Exclusive: The Details on AT&T's Bridge to LTE

AT&T, believing LTE won't be robust enough by the time it begins its 2011 deployment, will deploy HSPA+ over its entire footprint by the end of the year. The network will offer speeds of up to 14 Mbps and cost less than $10 million to deploy.…

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Bummer –Today I Got an LTE Reality Check

Few people are as excited as I am about the coming Long Term Evolution wireless networks, but I experienced a little bit of of a reality check thanks to Qualcomm’s VP of Technology Jou Yu-chuen who said he didn’t see LTE as being widespread until 2014.…

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Clearwire May Dump WiMAX

Clearwire has changed an agreement it had with Intel, one of its largest investors, that could lead the way for Clearwire to dump WiMAX and switch to LTE. Clearwire didn't say it planned to switch technologies, but it now has the freedom to do so.…

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TeliaSonera Shows That LTE Is Addictive

TeliaSonera, which deployed the first 4G network in the world last December, has released data that indicates once users have 4G service, more than half -- 54 percent -- would never go back to 3G.…

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Harbinger Hires Orange Exec to Run Proposed LTE Network: Report

Harbinger Capital partners has reportedly hired Sanjiv Ahuja, the former chief executive of Orange, the wireless unit of France Telecom, to run its planned Long Term Evolution wireless network. The private equity firm wants to construct a next-generation wireless network using both satellite and terrestrial components.…

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Are Harbinger's LTE Network Plans a Red Herring?

A New York-based private equity firm's plans to build out an open nationwide 4G wireless network may simply be a facade aimed at pumping up the value of the spectrum it indirectly owns, according to several satellite industry analysts. Will the network ever come to fruition?…

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AT&T Asks FCC to Change Its Mind Over Harbinger

AT&T today filed a petition with the FCC asking it to reconsider conditions associated with an order allowing Harbinger Capital Partners to take over a satellite company and its spectrum assets. The move is AT&T's attempt to fight the construction of a competing 4G wireless network.…

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Mobile Milestone: Data Surpasses Voice Traffic

Mobile data traffic outnumbered voice traffic for the first time last December, according to wireless equipment vendor Ericsson. Worryingly, that data traffic was generated by an estimated 400 million smartphones compared with 4.6 billion mobile subscribers making voice calls. What happens when everyone has a smartphone?…

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Huawei Shows Off 1.2 Gbps Wireless — Yes, Wireless

Huawei today demonstrated the next generation Long Term Evolution network technology in trials that reached speed of 1.2 Gbps. That's faster than wireline services, delivered via cellular networks. But before you dump your FiOS wireline subscription, know that the LTE Advanced technology is years away.…

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LA, Miami and Middle America to Get WiMAX

Clearwire said today that it would expand its WiMAX network to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis this year. Clearwire is in a race to sign up mobile broadband subscribers before the cellular operators launch their own 4G networks.…

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Mobile Broadband: You're Gonna Pay for the Convenience

People treat their mobile broadband connections like they treat their wireline connections -- downloading as much data and expecting the same performance. Sandvine today released data showing exactly how much people use mobile broadband, and concluded that such use isn't sustainable or profitable for carriers.…

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Clearwire's Big Bet on Our Broadband Addiction

Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire, said the company's mobile users (those on laptops and dongles outside the home) consume more than an average of 7GB per month of data. Slaking that thirst for mobile data, and doing it cheaply, is essential for Clearwire's strategy.…

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Verizon Whittles Down Date for LTE Phones

Verizon Wireless said it will launch its first LTE handsets by the middle of 2011. But the super-fast handsets are likely to come with usage pricing models that will see high-end users pay substantially more for 4G service than they're currently paying for 3G.…

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What's Slowing Down Verizon's LTE Speeds?

Verizon expects its 4G mobile broadband will deliver speeds between 5-12 Mbps. So how does LTE --a technology that can deliver 150 Mbps -- get whittled down to less than a tenth of that? We explain how physics, regulations, investment and users take their toll.…

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Clearwire Races to Grab 4G Customers

For Clearwire, 2010 is the year it makes it or breaks it. As part of its annual results today Clearwire said it will triple its number of subscribers this year. To do that it will cover 120 million people and spend up to $3.2 billion.…

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Broadband Fans, We Have an Innovation Problem

Wired broadband is in trouble. And ISPs and Silicon Valley are to blame. The idea that wireless could be a real substitute for wired broadband showcases how crappy our current broadband is. We need fatter pipes, but we also need applications that take advantage of them.…

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Why Is Sprint Rushing a WiMAX Phone to Market?

Sprint will reportedly bring a WiMAX handset to market in the first half of this year, several months earlier than had been expected. But given its small WiMAX footprint and the technical issues that must be overcome, what's the rush?…

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Huawei's North American Conquest Continues

Huawei grew its North American sales by 63 percent to $408 million in 2009. The base number is small compared with Huawei's global contract sales of more than $30 billion, but the Chinese equipment vendor is finding growth in a shrinking industry.…

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AT&T Taps Alcatel-Lucent, Confirms LTE in 2011

AT&T has chosen Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to build its LTE network, which is set to begin commercial deployment next year. While the carrier is playing catch-up to Verizon, its move to 4G may enable it to hold on to iPhone users after its exclusive pact ends.…

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Planet WiMAX

The incumbent carriers may be considering Long Term Evolution (LTE) as their post 3G wireless broadband technology, but Telegeography says that there are about 600 WiMAX networks, many of them in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It's clear: WiMAX's future is in developing telecom markets.…

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