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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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Lithuanian WiMAX operator Mezon (owned by LRTC) is working to bring WiMAX to the public transportation system.

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Yota’s announcement that they will be deploying an LTE network has sparkled much debate. It was the first WiMAX operator to my knowledge to announce a firm plan for LTE. Yota is unusually (but understandably) tight-lipped on this topic, but there are some interesting open questions on how the transition from WiMAX to LTE will take place.

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Yota just announced its plans to abandon WiMAX and start deploying LTE right away. The switch was not unexpected, but the timing is more aggressive than I would have expected. It makes sense however as Yota is aggressively building out its network now. Moving to LTE sooner rather than later will make the transition cheaper and easier.

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What if you can choose how much downlink and uplink bandwidth you get? In Denmark, WiMAX subscribers at SkyLine can do so.

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Is the signaling traffic from BlackBerries, iPhones, and Android smartphones creating just as much congestion in cellular networks as actual data traffic is? There is considerable disagreement among those that I talk to, and mobile operators are not too keen to share data–but it is a topic you are likely to hear more about in the future as the implications of signaling traffic in networks dominated by data traffic become better understood.

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A new version of the white paper on Yota, the Russian WiMAX operator is now available. You can download it here. The new version includes more information on their go-to-market strategy, their business model and their plans for future services.

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A new, more varied radio access network (RAN) topology is emerging, driven by the availability of new technologies, more demanding performance, coverage and cost requirements, and innovative business models. The traditional ground-based, multi-sector macro base transceiver station (BTS) is rapidly losing its dominant position to single-sector micro and pico BTSs with a smaller footprint, and to distributed multi-sector BTSs with remote radio heads (RRHs).

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I just finished an article on TD-LTE and how it will affect WiMAX, in the short term and in the long term. No longer a Chinese technology, TD-LTE makes LTE far more interesting (and disruptive) than FDD-LTE alone.

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The press room for the Windows Phone 7 announcement was packed, so I was politely turned away – and so I could see the real unveiling of Windows Phone 7, on the streets of Barcelona (in fact in front of the hotel where the press announcement was made). It was a struggle…

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