Verizon expands 4G XLTE Coverage

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On September 18, Verizon Wireless announced that they have launched XLTE in 22 new markets, bringing double the 4G LTE bandwidth and greater peak speeds now in more than 400 markets coast to coast.

That means that 4 out of 5 Verizon Wireless 4G LTE markets, large and small, from New York to San Diego and from Chicago to Miami - and beyond - also now have Verizon Wireless XLTE.

Adding XLTE to Verizon’s 4G LTE network is like doubling the number of lanes on a freeway from 10 to 20. The extra lanes means traffic can move faster, but the speed limit hasn’t changed.

Your technology is only as good as the network it is on. The advantage of XLTE helps enable a more mobile lifestyle for customers who are continuously on the go – to watch video, access the Internet, connect to social media, and more. Below is a full list of markets that have been upgraded with XLTE support:

  • Blytheville, AR
  • Burlington, IA
  • Sterling, IL
  • Sterling, IL
  • Ft. Dodge, IA
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Pierre, SD
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Joplin, MO
  • Lihue, HI
  • Manitowoc, WI
  • Centralia, IL
  • Ocala, FL
  • Pine Bluff, AR
  • Pittsburg-Parsons, KS
  • Ponca City, OK
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Sedalia, MO
  • Somerset, KY
  • Willmar-Marshall, MN
  • Worthington, MN
  • Zanesville, OH
 

Sierra Wireless certifies new third generation EM7345 4G LTE module on Verizon Wireless

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CTIA 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today announced that the Sierra Wireless AirPrime EM7345 embedded wireless module is now certified to operate on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. This is part of the third generation of 4G LTE modules from Sierra Wireless, which first launched embedded modules on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network three years ago. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is the largest in the U.S., available to more than 97 percent of the population.

“With the latest AirPrime embedded module from Sierra Wireless, OEMs have a high-quality, cost-efficient option to choose in integrating connectivity to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network,” said John Sullivan, Executive Director of the Connected Solutions group for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Sierra Wireless has been working with OEMs to connect devices to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network since it was first deployed, and we are pleased to be able to expand the choices available to manufacturers looking to integrate connectivity to the Verizon Wireless network into their products.”

The AirPrime EM7345, based on an Intel chipset, is designed for integration into notebook computers and tablets, with a standardized M.2 form factor ideal for small, thin devices. When integrated into a notebook or tablet computer, it provides end customers with access to Verizon Wireless mobile broadband at their fingertips, eliminating the need to look for public WiFi networks to get online.

“Achieving Verizon Wireless certification is an important milestone for us,” said Horst Pratsch, Head of Multi-Comm Products at Intel. “Our LTE platform is designed to deliver mobile broadband in a small form factor that meets the needs of PC OEMs for laptops, tablets, and other devices where thinness is a strategic feature and a competitive advantage. We are excited to see devices based on this platform with integrated Verizon Wireless service come to market.”

“Verizon Wireless has been a leading force in providing 4G LTE network connectivity in the U.S.,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “This technology leadership has been instrumental in enabling the growth of the Internet of Things, and we are pleased to deliver our next generation module for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.”

 

ATT 4G LTE network now reaches 300 Million People

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DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* announced today that its 4G LTE network – the nation's most reliable -- now reaches more than 300 million Americans.**

"The strong performance we saw in our mobility business in the second quarter is continuing, not only because of our new service and device plans, but because more customers can get it all on a fast, reliable 4G LTE network that now covers more than 300 million Americans," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. "Great service and strong customer loyalty begin with having a great mobile network for customers where they live. That's our number one priority and that's why our mobile business is hitting on all cylinders."      

AT&T's 4G LTE build out reached 300 million people months ahead of the yearend 2014 objective the company announced as part of its Project VIP plan in November 2012. Since then, wireless data traffic on AT&T's nationwide network has increased 2.5 times. With its Project VIP plan, AT&T is supporting its customers' growing desire for mobile, ultra-fast and reliable access to everything on the Internet, particularly video.

Over the past six years (2008 to 2013), AT&T has invested more than $140 billion into its wireless and wireline networks, including acquisitions of spectrum and wireless operations.  During that same period, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company.

 

Cradlepoint customers deploy parallel networking to gain advantage

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Parallel networking is how many organizations are defining, creating and managing their corporate networks for distributed locations, said Woodruff. Organizations of all sizes are moving 3rd party, vendor, guest and generally less trusted networks off of their secure core where they control the client behavior, access and security posture. I am excited to share the benefits of parallel networking and the influence that it has on a company's bottom line with this years CAMP IT audience.

