Reports from NAB and CTIA Address Efficient Use of Spectrum

Recent contributions to the mobile broadband spectrum debate are reports from NAB and CTIA. Before reading them I envisioned writing a “dueling reports” piece, but they mostly complement each other….

May 15, 2011 3

The Voice of the Future

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is the tech story of the day. Reactions to the still-unofficial deal are all over the place, ranging from suspicions that MS overpaid, speculations about where…

May 10, 2011 1

The Challenge of HD Video Streaming on LTE

One of AT&T’s non-redacted arguments in support of its acquisition of T-Mobile USA is that data usage on AT&T’s network is projected to “skyrocket by a factor of eight to…

April 24, 2011 3

Forecasting Spectrum Demand

There’s been a lot of talk lately regarding the looming spectrum crisis in America, with the FCC and the mobile operators talking it up, and some bloggers, analysts, and buffs…

April 19, 2011 4

Experimental Radio Applications at the FCC

This summarizes a selection of applications for the Experimental Radio Service received by the FCC during March 2011. These are related to VHF propagation, satellite communications, TV white space, military…

April 15, 2011 0

Smartphone data explosion and spectrum

A recent report on the mobile spectrum crunch (PDF) by Rysavy research and MobileFuture highlighted the urgent need for wireless spectrum to avoid a potentially stagnant mobile broadband market due…

April 11, 2011 6

Signal boosters causing some of AT&T’s dropped calls

AT&T has been getting hammered in the press lately for a new wireless customer survey from ChangeWave on dropped cell phone calls.  But in a company policy blog posting, AT&T…

April 7, 2011 0

AT&T and T-Mobile – Interpreting the Spin

AT&T and T-Mobile have collected their press release and associated documents on one web site. A few points caught my eye. “AT&T is now burning through 10 MHz of spectrum…

March 30, 2011 0

Should a Sales Brochure Underlie US Spectrum Policy?

The FCC relies on Cisco’s forecast of mobile-broadband data demand as a basis for spectrum policy. Called the Visual Networking Index, it comes up many times in the National Broadband…

March 29, 2011 2

The Policy Side of the Merger

Last week, I covered the technical side of the AT&T – T-Mobile merger, endeavoring to explain why it’s a good deal for the companies. This week, I’ve written a blog…

March 28, 2011 0