Both models now feature the Retina marketing tag, but while the hardware might not be revolutionary, Apple’s new iOS 8, available September 17th, may prove the boost that NFC p...
  • Sep 14 2014
    The world’s cable WiFi leaders join forces on roaming
    The carrier WiFi landscape was originally dominated by cellcos and mobile offload, but this year the momentum has shifted firmly towards the cable operators as they build huge networks of hotspots and homespots to support a wireless arm to their quad plays, and reduce their reliance on their MNO agreements. The leaders in this trend, on either side of the Atlantic, are the US’s Comcast and multi...
  • Sep 9 2014
    What will happen the day Iliad takes over T-Mobile USA
    One of the shocks to us around the Iliad bidding for T-Mobile was the way T-Mobile executives came out and put a price of $35 to $40 a share on the deal, which is to take the mid-point means that if Iliad can top its bid by around $2 billion if you take the final price of $37.50 per share, then it can acquire T-Mobile US. That would mean that paying $17 billion for 56.6% of the company. While I...
  • Sep 9 2014
    Taqua buys Kineto to offer complete voice over WiFi platform
    Long term partners Taqua and Kineto Wireless are to merge, to exploit the rising carrier interest in voice over WiFi. Taqua, whose main product is a virtual mobile core, will acquire its fixed/mobile convergence ally. Together, they provide an end-to-end voice over WiFi platform that does not require an IMS, as VoLTE does. As such, they claim to support a lighter approach to 4G and IP voice tha...
  • Sep 1 2014
    Google could make Iliad’s US adventure credible
    French operator Iliad may have had its $15bn bid for T-Mobile USA rejected and branded “preposterous”, but it is unlikely to give up too easily in its attempt to bring its disruptive practices, which have already created commercial havoc in France, to the US. In recent weeks, the rumor mill has suggested it might enlist support from Google or Microsoft to enhance its offer – which would clea...
  • Sep 1 2014
    Huawei and DoCoMo weigh into Unlicensed debate with LAA trial
    So far the running for LTE-U (using LTE in unlicensed spectrum) has been made by Qualcomm, but this week both Huawei and NTT DoCoMo joined that battle in earnest, offering a single trial in the DoCoMo Beijing labs using Huawei technology. First and foremost they claimed their system had greater throughput than WiFi, and we have found this tough to believe. Inherently WiFi is MORE efficient in t...
  • Aug 25 2014
    Cablevision happy to pass 1 million hotspots early
    Last week Cablevision also came out with its numbers and once again we tried to nail down just what it is doing in WiFi as well. It’s executives talked about lifting WiFi to 1 million hotspots and the words “both inside and outside our footprint” were included in this. It’s tough to make assumptions here, but past comments from cable executives suggest that perhaps Cablevision had 150,0...
  • Aug 25 2014
    FON expands its homespot model into businesses
    FON, the grandfather of the homespot idea which is revolutionizing many carriers’ wireless models, is expanding more heavily into business locations, a move which may bring it head-to-head with Google, at least in the US. The Spanish provider of crowdsourced WiFi - via home gateways which feature a second SSID, open for use by qualified passers-by – has launched a beta program and a new edi...
  • Aug 18 2014
    Arris paper calls for blinkered change to Homespot WiFi
    Arris has put out an interesting 20 page white paper calling for new layers of quality of service in WiFi Access Points, where that device is being used with two SSIDs, as a homespot. It backs this up by explaining in graphic detail the way the “bad apple” problem gets worse when more and more devices are attached to a single Access Point, specifically when there are 5 or 6 devices concurre...
  • Aug 18 2014
    US cablecos push WiFi build-outs into seven figures
    This week saw Cablevision announcing it had easily surpassed its goal of reaching one million WiFi public access points by year end, hitting that number five months early. Like Comcast, it has been combining its extensive hotspot network with the deployment of homespots – home gateways with a second SSID open for use by passers-by. This tactic is enabling cablecos in the US and elsewhere to e...
