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Mobile Hotspots

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A Hotspot, as defined in Wikipedia, is a site that offers Internet access over a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) through the use of a router connected to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Hotspots typically use Wi-Fi technology for the wireless network.

A Mobile Hotspot is a hotspot that uses a […]

Broadband data service in Metropolitan Areas

Broadband wireless technologies evolved during the last decades to a point where mature solutions exist for many different network configurations – fixed point to point, fixed point to multipoint, mobile. These solutions are used today for practically all types of broadband applications – cellular networks for mobile broadband; WiMAX for fixed, and lately also mobile, […]

The Destiny of Mobile Data

It is already well established that the usage of mobile data services is growing fast. This traffic is generated mainly by smartphones and laptops with PC-card or USB modems. It is safe to assume the demand for mobile data will continue to grow in the forseeable future. The natural evolution is that laptops and netbooks […]

The potential of femtocells

In a recent article in Fierce Wireless Peter Jarich of Current Analysis explains why he still does not have a femtocell. Going through the different arguments, I am even more convinced that femtocells have a bright future.

Here is a short summary of the contrarian arguments.

Femtocell offers are not mature, they are limited to […]

Femtocell FMS in the Enterprise

In the previous post I explain in short what Fixed-Mobile Substitution (FMS) and Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) are. FMC has been around for more than 5 years, but has never achieved wide enterprise adoption. In a recent article in RCRWireless Josh Holbrook of the Yankee Group claims that FMC has proved to be a failure in […]

Femtocells and Fixed-Mobile Substitution (FMS)

Fixed-Mobile Substitution (FMS) – the use of a mobile phone instead of a fixed, wired telephone – has long been a desire of mobile operators, a way to increase addressable market and revenue. One mechanism to facilitate FMS is Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) – the use of dual-mode handsets with both cellular and WiFi connectivity, and […]

Femtocell 2009 Shipments

According to a recent press release by ABI research, about 350,000 femtocells will have been shipped during 2009. This number is bound to be quite reliable, as it is published in November. It is a 55% reduction of the forecast of 790,000 published just 6 months ago.

As admitted by ABI research, carriers refused to […]

Mobile TV is not picking up

Recent news articles indicate that mobile TV service is not picking up. According to Rapid TV News most European telcos have abandoned their plans to promote mobile TV service – be it through the DVB-H broadcast technology or through 3G data channels. FierceWireless informs that after having trialed live mobile TV service for 12 months, […]