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 […]

Happy Thanksgiving

LTE In a Pre Christmas Holiday World

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving if you are US based, else hope everyone enjoyed having the US off. I have a number of big, urgent and interesting projects going on that each have NDA type of agreements and so between the time and the mouth shutting agreements, it is severely putting a damper on […]

Updated! Qualcomm Pushes Back Against Lower 700MHz Interoperability Efforts By FCC

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March 21st FCC kicked off an industry discussion with their FCC Docket No. 12-69 Promoting Interoperability in the 700 MHz Commercial Spectrum http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0321/FCC-12-31A1.pdf Last Friday, (1st of June), Qualcomm shoots over some comments to the FCC in response. Specifically, a document titled: Promoting Interoperability in the 700 MHz Commercial Spectrum Interoperability of Mobile User Equipment […]

LightSquared Plans Squeezed by NTIA and FCC

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 Things are not going well for LightSquared. The FCC was waiting for the test results from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with regards to granting LightSquared their right to broadcast from their satellite and 40K node terrestrial network. In the mail back in July was a letter from Lawerence E. Strickling, the Asst. […]

Yesterday ‘Super WiFi’ (to be 802.11af) Launched in New Hanover County, North Carolina

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 Yesterday Super WiFi launched in New Hanover County, North Carolina! If you’re not familiar with Super Wifi, it’s essentially WiFi re-using the in-between spaces of TV channels below 700MHz and above 50MHz.  This is the first outdoor non trial deployment that I am aware of. This was the result of the FCC, feeling a little silly […]