Alvarion to Move North American HQ to Washington, DC Metro

Here is another company moving to DC metro. This one is right up my alley, a wireless company.

Alvarion, an Israel-based developer of wireless broadband technology will move its North American headquarters from Silicon Valley to Montgomery County as soon as early next year. Read more of this post

All aboard… LTE is on the roll…

Last week, Verizon Wireless provided more details on its impending LTE network launch.  Their service will be available in 38 markets covering 110 million potential customers before the end of the year. The carrier plans to increase that coverage to 200 million pops by 2012 on the way to covering more than 285 million pops, virtually its entire 3G network, by the end of 2013.

The initial launch markets include: Read more of this post

Let the War finally begin: LTE vs. WiMAX

Both AT&T and Verizon are moving forward with their 4G/LTE networks in 30 US cities, with one launching by the end of the year and the other going commercial by mid-2011. And, with the approval of the first LTE phone by the FCC, the door is opening for flood of new LTE devices. Read more of this post

The relatively Unknown Companies behind Mobile Computing

Thanks again to Steve Jobs and his invention of iPhone, it is amazing to see how far we have come and how integral mobile devices have become in our daily life.

Although, Apple, Google, RIM, and HTC have been the major players in taking us toward the mobile computing away from Desktop computing (not quite yet), but there are a few other companies behind the mobile computing technology you may want to know.  In fact, I would say they are the ones reinventing the way we think about mobile. Read more of this post

iPhone on Verizon or Sprint?

As we are getting closer to the end of exclusivity between At&t and iPhone, Apple has been busy customizing its iPhone to work on networks  run by other carriers. The company is gearing up to sell their smartphone either via Verizon or Sprint by early next year.

From various sources including a very good friend of mine who works at Qualcomm, it looks like Apple has ordered millions of CDMA chipsets from Qualcomm. CDMA is the wireless technology used by both Verizon Wireless and Sprint. This means we are going to see either Sprint or Verizon on iPhone sometimes next year – Jan or Feb 2011. The two carriers are the main players in CDMA space. Read more of this post

Clearwire Expand WiMAX to Five more Regions? Why?

Clearwire recently launched their WiMAX service in five smaller markets including Stockton and Modesto, Calif., Jackson, Fla., Wilmington, Del., and Grand Rapids, Mich, bringing commercial operations to 49 cities to date. The operator is moving forward aggressively with its launch plans and plans to increase its presence, announcing a wholesale deal with Best Buy last week. Read more of this post

Best Buy to offer Mobile Broadband Internet Service around Washington, D.C.

Best Buy has gone after the mobile, the app space, devices and music, and now 4G wireless broadband services.

The company has agreed to resell Clearwire’s 4G WiMAX wireless broadband service. The retailer will offer Clearwire’s 4G network services through its Best Buy Connect LLC subsidiary starting in 2011 in dozens of cities. Read more of this post

Is this for Real? Sprint to consider LTE?

The battle between WiMAX and LTE is getting very interesting and frankly very confusing – at least to me.

It was just last month Sprint rolled out their WiMAX in a handful of new metropolitan areas including Washington, D.C. According to Financial Times, Sprint is now  considering an LTE strategy that could pave the way to a merger with T-Mobile USA. After spending all those $$$ Billion on WiMAX?

The talk of Sprint switching to an LTE based 4G future gives more credence to the ever circling rumors that T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom is considering a merger of its #4 T-Mobile USA division with Sprint, which currently is a distant number 3 in the U.S. market. In the past, the differing 3G technologies (CDMA vs. UMTS) made a merger seem unlikely, but if both were to plan ahead for LTE, then the two companies’ futures would be a bit more in step. Read more of this post

Comcast Launches 4G Mobile Internet Service in Washington, D.C.

Comcast has launched its high-speed mobile Internet service in 10 East Coast markets, including DC, Baltimore and Richmond.

The company initially launched the service, known as High-Speed 2go, last year in its home base of Philadelphia. It comes to the DC-area nearly two years after the company initially invested in WiMax developer Clearwire. Read more of this post

WiMAX Growth Up Again

Time to yap about WiMAX. Yes, I know… what’s new this time?

Frankly, I am getting bored with all the mixed reports coming out about WiMAX by various analysts; we read one report saying WiMAX going down… the next day, we read another report saying WiMAX growth on the rise. I am just going to blog about it as each report released and leave it up to you guys  to make your own conclusion. Your input is of  course greatly appreciated in the comment section below.

It was just last month, In-Stat reported WiMAX could be in for some challenges as competing technologies like LTE begin coming to market. Maravedis also expressed similar concerns, noted that its research has shown carriers are concerned about the lack of support for the 802.16m standard, which could dampen enthusiasm for greater WiMAX deployments.

This month, it is Visant Strategies who is up on WiMAX. They have been covering the wireless industry since the mid 80’s. The firm noted in their recent report that new specifications for the technology and overall growth in fixed/portable WiMAX deployments around the world are creating a “sizable” market for WiMAX equipment for the next 10 years. This is pretty good News for Clearwire and Sprint who has been pouring boat load of $$$ into the technology during the past couple of years. Read more of this post