The move would let Europe catch up with the U.S. on using 700MHz spectrum for broadband rather than TV broadcasts and wireless microphones.
The OECD’s definition of broadband may be loose, but according to its figures the U.S. now has as many high-speed wireless links as it has people.
Google’s Project Loon is getting some serious practical help from a plastics company in developing their internet balloons.
Eight years after it floated the idea of blanketing San Francisco with free wireless Internet access, Google is ready to launch WiFi in 31 of city’s parks. If you use a smartphone, you gotta be happy about it. I know I am.
Microsoft is testing white space technology in Kenya, and now Google is doing the same in South Africa. The company’s involvement extends to sponsorship and the use of its newly-launched spectrum database.
Touring Verizon’s booth wasn’t quite what I expected, but that’s not a bad thing. Instead of focusing on new consumer devices, the company is using the venue to show off partner products from its Innovations Center, illustrating the benefits of connectivity where you’d least expect.
Will there be a day when we shall see commercial planes connecting to the Internet at LTE speeds? A recent test by Ericsson gives hope to the possibility, though it is more likely that superfast trains are more likely to see LTE speeds.
The growing number of tablets, smartphones and connected devices will push demand for mobile data to over 10.8 exabytes per month by 2016, an 18-fold increase over 2011 according to Cisco. That’s a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 78 percent from 2011 to 2016.
By analyzing data from a live 3G network in a major city, the mobile network analytics firm Actix has found that only 5% of iPads are used outdoors. iPads account for just 1% of data sessions, they use 4X more data than an average 3G device.
The FCC is trying to get rural Americans online, and to help, later this year carriers can apply for part of a $300 million fund to bring wireless broadband to the heartlands. Only it’s not the heartlands, as the nifty interactive map shows.