Israeli mobile networking startups are on a hot streak right now. Sprint wants to tap into that talent pool so it’s launching a new LTE acceleration lab project in Tel Aviv.
Sprint has transferred the familiar chirp of its Nextel push-to-talk service over to its core CDMA networks. While it hasn’t succeeded in recapturing every single of the Nextel customers fleeing after its shutdown of the iDEN network, it has managed to resign 1 million of them.
The FCC proposes to dedicate 100 MHz of airwaves for small use, but not exclusively. Carriers would need to share it with existing government users. The high-frequency band would be ideal for small cell deployments, but carriers don’t like sharing.
The switch from voice to data isn’t just affecting carriers. The new mobile data reality is driving device makers to change the way handsets are designed, Internet companies to deal with the smaller screen, and infrastructure makers to re-architect the fundamental topologies of their networks.