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Sprint Launches ‘Spark’ Network; Faster Speeds in Five Cities

Sprint Launches ‘Spark’ Network; Faster Speeds in Five Cities | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
Sprint unveiled a new network technology Wednesday that promises speeds up to four times faster than the so-called LTE networks in use currently. Now the trick will be building it out.

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Mobile broadband ace NSN wins Sprint deal for large-scale TDD LTE roll-out | Nokia Solutions and Networks

Mobile broadband ace NSN wins Sprint deal for large-scale TDD LTE roll-out  | Nokia Solutions and Networks | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
Nokia Solutions and Networks extends its relationship with Sprint through a new contract for the deployment of TDD LTE across its 2.5 GHz spectrum, which will increase its high-speed data capacity as part of Sprint’s large-scale U.S.

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UK wireless specialist to head 5G project - New Electronics

UK wireless specialist to head 5G project - New Electronics | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
UK wireless specialist to head 5G project New Electronics As the only test equipment vendor involved in the initiative, the company is working to define five 5G scenarios which it believes reflect the future challenges of wireless communications...
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Alcatel-Lucents TDD-LTE for Sprint - Zacks.com

Alcatel-Lucents TDD-LTE for Sprint - Zacks.com | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
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Last month, China Mobile had also contracted Alcatel-Lucent for its TDD LTE solution. However, Sprint will be the first firm to deploy the technology on a nationwide scale in North America.
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How to meet in-building wireless needs in a pre-5G world - mHealthNews

How to meet in-building wireless needs in a pre-5G world - mHealthNews | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
How to meet in-building wireless needs in a pre-5G world mHealthNews And 5G will be a game changer, he suggested, as it will enable providers to pull up and use any kind of information, including heavy bandwidth tasks such as video files, from any...
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ABI: LTE small cells driving backhaul growth - FierceWireless:Europe

ABI: LTE small cells driving backhaul growth - FierceWireless:Europe | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
The market for small cell backhaul equipment to grow to over $5 billion (€3.65 billion) in 2018, up from a forecast $487 million for 2013 representing a 48 per cent CAGR, according to latest research by ABI.
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Ericsson Explores New Way To 5G - InformationWeek

Ericsson Explores New Way To 5G - InformationWeek | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
Ericsson Explores New Way To 5G
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But 5G will differ from previous mobile technologies particularly in how the specifications are defined and developed.
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Small cell backhaul equipment market to rise by 48% in 2018 - Computer Business Review

Small cell backhaul equipment market to rise by 48% in 2018 - Computer Business Review | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
Small cell backhaul equipment market to rise by 48% in 2018 Computer Business Review The market for small cell backhaul equipment is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48% over the next five years to over $5bn, according to...
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5G: Your Questions Answered

Read other blog posts by the author, Zahid Ghadialy, here: https://communities.cisco.com/people/ZahidGhadialy?view=overview For more discussions and topics around SP Mobility, please visit our Mobility Community: http://cisco.com/go/mobilitycommunity...

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All-outdoor Backhaul Radio | AGL (Above Ground Level)

All-outdoor Backhaul Radio | AGL (Above Ground Level) | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
The EtherHaul-600T from Siklu is a low-cost, palm-sized, all-outdoor small-cell radio operating in the 57-GHz to 66-GHz band. The radio fits small-cell and other backhaul applications in the millimeter wave band.
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Global Mobile Backhaul Test Equipment Market 2012-2016 - PR Newswire (press release)

Global Mobile Backhaul Test Equipment Market 2012-2016 PR Newswire (press release) TechNavio's report, the Global Mobile Backhaul Test Equipment Market 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry...
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Sprint taps into its spectrum for fast LTE, with room to grow | NetworkWorld.com

Sprint taps into its spectrum for fast LTE, with room to grow | NetworkWorld.com | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it

Sprint is flexing its network muscle with technologies to combine frequencies for gigabit-speed performance and to let subscribers maintain data sessions while moving from one band of the network to another.

 

On Wednesday, the fourth-largest U.S. carrier bragged about its new capabilities and demonstrated a high-speed service it calls Sprint Spark, with current peak speeds of 50-60Mbps (bits per second) and the potential to exceed 1Gbps. It also promoted three upcoming handsets that will be able to take advantage of all three of its spectrum bands.

 

Sprint is in catch-up mode against its bigger rivals, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, and is looking to use its huge spectrum holdings as an advantage. The company is deploying LTE in its 800MHz and 1.9GHz bands as well as the 2.5GHz spectrum it acquired with Clearwire, on which the Sprint Spark service runs. Sprint prides itself on its Network Vision project, which has built a network that's flexible enough to support multiple technologies.

 

In the 2.5GHz band, Sprint plans to combine different sets of frequencies and make them act like one block of spectrum. The company used this technique in a demonstration at its Silicon Valley lab on Wednesday, showing peak throughput of 1.3Gbps (bits per second). More aggregation could offer as much as 2Gbps, Sprint said.

 

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Sprint CEO calls net neutrality 'a hard concept to get my head around' | The Verge

Sprint CEO calls net neutrality 'a hard concept to get my head around' | The Verge | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it

Today, Sprint held a series of events to tout the capabilities of its just-announced "Spark" network, which enables cellular data speeds of up to 60Mbps — and by the end of 2015 CEO Dan Hesse says he hopes consumer devices could achieve speeds as high at 150Mbps. If Sprint can pull it off it would be, without question, a different kind of wireless service than what we've seen before. Different enough, in fact, that it's worth asking whether Sprint has plans to alter its famously unlimited data plans to accommodate it.

