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MikeP688
MikeP688
7/1/2014 | 12:40:50 AM
Re: LTE2
Excellent...the right spirit especially as we celebrate 4th of July :-)
jabailo
jabailo
7/1/2014 | 12:26:41 AM
Re: LTE2
If it does happen, you will see me parading down Hollywood Boulevard in a red, green, and black liberation jumpsuit, that I have been saving...for just an occasion.

 
MikeP688
MikeP688
6/30/2014 | 11:27:00 PM
Re: LTE2
As I was reflecting upon this discourse, I remembered Gil Scott-Heron's Song, "The revolution will not be televised".    Here, we're continuing to see an evolution--and in that the Revolution is being "transmitted" even hourly!! :-) For me, the continued vibrancy of Bell Labs is gratifying to note.   This is despite the obvious technical challenges that is outlined.    How much is enough, though?   That I think is the bigger question here.  :-)
jabailo
jabailo
6/30/2014 | 1:19:48 PM
Re: LTE2
You might think so, but it's not the case yet.

They definitely stopped selling the modem equipment -- hotspots and modems can only be purchased from leftover stock on Amazon and e-Bay.

I still don't know what it means when they say switch to LTE.   My use of Wimax was (is!) as my primary home Internet connection (I use it as I write this).   While there is Spark, it doesn't seem to have been rolled out to more than but a few areas in a few small cities.

There is no Sprint LTE equivalent of the always on, unlimited use, Clear Wimax style of home use.   So what comes next?   I'm not sure...




 
tb100
tb100
6/30/2014 | 1:08:58 PM
Re: LTE2
Maybe it was your wording--the tower may not be 'decommissioned', but it might be converted, to LTE. Isn't getting access to the Clearwire 2.6Gig band the reason Softbank bought Sprint and, by extention, Clearwire?

Hearing about WiMax is like hearing about some old actor you didn't realize was still alive. I think it has been a couple of years since they stopped selling WiMax phones, which means that everyone on contract should have switched by now.
nasimson
nasimson
6/30/2014 | 11:46:01 AM
Re: LTE2
@Joe: as I see it, 4g and 5g are experiencing activities in altogether different spheres. Activity we are witnessing in 4g space is about roll out, optimization and expansion. There is more field work. On the other hand 5g is about lab work. It's in the sphere of standardisation, trials, and field tests. So talks about both make perfect sense as talks are in different spheres.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
6/30/2014 | 1:11:45 AM
Re: the size will go down
@kq4ym: IMHO, nothing that enough money from the right people/corporations can't buy if the private sector decides there's enough profit to be made there.

Yay, capitalism!
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
6/30/2014 | 1:10:31 AM
Re: LTE2
Everything is about 4G these days, and 4G/LTE tech is in such a big hurry with itself that it's tripping all over itself.  We simply don't have wide-enough adoption/accessibility/capability right now, and the technology just isn't there yet.

And now we're talking about 5G?  I mean, that's really cool and all, but maybe let's try to perfect what we have first.

But then, we still have a severe lack of Broadband adoption in many parts of the world (parts of the US included).
thebulk
thebulk
6/29/2014 | 11:13:03 PM
Re: the size will go down
@kq4ym, 

I agree its unlikely, but I am sure the industry lobby will do their best to "suggest" its bennifits. ;-)
kq4ym
kq4ym
6/29/2014 | 9:22:34 PM
Re: the size will go down
It will be interesting to see how they install the huge arrays. Side of buildings, as suggested and behind billboards. Maybe they'll actually somehow make it a billboard? But, the idea of getting the 5Ghz from the FAA now used for radar seems a bit unlikely. The FAA is going to be real cautious because of the real safety issues involved in sharing that band.
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