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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.

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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.

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Recent Opinion Pieces




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

March 2015:
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 2015:
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 2015:
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 2014:
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 2015:
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 2015:
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...

E-Book on Wi-Fi First:

You've all seen my numerous posts on both the pivotal role of Wi-Fi in the mobile revolution, and the frank appraisal of what needs to happen in order for Wi-Fi to be a viable substitute for or complement to cellular use for certain types of users and contexts. There's been a lot of progress on this of late. I've written a Foreword to a new book on Wi-Fi First by Alan Berrey, which can be downloaded here

fiercewireless
December 2014:
Grocery Shopping Is an Area Ripe for Mobile Innovation

Lowenstein contends that among our many daily experiences, the grocery shopping experience has been barely touched by the benefits of mobile technology. In this column, he lays out the state of the market and offers several suggestions for what grocery retailers can do. Read more...

fiercewireless
November 2014:
Lowenstein’s Comments on Apple Pay

With Apple Pay, Apple has created the user experience that will usher in broader acceptance of mobile payments. But there’s still lots of work to be done before you can leave your wallet at home. Read the Full Column

Lens
November 2014:
Lowenstein’s Views on Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE

This issue is devoted to my thoughts on three 'new' services that could change the landscape of how we use mobile: Apple Pay, Wi-Fi Calling, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Read the latest Lens

fiercewireless
September 2014:
Opportunities for the FCC To Fast-Track Broadband, Competition

There have been three broad themes to the FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler, reinforced in his remarks at the recent CTIA trade show: more competition, more spectrum, and an open, non-discriminatory Internet. I believe there are some opportunities for the FCC to fast-track certain items that add more mobile broadband capacity and expand consumer choice. Read the Column

fiercewireless
August 2014:
Lowenstein’s Memo to New Sprint CEO: How to Turn Things Around

Sprint’s new CEO, Marcelo Claure, has a significant challenge ahead: Organic subscriber growth has plateaued; the industry is already highly competitive; Sprint's network continues to trail the competition; and T-Mobile has picked off some of the lower hanging fruit of good ideas and potential differentiators, as the industry underdog, over the past 18 months. And, no other country has four facilities-based wireless operators who are all viable and profitable. With that background, here are some thoughts for Sprint's new CEO.

Lens
July 2014:
Ten Everyday Tech Things That Could Be Better

How many times a day, when encountering various tech-related challenges/problems/annoyances, do you think to yourself, “why is this so hard”, or “why hasn’t someone solved this?” Instead of speculating about the “next big thing”, this Lens is devoted to pointing out some smaller issues that, more effectively addressed, would make things better for a lot of folks. So here’s my list of Ten Everyday Tech Things That Could Be Better.

fiercewireless
July 2014:
10 'Uncarrier' offerings I'd like to see…

T-Mobile cleverly coined the term "uncarrier" to market its maverick moves, changing the game in several aspects of mobile services. What are some other “Uncarrier” moves I’d like to see from mobile operators? Read the Column

fiercewireless
June 2014:
Wi-Fi First: What Still Needs to Happen

With the continued growth in demand for data and proliferation of private and public Wi-Fi hotspots, the idea of a 'Wi-Fi First' wireless service has become a favorite discussion topic. It is technically possible to offer a Wi-First service. However, I think there is a long way to go before Wi-First can be considered as a viable, mainstream alternative to a cellular plan. Read More

Lens
June 2014:
Five Reasons Why Sprint-TMO Would be Good for Competition

Regulators' main argument is that further consolidation in the wireless industry would be bad for competition. I believe the opposite. My view is that a combination of Sprint and T-Mobile would be better for competition in connectivity, and in the long run, better for consumers. Read More

fiercewireless
May 2014:
Government: We Need You

In sharp contrast to the rest of Washington, where little of substance is getting done, Tom Wheeler's FCC is actively engaged on many important fronts. And that's a good thing. This is a critical time in the communications and digital media industries. I'm not arguing for a spate of new regulations, but we do need the public sector to be proactively engaged and involved, in two respects. Read More

fiercewireless
March 2014:
And The Next Big Thing Is…?

Lowenstein argues that with respect to game-changing innovation, mobile is in a bit of a "harvesting", or "pause" period. Read More

Lens
March 2014:
Review: Comcast Cloud DVR Service

Cloud DVR is an important element of the evolution of TV Everywhere. Comcast has launched Cloud DVR in Boston. My conclusion: not yet ready for prime time. Read More

fiercewireless
February 2014:
Memo to FCC: If Comcast, then Sprint?

Lowenstein argues that if the FCC takes a serious look at the Comcast-TWC deal, then Sprint-TMO also merits consideration. Read More

Lens
February 2014:
Wireless Pricing Moves: The Broader Context

By now, you've read the news and some analysis of the Verizon "More Everything" announcement. I'd like to look at all the recent wireless pricing activity from a broader context. Let's get one thing straight: we are not in the middle of a "wireless price war" in the United States. Read More

fiercewireless
January 2014:
A 2014 "To Do List" for Key Wireless Players

It is now time to turn to the serious business of 2014. Since we all like to start the year with resolutions, goals, and objectives, here's my 2014 "To Do" for some of the wireless industry's key players. Read More


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