RCR Wireless News
October 12, 2016
Higher education campuses are prime opportunities for cellular operators to grow coverage and expand services
A seismic shift has occurred within the wireless industry: wireless operators are funding fewer in-building wireless projects.
This trend informs that – among other things – the large venue market segment, which includes stadiums, convention centers, subways and airports and has traditionally been the “sweet spot” for carrier-funded cellular enhancement network deployments, is saturated and that the economics does not entice carriers to address mid-sized venues such as hotels and hospitals, as well as higher education, retail, corporate and multi-tenant high-rise buildings. The total of such mid-sized venues represent an addressable market having 16-times more venues, according to statistics from the Energy Information Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy.
It means that the places where we live, work, shop, vacation, receive health care and attend school are at risk of being left behind.
Mobile World Live
February 17, 2016
Google has decided to look on, but not touch, when vast amounts of 600 MHz spectrum hits the shelves at the next Federal Communications Commission (FCC) run incentive auction, scheduled to kick off on 29 March.
The internet giant will “follow the upcoming spectrum auction closely”, but confirmed it will not participate, announcing the decision two days after prospective bidders filed their applications to the US regulator.
While not officially confirmed, heavy hitters like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Comcast are almost certainly going to be involved, and a number of investment firms are also reportedly looking to cash in on the opportunity.
Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman, for a long time now has been particularly bullish about the potential of 600 MHz, boldly predicting last month that the upcoming auction will be the largest sale of frequencies to date globally.
RCR Wireless News
January 20, 2016
Shaw Communications agreed to acquire Wind Mobile in a deal worth approximately C$1.6 billion (around $1.16 billion USD). Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Shaw competes most directly with Telus and serves about 2.6 million cable TV, 2 million broadband Internet and 1.2 million digital telephone customers in British Columbia and Alberta, with smaller systems in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario. While the acquisition awaits approval by Industry Canada and the Competition Bureau, Shaw has been working to arrange the financing necessary to complete the acquisition.
Financing the acquisition of Wind Mobile
Shaw recently announced an agreement to sell 100% of its wholly owned broadcasting subsidiary, Shaw Media, to Toronto-based Corus Entertainment in a cash and stock deal worth C$2.65 billion. The divestiture will fund the Shaw acquisition of Wind Mobile and give the combined company a cash injection needed to invest capital in improving and expanding the Wind Mobile network.
RCR Wireless News
January 13, 2016
Wireless 20/20 digs into preparations for the upcoming FCC 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings
It is time for bidders to start gearing up for the 600 MHz band incentive auction. This could be the last time a large block of valuable low-band spectrum will be up for sale in the foreseeable future. The Federal Communications Commission recently announced the schedule for the Broadcast Incentive Auction 1001. The deadline for broadcasters to file their initial Form 177 applications expressing their intent to participate in the reverse auction is Jan. 12. Each participating broadcaster that has completed an application must commit to whether it wants to sell all of its spectrum, engage in channel sharing or move to a lower channel or from a UHF to a VHF channel.
Having established the schedule and final procedures for the incentive auction, the FCC is now working to maximize the perceived value of this spectrum during the reverse auction in which broadcasters will offer to voluntarily relinquish some or all of their spectrum usage rights. Although the FCC has stated its central objective is to allow market forces to determine the highest price and best use of the 600 MHz spectrum, a final list of opening bid prices for the incentive auction has been released. The top opening bid price in the reverse auction, where broadcasters will sell spectrum to the FCC, has been set at $900 million for a station in the New York City metropolitan area.
January 8, 2016
The development of Neutral Host Networks in key venues, is one of the most important trends in the broadband wireless industry today. As mobile operators expand and densify their 4G LTE networks, the need to provide in-building networks to supplement the outdoor macro network becomes more critical. To provide improved coverage in key venues, and to meet the ever-increasing capacity needs, operators want to cover venues such as airports, shopping malls, enterprise buildings, college campuses, stadiums and arenas, convention centers, hotels, transit systems and other public venues that have dense user populations. But as individual MNOs look to deploy their own solutions in a venue, the cost for providing this additional coverage may not justify the benefit for the improved service. Yet, if a third party can provide one shared infrastructure, such as DAS, small cells or Cloud RAN that can support all operators in a venue, the economics suddenly turn in favor of both the Neutral Host provider and the MNOs.
Several key trends contribute to the needs for improved wireless networks in-building. Eighty percent of traffic is generated indoors for MNOs. The expansion of BYOD usage in enterprise environments means that excellent mobile service is now a mission-critical requirement. Quality wireless service has become an expected feature in dense user environments such as stadiums, shopping malls, and airports. Venue owners have become more focused on the need, and the value of providing excellent wireless service throughout their venues. In many cases, this could be the difference between a renter coming to a building, or a patron selecting whether to visit a venue.
