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Whitepaper: The Shared Spectrum Opportunity for Mobile Operators

In April, 2016, the FCC made available 150 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band for mobile broadband and other commercial users, representing the first iteration of an ambitious spectrum sharing framework. This provides MNOs with a new and unique opportunity to densify their networks and improve indoor coverage and capacity, while being at the forefront of business model innovation. Download this Whitepaper underwritten by Federated Wireless, Inc.


The Wireless Industry is Changing Before Our Eyes

There are moments in time where one can sense important shifts going on in an industry. I think now is one of those times in wireless.

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Mark's opinions are featured in his own Lens on Wireless newsletter, Fierce Wireless, Tech.Pinions, and are also occasionally syndicated to Re/Code.

Lens
November 2016:
The Wireless Industry is Changing Before Our Eyes

There are moments in time where one can sense important shifts going on in an industry. I think now is one of those times in wireless. Read The Full Column...

November 2016:
The Election's Impact on Tech Regulation

The Obama presidency and the FCC, under Chairman Tom Wheeler, have been among the more activist and ambitious in recent memory. What now? Read the Column...

October 2016:
Takeaways from AT&T Analyst Meeting

Although Wall Street might be unexcited about big telco stock prospects in the near term, I came away with a fairly positive impression of AT&T's long-term direction. Read more...

September 2016:
Are Cable’s Wireless Ambitions Viable?

Does cable have a chance in an already competitive and somewhat saturated wireless market? I see some important hurdles and am a little less optimistic than some others.Read more...

fiercewireless
September 2016:
What Should Samsung Do Now?

How damaged is Samsung's reputation, and what can the company do to repair the damage? Read more...

fiercewireless
September 2016:
LeWho? The Most Ambitious Company You've Never Heard Of.

This 'leading global internet company' plans to take on Tesla, Amazon, Netflix, and Apple, Google, in autonomous vehicles, cloud services, digital content, mobile phones, TVs, virtual reality, and e-commerce. WHO ARE THEY?

September 2016:
Takeaways from Super Mobility Week.

There was substantive focus and important developments in areas such as the IoT, 5G, and technologies power networks, devices and apps we enjoy every day. Read more...

August 2016:
Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers?

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fiercewireless
August 2016:
T-Mobile One – A new reality, not net neutrality

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August 2016:
My love-hate relationship with Medium

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July 2016:
5G Reality Check

With last week's announcements, the U.S. is in a leadership position on 5G. But 5G will be very, very different than the previous 'Gs'. Read more...

fiercewireless
July 2016:
Verizon-Yahoo Deal: Now What?

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July 2016:
3.5 GHz Spectrum: An Opportunity To Lead in Wireless Innovation

CBRS is exciting because it makes available a substantial amount of spectrum without the need for expensive auctions and not tied to a particular operator. Read more...

fiercewireless
June 2016:
Lowenstein's Key Themes for 2H 2016

We believe the following areas will influence the market over the rest of the year: spectrum/auctions, video, messaging platforms, content deals, and cable's role in wireless. Read the column...

June 2016:
Network Neutrality: Wireless should Be Looked at Through a Different Lens

Much ink has been spilled on both sides of this debate but I’d like to weigh in on the wireless angle. Read the full column...

June 2016:
What a Real Wireless Loyalty Program Might Look Like

The wireless industry has never had a successful loyalty program. I would argue the current offerings are largely rewards programs and giveaways, not loyalty programs. What might a real loyalty program look like? Read more...

May 2016:
Time for Google to Have Consumer-Facing Customer Service

If Google wants to play more seriously in the consumer realm, which was one of the key messages from Google I/O, the company needs a better consumer-facing customer service infrastructure.   Read more

fiercewireless
May 2016:
What Should Cellular, Broadband, and Pay TV Service Cost?

