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HetNet News: Verizon boosts NorCal network

Verizon Wireless has turned on new network sites across California, boosting its 3G and LTE coverage in areas including Modesto, Contra Costa County, Sacramento, Fresno County, Gilroy, Alameda County, Santa Cruz, Sonoma County and San Jose, among others.

SNS Research expects that heterogeneous network infrastructure investments will account for almost $17 billion in spending by the end of 2014. Despite decreases in macrocell RAN spending over the next three years, SNS estimates that the overall infrastructure market including macrocells, hetnets, mobile core and backhaul investments will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 5%, accounting for more than $104 billion each year by 2020.

Aruba Networks recently deployed a new enterprise unified wired/wireless network for offline editorial company Rock Paper Scissors/A52 using its 802.11ac technology and Mobile Virtual Enterprise architecture.

The company has offices in New York and Los Angeles, and wanted to increase real-time collaboration and productivity in order to allow its producers and editors to access projects and corporate resources from either mobile devices or wired desktops, as well as manage a high level of Apple Bonjour traffic generated in its two locations. The company also needed reliable guest access due to large numbers of clients visiting daily in order to check the status of projects, and a network that could deal with the throughput and speed needs when Rock Paper Scissors/A52 regularly works with HD video files in the multi-hundred gigabyte range and high-bandwidth editing applications such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.

“We have a lot of producers and assistant editors that will walk from editing bay to visual effects bay and back with their laptops and mobile devices in hand, uploading and downloading huge video files and taking care of clients,” said Kevin Bass, chief engineer for Rock Paper Scissors/A52. “In the past, they had to sit down somewhere, plug in and wait, hampering productivity and collaboration. With our new Aruba infrastructure, transitions between work locations are virtually seamless. We have both the mobility we need and the bandwidth and speed our projects require.”


Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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