RCR Wireless News
December 23, 2015
Small cell and distributed antenna system networks have become important and fast growing complements to deploying new spectrum and adding additional macro towers as U.S. mobile operators are focused on densifying their networks in urban areas. Small cells are becoming more common as an attractive option to increase capacity and extend coverage outdoors, and distributed network solutions are becoming increasingly popular for enterprise buildings and high-traffic indoor venues. Although these markets are in their infancy, they are poised for rapid growth.
Business case for distributed networks deployments Wireless 20/20 has been examining the role of small cell and DAS as critical elements of mobile network densification. Our focus has been on the business case for various distributed network solutions in large venues such as stadiums, college campuses, enterprise buildings, hospitals, airports, shopping malls, train stations, subways and convention centers with a high density of broadband users. Wireless 20/20 showcased its new WiROI Neutral Host Network Venue Business Case Analysis Tool at the Tower & Small Cell Summit, co-located with CTIA Super Mobility 2015. Leveraging the in-depth knowledge garnered from over 100 engagements with 3G/4G operators worldwide, Wireless 20/20 has been using the new WiROI tool to analyze a wide range of distributed network solutions for various venue environments:
December 16, 2014
4G LTE networks are quickly becoming capacity limited for some operators. This means that in order to provide more bandwidth to subscribers, MNOs need to invest in building and expanding the capacity of their networks. As data usage grows, more investment will be needed in order to deliver more capacity.
CapEx and OpEx analysis performed using the WiROI Tool shows that on a capacity limited network, the cost per GByte delivered is very close to the cost per GByte available. As more capacity is added, the cost per GByte stabilizes and is nonzero. This realization leads many MNOs to abandon their unlimited data plans of the past and establish tiered, tonnage based plans, where users pays for the amount of data that they consume.
At LTE North America in Dallas this week, a panel featuring Wireless 2020, IBM, Allot Communications and US-based MVNO FreedomPop urged the service provider community to develop more flexible and tailored data bundles for customers.
Over the last few years, there has been much discussion about major mobile network operators (MNOs) using Carrier Wi-Fi as a tool in their arsenal to provide broadband capacity to their customers. And yet we have seen very few actual agreements between Wi-Fi service providers and MNOs to augment the operator’s current capacity with third party Wi-Fi capacity. The need is there for additional wireless broadband capacity, and the need will continue to intensify. There are a number of operators that are building extensive Wi-Fi networks in the US, in part in anticipation that the MNOs will buy some of their capacity. But what will need to happen for Mobile Data Offload to Carrier Wi-Fi to actually take-off in the market, both as a revenue opportunity for Wi-Fi providers and as a network capacity tool that MNOs will take to heart as part of their capacity arsenal?
As we begin 2014, India’s 4G operators are still in the network deployment phase. Bharti Airtel continues to rollout 4G networks across the country, with prepaid and postpaid LTE services already available in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula in Punjab and Haryana, followed by Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune. Airtel is expanding these 4G circles and is reported to be in talks with ZTE rolling out LTE networks in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala circles Airtel acquired from Qualcomm.
I recently participated in a field test drive demo conducted by Softbank Mobile of the world's first trial network supporting TD-LTE Advanced technology in the 3.5 GHz band. Driving through the crowded streets in Tokyo's densely populated Ginza district, I saw the density of SoftBank's network of rooftop LTE antennas, and witnessed a live measurement of average download speeds of 500 Mbit/s and peak download speed reaching 770 Mbit/s.
August 19, 2013
The wealth of companies is often measured by such financial metrics as market cap, revenue or EBITDA. Financial executives seem to have had no shortage of metrics to measure how successful a company has been in creating shareholder value. They often use MVA (Market Values Added), which measures the amount of wealth a company has created since its inception.
(May 6, 2013) By Haig Sarkissian – Wireless 20/20
Antenna Systems & Technology Magazine
Over the past few months I have been running speed tests on my new iPhone 5 smartphone on the Verizon 4G LTE network. I have frequently gotten 10 to 15 Mbps download speeds and 5 to 8 Mbps of upload speeds. Sometimes I have seen speeds approaching 20 Mbps downlink. Although these are fast and impressive by most standards, my mobile internet user experience has not improved significantly. I still have to wait for web pages to download and video clips to buffer.
Written by Haig Sarkissian and Randall Schwartz
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