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This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re talking about some pretty big news! Check it out–
Wilson Electronics has purchased competitor zBoost in an effort to consolidate the cell phone signal boostercategory. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but both brand names will stay intact while Wilson pursues a “dual-brand strategy.”
In an exclusive interview with CE Pro, Wilson CEO Robert Van Buskirk outlined the strategy behind the acquisition, which officially took place in mid-January.
“The cell signal booster market is poised for tremendous growth and we recognize that industry consolidation is coming. In this case, it’s a good thing from our perspective. We have taken one of our competitors off the market and enhanced our own competencies and capabilities,” says Van Buskirk. For instance, zBoost has strong connections in the retail market that will be beneficial to acquire.
But most importantly, Van Buskirk says the acquisition allows St. George, Utah-based Wilson to pursue a “dual-brand strategy” and bring a “better/best product family” to the market. While the specific details of the niche strategy are still being worked out, Van Buskirk says the idea would be, perhaps, that zBoost become the value residential brand while Wilson’s product lines gravitate to be the premium brand for integrators.
“There are certain large retailers that are interested in carrying the Wilson line but they will not do unless they have a second brand they can offer to customers. This acquisition is the perfect solution because we can now bring two brands to them,” says Van Buskirk. Wilson also has a strong position in the mobile market with its Sleek product line.
Happy Tuesday! This week we’re looking at a couple of common technical questions we see about our product, the Sleek 4G!
Take a look below; you just might get a question or two of your own answered as well!
Q: Can the Sleek do simultaneous voice and data? As many do, my Verizon phone has the ability to create a hotspot for my laptop and talk simultaneously. Assuming I use a Bluetooth headset to talk, will there be any interference problems using the two at the same time?
A: There will not be any interference issues with the hotspot and the Bluetooth. That setup should work great.
Q: Will this work on a mobile home?
A: You will see better results if the antenna is outside, but if the antenna is able to pick up the 4G signal there in the window, it will work. I recommend contacting Customer Support and allowing them to walk you through test mode on your phone. That will allow us to be sure what you will see. Customer Support can be reached at 866-294-9234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I would prefer to put the magnetic mount antenna on the trunk of my car instead of the roof of the car as it will hide the cable better. Will this cause a performance issue?
A: This should not cause any performance issues with the Sleek 4G. It would only cause issues if you have to lengthen the cable, or if you wanted to use a wireless booster rather than the Sleek.
Q: I need to boost both the 4G and the 3G signal, (when 4G isn’t available). Is this possible with this product?
A: Yes, all of our Sleek products will boost your cell phone’s 3G and 4G.
Well there you have it. Were any of your questions answered? If not, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email at 866-294-9234 or email@example.com.
We have a winner! Were you able to figure out what this week’s #tbt was of?
If you said “cat’s whisker radio detector”, then you were right! Congrats to our randomly selected winner Tom McElvy who has won a Sleek 4G!! Just email us to claim (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re taking a deeper look at an article from @FierceWireless editor Sue Marek, about her thoughts on the MWC (Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona), as well as where she sees the industry heading in the future. See what she has to say below, or click here–
ARCELONA, Spain–As I walk the floor of Mobile World Congress 2014, I’ve had numerous moments of déjà vu when listening to vendors and operators talk about their vision of 5G. You see, I’ve been covering the wireless industry as a journalist for a couple of decades (much longer than I’d like to admit). And during that time I’ve witnessed first-hand the evolution from analog to digital to 3G to 4G.
With nearly 160 million LTE connections worldwide, 4G is rapidly maturing–and that’s prompting many in the industry to begin the 5G debate. What is 5G? What services will be enabled with 5G? How fast will 5G data speeds be? Right now there are more questions than answers as standards bodies begin the cumbersome process of defining this next-generation of wireless technology.
Although most industry players are looking at 2020 for the first 5G deployments, one operator is already making some noise about deploying 5G in 2018. SK Telecom’s Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of the South Korean carrier’s ICT research and development division, said that SK Telecom, which is hosting the winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang, Korea, will want to show off 5G technology at the event. “That kind of motivation leads us to look at some other innovative technologies,” he said.
But beyond SK Telecom, most industry leaders are predicting 2020 for the first 5G deployments and most are staying away from making any definitive 5G statements. Instead, I’m hearing 5G referred to in very broad terms that includes higher bandwidth and many different types of network connections, building on the Internet of Things momentum.
