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Can compression help mobile broadband crunch?

If the pipes are too small and what’s going through them too big — which is the case on many mobile data networks (hey AT&T, how’s that iPhone traffic treating you?) — then wouldn’t it make sense to add some compression algorithms to the mix?veraz.gif

It makes sense certainly, and something operators — not to mention mobile phone users — have experimented with. On the vendor side, players like OpenWave and Bytemobile offer network-based solutions that operators can deploy to “optimize” mobile data delivery via a variety of techniques. Meanwhile, a handful of mobile Web browsers, such as Skyfire, have tried to drive compression right down to the handset, utilizing proxy servers and compression algorithms on the back-end and specialty browser clients on the phone.

Do bandwidth optimization techniques taken from the VoIP world have something to offer to the equation? more

Clearwire, partners flip switch in seven WiMax markets

In their biggest launch day yet, Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) and its virtual network partners Sprint (NYSE:S) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) rolled out commercial WiMax service in seven new markets today, including in the long-awaited Chicago, where Motorola (NYSE:MOT) has been building a massive metropolitan network for more than two years. more

Sprint jumps on open app store bandwagon

Everybody’s doing it and as Sprint (NYSE:S) demonstrated in its earnings yesterday, it really can’t afford to be left behind. The carrier announced today at its Open Developer Conference that it will introduce a new, more open application store in future feature-phones, and it will replace its existing built-in offerings on future BlackBerry and Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. more

Meet the 3GPP’s newest member: the CDMA Development Group

If you needed any final proof the cellular technology wars are over, the CDMA Development Group provided it this week. It has officially joined the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, the central standards body for the GSM community, as a market representation partner. Its job is to help with the transition of CDMA operators to long-term evolution networks. more

Palm Pre isn’t the iPhone-answer Sprint hoped

The Palm (NASDAQ:PALM) Pre may be winning accolades in the press, but it isn’t winning Sprint (NYSE:S) the subscriber contracts it needs to turn around its declining customer base. Palm sold 823,000 of the touch-screen smartphones in the quarter ending in August, after nearly three full months of Pre sales. Those numbers are nothing to scoff at, and — assuming Sprint sold the majority of those devices — those sales are likely reflected in its Q3 results: Sprint reversed the downward spiral in its quarterly gross customer adds for the first time in more than two years.

Sprint’s pace, however, is nothing compared to that of the AT&T (NYSE:T), which has been enjoying million-plus-iPhone-activation quarters for the last two years and ended Q3 with its best Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)-driven quarter yet: 3.2 million iPhone activations. What’s worse, analysts are projecting that Pre sales are petering off, and Sprint will soon lose it’s exclusivity on the device. Most significantly, though, Sprint seems to be losing a postpaid customer for every smartphone customer its signs up. Churn is still well over 2%, leading to loss of 500,000 net total subscribers and 800,000 postpaid subscribers. CEO Dan Hesse summed it up at Sprint’s Q3 earnings call: “We’re beginning to turn the corner in gross adds, but we must reduce churn further.”

Motorola looks to turnaround in 2010

Business is starting to pick up for beleaguered handset-maker Motorola (NYSE:MOT) and next year should bring improved financial performance, co-CEO and CEO of mobile devices Sanjay Jha told investors on a conference call today. Jha is anticipating a sequential increase in four-quarter sales, driven by the announced launch of its first two Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android-based smartphones, the Cliq on T-Mobile (NYSE:DT) and the Droid on Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD). more

Survey: Last walled garden will wither by 2012

The walled garden’s days are numbered. According to a new Deloitte survey of wireless industry executives, the closed business models for delivering mobile content and applications will fade away in the next three years and be replaced by open mobile content business models. In fact, most of those executives feel the future of their service provider businesses depends on completing that transition. more

Google calls the shots with Droid

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) and Motorola (NYSE:MOT) today took the wraps off their first Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) device and the first to run Android’s 2.0 software. The official Droid unveiling took place in New York City this morning, but Chicago executives held a meet-and-greet with the Droid following announcement of its Nov. 6 release date. My colleague Kevin Fitchard and I had an opportunity to attend and were duly impressed with the device. more

DOE doles out smart grid stimulus funding

To the applause of many key stakeholders, the Department of Energy will today unveil the recipients of $3.4 billion in stimulus grants for 100 smart grid projects. The grants will range from $400,000 to $200 million to fund 25 large and 75 small utility and state projects across 49 states. The money is meant to enable a complete grid overhaul, as well as create tens of thousands of jobs. more

Smartphones beginning to dominate AT&T WiFi network

AT&T (NYSE:T) today reported a record 24.5 million connections on its nationwide WiFi hotspot network in the third quarter, but what was most surprising about the figures was the the type of device being used to make those connections. In Q3, 60% of all WiFi connections were made by smartphones and other integrated mobile devices, making it the first quarter in which laptops didn’t dominate the network. more

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