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November 5, 2012

Thought Leadership for the Wireless Industry
 
Appearances 
Hello all,
I spent the better part of last week in Chicago at 4G World - speaking, attending sessions, having meetings. It was a great opportunity to assess the "state of the network". Where are we in the deployment of true mobile broadband? Are there new technologies that will deliver significant improvements in performance and efficiency? What "smart pipe" strategies are being enabled by mobile broadband?
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Also, I hope to see you in San Francisco this week at the Open Mobile Summit, which is a terrific event focused on the mobile Internet. I'll be leading a fireside chat with T-Mobile CMO Andrew Sherrard and another with Mark Gorenberg, of Hummer Winblad, who, as a member of the President's Council Advisory of Science and Technology, is one of the most influential figures on spectrum policy. See below for more details and discount passes.
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The State of Mobile Broadband 
I spent the better part of last week in Chicago at 4G World, which provided a good opportunity to assess the "state of the network." To me, there are three meta-questions about the evolution of mobile broadband:
  1. Will wireless networks be able to meet the demand for data, given the pace of device innovation and the growing requirement for near constant connectivity?

  2. Are there any "disruptive innovations" on the horizon that change the way networks are used or deployed, dramatically improve network performance, or alter the economics of data delivery?

  3. What is the operator mindset these days, not only from the standpoint of network investment but in leveraging their network resources and offering new features and services?


Open Mobile Summit
OpenMobile 2012
 
One of the reasons I participate in the Open Mobile Summit is because of the breadth of content in mobile internet and digital media. This year's agenda focuses on OS platform evolution, mobile payments, the future of shopping, mobile advertising, app monetization and engagement, and new ecosystems and apps for connected devices.

The event features a terrific speaker list. See the full agenda here.
I'll be leading a fireside chat with Andrew Sherrard, CMO of T-Mobile USA, on 'taking 4G to market'. I'll also be leading a chat with Mark Gorenberg, of Hummer Winblad, who, as a member of the President's Council Advisory of Science and Technology, is one of the most influential figures on spectrum policy. I have one special discount pass left, for half off the regular fee. Use code LOWENSTEINVIP. Also $100 discount passes are available using VIP code LENS by registering here.
SoftBank-Sprint Deal: A Positive for Consumers

Last month, I posted a piece analyzing the impact of the SoftBank-Sprint deal. I think it's good the wireless industry and will be a positive for consumers. Click here for the full column.

 

In the days since, Sprint has made moves to increase its stake in Clearwire. This would also be a positive. Clearwire has been in purgatory for about a year, abandoned by its earlier investors, and challenged in raising the capital to build an LTE network. Clearwire provides Sprint with more spectrum, a way to speed and broaden its 4G network build, and another 'brand' with which to court retail customers, complementing Sprint's retail-wholesale strategy. More... 

 


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