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AT&T, Loon prepare for the worst with high-altitude internet balloons

Loon has secured fly over approval for its high-altitude internet balloons in more than 50 countries and regions AT&T has partnered up with Alphabet’s Loon division, whose aim is to provide internet connection using high-altitude internet balloons, or more technically, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The...

#TBT: Discussing the digital divide; TDMA vs. CDMA; early WAP skeptics … this week in 2000

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Wireless will solve...

Time Trippin’: Analog hangs tough; wireless Internet uptake lags … 13 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

Sponsored Content: Corning Crosses New Wireless Frontier with the Power of ONE™

The explosive growth in smartphones and the proliferating demand for mobile Internet and mobile video threatens to overwhelm current network infrastructure and leaves the industry at the cusp of a new frontier. A new kind of wireless network platform is needed that can handle...

Cellcom, Bluegrass get in on shared data

Sensing a demand from consumers, rural carriers have begun to offer shared data plans pioneered by their larger rivals. Cellcom and Bluegrass Cellular now offer rate plans that provide customers with unlimited voice and messaging serviced with the ability to pool up to 10...

Reality Check: Evolution of operator tiered pricing and service-based pricing models

As mobile data consumption continues to skyrocket, service providers must constantly evolve in new and innovative ways to enable subscribers to engage with mobile data without fear of unexpected expense.

FreedomPop, Republic Wireless re-open doors to cheaper mobile data

Mobile data agitators look set to again unleash some disruptive-ness onto the cellular space, with reports going wild over a pair of companies unveiling new offerings. One offering is from FreedomPop, which plans to begin offering a “sleeve” product that can provide WiMAX and LTE...

Worst of the Week: Byte me!

This week, AT&T Mobility joined fellow wireless behemoth Verizon Wireless in announcing plans to offer customers the “choice” to pool data resources into one plan that is shared across multiple devices.

Worst of the Week: The future is here … and it’s a data world

Verizon Wireless made an interesting decision this week, announcing plans to begin hating kittens, freedom and Justin Beiber beginning June 28.

Eyes on Apple: How WWDC news could impact wireless carriers

Typically a June announcement from Apple would have a significant impact on the wireless industry, but following last year’s announcement adjustment of an updated iPhone to the fall the wireless industry could be breathing a sigh of relief. Apple is kicking off its annual Worldwide...

Worst of the Week: Black gold from thin air

Just about every conversation I had at the recent CTIA event in New Orleans either involved the words “spectrum crunch” or revolved around that perceived issue. Whether it was carriers, device makers or infrastructure companies,

Cable providers consort on shared Wi-Fi

The cable industry’s dance around wireless continued today as a consortium of providers announced plans to partner on the deployment of 50,000 “metro Wi-Fi” hot spots under the “CableWiFi” brand. The service will allow customers of Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and...

Verizon Wireless clarifies unlimited data plans; pay full price, keep your plan

Verizon Wireless looked to clarify its position, and perhaps calm fears, that recent remarks by an executive hinted at a forced migration of customers currently on unlimited data plans for their smartphones to shared, bucket plans. Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney noted in a statement...

Worst of the Week: Cats in action

This week saw me whisk away to lovely Atlanta for the DAS Forum’s DAS in Action event. Now, this is not one of the bigger events on the yearly wireless telecommunications calendar, though I do give it credit for having one of the better names.

Worst of the Week: Throttling definitions

The running spat between AT&T Mobility and its subscribers over what is and is not considered “unlimited” made up some significant ground this week as lawsuits have been won and taunts thrown.

MWC 2012: Innovative mobile data pricing needed to ensure adoption, profitability

BARCELONA, Spain – While marketing hype around acronyms, levels of “G” and the sexy devices that run over those networks are seen as the main drivers in the mobile broadband world, at the end of the day it’s how innovative carriers can be in...

AT&T, Cisco add voice to mobile data explosion trend

Perhaps looking to counter claims that it is unfairly limiting download speeds to consumers, AT&T today came out with a new blog post noting that wireless data traffic across its network doubled last year, continuing a trend the carrier has seen since the launch...

Reader Forum: Helping operators and subscribers end mobile data usage confusion

Operators have reacted to the swell in data usage with a variety of strategies that include volume-based tiers, usage caps, time-of-day usage pricing and data-speed throttling. While this may address the immediate challenge of preserving network integrity for the majority of users, it has also led to increased customer confusion and “bill shock,” higher support costs and, ultimately, higher customer churn.

2012 Predictions: Mobile data to spur innovations

As mobile data matures in developed markets, we expect several significant evolutions in 2012. The biggest for subscribers will be pricing plan innovations, providing new personalized service and cost options. In addition, we forecast rapid cloud service adoption, new content business models and new device segmentation.

South Korea’s SK Telecom opens era of 100 Mbps wireless data speeds

SK Telecom, a South Korean wireless telecommunications operator, announced the successful development of Heterogeneous Network Integration Solution, which enables simultaneous use of different types of networks including 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi to ensure high-speed data service of up to 100 Mbps.

Nationals sue Maryland wireless network installer

The Washington Nationals say the Maryland company that installed the wireless network at Nationals Park owes the team nearly $500,000 from a failed advertising contract....

RCR Wireless News MBB Philadelphia: City continues struggle with muni Wi-Fi

PHILADELPHIA – The idea seems simple enough. Hang a bunch of wireless routers from city lamp poles, hook them up to the city's power supply and some sort of backhaul to the Internet and voila, instant mobile broadband access for the masses.Not so fast.A...

Analyst Angle: The mobile Internet’s no zero-sum game

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We've collected a group of the industry's leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry.While Washington focuses on the timely issue of spectrum allocation, Wall Street is quietly watching...

Two colleges deploy Airband's wireless Internet equipment

On college campuses, the YouTube generation is watching videos online, playing their game systems and using Skype to talk to family and friends back home. At the same time, professors are using online videos and other resources as tools to give students the...

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