CTIA Report: 10 small cells can offload 75% of macrocell traffic

On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless, the Small Cell Forum, an independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment, released a whitepaper outlining the opportunities and challenges facing public access 3G small cell deployments. The paper found that public access small cells could play a key role in providing additional mobile coverage, capacity and new services in both urban and rural areas.

GSMA launches API Gateway in Canada

On Monday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, the GSMA announced that it has been working with three major Canadian operators - Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and TELUS, to launch its OneAPI Gateway.  The gateway offers application developers a way to connect to and use a standard set of APIs (application programming interfaces) available from the three major Canadian Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

Union says Verizon cable deal could end competition

Reuters

Allowing proposed multibillion-dollar airwave deals between Verizon Wireless and several cable operators could mean the end of a competitive telecommunications landscape, saddling consumers with higher prices and diminished choice, the largest union for telecoms workers told U.S. regulators.

Verizon launches LTE-to-the-home service

On Thursday, Verizon Wireless launched HomeFusion Broadband, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using its 4G LTE network.

Construction, not capacity, is the real LTE challenge in U.S.

Like the Interstate Highway system in the 1950s, building out a national LTE infrastructure in the U.S. is a major undertaking. The largest challenges in building out an LTE network consider of planning, staging, and deploying the technology at maximum speed and with minimal costs. Mobile operators are in a tight race to build out LTE networks in the U.S. as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and backhaul is a key component of the job.

Report: microwave backhaul issues could significantly slow small cell deployment

A new iGR study shows that demand for microwave backhaul is forecast to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 68% from 2011 to 2016, but that the issues associated with the technology could significantly slow down deployment.

Nokia Siemens Networks launches CDMA base station at CTIA

On Wednesday, Nokia Siemens Networks announced it will launch a new CDMA base station, the Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station, next week at the International CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans. 

Ericsson, SK Telecom extend LTE partnership

On Thursday, SK Telecom announced a deal with Ericsson to extend its LTE network.  According to SK Telecom, demand for LTE services in South Korea has increased rapidly since the commercial launch of the technology in the country in July 2011.  As of today, SK Telecom provides 2.4 million of its 26 million subscribers with LTE technology.

Mobile wallets: definition and control points

Mobey Forum

This article summarizes the two mobile wallet white papers published by Mobey Forum. The papers offer a workable definition for the mobile wallet, and explore use cases, stakeholders in the ecosystem, and the ‘control points’ that will define how the technology develops.


Mobile wallet – definition and need for openness

IBM to buy Tealeaf Technology

Reuters

On Wednesday, IBM said it had agreed to buy privately held Tealeaf Technology, a maker of software that helps companies analyze customer behavior. For example, with this acquisition Intel can use Tealeaf software, which will allow an online retailer to identify weaknesses in mobile marketing campaigns by spotting instances and replaying scenarios that triggered customer sessions to end prematurely.


The companies did not disclose financial details for the deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

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