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Recommendations for service providers in a coronavirus era

Mark's thoughts on what broadband and mobile operators should do to guarantee connectivity and ensure capacity.

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Key MWC Observations: On-Demand Webinar

Leading industry analysts Mark Lowenstein, Monica Paolini, and Chris Nicoll discuss the impact of 'non-MWC', the key announcements that were made, and some 'state of the industry' themes for which MWC provides an important benchmark.

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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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April 2020:
Coronavirus Effect on 5G, Broadband

In today's Lens, links to two columns I wrote this week about some of the longer-term effects of the coronavirus era on networks: the impact on 5G, and the need to narrow the delta between the broadband haves and have-nots. Full Column...

April 2020:
Coronavirus Era Shines a Light on the Importance of Broadband

We need to do better for the 30%+ of U.S. households that don't have access to adequate broadband or are having trouble affording it. Full Column...

April 2020:
How do you price for 5G latency?

There are some early indications of what 5G pricing is going to look like…and it’s all over the map. Full Column...

April 2020:
Coronavirus impact on 5G: short-term pain, long-term gain

The coronavirus has already deeply affected daily life and traditional mobility patterns. New developments are occurring seemingly hourly, with individuals, workers, and businesses confronted with situations few had ever contemplated. Full Column...

March 2020:
Some “Lighter Side” Headlines For the Coronavirus Era

The coronavirus has already deeply affected daily life and traditional mobility patterns. Service providers have already moved quickly and admirably. Below are some additional recommendations to keep people properly and affordably connected. Full Column...

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March 2020:
Recommendations for Service Providers in a Coronavirus Era

The coronavirus has already deeply affected daily life and traditional mobility patterns. Service providers have already moved quickly and admirably. Below are some additional recommendations to keep people properly and affordably connected. Full Column...

March 2020:
Recommendations for service providers in a coronavirus era

The coronavirus has already deeply affected daily life and traditional mobility patterns. New developments are occurring seemingly hourly, with individuals, workers, and businesses confronted with situations few had ever contemplated. Full Column...

February 2020:
Strategic Priorities for The New T-Mobile

Now that it appears that the T-Mobile/Sprint deal will go through, the cliché phrase would traditionally be that ‘the hard work begins now.’ Full Column...

February 2020:
A Wild Week for Wireless: Spectrum-Palooza

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...

January 2020:
New Opportunities for Enterprise Mobility Require a Different Mindset

If the 2010s were about consumer mobility, the 2020s are going to be much more enterprise-centric. Three major developments will require enterprises to re-think their existing communications infrastructure, and, over time, present entirely new categories of opportunity. Full Column...

January 2020:
Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Will Provide an Important Interim Step for 5G

Here are three words that aren’t at the tip of your average tongue when talking about 5G: Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). Full Column...

December 2019:
Reflections on the ‘Wireless Decade’ and a look forward

Industry analysts spend most of their time looking forward, but as we near the end of 2019, I think it’s important to take a moment and reflect on what could fairly be coined the ‘Wireless Decade’. Full Column...

November 2019:
Why Did Podcasts Suddenly Take Off?

Some industries gestate for a while and then take off, almost overnight. Podcasts are one of the most recent examples of this. How and why this happened provides some interesting lessons for the broader tech and business communities. Full Column...

October 2019:
Key Takeaways from Mobile World Congress Americas

Last week, I attended and spoke at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles – the wireless industry’s major annual convention in North America. Full Column...

October 2019:
Hotspots, Hotspots Everywhere

‘Premium’ wireless experiences, delivered by the rollout of 5G, Wi-Fi 6, CBRS, and so on are going to be much more ‘hotspot’ in nature. Read more...

October 2019:
A mmWave iPhone is not a sure bet

I’m confident Apple will announce some 5G iteration of iPhone at its usual September event in 2020. But I think there’s a reasonable chance that Apple will decide to not release a version that supports mmWave bands, at least in 2020. Read more...

September 2019:
CBRS Launch: An Important Day in Wireless History

It might not rank up there with the introduction of the iPhone or the launch of 4G LTE., but yesterday marked an important day in the history of wireless services, with the launch of Commercial Deployment Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS). Read more...

September 2019:
AT&T needs a more effective marketing strategy

My take is that AT&T is getting slammed in part because the company has lacked a strong marketing message and because its brand does not resonate especially well with consumers. Read more...

September 2019:
Vendors to Watch In the 5G Era

In these very early days of 5G, it certainly seems on the surface that the vendor ecosystem is similar to what it has been for the past several years. Read more...

 
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