FCC Releases White Paper On Mobile Broadband Spectrum Challenges

By:  Virginia Butala

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission published a White Paper on February 26, 2013 addressing the challenges facing the United States and many other countries as they try to keep up with mobile broadband demand.  The paper primarily outlined the opportunities and challenges in freeing up both licensed and unlicensed spectrum for mobile broadband.

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With data traffic reportedly doubling on an annual basis, the demand for spectrum is expected to exceed supply in some U.S. markets starting this year.

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Phablets Dominate the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

By:  Carole Downs

One of the terms possibly overused at CES was the "super phone", also known as the "phablet". Phablet characteristics include a large screen, powerful battery life and cutting edge display capabilities.

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The FCC’s Drive For More Spectrum

By:  Smartcomm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be seeking to add more bandwidth available for mobile broadband thereby increasing the spectrum space that is currently being offered to carriers by 2015.

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Teens LOVE Their Texting

By:  Smartcomm

The last few years have portrayed teenagers on their phones constantly… in movies, commercials, music videos, etc. If a teenager is on the screen, he or she is usually accompanied by a cell phone, and usually sending or receiving a text.

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Back to School and a Pair of Shoes Just Won't Do?

By:  Smartcomm

It's that time again for the school year to begin and for kids to get ready for their "back to school days." I remember those days, and they usually involved getting a new back pack, some notebooks, pencils, erasers, and maybe a pair of new shoes. The idea of a technical gadget, aside from maybe a calculator, was not even on the radar. Today, however, times have changed.

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Another Dropped Call

By:  Smartcomm

The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently conducted a survey among cell phone owners (88% of American adults) to see what technical problems they experience with the use of their cell phone.  They found that there were four major issues of which adults complained. The findings are below.

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Verizon to Pay US Treasury $1.25 Million

By:  Smartcomm

Have you ever used your 4G LTE smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot to get service on your laptop or other device? Of course! Why not, right? It's called "tethering." It allows subscribers to use their phone as a wireless modem for another Wi-Fi enabled device.

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Spectrum Demand Continues to Skyrocket

By:  Smartcomm

The United States has a spectrum supply issue. While other countries operate at a 65% capacity, according to Jonathan Spalter, Chairman of Mobile Future, the U.S. runs at an 80% capacity and continues to push the spectrum limits. Why? Because the U.S. currently has more mobile subscriptions than people. Additionally, nearly one third of American adults own a tablet or e-reader, which takes up 122 times the amount of spectrum as a feature cell phone

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Instagram Users Continue to Populate

By:  Smartcomm

Instagram - the company that became popular instantly - recently announced that it hit 80 million users.

After the company launched its app exclusively on the iPhone in October 2010, it gained 5 million users within 6 months. Two short years later, its user base grew to 30 million, and this was just before the company introduced its app to Android users.

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