The news coming out of the CTIA Wireless show this week stretches across every part of the wireless industry. From backhaul to mobile payments, there is always something happening in the booths and conference rooms at CTIA. Provided below is a glimpse into some of the news and information coming out of the show in the form of numbers.
Copper vs. Fiber
Shares of MetroPCS Communications Inc surged as much as 29% on Wednesday after Bloomberg reported the mobile phone service provider was discussing a merger with Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile USA. Many Wall Street analysts argue that consolidation is needed among smaller U.S. carriers as the bill for 4G network upgrades climbs and smartphone usage accelerates.
On Wednesday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, M2M Zone held a session to discuss global M2M deployments becoming a reality. Moderated by Robin Duke-Woolley, founder and CEO of Beecham Research, the four panelists discussed the challenges and solutions that accompany the deployment of M2M products on a global scale.
On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, T-Mobile USA announced that it has selected telecom equipment vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks for the $4 billion upgrade of its LTE network, which is due to launch in 2013. The amount that each company is to be allotted for the upgrade was not disclosed.
A major theme coming out of CTIA Wireless in New Orleans this week is mobile payments. This theme manifested itself on Monday with two major announcements by MasterCard. The two announcements included results from a mobile payments readiness index produced by MasterCard, as well as the launch of PayPass wallet services.
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.
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).
On Thursday, Verizon Wireless launched HomeFusion Broadband, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using its 4G LTE network.
In order to increase the capacity of the electricity network at a low cost and to facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy, DA will offer significant savings, and will enable generation and demand to connect to the network faster. Utility DA upgrades are a necessity in supporting the proliferation of distributed renewables and electric vehicles. New capacitor banks, voltage regulators, load tap changers, as well as the retrofit of older units with monitoring and control modules to allow for feeder, substation, or system-wide coordination will be crucial for the next generation grid.
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.