Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) sounds like something extremely complicated, but it’s actually pretty straightforward. An MVNO is simply a carrier that operates on a virtual network, meaning that they rent their data and coverage from one of the Big … Continue reading

Fixed wireless services have long been a staple of communications in lesser-developed countries (LDCs), particularly those with little wireline infrastructure. Rather than plow scarce resources into increasingly obsolete wireline technologies, LDCs opted instead for wireless technologies with their cheaper construction … Continue reading

Smart electric meters are taking the world by storm. Nations across the globe are mandating their installation — by 2020, every home in Britain is mandated to have one. Demand for electric meters is particularly strong in Asia; in 2015 … Continue reading

Faithful readers of this space may recall that in September mention was made of “the next stop in a long journey” — 5G. Don’t look now but in a mere few months equipment manufacturers will begin delivering the latest and … Continue reading

The days of loudspeakers looking like, well, speakers is so 20th century. No more rectangular wooden boxes taking up too much space on bookshelves or tables. And increasingly, no more wires either. The amazing Amazon Echo is but one of … Continue reading

The familiarized name for the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, ZigBee is an open global specification applying to high-level communication protocols for wireless personal area networks (WPANs), home area networks (HANs) and machine-to-machine (M2M) networks using small, low-power radios. Overseen by the … Continue reading

The folks who bring you Google Fiber, Google Chrome, Google Glass and many other tech innovations have come up with Project Fi. Unveiled in April 2015, it’s the first serious go at unifying the world’s wireless networks — and service … Continue reading

Wi-MAX: sounds like bigger and better Wi-Fi. Indeed it is, and people all over the world use this IP-based platform to access the Internet. (Unless you’re a Sprint customer; more on that below.) WiMAX is an acronym for Worldwide Interoperability … Continue reading

Similar to the triple play bundles offered by Verizon’s FiOs and AT&T’s U-Verse, CenturyLink’s Internet-based Prism TV is delivered via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), Fiber-to-the-node/curb/building (FTTX), hybrid fiber coax (HFC), VDSL2  or ADSL2 technologies. Consumers can choose from four Prism® packages — … Continue reading

No, channel bonding (CB) is not a viewer’s love for a television network. Used in multiple communication technologies, it essentially doubles the data stream by joining two adjacent bandwidths together to form one bidirectional pipe. With the use of computing … Continue reading

An emerging brand from upstart San Jose-based Ubiquiti Networks,  Amplifi (pronounced “amp-lye-fye“) currently offers three top-shelf Wi-Fi router/extenders for home and office use. Amplifi™ is known as a Wi-Fi “mesh” system where a router and bridge extenders (“mesh points”) stretch … Continue reading

Once again, marketers have muddied the tech waters by misleading consumers with less-than-truthful descriptions of their products. Like “4G Smartphones.” Or “4K TVs.” Here, AT&T has gone beyond the pale with their ‘MicroCell’ offering, which is actually a femtocell. It’s … Continue reading

In business since 1996, California-based iPass today is a multi-national global Wi-Fi service provider (GSP) with a truly worldwide Wi-Fi footprint. Thanks to a number of key acquisitions over the years — including Safe3w and Mobile Automation, both in 2004, … Continue reading

On the high tech frontier of the 21st century where the borders of reality and fantasy blur, gamers and other consumers are obliged to wade through concepts such as virtual reality (VR) and today’s topic, augmented reality (AR) aka artificial … Continue reading

You’ve probably heard your local cable provider (Multiple Service Operator or MSO, as they’re called) trumpet claims that cable has “blazing” fast Internet speeds compared to clunky ol’ telephone company DSL. True, legacy DSL (with speeds up to 3 Mbps, … Continue reading

What currently drives the increase in cellular network user capacity is due in part to the ongoing evolution of micro- and picocellular networks. Mobile device users have a voracious appetite for cellular bandwidth, driving app usage and faster connection speeds. … Continue reading

You maybe have friends in Austin or Kansas City or Atlanta or Nashville or Charlotte who rave about their Google Fiber connection and the warp drive speeds they have for the Internet. Or perhaps you’re part of the 12% of … Continue reading

Back in 2014, ipass predicted that by 2018 there would be one public hotspot for every 20 people on earth. That’s a lot, especially when considering that there’s still developing countries where Wi-Fi penetration is mostly limited to a few … Continue reading

What on earth is LTE?

by Morgan Staggers on September 11, 2016 in LTE

The initials stand for Long Term Evolution but the term sounds more akin to anthropology than technology. Network engineers tend to talk around the phrase rather than define it. Many (particularly marketers) equate LTE with 4G, as if they were … Continue reading

Earbuds – you either love ’em or hate ’em. Most people who listen to music have strong opinions about using them. And, trending as everything else these days does, earbuds are increasingly going wireless. Of course earbuds, as they apply … Continue reading

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