A leading research firm that is focused on enterprise technology and market trends recently published that by 2016 nearly a third of all advanced targeted threats will use the branch office as an entry point. Once a foothold is established within the branch office, hackers then pivot towards either corporate systems or the point of sale systems, which results in a compromised network and negative impact to the organizations bottom line and brand. Parallel networking isolates specific applications and their networks, creating physical air gaps between networks, which in turn prevents pivot attacks. The adoption of parallel networks allows organizations to tighten their security and improve business continuity to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands placed upon corporate networks.

An example of parallel networking within a modern retail outlet illustrates the immediate value that such a network provides to a distributed enterprise. A retail chains IT department is tasked with developing and deploying a cohesive and secure network infrastructure that supports the retail outlet at the networks edge. Specific applications that rely on wireless connectivity include point of sale systems, customer and employee WiFi, digital signage, HVAC systems, security, etc., all which help the business run more efficiently. CradlePoints ability to harness the speeds of 4G LTE with its suite of networking solutions and Enterprise Cloud Manager, CradlePoints cloud-based, network management solution, allows organizations to better manage and deploy a parallel networking architecture from a centralized location. CradlePoints customers have come to rely upon Enterprise Cloud Manager to allow administrators with enhanced policy management to immediately access and monitor network devices using wireless connectivity with zero-touch deployments, seamless firmware updates and instant optimization. This type of management within a parallel networking architecture results in improved business operations, secure networking and better control over the entire network.

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Sprint, It’s a new day for unlimited data

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 21, 2014 - It's a new day for unlimited data in the wireless industry as Sprint (NYSE: S) announces the best unlimited wireless plan available from a national carrier with the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan. This plan provides consumers unlimited talk, text and data while on America’s Newest Network for just $60 per month, a $20 savings compared to T-Mobile's $80 per month unlimited plan. Simple, easy, affordable – the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan is available to both new and existing Sprint customers starting tomorrow, August 22. To qualify for the plan, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.

Whether communicating via email or text, socializing via picture-sharing or tweeting, or navigating with GPS, consumers rely on their smartphones for all of their daily needs. Last year U.S. wireless consumers devoured 3.23 trillion MB of data, according to CTIA’s annual survey1, which equates to watching more than 153 billion five minute cat videos on YouTube, or streaming more than 53.8 billion hours of music on Spotify. Meanwhile, millions of American consumers restrict their usage, fearful of data limits with overage charges. With the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan, consumers no longer have to worry about high bills based on how much data they are using. Enjoying daily life with the unlimited support of a smartphone has never been so easy.

“People know Sprint for Unlimited,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We have long been the leader in offering customers unlimited data and that leadership continues today with our new $60 unlimited plan. Unlimited talk, text and data for $60 is the best unlimited postpaid plan available. And, we’ve listened to our loyal customers; we’re making the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan available to both new and existing customers.”

Sprint’s new everyday price of $60 a month for unlimited saves customers $480 over two years against T-Mobile’s $80 everyday pricing. And, customers can save $120 over two years versus T-Mobile’s promotional price…and they don’t have to jump through T-Mobile’s hoops and recruit their friends.

Just days ago, Sprint declared a new day for data and announced the Sprint Family Share Pack – a new shared-data plan that can give customers double the high-speed data at a lower price than AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Whether consumers prefer to share or have unlimited data, with Sprint, they can find just the plan they need to get the most out of their smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices.

“With the new Sprint Family Share pack and now the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan, Sprint is giving consumers what they want: choice, simplicity and value,” Claure said.

The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan also is an ideal fit for small businesses, enabling their employees to be more productive in more places and providing the ability to stay on top of what matters most.
 

New Sprint CEO announces lower pricing

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Recently the new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said he’d be changing Sprint pricing to make them more competitive on price because their network is behind both Verizon and AT&T’s network. Yesterday they made an announcement stating “It’s a New Day for Data for American Consumers” that will offer double the data at similar or lower prices than AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Sprint will also be giving customers up to $350 towards an ETF if they migrate over to the Sprint network in order to steal subscribers from other wireless carriers. The new Sprint Family Share Pack will allow a family to share up to 20GB of data, unlimited text and voice for $100/mo under a limited time promo. This promo is similar to T-Mobile’s $100/mo plan, but doubles the data giving customers a 20GB total pool instead of 10GB with T-Mobile. Sprint plans to release additional announcements later this week with new improved plans for individuals too.

 

New Sprint CEO plans to compete on price

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New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has announced they plan to compete against Verizon and AT&T on pricing and we should soon see aggressive pricing updates from Sprint. Previously under Dan Hesse’s leadership he was reluctant to compete on pricing, but the new CEO see’s it differently. Claure even said when you’ve got a great network you don’t have to compete on pricing, but when you don’t have a great network price is something you have to consider. Their network is behind both Verizon and AT&T so that’s really the only option for them until they can complete their Sprint Spark plan and launch better coverage throughout the country. You can expect to see announcements as early as next week as Sprint changes their pricing structures, which should be interesting to see how both Verizon and AT&T respond.

 
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