Are cellular, pay TV, and broadband are overpriced. Take a look at the cost of providing some of these services, plot them against demand and usage patterns, and consider some of the unique aspects of the North America market and geography, a different picture emerges... Read More

May 2016:
The Biggest Ripoffs and Best Bargains in Consumer Tech

Here's my admittedly subjective list of the biggest rip-offs and best bargains in consumer technology--from the consumer's perspective. Read more...

April 2016:
How Many Wireless Competitors Should There Be?

Regulators want a healthy level of competition in the wireless business. But at a certain point, this is not working out economically. Read more...

April 2016:
Verizon to Launch 5G Services Next Week [April Fools Column]

A fun April Fool's Column. A surprising number of people were 'fooled'! Read more...

fiercewireless
March 2016:
Where Are We in the Post-PC Era?

We are at an interesting moment in the "Post PC Era", a term the late Steve Jobs coined when he introduced the iPad in June, 2010. My view is that we're perhaps weaving in a bit of a different direction than Jobs envisioned. Read More

March 2016:
Options for Improved Coverage and Capacity Options Multiply

There is a wave of new technology and products hitting the market in earnest, promising to help address some common coverage and capacity challenges, for both cellular and Wi-Fi. Read more...

Lens
March 2016:
TLPS Demo..

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to observe TLPS in action. The result: the addition of Channel 14 resulted in a downlink capacity increase of 45% and an uplink capacity increase of 34%. Additionally, there were modest performance improvements in Channels 1, 6, and 11. Read More...

February 2016:
Why Amazon is More Impressive Than Apple These Days

Apple and Amazon are both impressive companies, doing impressive things, delivering great products and services and delighting their customers. But it makes sense to step back and consider what Amazon is accomplishing. Read more...

fiercewireless
February 2016:
What does the consumer want from 5G?

One element that I believe has been lacking in these early innings of 5G is a discussion of the consumer. What are they looking for in a next-generation wireless network? And how does this relate to fixed broadband, for which the vast majority of mobile subscribers still have a separate subscription? Read More

February 2016:
What is LTE-U and Should You Care?

What if wireless operators had the ability to add substantial capacity to their networks without having to pay billions of dollars for additional spectrum? And what if this also made your WiFi work better? An update on what the LTE-U roadmap looks like for 2016. Read more...

January 2016:
The ‘Three Rs’ of Next Generation Tech

Rights, Rules, and Regulations. Policy is going to have a huge influence on next generation tech. Read more...

December 2015:
It's Time for DISH's Spectrum to be Put to Work

Poker-playing Charlie Ergen is clearly winning at the game of "spectrum hold 'em". But with the continued demand for data, network capacity is the principal currency in the wireless business. It it finally time for DISH's spectrum to be put to work? Read the full column...

fiercewireless
December 2015:
Mobile Industry Themes for 2016

It's that time of year again: my annual 'themes and predictions' column. Spectrum, network capacity and security will take center stage. There will be some breakout categories in IoT. And it will be somewhat of a 'pause' year in the consumer device and wearables category. Read more...

December 2015:
It's Time for DISH's Spectrum to be Put to Work

Poker-playing Charlie Ergen is clearly winning at the game of "spectrum hold 'em". But with the continued demand for data, network capacity is the principal currency in the wireless business. It it finally time for DISH's spectrum to be put to work? Read the full column...

Lens
December 2015:
Test of the T-Mobile CellSpot

I suggested to a friend/colleague who has poor T-Mobile coverage in his house try a CellSpot. Here's his experience...

fiercewireless
November 2015:
2016 Is a Pivotal Year for Sprint and a Stress Test for T-Mobile

We are in the midst of the most aggressive fourth quarter/holiday season customer grab that I can remember. So what happens when the dust settles? I think 2016 is shaping up as a pivotal year for Sprint, and as a stress test for T-Mobile. And, I predict that a year from now, there will be a substantial change in the industry's current structure. Read more...

Lens
November 2015:
Lowenstein's Take on T-Mobile 'Un-Carrier X'

T-Mobile makes a powerful series of announcements. Doubling data on all plans as a way of increasing ARPU. And the Binge On move is again industry altering. Read my analysis here...

