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Oct
17
2014

Google Testing Ultra-Fast Wireless Service -

A Google filing with the SEC this week indicates that Google is exploring the possibility of a variety of wireless broadband technologies across a number of spectrum frequencies, including millimeter-wave. Google’s interest in wireless hasn’t been much of a secret; the company acquired wireless Seattle startup Alpental Technologies back in June (founded by ex-Clearwire folks), and a report back in April indicated that Google was interested in potentially forming an MVNO as a supplement offering […]

Oct
17
2014

New Apple SIM Could Change Everything, Likely Terrifies Carriers -

One thing of particular note to our readers during Apple’s unveiling of new iPads yesterday is the new Apple SIM, which Apple didn’t mention at all — yet most analysts believe has a real chance to disrupt the industry. Installed on iPads with embedded Wi-Fi and cellular radios, Apple notes their new Apple SIM allows users to float between carriers without having to replace the SIM card. States Apple: quote:The new Apple SIM is preinstalled […]

Oct
17
2014

LTE Users Consume 5X as Much Video as 3G Users

Long Term Evolution 4G networks have a rather predictable impact on mobile data consumption: the amount of data consumed each month grows, compared to data consumption on 3G networks. In fact, some studies also suggest that access to LTE networks also increases use of Wi-Fi. A study of Android smartphone users by Devicescape, conducted over six months, found that 4G LTE users consumption of Wi-Fi and mobile data doubled, compared to data consumed by 3G […]

Oct
17
2014

New iPads Feature Apple SIM That Could Disrupt Industry -

One thing of particular note to our readers during Apple’s unveiling of new iPads yesterday is the new Apple SIM, which Apple didn’t mention at all — yet most analysts believe has a real chance to disrupt the industry. Installed on iPads with embedded Wi-Fi and cellular radios, Apple notes their new Apple SIM allows users to float between carriers without having to replace the SIM card. States Apple: quote:The new Apple SIM is preinstalled […]

Oct
17
2014

Google Wants to Test Millimeter Radio Systems

Given its commercial Google Fiber service, as well as Wi-Fi networks at other venues, plus Project Loon tests, and its ownership of an unmanned aerial vehicle company, all of which deal with ways of providing Internet access, it might not be totally surprising, or even unexpected, that Google wants to test millimeter wave radio access systems as well. Google has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for permission to conduct tests in California across different […]

Oct
17
2014

Will Apple Pay be a Mobile Payments Breakthrough?

With Apple’s Apple Pay launch, set to go live October 20, 2014, we might finally get an inkling of whether contactless mobile payments can become a relatively common form of retail payment, outside the confines of Starbucks locations. Apple Pay offers an easy, secure and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6  and iPhone 6 Plus devices. Apple Pay also will be enabled on  iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tablets […]

Oct
17
2014

Do Mobile Usage Caps Really Block App Development?

Do high prices for mobile Internet access, or limited usage caps, really block a cycle of virtuous app development? Some think so. “While fees remain high, the virtuous cycle of development and user deployment that drives the demand for bandwidth can’t get started,” says Mark Pesce, a contributor to The Register. “Killer mobile apps never make it through the development process.” Maybe not. Smartphones are to some extent content consumption devices, and also content creation […]

Oct
17
2014

Atlantic Broadband adds 10-Gig Metro E service to business portfolio

Atlantic Broadband has added a 10 Gigabit Metro Ethernet service to its business services roster. The 10-Gig Metro E service is available across all of Atlantic Broadband’s footprint including Western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland/Delaware, and Aiken, S.C. The service, which is a private and secure Wide Area Network (WAN), is offered via Atlantic Broadband’s wholly owned and operated fiber network. The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) compliant 10-Gig Metro E service allows businesses to extend their […]

Oct
16
2014

Verizon Makes Its Edge Early Upgrade Program Slightly Worse -

Verizon Wireless this week made the company’s Edge handset early upgrade program slightly worse, extending the time customers have to wait between upgrades. First spotted by Droid Life, Verizon is increasing the number of monthly customer payments for a device from 20 to 24 months. While that will reduce the cost of each payment, users now have to pay off 75% of a device’s cost to upgrade to a new phone (this was previously 60%). […]

Oct
16
2014

Google Fiber Austin Sign Ups Start in December -

In April of last year when Google announced they’d be bringing Google Fiber to Austin, the company stated they expected Austin users to start being hooked up around the middle of 2014. The halfway of the year point rolled on past, without any new hard deadline for a launch or even the “fiberhood” system they use to determine deployment neighborhoods. Aside from a September blog post with a sort of “shucks, building big networks takes […]

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