 

 

Hesse tells us that the answer to that question is "no," that Sprint is sticking with its clear and unambiguous unlimited plans. Cable broadband providers charge different rates for different bandwidth offerings, but that's not on the table for Sprint — yet. "Right now the answer is we're not planning to segment based upon speed," says Hesse. That's not to say that Sprint might not increase the price for the unlimited plan or change those plans in the future. Hesse told us that "we may and there are regulatory issues in doing that as well, but it's possible we could."

 

"Regulatory issues" are apparently a vexing problem for Hesse right now, which makes sense as he's the CEO of a major wireless company with ambitions to launch a service that competes with wireline broadband providers. When asked if Sprint would consider offering data plans that looked more like those available abroad, Hesse said he was interested. Specifically, the topic on the table was "Zero Rating," which is industry parlance for an app or service that doesn't count against a customer's data cap. Could Sprint start making deals with the likes of Netflix, Facebook, or others for Zero Rating service? Here's Hesse:

 

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WATCH: 5G WiFi Will Help Integrate Wireless Networking Into Everyday Lives

WATCH: 5G WiFi Will Help Integrate Wireless Networking Into Everyday Lives | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
It's hard to imagine our lives without WiFi. So many of our personal devices -- laptops, smartphones and home appliances -- rely on it, and it has become a part of our normal routines.
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Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Vendors Draw Battle Lines - PCB007 (press release)

Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Vendors Draw Battle Lines - PCB007 (press release) | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Vendors Draw Battle Lines
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The small cell wireless backhaul equipment vendor ecosystem partitions into camps dominated by technology specialization.
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Base stations for 5G: Soon in our homes and on wheels?

Base stations for 5G: Soon in our homes and on wheels? | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
In a few years, our mobile network will have to deal with a thousand times more the traffic it has to today. One possible solution is to place small base stations in our homes or cars.

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LTE-A Patents LG Electronics Holds Most LTE-A Patents in Korea - BusinessKorea

LTE-A Patents LG Electronics Holds Most LTE-A Patents in Korea - BusinessKorea | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
BusinessKorea LTE-A Patents LG Electronics Holds Most LTE-A Patents in Korea BusinessKorea The two basic ideas behind LTE-TDD are that more data comes in to a phone than goes out from a phone, and that transmissions to and from the phone should...
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How backhaul strategies can keep revenues | Telecom Asia

How backhaul strategies can keep revenues | Telecom Asia | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
One example is to run an enterprise network on gear used for mobile backhaul.
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Wireless Broadband: Finding the Right Balance | WirelessWeek.com

Wireless Broadband: Finding the Right Balance | WirelessWeek.com | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it

Network operators need more spectrum for wireless broadband but there is a spectrum shortage. To help alleviate the shortage, the FCC will auction more spectrum in 2013 and this will be followed by the incentive auctions. Further, the NTIA/FCC is exploring spectrum sharing options. However, none of these actions will result in more bandwidth anytime soon.


I keep reading about everything the network operators are doing—more femtocells, more off-loading to Wi-Fi, more picocells in congested areas, LTE Advanced, which will provide spectrum aggregation, and more. I am not reading about how users can help conserve bandwidth or how developers can write applications that are more data-friendly. Both of these are needed. It cannot be simply a matter of network operators trying their best but not being able to meet the demand. We, as users, have to understand the issues and use some common sense instead of taking for granted that the bandwidth and capacity will always be there and is never-ending.


The network operators would love to be in a position to offer us all of the bandwidth and capacity we want, all of the time, and at a fair price. However, cellular technology has limits. Each cell sector offers users the full network capacity and bandwidth and a cell site is usually made up of three sectors. So if a customer is the only one requiring wireless broadband in a given sector, theoretically he/she will have access to all of the capacity in that sector. However, many networks limit the data speeds even for a single user in order to be able to provide better service to more customers in the same cell sector. If there are twenty users in the same cell sector, all demanding streaming video, the network will appear slower and at some point customers asking for service won’t be able to obtain it.


Bandwidth and capacity are shared—albeit in a small area known as a cell sector—but in a major city it is possible that even LTE networks will seem sluggish. One reason the networks (with one exception) have moved away from all-you-can-eat data plans is to help manage broadband service demands. We have yet to see pricing that increases based on usage, as we normally see for our water and electric services, but that day may be coming.


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Small cell backhaul equipment market to reach $5 billion in 2018 from $487 million in 2013: ABI Research

Small cell backhaul equipment market to reach $5 billion in 2018 from $487 million in 2013: ABI Research | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
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A Peek at 5G

Presented by Dr. Chih-Lin I
CMCC Chief Scientist, Wi r e l e s s Te c h n o l o g i e s
Head of Green Communication Research Center
Johannesberg Summit
May 20, 2013

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60GHz Band: a Solution for Small Cell Backhaul? | The Official LTE ...

60GHz Band: a Solution for Small Cell Backhaul? | The Official LTE ... | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
As the search for frequency bands with suitable capacity for small-cell backhaul continues, frequency bands above 50GHz start to appear attractive because they offer both high-bandwidth availability and short range owing to ...
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Timeline Photos - IEEE Communications Society | Facebook

Timeline Photos - IEEE Communications Society | Facebook | "LTE - Small-Cell News" | Scoop.it
Registration for the Live Webinar on Mobile Backhaul for Small Cells is now open at http://www.comsoc.org/webinars.

Abstract: In order to maximize the...
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