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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 […]






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The Curious Case of Small Cells/HetNets

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First a brief history of time… (props to Stephen Hawking) I remember the curiosity and excitement for the future I had when I first went hands on with the mobile wireless data freedom that IBM field technicians had back (first recognizable outside IBM as the Advanced Radio Data Information System [ARDIS] 800MHz 2 way network) in the […]






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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 […]






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Security…Again

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Edit: The attacker is NOT North Korea, geez, media needs to be sensible. Again Sony is in the news about a serious hack to their networks. At this time details have not been made public but essentially is likely to be a very typical exploit The hackers took employee data including salary, benefits amongst other things. Basically […]

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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) […]






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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 […]






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Happy New Year- CES 2014 Time!

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There’s so much going on in the industry now. Firstly we have the New Year. Happy New Year. I will continue my analysis from before, however things got interesting when the data showed something about specific vendor performance. Last year LTE became mainstream for most technology reporters and we saw lots of drivel published. News […]