Wireless Wednesday–The 5G buzz grows: How will the industry define the next-generation of wireless

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

What do you think about this article? Have you ever thought about the prospects of 5G? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Tech Question Tuesday

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.

Q:  What about 4G?
A:  If you would like 4G coverage, you will want the DT 4G (460101).
Q:  I have a MiFi card as well as a cell phone. Will this boost both? And can it boost them at the same time?
A:  The DT is designed to boost the voice, text, and up through 3G data (for 4G you will want the 460101). This will work to amplify the signal for the both devices when they are not in a 4G/LTE area, and to help the phone’s voice and text ability anytime there is a signal.
Q:  Do I need to have WiFi turned on for the booster to work?
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.
Do you have a question about one of our products? Let us know, and we could feature it in a blog post! Leave us a comment below, or let us know on Facebook/Twitter.
As always, if you have additional technical questions that weren’t addressed in this post, feel free to contact us at 1-866-294-1660 or tech@wilsonelectronics.com.

#tbt Winner

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 twhite@wilsonelectronics.com to claim :)

Thanks for playing everyone! We hope you enjoyed watching the Olympic games just as much as we did :) Let us know what your favorite Winter Olympic sport was on our Facebook/Twitter.

“Wireless Wednesday”–The Sochi 2014 Olympics

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–

NBC live extra app

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.

Are you watching the Olympics? If so, how are you watching? What’s your favorite part of the Olympics? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook/Twitter.

#TBT Winner

We had such a fun #throwbackThursday this week! Were you able to figure out what our picture was of?

If you guessed that it was a Bush TV from 1949 (correction–  a 1948 Bush Moddel TV-12), then you were RIGHT! Congrats to our winner, Wendy Hutton!
Wendy, just comment below to claim your Sleek 4G.

Everyone else–don’t be sad if you didn’t win! Just make sure and check back later this week for more #tbt fun!

Wireless Wednesday–The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Extends Consumer Signal Booster Deadline

This week for Wireless Wednesday we’re talking about the cell phone signal booster deadline extension until April 30, 2014. See below for more information–

“The bureau acknowledges that unexpected complexities in the rules coupled with the government shutdown led to delays in the finalization of comprehensive test procedures for Consumer Signal Boosters.”

“We find that a short extension of 60 days, until April 30, 2014, is warranted to allow for adequate review and testing of these devices and to allow others to complete testing of their devices and apply for certification.”

“The Commission staff is committed to working expeditiously with TCBs to review and process these applications and the Bureau expects that some manufacturers will have compliant products in the market well in advance of that date.”

“We see this a good outcome for Wilson Electronics and for the industry,” Robert Van Buskirk, President and CEO of Wilson Electronics, LLC. “We will continue to work to actively obtain our remaining required certifications and to provide to our customers FCC compliant product solutions as soon as practical.”

For additional information visit: http://www.fcc.gov/document/wtb-extends-consumer-signal-booster-sale-deadline-until-april-30-2014

What do you think of the extension? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.