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A 5G 'Explainer' The Five 'Flavors' of 5G:

The tech equivalent of a 'summer beach read' --- the easiest way to understand, and then explain, what 5G will look like over the next couple of years.

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Is the DISH Deal a Good Idea?

It's an odd arrangement to manufacture a fourth competitor. But with Dish, the path, and the result, will be anything but conventional...

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Recent Opinion Pieces




Mark's opinions are featured in his own Lens on Wireless newsletter, Fierce Wireless, Tech.Pinions, and are also occasionally syndicated to Re/Code.

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August 2019:
A 5G 'Explainer' The Five 'Flavors' of 5G:

The tech equivalent of a 'summer beach read' --- the easiest way to understand, and then explain, what 5G will look like over the next couple of years. Full Column...

July 2019:
Is the DISH Deal a Good Idea?

It's an odd arrangement to manufacture a fourth competitor. But with Dish, the path, and the result, will be anything but conventional... Full Column...

July 2019:
What's Missing From the 'Tech-Lash': Consumers!

Amidst all the probes, hearings, and criticism of 'Big Tech', consumers have been largely missing from the conversation. Full Column...

July 2019:
The Disproportionate Focus on Wireless 'Competition'

Why is there so much focus on the level of competition in wireless, given that so many other industries in communications, digital media, and the internet are far less competitive than even a three player wireless market would be? Full Column...

June 2019:
Netflix Needs to Pivot. Again.

Few companies in history have pivoted successfully multiple times. And Netflix is now faced with a situation where they will have to evolve, yet again. Full Column...

June 2019:
Three Reasons Why T-Mobile/Sprint Should Be Approved

My argument in favor of this proposed transaction boils down to three simple words: 5G, broadband, enterprise. Full Column...

May 2019:
With All The Attention to 5G, Don't Ignore Wi-Fi

There's actually a lot happening, much of it in a way that will be integral to the fixed and mobile broadband experience going forward. Full Column...

May 2019:
Industry Needs to Get On Board to Solve 'Wi-Fi Purgatory' Issue

Little has been written or publicly discussed about one of the most vexing consumer frustrations in wireless. I call it 'Wi-Fi Purgatory'. Full Column...

May 2019:
The 'New TV' Era is Entering a New Phase

Just as we get accustomed to this 'new era of TV', I believe more change is coming, and at an accelerated pace, over the next couple of years. It is going to be pretty messy. And there will be a more pronounced set of winners and losers.Full Column...

April 2019:
What if the T-Mobile/Sprint Deal Doesn't Go Through?

I believe that the DOJ, and other government entities seeming to lean against the merger as currently structured, have not fully thought through the implications of the deal not going through. Full Column...

April 2019:
How to Price for 5G 'Latency'

Significantly improved latency is one of the game-changing aspects of 5G. But the pricing discussion gets a lot more interesting when latency is considered.Full Column...

March 2019:
Reflecting on MWC 2019: Network Edition

If I were to boil it down to three things, it was 5G, edge computing, and antennas!! Here are my takeaways from MWC 2019 Barcelona. Full Column...

February 2019:
The China Situation: Three Possible Outcomes

The "China Situation" and 5G are playing out like a fascinating business/political/industrial policy chess match. In this piece, I take a classic business case approach of developing three possible outcomes: base case, optimistic case, and pessimistic case. Read more...

February 2019:
Apple Should Take the Lead in 'Digital Drivers Ed'

In this column, I argue that Apple is in a unique position to take the lead on issues related to privacy and security. Read more...

January 2019:
Garmin's Place in the Fitness Wearables Ecosystem

My views on how Garmin can build its share in the active part of smartwatch market. Read more...

January 2019:
Setting the Ground Rules For What Qualifies as 5G:

As 5G services get launched, I recommend some ground rules: what can be officially called 5G; what is fair to call a 5G launch; and what the 5G experience is going to look like. Read more...

January 2019:
U.S. Operator Strategic Priorities for 2019

In these two columns, I discuss the key strategic priorities of the main U.S. service providers. Part 1: AT&T and Verizon Part 2: Sprint and T-Mobile

 
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