As many new LTE networks are deployed globally, some mobile users are starting to enjoy higher access speeds and a better overall user experience. Drive testing has demonstrated the capabilities of these networks to deliver up to 100 Mbps per user – at least while there are not many users. While the availability of devices capable of taking advantage of these higher capacity networks has been scarce, and hence the tele-density of LTE users low, operators have generally managed to boost existing backhaul networks to handle the added capacity.
AT&T Inc has held talks to buy smaller rival Leap Wireless International in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign U.S. carriers are looking at acquisitions as a way to grow in a mature market.
As Canadians continue to adopt mobile technology and as demand for mobile payments capability continues to grow, the banking industry and credit union system on Monday announced a set of voluntary, secure, open guidelines for the development of mobile payments at point-of-sale terminals in Canada.
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
DragonWave Inc., a supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, on Tuesday at CTIA Wireless announced the availability of higher modulation modes of up to 2048 Quadrature amplitude modulation(QAM) on its Horizon packet microwave products. This higher modulation allows the radios to transport up to 37% more data through existing microwave channels, which improves spectral efficiency and, correspondingly, lowers operators' cost per bit.
Actelis, a global supplier of Ethernet over copper solutions, showcased its Ethernet Access Device (EAD) at International CTIA Wireless in New Orleans this week. The device is designed to address the growing mobile backhaul challenge faced by wireless service providers.
Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless technology, on Tuesday announced its CC864-DUAL cellular module will connect the next generation Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT) from CardioNet, Inc., a provider of wireless medical technology with a current focus on the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias.
On Monday at CTIA Wireless, AT&T announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services. Called AT&T Digital Life, the services will give users control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier, says AT&T.
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.