Despite 5G Hype, still a Compelling Roadmap for 4G

5G was the dominant topic of conversation at this year’s Mobile World Congress. While this might be the sexiest topic in telecom right now, there’s still a compelling 4G LTE roadmap, incorporating many of the … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / March 24th, 2017

Ten Things in Tech that Should be Easier

In an era of self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and drones that can deliver packages, why is it so hard to turn on the damn TV? Technology has simplified a lot of tasks that used to … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / March 10th, 2017

With ‘Unlimited’, Network Management and Capacity become Paramount

The major story in U.S. wireless so far in 2017 is the Big Four operators are now all in on unlimited offerings. Sprint had used this as a differentiator for the past two years and … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / February 24th, 2017

This will be a Big Year for Wireless Network Innovation

2017 is shaping up to be a year where we will see more new things out of wireless networks than we have in some time. Some of this will be in the form of select … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / February 10th, 2017

Will Wireless ever Replace Broadband?

It’s 2020. 5G wireless is being rolled out, with speeds exceeding 10 Gbps, latency below 1 millisecond, and the ability to accommodate vastly more traffic and connections. Will the average household, which doles out some … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / January 25th, 2017

Memo to President-Elect Trump: Networks are a Critical Part of Infrastructure

President-elect Trump says he wants to spend upwards of one trillion dollars “rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure”. I urge him to consider that mobile and broadband networks, along with connectivity, are just as important for business … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / December 16th, 2016

The Emergence of Purpose-Built IoT Networks

One of the ‘next big things’ in the mobile landscape is going to be the Internet of Things (IoT) – the billions of devices that will be connected to the internet in the coming years. … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / December 2nd, 2016

The Wireless Industry is Changing Before Our Eyes

There are moments in time where one can sense important shifts going on in an industry. I think now is one of those times in wireless. First, some historical context – what have been the … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / November 18th, 2016

The Election’s Impact on Tech Regulation

The Obama presidency and the FCC, under Chairman Tom Wheeler, have been among the more activist and ambitious in recent memory. There have been some big victories — successful spectrum auctions, innovative spectrum sharing and … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / November 4th, 2016

Samsung’s Challenges Reveal Need for Greater Vendor Diversity

Much has been written about how a debacle like the Note7 happened and what Samsung might do to repair its reputation. Samsung’s challenges also shed light on a unique fact about the U.S. smartphone market: … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / October 19th, 2016

Takeaways from Two Days Spent with AT&T

AT&T hosted two days of meetings with industry analysts last week, covering a broad array of topics across its consumer and enterprise businesses. Having attended many such tech industry analyst meetings over the years, I … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / October 10th, 2016

Are Cable’s Wireless Ambitions Viable?

The news has been aflutter this week with announcements by both Comcast and Charter that they plan to enter the wireless business as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). For the wireless historians among us, this … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / September 23rd, 2016

Key Takeaways from ‘Super Mobility’ Week

While a lot of the tech world’s attention last week was focused on Apple’s announcements in San Francisco, some 30,000 people attended CTIA’s ‘Super Mobility Week’ in Las Vegas, the largest annual wireless convention in … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / September 12th, 2016

Has Tech Forgotten Boomers?

Even for those who never watched The Brady Bunch, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” is a well-known meme. When it comes to consumer tech, I think we can invoke a similar meme: “Millenials, Millennials, Millennials”. A huge … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / August 26th, 2016

My Love-Hate Relationship With Medium

By day, I am a wireless industry analyst and consultant. By night and on weekends, besides being an exercise and outdoors enthusiast, I write running guides. A few years ago, I self-published three books on … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / August 5th, 2016

5G Reality Check

To use an oft-cited term from our election season, last week was Huge…YUGE…for 5G in the United States. Two important things happened. First, the FCC announced its ‘Spectrum Frontiers’ plan to make 3.85 GHz of … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / July 22nd, 2016

3.5 GHz Spectrum: An Opportunity for the U.S. to Lead in Wireless Innovation

On April 28, 2016, the FCC released its Second Report and Order to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3550-3700 MHZ (3.5 GHz) band, making available 150 MHz of spectrum for mobile … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / July 8th, 2016

Network Neutrality: Wireless should Be Looked at Through a Different Lens

With the U.S. Federal Appeals Court ruling last week, it looks like Network Neutrality is here to stay, at least for now. Much ink has been spilled on both sides of this debate but I’d … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / June 24th, 2016

What a Real Wireless Loyalty Program Might Look Like

Over the past year, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have each launched rewards programs. The most recent entry is T-Mobile Tuesdays, an app where T-Mobile customers are given freebies every week, such as a Domino’s Pizza … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / June 10th, 2016
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Time for Google to have Consumer-Facing Customer Service

One of the themes coming out of the Google I/O conference last week was Google plans to make a more aggressive push into the consumer hardware business. The company announced the Home product, an AI-oriented … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / May 27th, 2016

The Biggest Rip-offs and Best Bargains in Consumer Tech

I’ve been thinking about pricing for various consumer tech products and services and there are some aspects that are incongruous. For example, how is it you can host a conference call for 150 colleagues for … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / May 16th, 2016

How Many Wireless Competitors Should There Be?

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.K. regulator, Ofcom, is opposing the proposed merger between Three and O2. In France, regulators have put obstacles in front of a proposed merger between … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / April 15th, 2016

Verizon to Launch 5G Next Week

Verizon Wireless, hoping to recapture their network magic, announced plans to launch 5G services nationwide as early as next week. This is the first 5G wireless service to be launched anywhere in the world. The … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / April 1st, 2016

Is the Term ‘Mobile First’ Becoming Outmoded?

Over the past few years, ‘Mobile First’ has been the rage. Attach ‘mobile first’ to a VC pitch and the valuations multiply, the way “dotcom”, “so-lo-mo”, “cloud-based”, and “big data” did in their heydays. But … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / March 18th, 2016

Options for Improved Wireless Coverage and Performance are Multiplying

Despite all the marketing, TV ads, and even talk about 4G LTE and now 5G, instances of poor wireless coverage remain a common frustration among users. But even where coverage is generally good, the combination … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / March 4th, 2016
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