Still, I’ve managed to glean a few specifics. Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technologies in AT&T Labs, hinted that 5G could use the existing LTE air interface technology but add more capabilities and lower latency.
SK Telecom’s Choi noted that the company’s combination of suitable coverage, devices and applications like streaming video are what he believes have made LTE Advanced a hit in his home country. I’m assuming those same elements will be critical for 5G.
While not specifically talking about 5G, Tony Melone, CTO of Verizon, also touted the possibilities of delivering video. Melone said during the Ericsson Media event here that Verizon has invested a lot in digital media and believes people will want to watch video in many different formats, including mobile.
But just as the early days of 4G were filled with visions of always-on wireless connectivity, streaming video and cheaper data, the preliminary discussions of 5G will likely serve as the foundation for what is to come. –Sue
This week we’re answering some common technical questions about our Wilson DT signal booster. Keep reading and you might just have your own questions answered!
Q: What is the range for the DT?
A: The typical range for the DT is 15-20 feet of coverage from the indoor antenna. The coverage area can be increased or decreased, depending on the signal strength at the outdoor antenna.
A: Wilson cell phone signal boosters simply boost the cell signal, and your phone should pick up the boosted signal regardless of the WiFi being turned on or not.
Now that the Olympics have come to a close, we think it’s fitting to announce the winner of our #tbt contest. But first, were you able to figure out what this picture was taken during, and why it’s significant? If you said it was the game known as the “Miracle on Ice” in the 1980 Winter Olympics, then you were right! This particular game was significant because the US team, consisting of amateur and collegiate players, beat the Soviet National team which had won gold in the last six out of seven winter Olympics.
And now for the moment you have all been waiting for…the winner of our Sleek 4G is EDDIE MILLER! Congrats! Just email us at email@example.com to claim
This week for “Wireless Wednesday” (and over the next couple of days), we’re talking about the Olympics and how folks are watching. Check out this article from @FierceWireless pasted below–
Source: NBC Sports Group
How is NBC Sports getting its live coverage of the Winter Olympics to online video viewers? As the broadcaster completes the first week of its Winter Olympics coverage, we take a look at how viewers are getting their Games.
First, it’s clear that this year’s Olympics are a multi-device event. One would not be considered too strange to be sitting with a tablet propped atop a desk or coffee table, streaming a curling competition, while simultaneously using a smartphone to stream a speed skating heat. All while the television is replaying footage of a women’s ski jump event on NBC Sports Network. Meantime, a viewer can have a playlist of athlete profiles from YouTube’s Olympics channel streaming on their PC’s monitor. Users can access a plethora of sports content riches, although the noise level could be a bit disturbing.
Of course, most Americans are streaming content over multiple devices throughout the day already, and it’s not unusual to access various flavors of the same entertainment program on more than one device at the same time.
And it’s this factor that explains why NBC Sports is continuing to invest in over-the-top streaming. During the 2012 Olympics in London, the broadcaster made most of the events at the Games available to either view live or download online through its Live Extra app or at its website, nbcolympics.com. For the 2014 Sochi Games, all the events are available online, either live or to download, for authenticated users.
And it’s no surprise NBC is bringing the Olympics online in a big way: The 2012 Olympics brought NBC the largest audience in the short history of online video. The broadcaster authenticated 9.9 million mobile devices, and approximately 17 percent of the viewers surveyed for a Pew Research report watched the Games online (73 percent watched coverage on television). Olympics streaming accounted for fully 34 percent of all Internet traffic during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Games for some providers, enough to shift Netflix’s dominance for a very short while.
It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers the peacock network puts up for these Games for OTT viewing. On the television side, NBC reported Monday that its opening ceremonies telecast averaged 25.1 million TV viewers and was “the best Saturday primetime viewership of any broadcast network in February in four years.” It was also the second most-watched non-live opening ceremony in Olympic history–Lillehammer holds first place.
More stats will likely be reported next week by various research firms and network monitoring services. But NBC’s online video coverage isn’t perfect. Just as in 2012, popular events tend to get hung up buffering, and many users still are uncomfortable using the Live Extra app.
In this FierceOnlineVideo feature on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, we’ll look at how viewers are accessing the Games–not just where they’re accessing online video but what they’re most likely watching it on. It also sketches out some of the vast ecosystem that is bringing the Olympics to mobile devices live, with providers like EVS and Ericsson partnering with NBC to pull together broadcast and OTT elements.
Check back tomorrow as we’ll delve into more detail about how folks are watching the Olympics.To see this article in its original format, click here.