From the monthly archives: "July 2011"

So you want to design an iPhone killer. OK, try this on for size: Taoglas has announced a small antenna that has outstanding efficiency. Real world difference it will make is: for its size, it will have really awesome performance. In other words, it would take you a lot more real estate to have a comparable performance from your run of the mill antenna. Typical antennae are around 40% efficient. LTE begs good antennae performance, and as Samsung found out, every millimeter counts, so very Impressive Obi Wan Taoglas!

 

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Link: Tagolas

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Have had a few reports that Ericsson LTE engineers are becoming available soon. (No it’s not the ST-Ericsson layoff.) Not sure if these are all from a single customer. Time to hire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raytheon has been awarded an $8.7M contract to build out a 15 site, 1550 user supporting, Adams County, Colorado Public Safety LTE network within 21 months. That works out to around $580K/site. Apparently the funding is allocated by ARRA-2009 stimulus grant under the U.S. Department of Commerce BTOP, managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The amusing thing is that Raytheon is breaking ground on a plant in Huntsville, AL that will be covered by 2 separate LTE operators with different vendors, none of which are Raytheon, before the Adams County network is complete. :)

This is a good first step for commercial/public sector LTE cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

Links: Raytheon, PR Newsire

 

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Phish4G.jpg Appscout has a blog entry on VZW’s LTE service… VZW is apparently starting to seriously market LTE, a good thing….

Fans who attended this weekend’s Super Ball IX Phish Festival were among the first in central New York to try Verizon’s 4G LTE high-speed data network. The carrier activated 4G LTE technology on two cell sites covering the Watkins Glen International race track, as well as surrounding areas including the Village of Watkins Glen. The area will keep that 4G coverage as part of the company’s national 4G rollout. That means 4G will still be around when NASCAR comes to Watkins Glen in August.

Concertgoers who had Verizon 4G-enabled phone, laptop modems, or hotspots were able to surf with speeds 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. In real-word conditions, Verizon says, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12Mbps download and 2 to 5Mbps upload. Odd that at CES, which is attended by half the tech execs and journalists in North America, you can’t make a phone call, while at the Phish Festival you could upload your bootleg videos just as quickly as you could shoot them.

Links: AppScout, phish.com

Groovy video after the break…

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Strictly speaking this is not really LTE news, so I held off a long time on mentioning it…however since Ericsson is such a player in LTE, thought I might have a kind verb or adjective for them. My take is at best they

may be buying out of some gaps/trouble at Sprint and buying some modest, I mean MODEST growth. Not sure what this does for Ericsson in year 2???

edit: Now we find out that octoScope and Telcordia have been working together in the public safety area. They hit a milestone of receiving some funding from DHS to develop lower 700MHz LTE devices with a voice focus….hmmm….maybe a little more interesting than first thought…

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Links: Telcordia, Ericsson, MarketWatch

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ZTE is looking for a breakthrough product, and is focusing on the ‘pico’ eNB business. The ZTE BS8920 has a few good specs, like 100W electrical energy consumption for 20W 2T2R unit is fairly efficient. In the end we can all see that this is the going to be where all of the future action is going to be, w.r.t. infrastructure. Once the big iron macro basestations are deployed, these make a whole lot of sense for capacity and cost savings. DAS vendors will not be happy. More after the break….

  

Link: ZTE

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