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Time Warner Cable to Help Decongest AT&T and Verizon Networks

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Time Warner Cable is pitching to carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, a service that uses its underground cables to carry mobile calls and data traffic. The aim is to alleviate the network strain that smartphones (particularly the iPhone) are placing on the network. Remember, for every 1 iPhone, you can run 4 BlackBerrys on a typical network so it’s clear who is to blame.
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What to expect from an LTE BlackBerry device

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At the Canadian Telecom Summit yesterday the major Canadian carriers said they’re on board for LTE and are making preparations for a full-scale rollout of the technology.

This is great news considering BlackBerry devices are upgrading at a rate which will be hindered if the carriers don’t keep up and update the network infrastructure. At the conference, Mike Lazaridis said “Consumption is going to continue to grow. This, in my opinion, is one of the most important problems facing the industry in the near future.”

Carriers, such as Verizon and Rogers, have significantly invested in LTE technology and we’ll hopefully be seeing it sometime in the year 2011.

With the launch of the first LTE networks, you can rest assured that RIM will have an LTE BlackBerry ready to use the 4G equivalent speeds and technology. Now the question is: what would an LTE BlackBerry device look like?
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Wireless infrastructure vendors to take a hit in 2009

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abi researchRadio Access Network equipment expenditure is expected to contract by 6% as wireless infrastructure vendors brace for a stormy year. The latest market data from ABI Research pegs infrastructure spending at about $49 billion in 2009.

“2009 will be a tough year for wireless infrastructure vendors,” says vice president of forecasting Jake Saunders. He identifies two underlying trends determining the course of this market.

First, deployment cycles for 2G and 3G coverage are rapidly approaching maturity in the industrialized world. There is the lure of 3.5G and 4G infrastructure spending, but 3.5G infrastructure upgrades (HSUPA, HSPA+) are more incremental in value. 4G deployments such as LTE and WiMAX 802.16m represent more than just software upgrades to the network, but will only contribute meaningfully to equipment spending in the 2011-2015 timeframe.
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