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5G: Big-Bang or Slow-Burn?

By Joe Hoffman / February 18, 2019
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5G: Big-Bang or Slow-Burn?  5G has arrived in the USA starting with 28GHz mmWave spectrum and spreading to sub-6GHz spectrum in the next few years. As did previous mobile generations,

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5G Explorer: Sizing EE’s Rollout in the UK

By Joe Hoffman / December 3, 2018
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The SAR Insight 5G Explorer is an Excel-based tool for equipping decision makers with insight into real-world 5G rollouts. The Explorer builds on the historical record of the mobile cellular

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5G Americas Massive MIMO Roundtable – Part 2

By Joe Hoffman / October 29, 2018
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Antenna Complexity Pity the antenna designer these days, as the explosion of spectrum bands for cellular networks leads to increased complexity for what goes into the radome. The picture above

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CommScope 28 GHz 256 element array antenna

5G Americas Massive MIMO Roundtable – Part 1

By Joe Hoffman / October 26, 2018
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Image Source: CommScope Don’t know about Massive MIMO?  Search the internet a bit and enter the Massive MIMO TMI – Too Much Information! In case you need a nudge, search

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Two Takeaways from 5G Americas Keynote

By Joe Hoffman / October 14, 2018
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The 2018 5G Americas Analyst Forum was held in Dallas on October 10 – 11 to a well-attended crowd of industry analysts. I did not estimate the attendance, but the

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5G American Style!

By Joe Hoffman / September 14, 2018
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At the 2018 NYU/Nokia Brooklyn 5G Summit, Ericsson (among others) presented performance for 5G in mmWave spectrum. Here is a capture from one slide showing 5G cell site placement and

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In-Flight Communication: Wi-Fi vs. 5G is a Foregone Conclusion  

By Joe Hoffman / September 14, 2018
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5G hopefuls argue that it will change everything: bring US$trillions to GDP everywhere, and create jobs, jobs, and more jobs. According to an Accenture Smart Cities report, the US impact

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Qualcomm Technology Licensing: An Essential Business Model?

By Joe Hoffman / August 7, 2018
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On July 31, Qualcomm Technology Licensing, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, began a multi-day analyst session giving an update on the technology licensing business and demystified some of the misperceptions about

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Sprint and T-Mobile: Déjà vu All Over Again

By Joe Hoffman / May 3, 2018
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T-Mobile US and Sprint have quite an “interesting” history, at least as far as M&A is concerned. AT&T Eyed T-Mobile  T-Mobile US has had quite an “interesting” history, at least

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Google Map of 5G Smallcell deployment

5G Smallcell Hellraiser Coming to a Front Door Near You!

By Joe Hoffman / March 22, 2018
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As expected, Mobile World Congress was all abuzz about 5G, and one doesn’t have to be a cynic to suspect there is a lot of self-serving and boosterism.  After all,

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