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I have written extensively on how both small cells and Wi-Fi are needed to provide the capacity boost we need to meet the rapidly growing traffic load, and mostly expounded on the strategic and deployment merits of the argument. But any decision about how small cells and Wi-Fi will coexist in the sublayer depends to a great extent on the underlying economics.

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Check out this blog entry on monetization and service creation

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Vertical applications are all of a sudden one of the hottest topics in wireless. No longer limited to narrowband connections to monitor truck drivers' location, they are set to create the "Internet of things" with an explosion of connected devices, from your toaster and fridge, to the largest nuclear power plant. The potential for growth is huge--for each person there are multiple devices that may eventually get connected to a wireless network.

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As WiMAX operators deploy new networks or expand existing ones, they face multiple choices in the selection of base station equipment. How can WiMAX operators choose the hardware solution that is most cost effective and has the faster return on investment (ROI)?

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As the deadline for broadband stimulus grant applications approaches (August 14th), wireless and wireline operators are evaluating whether to apply or not. One consideration is whether they can meet the deadline—will they have a sustainable plan that they feel comfortable with?

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Wireless broadband networks in public transportation have been lagging behind in the US compared to Western Europe or Asia Pacific regions. Over the last year, however, we have noticed a sharp change in attitudes, with virtually all public transit operators actively engaged in some plan, trial or initial rollout of wireless broadband technologies, and, notably, with a new sense of urgency.

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