  • Aug 11 2014
    Huawei uses stadium play to showcase future networks
    Until recently, large stadiums and venues either didn’t support decent mobile services, or were the preserve of DAS. Now, they have become every vendor’s favorite showcase for their most cutting edge solutions, a challenging yet fully controlled environment in which to hint to the world (and customers) what they might have up their sleeve for the next wave of wireless networks. LTE Broadcas...
  • Aug 11 2014
    Long road ahead for LTE to share WiFi’s band
    Mobile operators are starting to implement carrier aggregation to increase capacity and make better use of disparate frequencies. However, they are also looking for additional spectrum, usually in bands where LTE will need to share with other technologies. A particularly contentious option is in parts of 5GHz, where Qualcomm is pushing an LTE-Unlicensed option in WiFi’s traditional band. But ...
  • Aug 4 2014
    Over-the-top and WiFi-first will change the definition of the MVNO
    One of the interesting by-products of the dramatic rise of over-the-top service providers will be the redefinition of the MVNO, and the way it contributes to the mobile operator’s business case. The MVNO - mobile virtual network operator, which offers cellular services by leasing capacity rather than building infrastructure - has already gone through several phases of development. Early examp...
  • Aug 4 2014
    Wi-Fi Innovation Summit: Six Wi-Fi trends to keep an eye on
    Wi-Fi for public access is an exciting business to be in right now with lots of innovation happening among tech start-ups, carriers, and more widely among verticals and venue owners. For our new series of Wi-Fi industry events called the Wi-Fi Innovation Summits we’ll be zooming in on some of the hottest and most promising business opportunities in the making right now: Monetizing ‘free’ ...
  • Jul 28 2014
    Wireless Router aims to secure home WiFi sharing
    The homespot – a home WiFi router with a second SSID which is left open for passers-by to use – is becoming an important part of the broadband wireless landscape. Originally conceived by pioneers like FON as a community WiFi approach, the idea was quickly embraced by carriers as a way to improve wireless availability for their customers at low cost. It has been deployed to disruptive effect by...
  • Jul 28 2014
    Comcast will build over 1 million commercial hotspots in US
    Comcast gave a little bit more away at this week’s results conference on just how far it intends to push its WiFi network, and revealed that out of 8 million Hotspots, only 7 million of them will be in-home gateways – suggesting that it will build at least 1 million hotspots throughout the US. No wonder its cash generation has gone down and its capex has risen dramatically. We are still a l...
  • Jul 21 2014
    Spark lauches open source WiFi module for IoT
    Kickstarter success story Spark has released its open source hardware and cloud platform for bringing 'things' online. Called the Core, the product is an ARM powered WiFi module that can be controlled and updated through the Spark Cloud service. Spark raised over $567,000 through its Kickstarter project which initially asked for only $10,000 to fund the Spark Core WiFi connector kit. It now has $4...
  • Jul 21 2014
    Comcast pounces on PowerCloud to accelerate WiFi time to market
    Comcast has, in PowerCloud Systems, acquired a set of technologies that will make it easier to run what is rapidly becoming the largest cluster of WiFi access points in the world. There are various cloud-based software services out there for managing WiFi, some of them from large players like Ericsson, but Comcast has always tended to have the confidence to go its own way, and when the time is ...
  • Jul 21 2014
    KPN slips out 250,000 Homespots using FON software
    A small but highly relevant story slipped us by last week, as the incumbent telco in the Netherlands, KPN, began shipping its FON WiFi network in the Netherlands, announcing that it already had 250,000 hotspots ready now, with 1 million expected by year end. We have pointed out that not only is KPN a basket case financially in terms of European telcos, with America Movil already having had a ru...
  • Jul 14 2014
    California cities support Hotspot 2.0 roaming
    The Hotspot 2.0 standard has been slower than expected to penetrate public WiFi net-works, but it is gathering pace in the US, where the cablecos, in particular, are driving massive deployments and see the benefit of seamless authentication and hand-off for mobile device users. Time Warner Cable, one of the members of the huge CableWiFi alliance, was the first to deploy commercial Hotspot 2.0 l...