November 2015:
Smart City: Time for the 'Live Demo'

The time might be right, however, to take the smart city concept to the next level: an actual, working, and continually evolving smart city, where all the disparate, siloed elements of today’s smart city initiatives are brought together into a more holistic approach. Read the full column...

Lens
November 2015:
Indoor Small Cells: New Business Model Needed

Lowenstein argues that the indoor small cell market will only take off when there are neutral host solutions, and when there's a better business model for businesses to have 'skin in the game'. Read more...

November 2015:
Wi-Fi and Cellular Need to Get Along Better

The Wi-First concept has been around for a few years. The idea is that Wi-Fi can be leveraged to offer a less expensive wireless service. It also benefits the operators, since traffic can be offloaded from the cellular network. But in my view, cellular and Wi-Fi need to get along a lot better in order for these services to become more viable. Read my full column here

October 2015:
The Upcoming Spectrum Auctions Could Disappoint

On March 29, 2016, the FCC is scheduled to kick off the 600 MHz spectrum auction. Many analysts believe this auction will be another bonanza. I have a contrarian view. I don’t believe the auction will be a dud, but it could well disappoint. Read my full column in Tech.pinions.

October 2015:
Could Apple Do More For Families?

Apple has done a fair bit of work over the past couple of years to build share and stickiness in the family segment, with Family Sharing in iCloud and the family membership plan in Apple Music. But given the number of multi-device Apple households, Apple could be doing a lot more for families and groups. Read my inaugural column in Tech.pinions.

fiercewireless
October 2015:
The Most Consistent Wireless Network

Here's an idea for a new operator tagline: "The most consistent wireless network." OK, so I won't win a CLIO. But as banal and unlikely to be adopted as that adage sounds, it's going to be the most important measure of a user's wireless network experience going forward. Read more...

fiercewireless
September 2015:
More Spectrum is Available Than People Think

We have operated under the assumption for many years that spectrum is a scarce resource. But there are a number of developments that could radically change the spectrum framework for the second half of this decade, to the enormous benefit of users and the entire mobile ecosystem. Read more...

Lens
August 2015:
How is T-Mobile Pulling Off North America Roaming?

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Lens
August 2015:
My 'Summer Camp' Letter to Industry Players

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fiercewireless
July 2015:
What Should AT&T Do Now That it Owns DirecTV?

Expect aggressive retailing and innovative bundling. The most interesting area will be the content play. Read the full column...

fiercewireless
June 2015:
Is the Telecom Industry Upside Down?

As we approach the middle of the decade, Lowenstein argues that the telecom industry structure is upside down. We need consolidation in wireless, greater competition in broadband, DISH's spectrum to be put into play, and some bold hybrid fixed/mobile experiments a la Europe. Read more...

fiercewireless
May 2015:
What's next for Verizon?

In the wake of the AOL deal and consolidation in cable, what’s next for Verizon? Read the column here.

fiercewireless
March 2015:
How the Google MVNO Could be Really Interesting

On the one hand, Google wants to shake up the industry, and on the other hand, it doesn't want to bite the operator hands that partially feed it. Here are seven ways that I think Google could make its MVNO better. Read more...

fiercewireless
February 2015:
AWS-3 Auction Results Will Cause Strategic Shifts in Mobile

In his latest column, Lowenstein argues that the AWS-3 auction results will have far-reaching implications for the wireless industry. He predicts this will be a “year of deals and new types of partnerships”. Read more...

January 2015:
Day Without a Wallet

As an experiment, I decided to see how much I could do on a given day while leaving my wallet at home and relying solely on my smartphone as a typical commuter in the walking- and transportation-friendly city of Boston. Read this guest post I wrote for Verizon Wireless.

fiercewireless
January 2015:
Seven More Industries Mobile Could Help ‘Disrupt’

On the eve of CES and as we usher in 2015, I'd like look at some industry sectors where I think mobile could have a greater impact. Read more...


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