Long Live Small Cells and LTE…LTE-U is a Terrible Idea at Best

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Quick refresher: LTE-U (LTE Unlicensed) is a scheme to aggregate the “free” 5GHz spectrum typically used in WiFi with LTE at lower “Wide Area Network” (WAN) governmentally auctioned frequencies such as 600-700MHz, 1.8-1.9GHz, 2.3GHz etc etc… The business drivers are Qualcomm (more chip$) and the network carriers which are looking for relief from network congestion and […]

LTE Range Extension Press Release by PSCR- Remixed

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Ok so General Dynamics has been plugging away at the PSCR (Public Safety Communications Research for U.S. Department of Commerce)requirements to help standardize (ok commercialize) aspects of LTE for public safety use and they just put out this press release letting us know they have successfully tested a long range (boomer) LTE cell that had a […]

5G? 5G? You kidding me? You talking about 5G?

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More frequently, I see media comments about 5G or hear questions about 5G wireless technology. I mostly ignore it ,but as there’s steady increases in the amount of daily hype around it, I’m wondering why? This year was a big year for 4G and many geographies are in some phase of either enjoying it, dealing with the […]

Wireless + Non-Serial Entrepreneurs = Parallel Wireless

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I’ve been really busy building things and talking to people but one announcement made me cheer. Parallel Wireless is combining several elements such as HetNet, backhaul, LTE, SON and some Software Defined Networking (SDN) concepts into a product.      (No, this image has nothing to do with that.)   They are introducing what they […]

Security Issue: Interceptor Cell Sites

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Let’s talk about some recent headlines for a minute. Recently, the company ESD America has been publishing a list of rogue network cells, in the US, discovered with their $3500 secure phone. Phone Firewall Identifies Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls (wired.com) Fake cell phone ‘towers’ may be spying on Americans’ calls, texts (rt.com) […]

LTE Network Design and Operations: Groundhog Day

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Ever see the movie Groundhog Day starring the comedian Bill Murray? If you haven’t seen that movie the basic idea is that the main character wakes up every day at the same exact time to the same exact day….  Here’s the deal…. It’s Groundhog Day for LTE! All of the carriers are doing the same […]

Interesting Global Ranking of LTE Service

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  Saw this article on marketing-interactive.com related to global LTE speeds. Just thinking aloud, I can hypothesize that US carriers are likely to be a bit behind based on a few reasons. Primarily, in dense urbanized/established areas there’s more likely to be high bandwidth backhaul like fiber etc…whereas in the relatively new and spread out […]

Mobile World Congress 2014 Impressions

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 Firstly let me say that I’ve been developing products and building business and a greater pace than ever before. Unfortunately I have not made time to discuss LTE or SON that much, so I will try a bit harder. That being said, Mobile World Congress this year was just as a big boondoggle as it […]