  • Jul 14 2014
    Verizon’s mobile-first TV moves could be scuppered by Cable WiFi
    Verizon is poised to launch a rather revolutionary TV service – initially on the back of its 103m mobile subscribers in the US, which already threatens the cablecos by taking the provider out of its fiber footprint; but perhaps even globally in future, if it is bold enough with a ‘mobile-first’ video strategy via network partnerships. The US carrier’s recent network investments mean it ...
  • Jul 8 2014
    Transforming Retail
    Technology continue to reshape the way we live, work and… shop. Across retail, technology is driving an ever-increasing pace of change, making it easier than ever for the retailer’ to innovate. From the customer journey, to the supply chain, technology innovation is transforming the retail world. Retailers are now building large teams of software developers to improve in-house innovation and e...
  • Jul 7 2014
    Gowex – A blow struck against lackadaisical overseas regulation
    This week Spain’s Gowex has filed for bankruptcy admitting that at least its last four years of accounts were more or less made up. It’s founder and CEO has resigned, its shares remain suspended, and he has tried to claim all responsibility and wishes to take the consequences. The first whisper we heard against Gowex was at a conference in January, when rivals voiced incredulity over the sc...
  • Jul 4 2014
    Ericsson adds crowdsourcing to smart city program
    Swedish giant extends Networked Society Index with interactive website and social media data Ericsson has launched an interactive map on its website which charts its Networked Society City index. The map ranks 32 cities with a score of 0-100, judging "their ICT maturity in relation to their social, economic and environmental progress, aka the triple bottom line." It is now looking at crowdsourc...
  • Jul 4 2014
    Qualcomm adds China's SMIC to supply chain
    Reduces vulnerability to shortages by extending contract to cover 28nm Snapdragon, in blow to TSMC In 2012, the vulnerability of the highly concentrated smartphone supply chain to component shortages was highlighted when Qualcomm was unable to secure sufficient quantities of its then-new 28nm Snapdragon 4 processors from foundry TSMC. The US firm bounced back quickly, but the problem hit its re...
  • Jul 3 2014
    Qualcomm promises WiGig handsets with 4K video
    Confirms purchase of 60GHz specialist Wilocity and announces integrated Snapdragon platform As expected, Qualcomm has acquired 60GHz WiGig pioneer Wilocity and promises to take the emerging WiFi-like technology from its current foothold in fast PC-peripheral connections, right into the handset experience. The purchase has been discussed for a couple of months, but is now complete, giving Qua...
  • Jul 2 2014
    The Wi-Fi Opportunity Network
    Wi-Fi 360 launches its first newsletter - The Wi-Fi Opportunity Network! View the newsletter or subscribe to our mailing list.
  • Jul 2 2014
    '5G': new mobile technologies just a sideshow
    Ericsson's demo is impressive, but Cambridge conference highlights the far bigger challenges for mobile evolution Ericsson has become the latest vendor to demonstrate '5G' technologies, and claim precognition for this completely undefined platform. While it boasted of achieving 5Gbps speeds in its labs, Cambridge Wireless's annual Future of Wireless International Conference (FWIC) was taking a ...
  • Jun 30 2014
    Why Content Marketing?
    Many of you know me for being a wireless analyst having witnessed the rise and fall of WiMAX and other exciting technologies. I believe Wi-Fi is the next great opportunity poised for innovation and disruption. I am also passionate about marketing, and Wi-Fi is certainly a technology that is successfully enabling localized and contextual marketing at an unprecedented level. I am also excited to wor...
  • Jun 30 2014
    Wi-Fi Offload Summit USA wrap-up: Monetization and ‘Wi-Fi First’ on the move
    What was the most important takeaway from the Wi-Fi Offload Summit in Palo Alto? Simply this: Public Wi-Fi in all its forms – including Cloud Wi-Fi for venues, high-density services, seamless Hotspot 2.0 roaming, offload for carriers, and more – is the biggest telecoms opportunity of this decade. For those of you who weren’t there: Here are some of the not-to-be-missed headlines: The new ...
