No static at all

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

I saw an article last week saying that mobile networks were becoming faster than WiFi. That got me thinking about why smartphone users select WiFi instead of using their mobile operator. The story appeared in the GSMA’s Mobile World Live with the title Mobile Starting to Dominate WiFi But US Still Lags. It quoted a […]

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Trump’s 5G spectrum memo

Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2018

As I was preparing Tuesday’s blog, I ran across the US White House’s memorandum on 5G which is also on spectrum management. This is an official policy memo not a press release, so it is unfair perhaps to compare the one to the other. The US memo is much, much longer with an extensive preamble […]

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Idée fixe

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This past weekend I read the abridged version of Ericsson’s Fixed Wireless Handbook, a 40-page brochure for the Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) opportunity. No Ericsson products are mentioned so the purpose is purely client education. I want FWA to work this time, really I do. The 40-page handbook is the linear extract from a much […]

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Band(s) on the run

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The last few weeks have been full of stories about (potential 5G) spectrum, mostly mid-band, some of it positive, some of it controversial. At least we cannot complain that the issue is being ignored (as it often was in the past). Some recent tidbits: Brazilian regulator (Anatel) head, Jaurez Quadros “clarifies” that the 3Ghz band […]

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Spectrum wars in Chile

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The usually well-managed and relatively calm Chilean regulatory scene has exploded over the past few months into open warfare between the operators, the regulator and the courts. The implications for mobile broadband are huge. The opening salvo concerned the 3.5GHz band. On June 20th, 2018, Chilean regulator Subtel suspended the use of this band pending […]

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