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LTE and Voice = VoLTE

Every year, Ericsson puts out a nice overall Mobility Report in June.  I’m finally getting around to reading it now.  There is some...

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ViziApps: A Great Tool for the Citizen Developer Revolution

Recently I had to prototype an iOS app for a project I am working on and did a lot of research to...

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Execution, Flexibility, Safety, Ease of Use Key to Digital Success - Lessons from Gitex 2016

The etisalat and Nissan Smart Car collaboration, the robot policeman, and James Baresse's presentation on three needs for digital payment system success...

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Are You Managing Hours or Outcomes?

Another consultant is having a trying experience with a client. The client wants to see the consultant in the office more,...

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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our...

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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they...

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Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in...

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You Can Never have Enough Friends

October 31, 2010

Nice Astricon Event

October 29, 2010

Sprint Displays Some Benevolent Behavior

October 18, 2010

A big player in both the cell carrier and wireless broadband arenas, Sprint has been doing assorted charity work in some of the more vital U.S. markets. In the past week alone, two press releases have been issued regarding Sprint's philanthropy. If analyzed acutely, there may be some clues in the patterns of Sprint's contributions to local charities.

In the last couple of days Sprint has made charitable donations in Atlanta and Chicago, to help remedy the technological deficiencies specific to each community.

Sprint Executives Resign From Clearwire Board Due to Anti-Trust Laws

October 5, 2010

The three Sprint (S) executives that were residing on the Clearwire(CLWR) board have resigned, leading many to question the stability of the company. Sprint, owning 54%, is the majority shareholder of Clearwire. With three empty seats on the board and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse available to perhaps sit on another board, have more investment options been opened for both Sprint and Clearwire?

At face value, the reasoning for Sprint's resignation from the board is sound.

LA the Other California

October 3, 2010

We have arrived in LA and the difference between movies and computers is an interesting one.  Content may be king in LA but apps are the story after Mobilize.

It's fitting that we are producing our version of the blend with 4G Wireless Evolution Television.  We are following our friend Bob Bowman's, CEO of, advice and charging for it because we have real costs. 

You pay $1.00 for iTunes, so why not $20.00 for 20 hours of hearing the artists that make the technology that delivers the iTunes.

Here in LA Mobile Video is about entertainment, in Northern California the Mobilze story was the over the top folks.  During App Time we have Ramu Sunkara founder of QiK speaking with friends who do telecollaboration.

While segmenting the market always makes sense, the consumer has a problem understanding why broadcast quality can be delivered for free on the Internet, and Telecollaboration costs so much.

Another dimension comes from the posting on social networks of people's personal video and likes from various (sometimes pirated) places.

In the end it may be that these markets have to find some blending.  A video water cooler that allows point to point and commentary, entertainment and conversation. 

I am looking forward to experimenting, learning and generally entertained by the conversations we are having while we are here.  I expect I am

Tags: 4GWE, AppTime, Bob Bowman, Gigaom, iTunes, MLB, Mobile Video, Mobilize, QiK, Ramu Sunkara, Telecollaboration

Streaming (& Archiving) 4GWE.

October 2, 2010

The last three years have been pretty amazing.  Thanks to Apple's iPhone we finally got to see what its like to have "full" access to the Internet.  The iPhone shifted everyone's strategies, and where LTE looked like it would be slow to develop we now have initial implementations in scattered areas around the world.

However, this is no longer about the transport; it's about the application demand.  Having verified the insatiable appetite the carriers are now racing to find ways to expand the coverage and recover the cost.

The question is can Wireless have parity with the customer's Internet experience at home and at work. 

While many will tell you that the Web is dead, the reality is the Internet evolves.  From a research project, to a modem extended email system, to the web , to music, to movies and now to mobile.

There is Something about a Tablet

September 30, 2010

Rich Tehrani was sitting with his wife and kids and his IPad at the lunch table.

The discussion turned to why the IPad was acceptable at the lunch table while a laptop would not be.

Here at Mobilize I am hearing the same thing from Nicolas Negroponte voice the same opinion about tablets.

Tablets can become part of the social experience acceptable as part of our culture?

Tags: Apple, Gigaom, iPad, Marvel, mobilize, Nicolas Negronte, Rich Tehrani, tablets

Is Clearwire on the Market

September 30, 2010

According the Wall Street Journal Dan Hesse the CEO of Sprint and two other execs have resigned from the board of Clearwire.

This indicates some interesting issues as to why now.  Sprint owns 54% of Clearwire, but it does not have board control.  So why is AntiTrust an issue Now. 

If you want to look for a likely suitor,  Who would you vote for? T-Mobile, One of Cable companies?  Google?  Could it be that Sprint wants to bring all of the Clearwire back into the fold?  Or does it suggest a split in the unified network strategy?

Tags: Clearwire, Comcast, Dan Hesse, Google, Sprint

Over the Top - Money

September 30, 2010

Who cares if you carriers billing system is working right? when you have all these options to pay from the web.  Once again the mobile Internet is really just the Internet. 

Watching a panel of companies at Gigaom's Mobilize of companies successful in mobile payments.  But it is all over the top. 

The companies include Boku, Groupe Hi-Media, Mastercard, Paypal, Zong

Interesting Geoff of Mastercard, has not brought up Smart Cards.

Tags: Boku, Gigaom, Groupe Hi-Media, JP Finnel, Mastercard, Mobilize, Paypal, Zong

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BOF: The New 4G: the FCC decision and use of White Spaces

September 30, 2010

On one of the mail lists I participate in the conversation has been intriguing about what technology is the right technology for TV White Space.  WiMAX, WiFi and LTE advocates which can normally find detante' showing different ecosystems.  The opportunity with White Space represents a different kind of opportunity, because it is unlicensed Spectrum.

On Wednesday at the Conference we are running a BOF about the White Space where we look at it not from the technology alone but from the business model.

Does the concept of a service provider matter, or will we get a wider ability to mesh as end users? 

Where and When should we expect solutions in the market place? 

You can join us remotely by clicking here

Barlow Keener will moderate. 

Jack Unger
President of Ask-Wi.Com, Inc.

Jack Unger founded the company in 1993 after working for 14 years in the Silicon Valley telecom industry for ROLM, IBM, Siemens and NEC. has been serving the broadband wireless community for the past 17 years. Mr. Unger deployed one of the world's first wireless ISPs (WISPs) in Silicon Valley 1995. He has personally has trained over 3500 wireless personnel and he wrote the first handbook for the WISP industry, "Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks", which was published by Cisco Press in 2003.