  • Jun 30 2014
    Qualcomm buys Black Sand to strengthen RF offering
    Chip giant pushes further into RF front end space, following launch of RF360, but may also have its eye on patents Qualcomm dropped a bombshell on the RF front end market last year when it unveiled its RF360 product, which took it up against established specialists such as Skyworks. This saw the company looking to control as many elements of the mobile chipset as possible, and now it has made a...
  • Jun 26 2014
    Opera stars in Nokia X2's enhanced experience
    Mobile browser company continues to defy the odds with new deals for its software, and extends advertising platform too It would have been easy to write off Norway's Opera Software a few years ago, as its signature mobile product was squeezed by the rise of smartphones with their own default browsers. But the company has adapted in two ways. It has made the resource-efficient Opera Mini into...
  • Jun 13 2014
    Qualcomm claims LTE plus WiFi first in 28nm SoC
    Qualcomm has what it calls the first 28nm part for small cells for small businesses and neighbourhoods Qualcomm is inexorably pushing into ultra-dense networks and small cell environments, and has what it calls the first 28nm part for small cells for small businesses and neighbourhoods, combining both cellular and WiFi. It calls it the FSM90xx SoC and it extends the LTE only part the FSM99X ...
  • Jun 10 2014
    WI-FI OFFLOAD SUMMIT HIGHLIGHT
    A big warm welcome to the Wi-Fi 360 newsletter! I’m really excited about this new way of reaching out to a 1,500+ strong community of industry professionals that are passionate about Wi-Fi. Every week I will be filling you in on the best discussions from the Wi-Fi Offload Forum group on LinkedIn while also adding a bit of fresh spice of my own. This newsletter is all about inspiring YOU to join ...
  • Jun 10 2014
    Comcast and Google drawing businesses into WiFi networks
    Comcast has virtually turned its entire corporate rationale around with the speed at which it is chasing down the WiFi opportunity, and now it has turned its attention to getting businesses on its side. Business Services are Comcast's fastest growing revenues steam, growing 23.9% from Q1 last year to this, a jump to $917 million of revenue, and that lead is reflected across most US cable results,...
  • Jun 9 2014
    Juniper signs Aruba to revive WLAN effort
    Trapeze acquisition has not delivered, now Juniper looks to chase Cisco by signing number two enterprise WiFi player Juniper is trying to shore up its lackluster enterprise WLAN efforts via an alliance with Aruba, which sits second the market after Cisco. Aruba’s enterprise WiFi access points and switch/controllers will be integrated with Juniper’s routers and switches to fill gaps in its wi...
  • Jun 9 2014
    Huawei pushes 5GHz WiFi beyond 10Gbps Claims 802.11ax standard for ultradense WiFi should be ready in 2018, with commercial chips the same year
    WiFi could reach peak data rates of 10Gbps by 2018, claims Huawei, which achieved these speeds in lab trials in China. The prototype equipment reached 10.53Gbps in the conventional 5GHz unlicensed spectrum band. Much effort around superfast WiFi has focused on the 60GHz band, which supports high speeds and capacity, though typically over short distances. But Huawei is driving similar data rates...

 

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According to the Content Marketing Institute, only those organizations who have a documented content strategy can be effective in their content marketing efforts. We thus help clients craft a solid content marketing strategy that meets their business objectives defined in step 1. More details are provided to our clients only
The research and content program also referred to as editorial content as where we put in full force our expert understanding of the Wi-Fi and wireless industry with the best marketing practices. Each content program is tailored to our customer budget and particular position. Our array of content marketing deliverables are explained in the content marketing kit available for download.
We help optimize an engagement strategy that maximizes the feedback of your audience. Instead of just “pushing” content, we help measure and refine the level of engagement that the initial content is generating. Is your audience sharing your content? Are they commenting? Asking questions? Our channels include mostly earned, organic and owned media to help our clients make a positive impact and achieve their business outcome.
Content helps achieve business objectives, not content objectives. Creating valuable content is the means, not the end. However too often, content marketers tell themselves that they can’t accurately measure their results, or a tactic isn’t measurable, or that they don’t feel comfortable measuring content. According to the Content Marketing Institute, we use a series of metrics to help you measure the impact of your content and social marketing investments
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