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What Wireless Bands Will the New iPhone Support?

With all the hype around what new whiz-bang features the new iPhone will sport, an under-addressed question, in my view, is whether it support all the new wireless spectrum bands that are being deployed.
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The next year is critical for fixed wireless access

Until now, FWA has been used for 'broadband as a last resort' in rural areas. But with advances in LTE, and testing in the new millimeter wave frequencies, FWA  is now getting a serious look as a potentially viable mainstream broadband service in North America and other developed economies.
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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.

August 2017:
What Wireless Bands Will the New iPhone Support?

With all the hype around what new whiz-bang features the new iPhone will sport, an under-addressed question, in my view, is whether it support all the new wireless spectrum bands that are being deployed. Read more...

fiercewireless
July 2017:
The next year is critical for fixed wireless access

Until now, FWA has been used for 'broadband as a last resort' in rural areas. But with advances in LTE, and testing in the new millimeter wave frequencies, FWA  is now getting a serious look as a potentially viable mainstream broadband service in North America and other developed economies. Read more...

July 2017:
What Industries Have Been Least Disrupted by Tech?

The internet, broadband, and the PC/smartphone have had huge impact on many industries. But I've also been thinking about what industries or consumer experiences have NOT been as significantly affected by tech, at least so far. Read more...

July 2017:
Much Has Changed in Tech in 10 Years…But Much Has Not

There have been numerous columns commemorating the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone and its impact on consumers, businesses, tech, and various industries. This has me thnking about some other momentous changes in tech over the past decade...as well as some areas we thought we'd be further along. Read more...

June 2017:
Five Internet Companies That Need Better Consumer-Facing Customer Service

What are some consumer-oriented Internet companies and brands that need to improve their customer service? My bias is toward actually being able to talk to a human being, in real-time, by phone or via live chat. Read more...

fiercewireless
June 2017:
Verizon-AOL-Yahoo: now what?

Verizon has spent $10b+ to amass a fairly formidable combination of assets in the media/content/ad tech spaces. My advice for for Messrs. McAdam & Armstrong, and Ms. Walden on what to do now. Read more...

Lens
May 2017:
Review of the Blackberry KeyOne

Our hands-on review of the KeyOne, which became available in the U.S. on May 31. Read more...

May 2017:
Data Consumption Continues to Grow. Why Are Network Equipment Makers Struggling?

Despite the torrid growth of wireless data usage, key network equipment suppliers such as Ericsson and Nokia have been struggling. Why, and what might turn things around? Read more...

May 2017:
Uber Needs a PR Win. How About 'Uber Groceries'?

Uber needs a PR Win. A large number of low-income Americans don’t have a car and/or live in so-called 'food deserts'. This is a match made in heaven. Read more...

April 2017:
The iPhone’s 10th Anniversary Gift should be A Revitalized Apple ‘Experience’

Even with all the hype around the new iPhone, I think that there has been a slow and steady erosion of the vaunted ‘Apple Experience’. Here are my five pillars of how this might be re-imagined. Read more...

April 2017:
Comcast’s Wireless Service Lacks Compelling Reason to Buy

Comcast launched its wireless MVNO in May. Here's my assessment. Read more...

fiercewireless
March 2017:
5G Marketing vs. 5G Hype

With the recent announcement of an accelerated timeline for 5G, it's a good opportunity to take stock of where we are. Bottom line: it will occur in stages; it will be messy; and there will be multiple versions/flavors. Read more...

March 2017:
Despite the 5G Hype, There's Still A Compelling Roadmap for 4G

There's still a lot of gas left in the 4G tank, and many of the capabilities of LTE-Advanced Pro exceed what we might see in 'early 5G'. Read more...

March 2017:
Ten Things In Tech That Should Be Easier.

In an era of self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and drones that can deliver packages, why is it so hard to turn on the damn TV? My list of things in everyday consumer tech that should be easier. Read more...

February 2017:
Unlimited Changes the Network Calculus.

Now that unlimited seems to be the default, I believe the competitive battleground will increasingly shift to network management and capacity. It will also spurn industry consolidation. Read more...

January 2017:
Will Wireless Ever Replace Broadband?

It’s 2020. 5G wireless is being rolled out, with speeds exceeding 10 Gbps, latency below 1 millisecond, and the ability to accommodate vastly more traffic and connections. Will the average household be able to go wireless only? Read more...

fiercewireless
December 2016:
2017: A Year of Change for the Wireless Industry

Developments in 2016 laid the foundation for what I believe will be a year of change and innovation in 2017. If there is one over-arching theme, it's that there will be a lot of action on new types of networks. Read the Column...

December 2016:
Memo to President-Elect Trump: Networks Are a Critical Part of Our Infrastructure

President-elect Trump says he wants to spend upwards of one trillion dollars "rebuilding our nation's infrastructure". I urge him to consider that connectivity is as important for business and national competitiveness in the 21st century as improving our roads, bridges, airports, and the energy grid. Read the column...

December 2016:
The Emergence of Purpose-Built IoT Networks

The IoT market became real during 2016. LPWANs were launched in several cities by Ingenu, Sigfox, and the LoRa-based Senet. In 2017, cellular operators will launch IoT networks of their own, in the LTE band. Read more...

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...


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